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Athens-Clarke County does pick up dead animals in the street or on the right of way. Dead animals on private property can be disposed of by private wildlife removal companies or by transporting them to the ACC Landfill.
No, there is no pet licensing in Athens-Clarke County. However, all dogs and cats must have current rabies vaccinations and must display a current rabies tag at all times.
Rabies tags are obtained from the veterinarian’s office where the vaccination is given.
ACC Animal Services Adoption Process:
All adoptions are done on a first come, first served basis in the timestamped order that a potential adopter submitted the online application.
All animals that come in as ‘stray’ are placed on a 5-day hold in hopes that the original owner will come reclaim their pet. During this 5-day window, no animal on a stray hold may be adopted or transferred, however anyone interested in a specific pet may place an adoption application on this animal through their Petango profile on our webpage.
All available pets may be viewed here: https://www.accgov.com/257/Available-Pets
When a potential adopter sees an animal they are interested in, they must click on the picture, and then click on the large orange tab that says: “Interested in this Animal? Click here!” That application will be submitted directly to us online and our Adoption Center Supervisor will call to set up an appointment.
When an animal comes off of their 5-day stray hold, they are made available to adopters and rescue groups. If an animal comes off of a stray hold with no previous applications, the pet will be available to the first interested adopter or rescue group. No available animals are held active once an adopter or rescue group has been approved and finalized the adoption/transfer process.
It is recommended to anyone interested in a highly adoptable pet, that already has adoption applications before theirs, that they call before their appointment to ensure that pet is still available.
All dogs and cats must be altered before they can leave with their adopter. ACCAS will transport the pet to and from the clinic for their spay/neuter surgery, and the adopter may pick up from the Adoption Center post-surgery.
Anyone interested in meeting a pet or walking through the Adoption Center must make an appointment first by calling 706-613-3540.
Animal Services handles complaints of barking dogs during regular business hours only. We respond to these complaints by issuing a written warning to the owner at the time of the first complaint.
If we receive another complaint within 90 days, we will issue a citation to the owner provided that at least two adult witnesses sign a written statement and agree to appear in Municipal Court to testify about the complaint.
View the Barking Dogs Complaint Form.
We recommend that you come to the Animal Shelter at 125 Buddy Christian Way and determine if the dog is here first. If not, Animal Services can take a detailed lost report that we can use to identify the dog if it is brought in to us later.
The Athens Banner-Herald newspaper will run a free lost dog notice in their classified advertisement section if you call 706-549-0123.
Before posting signs, check with the Code Enforcement Division at 706-613-3790 regarding where signs may be posted.
In most states, kitten season begins around spring and lasts through early winter. Cats start reproducing and continue to have several litters during this time period. During this time, Athens-Clarke County Animal Services experiences a massive influx of intakes of kittens and mother cats. Underage kittens without their mothers are at high-risk being brought into shelters due to the vulnerability of their health.
Before jumping to the rescue, please considering the following recommendations:
Be aware that sometimes, no matter what you do, some neonatal kittens do not survive and can fade very fast. You can only try to be the best surrogate guardian possible and hope for the best.
Athens-Clarke County Animal Services is an open-admission shelter. That means we do not turn any animal away. However, kittens less than eight weeks old are at extremely high risk being brought into shelters. Due to large amount of animals housed at the animal shelter, underage kittens are more susceptible to diseases that can spread quickly and affect these vulnerable animals heavily, and often fatally. Underage kittens would be in need of foster care with constant monitoring and feedings. Animal Services can never guarantee that a pet will be fostered or adopted from the shelter, although every effort is made.
Due to the vulnerability of kittens in a shelter environment, Athens-Clarke County Animal Services has asked citizens in the community to help through the Wait Until 8 program. Through this program, Athens-Clarke County will provide some resources to care for the orphaned kittens until they are at an age, safe enough to survive in a shelter and become a potential adoption candidate to find their new loving home.
Wait Until 8 means to wait until kittens are eight weeks old before turning them into a shelter. This program is designed to empower you to care for kittens in your home until the kittens are old enough to return for sterilization and adoption.
To qualify for the program you must be an Athens-Clarke County resident, age 18 or older that agrees to the following:
If you’ve found a kitten or a litter of kittens and aren’t sure if they are old enough, to exist in a temporary shelter environment. You can call the Athens-Clarke County Animal Services and one of our Milk Officer can deliver a kitten kit to your home.
In the starter kit you will receive the following supplies:
Congratulations! Your kitten(s) are ready to find their new forever home.
