Thanks to everyone for responding to our questions last week. Adding additional severe weather warning devices is an expensive and lengthy process but we have provided the information to Cherokee County EMS to let them know where our key spots are. In the meantime, we would encourage everyone to visit the Cherokee EMA website and sign up for the code red alert system. Doing this will turn your cell phone, our even the land line in your home to your own personal warning system. Just go to www.cherokeega-ema.org and click on the “CodeRED” tab on the top bar of the website. It will take you through the steps of setting up your own personal warning system. Additionally, towards the end of the setup, you will also have the ability to download an app that will assist you in receiving alerts based on where you are with your phone. This could be a great feature when traveling.
We had a great crowd for the fireworks Saturday evening – and our local businesses are reporting they had great evenings as well. We can’t thank you enough for continuing to support Ball Ground Businesses. It looked questionable for a while, but the weather finally cooperated. We will be making some changes for next year’s show which will be on the Saturday prior to July 4th. The show will be larger next year and some of our local civic organizations will assist with parking both before and after the show. We will also be working on a new traffic control plan in an attempt to make your arrival and departure a little easier as crowds continue to grow.
Our next event in the park will be on July 15th when we will be showing “The Good Dinosaur”. We will kick the movie off around dark. Maybe we will actually make it thru this one without rain. Our rainouts outnumber our successes this year, but it sure does beat a drought like last summer so we won’t complain.
Work will begin soon on drainage improvements to the Children’s playground in Calvin Farmer Park. We will do our best to make certain that the work site is cleaned up each day, and the playground placed back in use when work is not actively underway. So if you show up at the park, and you see the yellow caution tape around the playground area, please be patient and stay clear. We will do our best to minimize the downtime.
Have a great week.
It’s that time of year again – for the Mayors Recycle Challenge. The “Santek” truck parked in the front parking lot of City Hall is for all of your recycle items. Remember a big change this year is NO GLASS. However; you can still bring all of your paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum cans, appliances, (don’t worry about trying to get the appliances in the truck – just set on the ground and we will get in the truck for you). What you currently are recycling at your home will continue to count towards the weight – so no need to bring it to the truck. However; you can bring all of your overflows here. Given our population, it is difficult for us to be competitive in this challenge. We can’t achieve the weight of the cities with a population of 30,000 people, and obtaining the “per capita” award is very difficult given the very small population in Waleska, yet with them having such a large college. Regardless – we always put our best attempt forward and at the end of the day, it’s just good to recycle. So let’s give it all we’ve got.
Many of you have received your assessment notices from the tax assessor’s office, and it looks like Ball Ground property is increasing in value. Quite honestly at this point, it is difficult to say how each individual tax bill will play out. We know that overall, properties in Ball Ground increased in value, from inflation, by almost 3 million dollars this year. As a result, Mayor Roberts and the City Council will be lowering the millage rate in Ball Ground from its current 4.916 to a new low of 4.739. This simply means that the homes that did not increase in value at the average rate, or homes that increase at the average rate will not see a tax increase. There are some homeowners, where the property value increased well above the average, and in those cases, a small tax increase may be seen, even though the rate is being lowered. Mayor Roberts and the City Council will take final action at the July 13th meeting to solidify the new millage rate.
Next week we anticipate the Certificate of Occupancy will be issued for the Universal Alloy Building. Now work will begin on installing presses and stretches, aging ovens etc. etc., Right now our best guess would be that an open house at the facility will take place around the end of August or beginning of September.
We would like to get some feedback from you on two things:
1) Would like to know if you heard, or did not hear the tornado sirens today – then let us know where you live. This will help us in working with EMS in an attempt to place more sirens.
2) Please visit www.engagecherokeega.com This is a website set up to gather citizen input for the work being done on a new comprehensive plan for Cherokee County, Ball Ground and Waleska. There is a special section on the website for Ball Ground residents to answer survey questions that will help with plan development. Your input is very important.
Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 1st which will be our annual fireworks display. The show will begin around 9:45 pm but as always – come early – grab a bite to eat – shop for a while downtown – find a good seat and enjoy the show.
Help us win in 2017!
Bring your recyclables and help us fill the truck that is located in the City Hall Parking Lot.
NO HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE, TIRES, PAINT, FURNITURE, APPLIANCES ACCEPTED!
Come help us shape the future! Attend one of the Critical Issues Forums on June 27th and 29th or be involved online in helping update our Comprehensive Plan.
Please join Cherokee County and the cities of Ball Ground and Waleska in this important effort. We welcome all community input on a wide range of topics, such as land use, transportation, infrastructure, housing, economic development, historic preservation and environmental protection. For more information go to www.engagecherokeega.com .
Our monthly meeting of Mayor and Council will be Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Items on the agenda include the 2nd reading of our annual budget and of the proposed defined benefit plan for City Employees. Items of new business include an agreement with Georgia Probation Management, Authorizations to seek bids for construction of a Senior Citizens Center, Resolution of Support for a new grant application to assist with funding for the senior center and finally Mayor and Council will consider a declaration of surplus property for auction. (F350 Service Vehicle).
The Movie Trailer for “American Made” starring Tom Cruise was released yesterday – so check it out if you get a chance and see if you can spot the Ball Ground scenes.
Mayor Roberts and the City Council have appropriated funds for the installation of an audio system downtown. We are working with Georgia Power now to wrap up the red tape – but very soon we will have speakers installed on the power poles downtown to stream music on weekends – hopefully helping to make our downtown an even more inviting place to visit and conduct business.
Many of you may have noticed that the old fire station building on Groover Street has been removed. The design is under way now for a Senior Center that will be constructed on that site. This will be a small facility that will cater to our senior population with great support and assistance from the Cherokee County Senior Services Center. If all goes well this center could open as early as April/May 2018.
Our next event in City Park will be the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” on June 17th at dark. This will be a great night to bring out the kids…………..and your “friendly” pets to City Park and catch a movie.
Also, mark your calendars for July 1st at 9:45 PM when we will host our annual fireworks display.
Have a great week.
Ball Ground officials announced the city will be celebrating “Georgia Cities Week” April 17-23. The city will be holding a variety of events throughout the week, including a Photo Contest and daily trivia question contest.
The theme of this year’s Georgia Cities Week is “Cities in the Mix,” highlighting cities’ important role in creating community gathering spaces and driving economic development. This is the 18th year Georgia Cities Week has been celebrated in the state and Ball Ground is excited to participate this year. “We’re very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors,” said Mayor Rick Roberts. “Cities provide the services and infrastructure to help businesses grow, and set the stage for events where families and individuals can gather as a community.”