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Upcoming Weather - Hurricane Sally

Dear Wintervillians:

We are watching Hurricane Sally and stand ready.

Equipment has been checked out and fuel has been topped off. We expect heavy rainfall over the next few days so be careful if you must travel.

The concern during this type of storm centers around the softening ground and the large trees throughout the city. Be mindful and alert to this concern as you shelter inside your home.

The Winterville Volunteer Fire Department, Winterville PD, Public Works and I will all be on call and ready to help you in case of emergency. We will open the Community Center for anyone who becomes displaced from their home or is in need of shelter from this storm.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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JDA for ACC & Winterville Emergency Grant & Loan Program

Just a quick update that small business emergency grant programs (JDA & Northeast Georgia Business Alliance) and emergency loans (JDA) are still open for Athens-Clarke County small businesses to apply. For quick reference, links with more information are below.
 
JDA web site: https://sites.google.com/view/jda-acc-winterville
Northeast Georgia Business Alliance web site: https://negafoundation.org
 
Thank you all so much for helping share this information as widely as possible,
 
Ilka McConnell, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
Ilka.mcconnell@accgov.com
706-224-1460 

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Winterville Auditorium Public Input Session

Monday September 14, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The City of Winterville invites the public to attend an input session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14 in the Winterville Auditorium to discuss how that venue can serve the community.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government will facilitate the discussion with the goal of developing a strategic plan for the operation and use of the Winterville Auditorium. Please come with your masks and plan to socially distance while we talk about the future of this historic facility.

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Town Hall Meeting via Zoom


Monday September 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 

Town Hall Zoom Meeting Link
 
Dear Wintervillians,
Please join me to discuss all things Winterville.
I will give an update on Beer and Wine, the Firefly Trail Opening, CARES Act Funding, the JDA and DDA, COVID 19 etc. 
You can join the Town Hall using  the link provided.  I look forward to seeing you.
Sincerely, 
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor
 

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle
City of Winterville
125 North Church Street
Winterville, Georgia 30683

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Local Loan & Grant Applications for Athens-Clarke County Small Businesses Open Sept. 8

Funded through the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) and the federal CARES Act, the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance are opening applications for emergency grants and low-interest emergency loans to provide assistance to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
 
The JDA is offering both low-interest loans and small business grants. Both are targeted to small businesses with 1-10 employees that are physically located in Athens-Clarke County. The $1 million emergency Turntable Revolving Loan Program is funded through the ACCGov Mayor & Commission’s Resiliency Package, while the $1.6 million for emergency business grants is funded through the federal CARES Act.
 
Applications for JDA loans and grants will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, with an application submission deadline of Tuesday, September 22. The grant program is first-come, first-served for eligible businesses. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available at https://sites.google.com/view/jda-acc-winterville. The application will be available and open on the website at 8:00 a.m. on September 8.
 
The Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is offering emergency grants for small businesses located in Athens-Clarke County, funded through the federal CARES Act. Information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance’s grant program, including the application, is available online at www.negabusinessalliance.org. Applications will open on Tuesday, September 8 with an application submission deadline of Wednesday, September 30.
 
The mission of the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and the City of Winterville is to equitably support entrepreneurs to revive and grow successful small businesses in Athens-Clarke County, increase revenue, create new jobs, and foster economic connections among and between Athens-Clarke County businesses, as well as globally.
 
The mission of the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is to expand access to capital and procurement opportunities for African-American organizations in Northeast Georgia.
 
For more information about the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville, contact jda@accgov.com. For more information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, contact office@negabusinessalliance.org.

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Steps to Connect Challenge

Get ready for a fun challenge with your family and friends and connect with new people!  Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens (FC-CIS) Steps to Connect Challenge will happen during the month of September.  Our goal is to reach and involve as much of our local community as possible but anyone, anywhere can join in.  Participants will challenge themselves to walk, run, or bike.  They will select from three different mileage goals.  Participants will be divided into teams to add some friendly and lively competition on a “participants only” Facebook group page.  Team leaders will post encouragement to help you stay committed to completing your goal.  Our hope is that the challenge will inspire everyone to get moving and outdoors.  This event will be an important fundraiser for FC-CIS of Athens.  FC-CIS is a partnership of organizations and individuals working together for the success of all in our community. 
 
Registration (August 12 – August 29)  Register early!!
 
1st Step - One-time entry fee (cool T-shirt included for each participant)
 
$30 Individual
$50 Family (up to family of 5)
$15 Family or individual for those experiencing financial hardship
Participants are welcome to donate above the entry fee if they would like! 
 
