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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)

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Seeking Candidates for Joint Development Authority


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: For more information, please call Wendy Bond, City Clerk at (706)742-8600.
Download a copy of the release and an application

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! 

Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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

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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