City of Helen 100 years

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 a month or so 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

EPD Issues Level 2 Drought Response

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a Level 2 Drought Response for 52 counties including White County. In addition to asking all commercial and residential water users to continue to be good stewards of our water resources, Level 2 Drought Response requires the implementation of specific water demand management measures. This includes:

  • Regularly checking for and repairing of leaks inside and outside the home and/or place of business.
  • While brushing teeth, shaving, washing face, etc. turn the tap off rather than leaving the water running.

Outside watering should follow the guidelines:

  • Outdoor irrigation for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants shall be limited to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursday and Sunday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. "Even numbered address" means an address number ending with the number 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, or the site that does not have a numbered address. "Odd numbered address" means an address ending with the number 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done daily at any time of the day.
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plants, seeds, or turf may be done at any time of the day for 30 days immediately following the date of installation.
  • Drip Irrigatin or irrigation using soaker hoses may be used daily at any time of the day.
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be used daily at any time of the day.

The following outdoor water uses shall not be allowed, except as provided below:

  1. Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety.
  2. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls.
  3. Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing.
  4. Non-commercial washing of vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts.
  5. Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection.
  6. Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes.

If you wish to know more ways to conserve water usage, go to http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation. The complete Rules for Drought Management are available at http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/391-3-30.

2016 Rods on the Hooch Car Show

Join us November 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Helen's Riverside Park for the first Alpine Helen Fall Car Show, "Rods on the Hooch". Proceeds will benefit The White Christmas for Kids Campaign sponsored by the Helen Police Department. Buy a ticket for a chance to win a 1963 Thunderbird, or take a shot at dunking Helen's Police and Fire Chief. All makes and models will be allowed, so come out for a day of fun for the whole family. For more information call 706-878-2722 or 706-878-2733.

2016 Restaurant Golf Challenge

November 4, 2016, Innsbruck Resort & Golf Club will once again host the annual charity golf tournament. All proceeds go to the Helen Police Community Relations fund, which buys Christmas for White County children and families in need. There are many cash prizes including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, longest drive, and closest to the pin. So make plans now to help support the local community. For more information, call Innsbruck Golf Club at 706-878-2100.

EPD Issues Level 1 Drought Response

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a Level 1 Drought Response for 53 counties including White County. Level 1 Drought Response ask all commercial and residential water users to be conservative with water use, to be good stewards of our water resources. This should include:

  • Regularly checking for and repairing of leaks inside and outside the home and/or place of business.
  • While brushing teeth, shaving, washing face, etc. turn the tap off rather than leaving the water running.
  • Only water your landscape when necessary, and make sure sprinklers are adjusted so only the lawn is watered (not the sidewalk, street, or side of house).

Outside watering should follow these guidelines:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of the day.
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plants, seeds, 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 the day.
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of the day.
  • All other general landscape watering may be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day.

If you wish to know more ways to conserve water usage, go to http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation. The complete Rules for Drought Management are available at http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/391-3-30.