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SPLOST Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting/Agenda (tentative) - June 10, 2019


The SPLOST Citizen Advisory Committee will meet Monday, June 10, 2019, 7:00 pm at the Winterville Train Depot.

The public is invited to attend.

Secretary Report – Discuss / Correct / Accept Minutes


            Final review of projects for presentation to Mayor and Council.
            Respond to questions regarding projects presentation from Mayor and City Council.

Other business as necessary.

Discuss / Set next meeting



The City of Winterville today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 6.54 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 Winterville City Hall, 125 N. Church Street Winterville, Georgia.

Hearing #1 – Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Hearing #2 – Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

Hearing #3 – Tuesday, July 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm


2018 Five Year History-Winterville

7:55 PM 6/7/2019


6/4/2019 - 

The Winterville Community Garden steering committee is seeking someone to help design and build a simple open-sided shed for shade in the garden.  We would like to get 2 or 3 estimates if possible.  Please email if you're interested in the job or have a recommendation.
Brenda Keen


5/14/19 & 5/21/19

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The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet for the first time to discuss and prioritize projects to be funded with the 2018 TSPLOST and pending 2021 SPLOST. Recommendations will be presented to Mayor and Council. This meeting is open to the public and your input is welcomed. Tuesday, April 16th at 7 p.m. in the Train Depot.

Firefly Trail Mural Images

What a wonderful day! Check out all of the images from the Firefly Trail Mural here.



2019 - Library Week Proclamation

library week proclamation 2019
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March 23, 2019 - 

Georgia Arborists

Photos by Jennifer Wolf


Farmer's Market Town Hall

March 4, 2019 - 

Take our survey to show your level of interest and participation!

Citizen Advisory Committee

2/14/19 - 

Dear Wintervillians,

Please join me Monday, February 25th at 6 p.m. in the Train Depot. We will discuss SPLOST and TSPLOST projects you would like to see the city consider. We also hope to create a Citizen Advisory Committee to help guide this process in the future. I hope to see you there!

Sincerely, Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

Stormwater Utility Fee Review Open House at Winterville Depot

2/14/19 -

Date:               Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time:               6:30 – 8:00 PM (Drop in)
Address:          Winterville Historic Train Depot – 101 Marigold Lane, Winterville, GA 30683
Contact:          706-613-3440
Cost:               Free

ACC Stormwater is working with Stantec Consulting to conduct a comprehensive review of the Stormwater Utility Fee.
The first phase looked at existing level and extent of stormwater services, as well as a funding strategy for fixing failing stormwater pipes. 
The second phase will examine the rate structure and credit system. Credits allow stormwater customers to reduce their fees through practices that reduce stormwater runoff and/or reduce the cost burden to ACC for implementation of the Stormwater Management Program. 

As a part of Phase II of the study, we will be hosting regional open house meetings where staff will be available to answer questions you may have regarding the fee, and to provide an opportunity for you to record written comments. All open house meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. We are also be hosting an online comment form for those who cannot attend the meetings. 

Visit for more information and to access the form.


2/8/19 -


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2/2/19 - See photos of the tree planting on MLK Day at Winterville Elementary School.

1/2019 -   If you live in District 2 or know someone who does and would be willing to serve on the CCSD BOE, please go to this link and apply by February 13th.  
This is incredibly important to our Winterville Community Schools.  
We need someone willing to work with the city to strengthen Coile Middle and all schools in our County.

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor.




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Winter Library Reopens Saturday

9/5/18 - 

Notice to all homeowners in the City Limits of Winterville:

As part of the new Historic Preservation Commission, we are doing a complete photo survey and map of our town.

UGA students are helping us with taking pictures and getting organized.

They are currently out doing this. They will only be on the street and public right-of-way.

So be kind and mindful of them.

Thank You!

Any Questions can be answered by contacting Kim Burch  (

Kim Burch, Chair, Winterville Historic Preservation Commission

9/2/18 - 

Former "First Lady" of Winterville, Mary Whitehead, passed away this morning at the age of 98. 
Her life-long support of our community will always be remembered, and we offer our sincere condolences to her family.