2 ways to donate:
- PayPal using stepstoconnect@fc-cis.org  Please include your email in “Add a note” box.
- a check payable to “FC-CIS of Athens”; mail to FC-CIS, P.O. Box 1904, Athens, GA 30603;
  Please put “Steps to Connect” and your email in the check memo line. 
 
2nd Step - Join the “Steps to Connect Challenge” Facebook Private Group page:
                   https://www.facebook.com/groups/294084825369985/?source_id=122679914413835 
 
3rd Step - We will email you to get your important initial data: T-shirt size and your mile challenge goal for the month = Walkers and Runners (30, 60, or 100 miles) and Cyclists (50, 200, or 400 miles)
 
4th Step – Your team assignment (RED, BLUE, or YELLOW) will come in an email.
 
5th Step – The Challenge will begin September 1.  There will be daily encouragement from our Team Leaders and participants can share their experiences on the “participants only” Facebook Group page.  At the end of each week, we will email a form for logging your miles completed for the week.  The team with the most miles wins for the week and will be announced.
 
6th Step - T-shirts and goody bags will be available for pick-up on the third week of the challenge.
 
We will finish the challenge by announcing the winning team for most miles completed!
 
Looking forward to the camaraderie and getting out and about.  See you on the road and trails!
 
For more information visit FC-CIS of Athens Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fccisathens
 
 Sponsorships are also available too.

Contact Elizabeth DeMarco, FC-CIS Resource Development Chair at email eapdemarco@gmail.com or 706-224-1662 to pledge your support or for more information. 

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Firefly Trail Connection from Winterville to ACC

Sub-Project #3 from Hancock Road to Moores Grove Road in Winterville

Online Sessions: August 20, 2020 5:00 pm
Information for Sub-Project #3 as well as the link for the input session can be found at:

www.accgov.com/leisureserviceslistens
Drop-in Sessions:

Winterville Pittard Park

Saturday August 22, 2020 8:00 am - Noon
and/or
Thursday August 27 2020 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
City of Winterville
125 N Church Street
Winterville, GA 30683 

Download a PDF of this information

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Applications Being Taken for Downtown Development Authority

The city of Winterville is now taking applications for our newly reactivated DDA. A DDA (Downtown Development Authority) is used in cities throughout the state as a mechanism to revitalize and redevelop municipal central business districts. The DDA training (provided) provides local leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure a healthy, vibrant downtown.

DDAs have a range of powers:

  • developing and promoting downtowns
  • making long-range plans or proposals for downtowns
  • financing (by loan, grant, lease, borrow or otherwise) projects for the public good
  • executing contracts and agreements
  • purchasing, leasing and selling property
  • issuing revenue bonds and notes

There will be 7 DDA members ("Directors") appointed and the requirements for serving on the DDA can be found on the application. The DDA will work with our Georgia Municipal Association DDA Manager, Stephanie Aylworth, as they reactivate and begin their training. Please turn in completed applications to Wendy Bond at cityhall@cityofwinterville.com or at Winterville City Hall by appointment. Thank you for considering this important service to our city. 

Download a DDA Application

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Proposed Property Tax Increase

The City of Winterville today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 7.73 percent.

Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the city. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the city indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and increase the assessment. This is called a reassessment.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia Law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s new digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The budget tentatively adopted by the City of Winterville requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Therefore, before the City of Winterville may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the following locations at the indicated times:

All public hearings will be held at the Winterville Auditorium, 371 N. Church Street Winterville, Georgia.

Hearing #1 – Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Hearing #2 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:00 am
Hearing #3 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Current 5 year tax digest and 5 year history of levy (pdf)
 

 

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Public Hearing and City Council Meeting Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30 pm

CHANGE OF VENUE reminder-City Council Meeting:
The public hearing ( Charter Amendment ) and City Council Meeting will be held in the Auditorium tomorrow evening/Tuesday, June 16th beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Please make plans to attend. The Auditorium has been disinfected and we will have hand sanitizer available. The front doors of the auditorium will remain open throughout the meeting. Please wear a mask if you can and practice social distancing as you find your seat. Thank you in advance and we hope to see you then!
 

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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City Council Meeting and Public Hearing - Tuesday, June 16th

Dear Wintervillians,


The regular meeting of the Winterville City Council has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16th and it will be held in the Winterville Auditorium. The public hearing regarding the Charter Amendment ( Beer and Wine ) will begin at 6:30 followed by the regular meeting. The Auditorium will be disinfected and guidelines for attendance will be communicated beforehand for your safety. Please make plans to join us!


Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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Coronavirus Update - May 28, 2020

This afternoon, we held another conference call with our two local hospitals and other local healthcare providers and want to share the latest updates in the fight against COVID-19.

