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City of Helen Road Repair

The City of Helen Public Works Department will be repairing several small areas of three city roads starting Tuesday morning. An area on Edelweiss Strasse in front of the Festhalle will be repaired. This will cause traffic to be detoured around the area using Tannen Weg and Chattahoochee Strasse. An area on Chattahoochee Strasse in front of the Helen Arts and Heritage Center will be repaired in one lane. Please proceed with caution around the area. The third location will be on Brucken Strasse close to Loreley. This will only effect one lane as well, so please proceed with caution around the area. Concrete will be poured on Tuesday morning, and each area will be blocked off for three days and should be opened back up on Friday. If you have any questions, call City Hall at 706-878-2733.

Free Identity Theft Class

The City of Helen will host a FREE class on identity theft Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The class will be located at Helen City Hall (25 Alpenrosen Strasse) and will take approximately an hour and a half. It will cover how to protect yourself, what to do, what not to do, and the latest scams being used. Handouts will be provided. There will also be a question and answer section. The class is free to all Helen and White County residents. To reserve your seat, call the Helen Police Department with the number of people in your party at 706-878-2722.

Free Child Identity Kits

The Helen Police Department will be doing Child Identification Kits at the Helen Library (90 Pete's Park Road) on June 26-27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. We will be taking children's fingerprints and DNA and combining them with their dental records and a picture to ensure your child can be easily identified in the event of an emergency. All parents are encouraged to bring their children in to make sure all information on them is up-to-date in our system. So, come by and register your child and help us keep the kids in Helen safe.  

2016 Water Quality Report

The 2016 Water Quality Report for the City of Helen Water Department is now available. It can be viewed by clicking the Water Report link on the side bar. If you have any questions, please call 706-878-2733.

Georgia Department of Transportation Resurfacing Project

Helen City Hall has been advised that the contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing Highway 17/75 Monday, March 13. The crews will work Monday through Thursday, from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The project will consist of milling down the current asphalt and repaving the road from Robertstown to the Indian Mound, and then will continue to Yonah Burger. There will be lane closures so expect delays and plan accordingly. The project is expected to take approximately several months depending on the weather.

Cancellation of Commission Meeting

The March 7, 2017 Commission Meeting has been cancelled due to no items on the agenda. The next meeting will be March 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Notice of Openings on Helen's Planning and Design Review Board

The City of Helen would like to announce two open seats on the Planning and Design Review Board (PDRB). The PDRB meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. The term will be for two years. Qualifications are as follows:

The planning and design review board shall be comprised of seven members appointed by the city commission. Members of the board must be residents of the city, or a resident and registered voter of the county who either owns property within the city and has done so for one year or more, or has held a city business license and has done so for two years or more, or is an officer of a corporation which either owns property within the city and has done so for one year or more, or holds a city business license and has done so for two years or more.

A full copy of Ordinance 34-52 can be viewed at www.cityofhelen.org. Go to Government, then City Ordinances, then Chapter 34, Article II, Division 2. You may notify the City Manager or the Building/Zoning Director if you have interest in the position or with any questions at 706-878-2733. Deadline is March 3, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

White County Fire Ban Lifted

Effective immediately, and until conditions change, the burn ban has been lifted in White County with the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor burning must be in compliance with state law and regulations.
  • Persons must obtain a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission by calling 1-877-652-2876.
  • Burn Permits are not required for cooking or heating type fires.
  • All fires must be attended at all times.
  • All fires must have a water source available to assist in controlling.
  • All fires must be completely out by dark, except cooking and heating.

However, there is a total fire ban on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. This means building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal based fire whether contained in a grill or not) is prohibited. Commercially available fuel stoves (camp stoves) are excluded from this restriction.

Thank you for your support of this measure and complying with the burning restrictions.                               -David Murphy