Visitation for Mary Whitehead will take place at Lord and Stephens East on Tuesday evening  (4th) from 6 to 9 p.m.  The funeral will take place at the Winterville United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Lord & Stephens Obit

City Council Workshop Tentative Agenda


Public Hearing 6:30 pm

The Regular Meeting will commence immediately following the Public Hearing at 6:30 pm
Public Hearing 6:30 pm
A public hearing to consider the enactment of an ordinance that amends the Charter of the City of Winterville that
would remove the Charter’s restrictions that prevent the Mayor and City Council from granting licenses to sell
spirituous, vinous, malt or other intoxicating liquors within the City of Winterville, and authorize the Mayor and
City Council to issue licenses or permits for the sale or manufacture of distilled spirits, malt beverages or wine
within the City of Winterville in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia and any rules, regulations and
ordinances enacted by the City of Winterville.
Regular Meeting Immediately Following the Public Hearing
A. Call to Order – Mayor Ferrelle
B. Pledge
C. Approval of Minutes – July 10, 2018
D. Unfinished Business
E. New Business
1. Charter Amendment (VOTE or amend and extend)
2. Fire Hall Wall/Winterville Elementary School (VOTE to allow WES Art Teacher use of the city wall for
her art students)
3. Library Advisory Board Members (2) (VOTE)
4. Citizen Request for help with removal of  tree stump in Pittard Park (VOTE)
F. Committee Reports:
1. Public Finance – Councilpersons Snow & Quinn
2. Community Center –
3. Public Safety – Councilpersons Farmer & Keen
4. Public Works – Councilpersons Farmer & Keen
G. Library Report –
H. Clerk’s Report – Wendy Bond
I. City Attorney’s Report – David Ellison
J. Mayor’s Report – Dodd Ferrelle
K. Public Comments
L. Announcements
M Adjournment


Wendy L. Bond     

City of Winterville

PO Box 306

125 North Church Street

Winterville, GA 30683


706-742-5476 FAX

Kemp Votes in Winterville


GA Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, talks to the media after voting with his family at the Winterville Depot on July 24th.  

Photos: Mike Boyd



The City of Winterville today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 4.35 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 Winterville City Hall, 125 N. Church Street Winterville, Georgia.

Hearing #1 – Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Hearing #2 – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:30 am

Hearing #3 – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm


June 15, 2018 - 


            The City of Winterville, acting by and through the Mayor and City Council of Winterville, desires to amend of the Charter of the City of Winterville pursuant to its authority conferred by the Constitution and the Laws of Georgia.  The purpose of this amendment is to remove the Charter’s restrictions that prevent the Mayor and City Council from granting licenses to sell spirituous, vinous, malt or other intoxicating liquors within the City of Winterville.  Therefore,   the Mayor and City Council of Winterville propose that Section 25 of the Charter of the City of Winterville be amended to delete the following from Section 25 in its entirety:

The Mayor and City Council shall be forever prohibited from granting license in any form to anyone to sell spirituous, vinous, malt or other intoxicating liquors within said City of Winterville, and the said Mayor and City Council shall have right and authority to pass an ordinance prohibiting anyone from keeping any kind of intoxicants for the purpose of illegal sale within the corporate limits of said city.

And to substitute the following words in lieu thereof:

The Mayor and City Council shall be authorized to grant licenses or permits to persons to sell or manufacture distilled spirits, malt beverages, or wine within the City of Winterville in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia and any rules, regulations and ordinances enacted by the City of Winterville.

Any portion of that Charter in conflict with this ordinance amending the Charter of the City of Winterville will be repealed upon final adoption of the amending ordinance. 

Public Hearings on the ordinance amending the Charter of the City of Winterville will be held at the Mayor and City Council’s regular meetings on July 10, 2018 on August 14, 2018 both of which will be held at Winterville City Hall, 125 N. Church Street, Winterville, Georgia 30683 at 6:30 PM.  A copy of this ordinance is on file with the Winterville City Clerk and the Clerk of Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County for purposes of examination and inspection by the public.  A copy of the proposed amendment is available upon written request to the Winterville City Clerk, Wendy Bond, 125 N. Church Street, P.O. Box 306, Winterville, GA 30683.

Proposed Ordinance to Amend Charter



Celebrate the Winterville Library's 44th Birthday & Bookstore Remodel!


Celebrate the Winterville Library's 44th Birthday & Bookstore Remodel!

June 9th
12pm - 2 pm

Join us at the library for cake!

Snacks, baked goods, and punch provided by FOWL and the Library Advisory Board.