As has been reported on social media over the last couple of days, there has been a slight uptick locally of in-patient positive COVID-19 cases - which can be largely attributed to nursing homes and transfers from other facilities. Other providers have not seen significant differences in their numbers. For the latest number of cases and deaths by county, please visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

This information serves as another reminder that we must be especially careful and take extra precautions with our most vulnerable populations. The state is actively assisting nursing home facilities through the National Guard, Department of Public Health and all other available resources.

In order to help protect those most vulnerable, we must continue to be smart - wash our hands, social distance, wear a mask when unable to social distance and disinfect commonly used surfaces and areas.

Please know that our hospitals and healthcare facilities are safe to visit to take care of other medical conditions. It's critical that individuals feel comfortable seeing their healthcare providers - which are taking all precautions to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

As a reminder, testing remains available to anyone regardless of symptoms. To schedule a test, please call the Northeast Health District’s hotline at 706-340-0996. The UGA/AU Mobile Clinic continues to do great work, having tested hundreds of individuals covering areas of the community where there are potential cases - particularly in underserved communities. The Mobile Clinic hotline is 706-308-4092.

We continue to remain in regular communication with each other and our healthcare providers and stand ready to assist in anyway as we continue to move forward as a community.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower

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Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Town Hall with Mayor Ferrelle
Time: May 26, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://cityofwinterville.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=43992c9d24face2d8e87edb3a&id=20590f21c0&e=2ea727c6a1

Meeting ID: 782 7356 8027
Password: 9BpEsi

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Seeking Candidates for Joint Development Authority

CITY OF WINTERVILLE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE UNIFIED GOVERNMENT OF ATHENS-CLARKE C0UNTY, GEORGIA AND CITY OF WINTERVILLE

The City of Winterville is seeking qualified candidates to fill terms on a joint development authority which was created on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


The Joint Development Authority of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the City of Winterville was established to provide a route to economic development activities that are unavailable to either local government, potentially including loan support, tax benefits or property transfers that serve in the best interest of the establishing local governments. It includes each Mayor (or designee) as a member, as well as three additional residents from Athens-Clarke County and two additional residents from Winterville.

The initial appointments shall be for term expiring on April 30, 2024. Applicants must be a City of Winterville resident. The deadline for receiving applications is Thursday, May 7.

The Mayor and Council is tentatively scheduled to conduct phone interviews on Friday, May 8. After the deadline for receipt of applications, if you are selected for an interview you will receive notification of your interview time. If you will be out of town or otherwise unavailable on this date, let us know at the time you submit your application.

Appointments are tentatively scheduled to be made at the Mayor and Council meeting of Tuesday, May 12. You will receive notification from Mayor Ferrelle following the date of this meeting. Applications can be obtained on the City of Winterville website:
www.cityofwinterville.com. For more information, please call Wendy Bond, City Clerk at (706)742-8600.
 
Download a copy of the release and an application

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May 5th Charter Amendment Hearing

NOTE: The first hearing has been rescheduled for June 16th at 6:30pm. The second hearing has been rescheduled to July 14th at 6:30pm.

Dear Wintervillians,

Due to the Corona Virus and our commitment to providing full participation for our citizens regarding this very important matter, we are cancelling the May 5th Charter Amendment Public Hearing. 

The Governor's Emergency Shelter in Place order is still in effect for certain segments of our community until May 13th and we want everyone to have the opportunity to offer their comments in the public forum.  State law also spells out that municipalities wishing to amend their Charter are to hold two public hearings during regular meetings within 60 days of each other.  We just simply cannot do that under current conditions.  Therefore, Virus permitting, we are planning to start the process over and have the public hearings in June and July. 

Thank you all for your patience throughout this process.  Please stay tuned for more information and stay well! 

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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Coronavirus Update - April 26th

We just completed another conference call update with local healthcare providers and want to relay to the community the latest updates.

Overall, our numbers remain stable, and we continue to see a decline in ICU and hospitalized patients. Patient intake is not as volatile - another positive step. Per the Dept. of Public Health, as of noon today, we have 123 confirmed positive cases in Clarke Co. with 13 related deaths, 53 positives in Oconee Co., 108 positives in Barrow Co. with 3 related deaths and 73 positives in Jackson Co. with 1 related death.

In terms of PPE and supplies, our providers report they are in a positive position and have the necessary supplies at this time. Testing continues to ramp up significantly. However, with some providers, we continue to have issues with a lag in reporting times, so we must continue to focus on that. Importantly, we are now testing patients with any symptoms and many healthcare workers and other first responders without symptoms - a huge step forward.

We want to specifically highlight the work of the UGA/AU Mobile Clinic - they are doing great work in our community and providing testing in underserved areas. The Mobile Clinic hotline is 706-308-4092, and they are working to cover areas of the community where there are potential cases - particularly in underserved communities.

