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Public Notices
Posted on 05/21/2018

Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response
Posted on 10/22/2019

 

October 18, 2019

Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?GA the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn. “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture. EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

“The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply,” said state climatologist Bill Murphey. “It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.”

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information in one or more of the following: newspaper advertisements, water bill inserts, website homepages, social media and notices posted in public libraries.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock,
Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place. It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

 Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
 Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
 Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
 Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances, and EPD actions regarding drought: https://epd.georgia.gov/about-us/watershed-protection-branch/drought-management. Water conservation information is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.  READ MORE...
2019 Property Tax News Release
Posted on 09/11/2019

Troup County Tax Commissioner's Office

Shane Frailey

Tax Commissioner

100 Ridley Avenue

LaGrange, GA 30240

Phone: 706-883-1620        Fax: 706-883-1606

 

 


September 9, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

                       

                        Troup County Tax Commissioner, Shane Frailey wants to remind all taxpayers that real and personal property tax bills for 2019 are in the process of being sent out and will be due on November 15, 2019. Payments can be made in person or by mail at 100 Ridley Ave, Lagrange, Ga 30240.

                        He also wants to remind all citizens that for convenience we have a secure drop box located in the drive as you exit the public parking lot area of the Government Center on Ridley Ave. The use of MasterCard, Visa or Discover is available for payment purposes as well as cash or check. You may also pay online at www.troupcountytax.com.

                        If you purchased property after January 1, 2019 you may not receive a tax bill, due to the bill being in the previous owner’s name. Please call 706-883-1620 if you have any questions about taxes you owe on your property purchased after January 1, 2019 and we will give you the tax amount due or mail you a new owner’s bill.  

                        In other business, the Tax Office will have a representative at the Hogansville City Hall on Monday November 4, 2019 from 9am to 4pm and at West Point City Hall on November 5, 2019 from 9am to 4pm for convenience of accepting payments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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The City of West Point Receives 2017 Live, Work, Play City Award

PRESS RELEASE - January 23, 2017

Contact: Kelli Bennett, GMA (678) 686-6242 kbennett@gmanet.com

ATLANTA – On Jan. 22, the city of West Point received a 2017 Live, Work, Play City Award presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend Magazine, during GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta.

There were a total of nine cities in three population categories—small (population under 4,999), Medium (5,000-24,999) and Large (more than 25,000)—that received this year’s award. These cities will be featured in the February 2017 issue of Georgia Trend.

Recipients of the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award:

Small City Category

  • Grayson, Ga.
  • Madison, Ga.
  • West Point, Ga.

Medium City Category

  • Dublin, Ga.
  • Griffin, Ga.
  • Woodstock, Ga.

Large City Category

  • Roswell, Ga.
  • Statesboro, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.

Though each city provides different services, contest judges praised the winning cities for their success in advancing job creation, housing offerings and recreational amenities. Judges for the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award represented Georgia Power’s office of Community & Economic Impact, the Department of Community Affairs and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In addition to being recognized during GMA’s Mayors’ Day, winning cities will be highlighted in the association’s monthly newspaper, Georgia’s Cities.

“These nine cities truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “They also serve as examples for local governments across Georgia. Officials in these cities have demonstrated advanced problem-solving, exceptional management and teamwork to increase the overall quality of life for all residents. GMA is honored to serve all of our member cities and especially proud of these award recipients.”

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 521 member cities.

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Anti-Litter Campaign

The City of West Point is a wonderful community to live, work, play or just to visit. We have so much to be proud of, but like many communities across America, litter can be found along our city streets and local waterways.

We know this is not just an issue in our area. Last year, more than $16 million was spent statewide on removing litter from Georgia roads. These taxpayer dollars could go towards schools, parks, and other services.


What can I do?

Keep Troup Beautiful

Keep Troup Beautiful was organized in the early 1990’s by a group of LaGrange/Troup County citizens interested in recycling and beautification. The group hosts special events throughout the year, provides clean-up kits, has special programs with the local schools, and conducts research. You can contact them to:

  • Organize a Clean-Up
  • Get free gloves, trash bags and other supplies
  • Get help choosing a location to clean up
  • To adopt a street or roadway

 

Adopt-A-Highway

The GDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program is always looking for businesses, neighborhoods, church groups, and other organizations to adopt a street.

 

Secure your load

Trucks carrying unsecured loads dump litter onto the Georgia’s roads every day. Truck owners often use their truck beds as mobile garbage cans. Sure it’s handy, but the trash doesn’t always stay put. At highway speeds, with vehicles passing and bumpy roads, empty containers and other bits of trash easily become airborne and turn into litter.

  • Don’t rely on the weight of items to keep them in your truck.
  • Consider buying a cover
  • All trash or recyclables should be in sturdy bags and covered by a strong tarp or cargo netting.

Visit the Department of Community Affairs for more information on securing your load. https://dca.ga.gov/sites/default/files/unsecuredloadsbrochure.pdf

 

Contact Us

If you see a road with an excessive amount of litter on a roadway or you see one of our trucks releasing litter. Call our Public Works Department at 706-645-3545 and let us know can send someone over and we can let our drivers know their load is not secured.


What is the City doing?

In February 2018, County and City Leadership sat down to discuss litter. From that conversation, the group decided to focus on education and awareness before enforcement. The City of West Point and City of Hogansville joined the Anti-Litter Campaign to educate and encourage residents not to litter. 

Videos

Educational videos were created to create awareness about litter in our community.

I Love My Town
2018 Anti-Litter Campaign

 

Why does it matter?

We know litter, costs the Cities, the County and the State money, but there are also indirect costs our residents pay for litter.  The indirect costs include property value, tourism, businesses, and development.

Keep America Beautiful surveyed homeowners, realtors, and business development officials nationally and released the following statistics:

  • 93% of homeowners say a littered neighborhood would decrease their assessment of a home’s value and influences their decision to purchase a property
  • 36% of business development officials say that litter impacts a decision to locate to a community.
  • 55% of realtors think that litter reduces property values by about 9%.
  • 60% of property appraisers would reduce a home’s value if it was littered
  • The presence of litter in a community decreases property values by a little over 7%, according to the National Association of Home Builders pricing model.
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