Then at 6 pm a concert will be provided by Blind Orphan Kitty.

2018 Marigold Festival 10K Run by Mike Boyd

More 10K Photos by Ken Storey


2018 Marigold Parade by Mike Boyd


More Parade Photos by Ken Storey


2018 Marigold Festival by Mike Boyd

More Marigold Festival Photos by Ken Storey


2018 Miss Marigold Pageant


Help us keep a wonderful Winterville Tradition Alive. Come out Saturday night and support the 2018 Marigold Pageant. Tickets will be available at the Auditorium night of the show. Doors open at 6:30 pm

Fox Theatre Institute Big Check Celebration - May 11, 2018

View more photos on our Facebook page

"Winterville celebrates $55K grant for auditorium"​-Online Athens 

Open House - Firefly Trail (Winterville Section) - Wed., April 18, 6-8 PM at Winterville Depot

Open House - Firefly Trail (Winterville Section) - Wed., April 18, 6-8 PM at Winterville Depot

4-18-18 - A public information open house is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 at the Winterville Depot from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for interested parties to view the Preliminary Plans for the Winterville Section of the Firefly Trail (TSPLOST 2018 Project #06). The public is encouraged to attend the input session and discuss the proposed revisions with staff. This is a drop-in format with no formal presentation. Residents who are unable to attend may take advantage of input opportunities available online. For more information, please visit the department’s Park Planning website at or call 706-613-3801. Firefly Trail Expansion Open House - Winterville Section Wed., April 18 6:00-8:00 p.m. Winterville Depot Near corner of N. Main Street & Parkview Road in Winterville, GA

Marigold Planting

4/13/18 - 

Come help us plant Marigolds for the festival. We will meet tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Winterville Police Department.
Hope to see you there!
Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Firefly Meeting

4/11/18 - Dear Wintervillians,
Please make plans to attend a drop-in session to discuss future plans surrounding the Firefly Trail in Winterville. The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m  in the Historic Train Depot. Staff from Athens Clarke County, SPLOST and W&A Engineering will be on hand to answer questions and listen to your comments.
I hope to see you there!
Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

2018 Winterville Comprehensive Plan

2nd Annual Winterville Tree Tour

3/28/18 -

"Invasive Plants in Your Landscape"


2:00-4:00 PM, FREE!

Walking tour begins at Pittard Park, Main Pavilion

(Tour occurs alongside the Athens Home & Garden Show)


SpeakersGary Crider - Memorial Park Weed Warrior Coordinator

                 Erie MacDonald - Assoc. Professor & Chew Crew Coord., UGA

                 Art Morris - General Manager & Master Arborist, new Urban Forestry


The tour covers invasive plant identification, management, & effects on the health of your trees.



Hosted by: Winterville Tree Commission, GA Forestry Commission & City of Winterville.

for more information:


Print Poster

From the Community Garden

3/24/18 - Good Morning, WCG gardeners!  

Wonderful workday yesterday!  Thank you to everyone who came - a great turnout!  And a big thank you to the Hilsman students who joined us and worked so hard.  Together we achieved a lot and the gardens are looking clean and tidy - and beautiful.  
Another thank you - to all the gardeners - for keeping tools, wheelbarrows, and watering cans where they belong.  It makes a big difference to the appearance of the gardens.
Irrigation:  The length of time for each watering cycle has been decreased for now.  At the moment we have no automatic mechanism for turning off the system when it rains, and several of the boxes are clearly getting over-watered resulting in wet pathways.   We'll monitor it carefully, and adjust as necessary.  
Vacant boxes:  We still have 8 vacant boxes, and we can now open up these to gardeners who would like a third box.  If you would like another box let me know.
Weeds growing in garden beds:  A few boxes have a lush growth of .... weeds!   So just a reminder - Even if you do not grow winter veg., it is still your responsibility to keep your boxes free of weeds.  With so much help yesterday, we did clean out some neglected boxes, but if yours was one of these, you got lucky!  Beds like those definitely detract from the view and this will not be a normal occurrence!  We are getting help with our weed problem, but this doesn't include cleaning out boxes.  Please read your garden guidelines. Thanks!
The Shed:  Don't forget to look inside the shed when you come to the gardens, even if you bring your own tools.  We are building up a good little reference library, there are seeds and coupons for the taking, and we will soon have a notice board showing current events that might interest you.  And check out our bulletin board for information, too.
Hope to see you at the gardens soon!
(for the WCG Committee)

3/12/18 - Volunteers needed for Firefly Trail Oversight Committee.  