Our healthcare providers will gradually begin to resume elective operations. Many of these operations are critical that have been delayed for weeks, and it's important that these patients now be able to be seen. The hospitals are taking strict measures to ensure the health and safety of all patients.

Finally, we want to reemphasize the important of continuing to use common sense. There's no doubt what we've done has made a difference. We must continue to be smart - wear a mask when in public, avoid gatherings, wash your hands, cover coughs and continue to social distance.

Much progress has been made. Together, we'll continue to win this fight and move our community forward.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower

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City Council Meeting Monday, April 27th at 5:30PM

City of Winterville
Monday April 27, 2020
5:30 p.m. – City Hall/Zoom/Live via Facebook
Called Meeting Agenda
  
The Winterville City Council will conduct a Called Meeting Monday April 27, 2020 at Winterville City Hall 5:30 pm. This meeting will be held via Zoom for Mayor and Council Members and will be broadcasted live via Facebook to be in compliance with the Shelter-in-place order.
 

  1. Joint Development Authority (Discuss/Vote)
  2. Charter Amendment (Discuss Public Hearing cancellation and schedule.)

 
No other business will be discussed.

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City Council and Public Hearing Reminder

The regular meeting of Winterville Mayor and Council set for Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. has been moved to Tuesday, May 5th at 5:30 p.m. The Charter Amendment Public Hearing has also been moved to Tuesday, May 5th at 5:30 p.m. We will continue to monitor the Corona Virus and take the necessary steps as we near that date.

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Coronavirus Update - April 11

We just wrapped up another conference call update with both hospitals and other local healthcare providers. This week, we were also joined by the Department of Public Health.
Fortunately, we are seeing good news locally and cases continue to be managed. Social distancing is making a significant impact, and our providers ask us to continue to follow the guidelines put forth by our federal, state and local officials. Should a surge occur, our local providers are prepared.
While overall we are seeing a leveling in cases, there are a couple areas of concern. Across the state, we're seeing an increase in cases in nursing homes. This could result in more hospital demand. The state is actively working with these facilities to slow the spread. Secondly, we're seeing more rural counties with increases in cases. Again, overall, our providers feel we are well prepared at this time.
Our hospitals have the supplies necessary, but are preparing for further need. Testing remains limited due to supplies, and all are actively working to increase capability. Both hospitals have made plans to increase ICU bed capacity as necessary, but have not had to do so to date and are in a good position with available space.
We heard again from our hospitals that more homemade cloth masks would be extremely beneficial - especially of a larger size. If you're able to create and donate these masks, please visit this website to learn specifics - piedmont.org/media/file/COVID-Cloth-Facemask.pdf. They can then be dropped off at either hospital and will be a great help.
Finally, we know there have been many questions about specifics on the publicly provided data on the number of cases by county. We asked DPH about these numbers and how we can all work together to get even more specific information out to the public. Unfortunately, there are many reasons for lags in reporting and/or changes in the data. As DPH receives information, the data is updated and/or fixed accordingly. We all believe the more information and data we can get out there, the better which is why we continue to work together and with our providers and other state and local partners.
This Easter weekend, let's continue to keep those on the frontlines in our thoughts and prayers. And let's maintain the great progress our community has shown by continuing to social distance. Together, we will defeat this virus and emerge stronger together.
Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Mayor Bob Smith
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower

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Coronavirus Update - April 5th

We just completed another conference call update with our two hospitals and other healthcare providers in the area. Our providers continue to be prepared and have plans for ensuring our community has the resources it needs throughout this fight against COVID-19.

Our hospitals are regional hubs and continue to see local patients and those from around the region. As of noon today, we have 62 confirmed positive cases of Clarke County residents with 8 COVID-19 related deaths, 24 positives in Oconee, 25 positives in Barrow with 2 related deaths, and 15 confirmed positives in Jackson Co.

Testing remains limited and continues to be focused on those at most risk and our healthcare workers. Our providers have the supplies necessary at this time, but are preparing for further need as the number of cases continues to increase. Both hospitals have made plans to increase ICU bed capacity as necessary.

We heard from our hospitals that more homemade cloth masks would be beneficial. If you're able to create and donate these masks, please visit this website to learn specifics - https://www.piedmont.org/media/file/COVID-Cloth-Facemask.pdf. They can then be dropped off at either hospital and will be a great help.

Tonight, community members have put together a Caravan of Care - where the community will show appreciation for those on the front lines. The caravan will meet in the parking lot of the Homewood Village Shopping Center at 6:30 PM. For more information, please visit http://facebook.com/events/654873395298710.

We all stand ready to assist in any way possible throughout this time of need. We remain in regular communication with each other, our healthcare providers, local businesses and workers - we are all in this fight together.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower 
 

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