February 9, 2011 Severe Weather Information

Georgia may again face another round of winter weather on the way for northern and parts of central Georgia tonight and early tomorrow morning which could impact us here in Butts County – so much for the groundhog’s prediction for an early Spring. A weaker weather system will transition eastward from the northern Gulf of Mexico through northern Florida today and tonight and will move northeastward along the Atlantic coast tomorrow. This weather system will bring rain and snow across Georgia – snow mainly confined to north of a line from Harris to Talbot to Hancock counties. Accordingly, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. Details follow: Locations: Along and north of a line from Harris and Talbot to Hancock counties. Hazards: Mainly light snow or rain changing to snow. Timing: Snow begins over far north Georgia this evening with rain changing to snow for the rest of north and parts of central Georgia during the night. Accumulations: 1 to 1.5 inches across the far north and 1/4 to 1 inch over the rest of the advisory area. Impacts: roads will become slick if snow can accumulate on them especially bridges and overpasses. Temperatures: lows 25 to 30 across the far north and 28 to 33 across the rest of the advisory area. Updates will be issued only as the pertain to the Butts County area. We do...

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FEMA Floodplain Update

Commissioner Hodges has posted an update to his blog about the FEMA floodplain map changes for Jackson Lake. If you are a Jackson Lake homeowner, this could affect whether or not you are required to have flood insurance for your home. To read his update, please click below: http://gatorhodges.com/2011/02/08/the-solution-to-your-flood-plain-problem/ Thank you Michael...

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February 2011 Meeting Schedule

The following is the tentative schedule for the month of February, 2011: February 14, 2011-Regular Meeting Night 6:00 PM: Workshop on any additional agenda items 7:00 PM: Regular Meeting for February February 15-16, 2011-Workshop in Atlanta 2:00 PM: Meeting at Georgia EMC and the Georgia Resource Center with facilitators provided by them to discuss priorities for future budget, SPLOST and a meeting with the heads of other boards and councils from Butts County February 28, 2011-Public Hearings on Zoning Matters (Tentative) 6:00 PM: This time is reserved for any public hearings that may arise from the Zoning Commission meeting this Thursday the...

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Lloyd Shoals Dam Centennial Exhibit

The Commissioners Office is pleased to host a new exhibit provided by the Georgia Power Company commemorating the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Lloyd Shoals Dam that created Jackson Lake. Located in the gallery connecting the east and west wing of the Butts County Administration Building, the exhibit includes photographs, artifacts and historical information about the creation of the dam which was funded and constructed by a group of area businessmen. The businesmen formed the Central Georgia Power Company which later merged with two older power companies and became the Georgia Railway and Power Company. In 1926, the company renamed itself Georgia Power Company, taking for use part of the name of one of the original three companies. The dam was completed in February of 1911 and a large celebration was held to mark the occasion in Jackson, the town from which the lake drew its name. The public is welcome to come by the Butts County Administration Building to view the displays during normal business hours and it is expected to be in place for a few months. Additionally, a celebration event will be held at the site of the dam in March. The attached photographs show some of the artifacts collected as well as a photograph of workers posing on the old Water’s Bridge before the lake bed below filled with water. There are many more photographs...

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Butts County January 2011 Newsletter

Believe it or not, the first month of 2011 is almost gone already and February looms around the corner. January has already been a busy month for the County beginning with January 1st. Incumbent Commissioner Keith Douglas began a new term that day as well as newly-elected Commissioner Mike Patterson. Both were sworn in officially on January 13th, the day of the first Commission meeting of the year. Congratulations to both and welcome to Commissioner Patterson. At the first Commission meeting, the board elected Roger McDaniel as the new Chairman for 2011 and Gator Hodges as the new Vice Chairman. The meeting was delayed a few days by the other big event this month-the snow/ice storm that hit the entire region on Sunday the 9th. By early Monday morning, the roads and bridges were covered with slick ice and snow and all County offices closed Monday and two hours on Tuesday. Most area schools were closed through Wednesday of the week and for several days, the ice and snow hung around on trees and ground surfaces. The Board is particularly grateful to those who did have to work during the event-employees of the Public Works department, Fire/EMS department, 911 department, Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management. The public safety employees worked the entire snow/ice event with minimal delays and kept citizens safe throughout. Public Works employees worked tirelessly to keep the...

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