This will be a 3 person committee charged with oversight of the construction inside the City Limits of Winterville.  Contact City Hall at 706-742-8600.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Winterville Tree City USA

2/21/18 - Winterville, GA, was name a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  

City of Winterville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.  "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained.  They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation:   The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurtute, and celebrate trees.  More information is available at


Winterville Arbor Day Celebration

2/9/18 - Set aside this time to come celebrate Arbor day in Winterville by the Winterville Tree Commission & the City of Winterville.  Meet at The Depot from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to participate in a:

  • Tree Planting Celebration
  • Pruning Demonstration
  • Commemorative Tree Program

For more information:

For more information on the Commemorative Tree Program download this brochure (pdf).


Winterville Comprehensive Planning Meeting

2/7/18 - 

City Council Public Meeting
City of Winterville
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:30 pm – Winterville Train Depot

The City of Winterville announces a Public Meeting for the next phase of its comprehensive planning process on
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 6:30 pm at the Historic Winterville Train Depot.  The purpose of the Public Meeting is to receive community input on the comprehensive planning process and provide opportunities for public participation therein.


2/2/18 - Winterville Comprehensive Plan Questionnaire   Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.  Thank you.

NEW and Available as Souvenirs and Gifts!

Get your City of Winterville Commemorative Cups for yourself or as Souvenirs and gifts!

Your choice of a mug and/or tumbler at $10.00 each!


Each cup printed with the new City Seal.

13 oz. Tin style Coffee Mugs
Ceramic mugs in the style of tin cups
Slightly flared top for easier drinking and less spills. Hand wash only.
Stainless Steel tumbler can hold up to 20 oz.
Insulated cup uses a vacuum to keep beverage hot or cold. Hand wash only.

Election Day

11/2/17 - As Tuesday, November 7, approaches, citizens of Winterville and Athens-Clarke County are encouraged to be sure to VOTE!  Depending on where you live, voting options vary and you are encouraged to visit "My Voter Page" at to see your sample ballot. 

Winterville residents are electing three councilmembers, and 100% of A-CC and Winterville residents will vote "yes" or "no" on the TSPLOST referendum which means over $969,000 for Winterville and $16.8M to construct the Firefly Trail connecting Winterville to Athens.

Winterville pledges 70% of our TSPLOST tax (approx. $678K) to pedestrian safety and sidewalks; 30% (approx. $291K) to pavement maintenance and improvement.

In addition to these funds which are specifically destined for Winterville, TSPLOST includes an additional $42 Million to be spent county-wide for pedestrian, bicycle, and street paving improvements in the next five years.

The last day for early voting is tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd.  There will be no early voting on Monday, November 6th.  If you cannot get to the polls on Tuesday, absentee ballots are available from the Board of Elections.


Dear Wintervillians, 
We are happy to announce the award of $55,476 in grant funding from the Fox Theatre Institute to the City of Winterville for the purposes of renovating our Auditorium. More information will be coming very soon, but please enjoy this good news and thank the Winterville Arts Council and David Matthews-Morgan for making this happen.

Sincerely, Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Intersection Closure/90 Day Trial

7-11-17 - This message serves as an alert to new traffic routing being proposed by the City. City Council voted last night to begin a 90 day trial closure of the cross over to Dozier St. from Robert Hardeman Road. Motorists will have to turn North or South on to Main St. from Robert Hardeman instead of crossing over Dozier to cut through to Parkview and beyond. During the recent Charrette with UGA the community voiced their desire for more walkability and addressed key areas of concern. This intersection was pointed out and became one of the main takeaways from the Charrette. A traffic study revealed 229 cars used Dozier St. on a Wednesday in the middle of summer. The narrow street and sharp curve joining Dozier St. to Church St. are not suited for this amount of traffic while Main St. and Parkview can certainly handle that flow. I will be visiting neighbors in the area to gain feedback. I will also hold a Town Hall meeting specifically to address concerns/comments about this project. Please join me August 8th at 6 p.m. in City Hall. If you have any comments/concerns please send them to Our goal is not to inconvenience our citizens, but to provide a safer place to live. This is a trial to better inform that decision.

