The Gillsville City Council is continuing to plan improvements at the city park. In addition to installing fencing and a gate at the park entrance, the council is looking to making improvements to the park building as well.
During a meeting held October 6, the council discussed plans to build a deck or screened area on the back of the building and to add restrooms that can be accessed from the outside of the building.
The city has received three quotes for placement of fencing and a gate at the entrance to the park, but due to a difference in the size of gates quoted by each company, the council agreed to postpone accepting a quote for further review.
Once plans for improvements to the park building have been finalized, the council will solicit bids to complete the project.
In other business at the meeting:
•Mayor Roy Turpin announced the retirement of city clerk Cheryl Dunagan. Dunagan said she will continue as city clerk until the end of the year. The council voted to appoint Misty Perry as city clerk, replacing Dunagan the first of the upcoming year.
Turpin reported a public hearing will be scheduled for November 3 to receive public comments regarding an annexation request from Wylie and Brenda Turpin.
•the council received a request for placement of a “Blessing Box” in the downtown area. The box would be located where people will be able to leave donated goods for others to pick up anonymously.
•the council held the first reading of an ordinance to roll back the 2020 ad valorem millage rate. The rate of 5.017 mills will be rolled back to zero mills.
The Banks County Recreation Department basketball registration dates are below:
3-4 INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL
Registration: Sept 8th – Oct 26th
Program times: 4:30 & 5:30 time slots max 15 per time slot
Program days: Oct 29th, Nov 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th & 17th
5-6 YOUTH BASKETBALL
Registration: Sept 8th – Oct 26th
Practices Start: Nov 2nd
Games Start: Nov 30th – 6 Game Schedule (2 games weekly finishes up just before Christmas Break)
7-14 YOUTH BASKETBALL
Registration: Sept 28th – Nov 9th
Evaluations: Nov 12th & 14th
Practices Start: Nov 16th
Games Start: Jan 2021 (no December games this year)
For more information, call 706-677-4407
The Banks County Rotary Club sponsors the Food 2 Kids Program in the county school system.
“School isn’t just a place for learning,” organizers state. “For some of our most impoverished kids, it’s also the only reliable source of food in their lives. The sad truth is that from Friday afternoon until they return to school on Monday morning, some of these children may not know if or how much they’ll get to eat.”
Food 2 Kids is a program that helps bridge that gap for some of the community’s neediest kids. Sacks of kid-friendly food — enough for at least six meals — are handed out every week to children identified by school teachers, counselors and officials as being most in need.
The disposable sacks will have approximately seven to 10 pounds of food — enough for two days of meals. The food is in easy-to-open packaging and doesn’t require any cooking.
Sample contents of the food sacks include: Spaghetti and ravioli, applesauce, fruit cup, peanut butter, crackers, cereal, milk in shelf-stable cartons, toaster pastries, dried fruit, trail mix, fresh fruit, granola bars, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and juice boxes.
A donation of $275 sponsors one child for an entire school year (40 weeks). All donations are tax deductible.
Mail in contributions can be sent to: Banks County Rotary, P.O. Box 54, Homer, Ga., 30547.
Due to the recent excessive flooding and its effect on the water systems in Habersham County, the City of Baldwin is asking all water customers to be as conservative as possible with water usage until further notice.
"City crews are on site and are assisting other cities as well to correct this issue as quickly as possible," Mayor Joe Elam states. "The water is safe and meets all drinking standards."