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Green Apple Day of Service at WES

10-17-17 - Dear Wintervillians,

Winterville Elementary School will be holding a Green Apple Day of Service this Saturday the 21st from 8 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers will be assembling benches for an outdoor classroom, clearing out garden boxes for planting and creating a pollinator garden at the school.  Materials will be donated, but we could use tools and labor if you can spare either.  Please come out and pitch in for your community school! Hope to see you this weekend.

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

10/6/17 - Consultants with Athens in Motion will be on hand at the Front Porch Bookstore Concert Series this Saturday at 6 p.m. to answer questions and update citizens on the progress of ACC's 20 year Bike and Pedestrian Master  plan. Hope you can attend! 

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Athens in Motion

Winterville Elementary Awarded AthFest Educates Grant

10-6-17 - We are proud to announce that Winterville Elementary art teacher, Carli Brownlee, is the recipient of a 2017 AthFest Educates Grant.  This grant will provide twelve ipads along with additional materials needed to implement a stop-motion animation project with second through fifth-grade students at Winterville Elementary.  This assignment will encourage students to explore the art of filmmaking and will provide students with experience in planning, producing, and editing their own stop-motion film.  

AthFest Educates is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to sustain and advance music and arts education for young people in Athens-Clarke County.”  AthFest Educates is funded through two main events: AthFest Music and Art Festival, held each summer, and AthHalf, the Athens, Georgia Half Marathon held each October.  AthFest Educates awards up to $50,000 annually to support music and arts programs in the Athens area.  

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Attention Winterville: Storm Info

9/8/17 - The Winterville Emergency Management Team met yesterday to make preparations for Hurricane Irma. Our goal is to provide safe haven in the city for all citizens, especially those who may become displaced from their home and need shelter after the storm. The Winterville Center for Community and Culture at 371 North Church St. has been designated as Winterville's emergency shelter. If your home becomes damaged or you need shelter AFTER the storm, please call 706-742-7348 anytime for help. If you cannot get to the Winterville Center on your own we will send Winterville Volunteer Fire or Winterville Police to pick you up and transport you to safety. If you are ill or require medical attention please call 911. All public safety vehicles are fueled up and ready. All city employees have been busy preparing so that we may provide the absolute best support possible for our citizens. Below you will find more information on how to prepare as well as the FEMA checklist on what to pack in an Emergency Kit.

What You Can Do Now:

Some steps you can take to protect your property include:

-Ensure all windows in your home and auto are closed.
-Secure any loose items on your property such as furniture and outdoor equipment.
-Put your vehicle under a carport or in a garage.
-Pay attention to warnings and evacuation orders by local authorities.

Emergency Kit:

-Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

-Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

-Flashlight and extra batteries

-First aid kit

-Whistle to signal for help

-Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

-Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

DONATIONS: Please stay tuned for needs that arise after the storm. Donations can be dropped off at the Winterville Volunteer Fire Department on 125 South Church Street.

Please dial 911 if you are having a medical emergency or your situation is life threatening.
Call 706-742-7348 if your house becomes damaged or you need shelter.

Winterville is here for our Citizens!!

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid

8/1/17 - Winterville Auditorium Bid Document #10260

The City of Winterville intends to solicit bids for renovation work in the Winterville Auditorium. The renovation work includes the installation of an HVAC system, theatre lighting and sound systems, electrical work and general construction work including bathrooms, a sound and light booth, a soundproof wall, two dressing rooms, a concrete slab and an attic floor on which to store items. The bid schedule is as follows:

  •  Bid document distributed on Friday, July 28
  •  An optional bidders conference will be held at 10:00 A.M. EDT on Tuesday, August 1 in the Winterville Auditorium
  •  Bid responses will be due at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, August 11

The contract will be awarded contingent on a matching fund award by the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI). The FTI grant, which is due on Tuesday, August 15, requires bids from three qualified contractors as part of the application process.

Winterville Auditorium Bid Document #10260  (PDF)


8/2/17 - Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid Addendum #10260 - 1

8/3/17 - Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid Addendum #10260 - 2

8/8/17 - Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid Addendum #10260 - 3

Happy Charter Day for the City of Winterville!

Happy Winterville Charter Day!!! On August 15th, 1904 the City of Winterville was awarded our Charter from the Georgia Legislature. A special day for sure! 


Wendy Bond Receives 10 Year Anniversary Award

7/11/17 - Mrs. Wendy Bond, Winterville's City Clerk, was honored by Mayor Dodd Ferrelle and City Council with an award for serving the City for ten years at last night's Council meeting.


Tuesday, May 23

Tree Ordinance Workshop
6:00-7:00 pm
Historic Winterville Train Depot

Town Hall Meeting
7:00-8:00 pm
Historic Winterville Train Depot


Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance Draft (PDF)

Winterville A & E Chart Draft (PDF)


$25,000 Matching Grant for Auditorium

 We are very excited to announce a fundraising kickoff that will take place at the Marigld Festival on May 20.  A private citizen has very generously offered to match dollar for dollar all donations to the Auditorium renovation up to $25,000 through the end of 2017.  So, if you purchase a nameplate for one of the auditorium seats at $500, the city gets $1,000 to put into the renovation.  Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Winterville Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  Contact Wendy Bond at City Hall for more information.



Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance Workshop

Tuesday, March 21,  6:30 pm at City Hall

Participate in the planning for the City of Winterville


Winterville Design Charrette

Winterville CharretteFEBRUARY 27, 2017 - The Winterville Design Guidelines Charrette took place February 24th through 26th in the Historic Train Depot.  UGA students and professors from the College of Environment and Design spent tthree days in our city and conducted an intense look into our vision for a "screen door community."  The official presentation will be scheduled soon.  All citizens are encouraged to attend.  Community Workshops will be held soon after the presentation so that we can begin prioritizing the exciting work that lies ahead.




Photo - Wendy Bond




Winterville Arbor Day
Photo - Kenneth Storey

MARCH 20, 2017 - Winterville celebrated Arbor Day Tree Planting Demonstration by Seth Hawkins from the Georgia Forestry Commission on  Monday, February 20th at 10 a.m. Families visited the new Phase 4 Natural Area of Pittard Park just below the new Basketball court near the Boy Scout Hut for a reading of the proclamation by the Mayor, Dodd Ferrelle.



MARCH 30, 2016 – Mayor Dodd Ferrelle held the first meeting of the Safe Routes to School planning team on Wednesday to discuss a key initiative of his administration: creating an accessible Winterville. Central to this goal is Winterville Elementary School. Mayor Ferrelle hopes that, through Safe Routes, WES students and Winterville citizens alike will be able to easily and, most importantly, safely walk or bike to and from the school and the surrounding areas.

In addition to the Mayor, the Safe Routes to School Working Group is comprised of key members of the Winterville community, officials from Athens-Clarke County and Clarke County School District, and staff from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC). Under the guidance of the NEGRC, the Safe Routes to School program aims to increase the number of children walking and biking to school, as well as improve the safety of children and the community as a whole. Further, the group aims to reduce traffic congestion and foster the sense of a true “neighborhood school.”

In attendance were NEGRC staff members John Devine and Kenny Gilbert, Winterville Police Chief John Finley, ACC Traffic Engineer Steve Decker, and CCSD Safety & Energy Coordinator John Dorsch. On behalf of WES was Principal Jerry Stapleton and Assistant Principal Dr. Stacie Carson. WES parent Savannah Hembree also offered valuable insight on the morning commute and potential safety issues.

“Lack of sidewalks is a major issue,” noted Mayor Ferrelle. The group outlined existing problem areas, which included narrow sidewalks on Main Street and the need for lit crosswalks near the school. Also mentioned was non-infrastructure solutions, such as enforcement by the Winterville Police Department of speed limits within school zones, and programs to encourage students to walk or bike to school.

According to ACC Traffic Engineer Steve Decker, recent efforts to improve student and pedestrian safety throughout Athens-Clarke County have been markedly successful. Prior to the changes, there were over 400 citations issued for school zone speeding in Winterville. The solution was a combined effort of enforcement, engineering, and public information. Solar-powered flashers were installed at school zones and crosswalks. The Safe Communities Roadway Committee, formed in 2011, worked to reduce speeds and distracted driving within ACC’s 22 school zones.

These initiatives have led to a 38 percent reduction of speeding in school zones. However, the Mayor and the Safe Routes Working Group hope to build upon the work of ACC and the vigilance of the Winterville Police Department.

“What we’re doing is only going to accent the strength that [these initiatives] already show,” said Ferrelle. Safe Routes to School, in addition to the Complete Streets Program, will fulfill the goal of a walkable Winterville by connecting all citizens to key points throughout the city.

For more information on the Safe Routes to School Partnership, please visit their website.



JUNE 7, 2016 – The City of Winterville won two of the 18 prestigious Historic Preservation Awards presented by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation on June 6 at the Morton Theatre in Athens. The ACHF is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is “to increase awareness of the value of historic resources to the Athens community.”

The organization celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 and this year held its 47th annual awards ceremony honoring local preservation efforts. The awards recognize both the projects and the individuals behind them.

The Foundation presented the Carter-Coile Country Doctors Museum, as well as its curator, Lee Hartle, and Mayor Dodd Ferrelle, with a 2016 Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation. The contractor on this project was Michael Todd from Bar None Construction LLC.

The old Winterville High School, which presently houses the Winterville Center for Community and Culture, as also awarded an Outstanding Rehabilitation Award. The ACHF recognized the development as an example of a historic building that has found new use thanks to preservation efforts of former Mayor Emily Eisenman and WCCC Director Jack Eisenman. David Matheny of Armentrout, Matheny & Thurmond, and the Hutton-Vandiver Company served as the architect and the contractor respectively.

To learn more about historic preservation and to explore the history that our community has to offer, please visit the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.



Photo Credit: Barbette Houser, Flagpole Magazine


APRIL 18, 2016 – The Winterville Center for Community and Culture opened its inaugural exhibit on Friday, April 15. The rotating exhibit, which will be replaced by new pieces every two months, focused on a variety of art styles and featured several local artists. The art show was a huge success for the Winterville Center and will be an asset to the community for years to come. Check out Barbette Houser’s review of the show in Flagpole Magazine:

When an editor suggests to me that I check out the inaugural art opening at the new Winterville Center for Community and Culture, I don’t know why images of Siberia pop into my head. After all, it is only five miles from Athens.

I do know that after arriving at the center on a recent Friday night to check out the show curated by Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla, I was reminded of just how jaded I’ve become.

Walking in the door, the sense of community, enthusiasm and pride was palpable. Smiling arts council members took the time to introduce themselves and shake hands. The executive director, Jack Eisenman, made sure to welcome visitors personally.


Inaugural Winterville Center for Community & Culture Art Show

APRIL 12, 2016 – Join us for the Inaugural Winterville Center for Community & Culture Art Show this Friday, April 15. This will be the first of a series of two-month-long art shows open to the public, free of charge. The opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

Curated by Jimmy Straehla, the Winterville Center Art Show will showcase Winterville area artists including Van Bellville, Madison Binkley, Cameron Bliss, Susan Clay, Tex Crawford, Margot Ecke, Peter Loose, Mike Jones, Steve Milsap, Jim White, Jen Wolf, cap man as well as Terry Rowlett, who helped install the show. While all of the artists are from the general Winterville area, they represent a variety of mediums, from oil paintings to stone carvings to mixed media.

The Art Show is free of charge and open to the public.

From left to right: Blaine Williams, ACC Acting City Manager; City Councilperson Mary Quinn; Dr. Keith Everson, Northeast Georgia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Director; ACC Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson (District 1); Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle; former Mayor Emily Eisenman; Kevin Gentry, Superintendent, ACC Streets & Drainage; David Fluck, Central Services Director; George Chandler, City Engineer


Volunteers helped to plant marigolds over the weekend.

APRIL 10, 2016 - Thank you to all of the residents who spent their Sunday planting marigolds for the upcoming Marigold Festival! We love our volunteers and look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 21 for the annual festivities!

Dodd Ferrelle and the Winter Villians open the Front Porch Book Store's spring concert series.

APRIL 2, 2016 - Mayor Ferrelle opened up the spring concert series at the Front Porch Book Store. About 128 members of the community gathered on the front lawn to enjoy food from the Civitan Club and entertainment by Dodd Ferrelle and the Winter Villians. The Red Oak Southern String Band will be playing at the next concert on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m.


Mayor Ferrelle congratulates newly hired Community Center Director Jack Eisenman at January's City Council meeting.

JANUARY 12, 2016 - Mayor Ferrelle called for a vote to hire a Director of the Winterville Center for Community & Culture, and Jack G. Eisenman was voted in unanimously by the City Council. Congratulations, Jack!