You have the following options:
Kittens will be impounded, placed on the spay/neuter surgery schedule, and placed for adoption.
Please contact Athens-Clarke County Animal Services and speak with the foster coordinator. Our Phone number is 706-613-3540.
The Human Relations Commission (HRC) is an advisory board that will provide policy recommendations regarding ACC work on diversity, equity and inclusion of residents of all characteristics to the Mayor and Commission based on active relationship building, community dialogue, listening, data, and research and review of policies in other communities.
The HRC will also work to educate the community about the local non-discrimination ordinance and how to file complaints.
The HRC will also seek opportunities for community outreach and education that prioritizes diversity, inclusion, representation, and equity. More details are available in the ordinance that established the HRC.
The HRC will include 15 members who represent a diverse array of ACC residents across bands of characteristics, including race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ethnicity, ability, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, ancestry, veteran/military status, familial status, marital status, expertise, lived experience, and their intersections.
All members will be appointed by the Mayor and Commission.
Initially, eight members will serve four year terms, and seven members will serve two year terms; upon conclusion of those initial terms, all members will serve for four year stints.
The HRC will meet at least ten times per year, with the first meeting in the winter or spring of 2022. The members will determine the days and times of meetings.
The HRC will be supported by the ACCGov’s Inclusion Office, with an expansion of the office to include a designated staff member who will support the HRC.
Yes. HRC members receive a stipend of $25.00 for each regular meeting that they attend and are eligible for reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, not including travel to and from meetings.
This group will review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding policies and procedures of the ACCGov Police Department, Probation Services, Sheriff’s Office, and Corrections Department. They will also process and ensure investigation of complaints lodged by members of the public regarding alleged abuse of authority, appropriate action required, abusive language, conduct unbecoming, discrimination, failure to provide identification, false arrest, false imprisonment, harassment, use of excessive force, misconduct, retaliation, serious body injury, violation of department standard operation procedures, and/or death that is alleged to be the result of the actions of a sworn employee of one of the public safety units noted above.
The group will initially work to prepare a recommendation to the Athens-Clarke County Commission’s Government Operations Committee detailing staffing levels necessary to support this work. More details are available in the ordinance that established the board.
The board will include nine residents selected by the Mayor and Commission through an interview process, and will include ex-officio support from the ACCGov Attorney’s Office, the Chief of Police, the Sheriff, the Warden of the Corrections Department, the Chief Probation Officer, and a member of the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
Training for the board will include – but not be limited to - the ACCGov Citizens Police Academy, as well as additional training regarding ordinances governing the board, a range of law enforcement practices and procedures, confidentiality requirements, ethics training, and public records and public meetings laws.
Under Georgia Code, direct hiring and firing and supervisory authority for public safety units rests with the head of each of those units (Police Chief, Warden, etc.). The board may provide recommendations regarding incident responses, but does not hold personnel management authority.
The board will generally meet monthly, with the first meeting in the winter or spring of 2022. The members will determine the days and times of meetings. Pending hire of the supporting staff, the board will be supported by the ACCGov Manager’s and Attorney’s office.
Yes. Public Safety Civilian Oversight Board members receive a stipend of $25.00 for each regular meeting that they attend.
1500 gallons is the minimum.
To begin the process, you complete a special event application and pay a $25 application fee. Permit fees are determined after review of your application. Through January 1, 2023, the are issuing permits under the umbrella of our Special Events During COVID-19 Policy.
Athens-Clarke County is also currently involved as partners in a federal grant with The University of Georgia and Washington County that is funding retrofits of clean diesel technologies. Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF’s) are being installed on many trucks, and idle reduction options are being explored.
The Citizens Government Academy is a nine (9) week program held each Wednesday from March 27- May 22, 2019 that is designed to:
Application deadline is Friday, March 8.
Participation is open to Athens-Clarke County residents age 18+. Class size is limited to 25 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Application deadline is March 8, 2019.
The Citizens Government Academy is a ten (10) week program. Sessions are held each Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at various locations around Athens-Clarke County. The current program will run from March 27 - May 22, 2019..
The Citizens Government Academy covers a variety of topics all structured around the Mayor & Commission's six strategic commitments to the residents of Athens-Clarke County:
Each class will be conducted by a department representative and will provide both an informational and interactive learning approach.
The Citizens Government Academy is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of:
You can use your address to search an interactive map to find your commission district.
You may also contact the Clerk of Commission office at 706-613-3031 or send an email to email@example.com. Please provide your street address when sending an email.
The commissioners may be contacted either by phone or email. Please refer to the Mayor and Commission contact list or use the online interactive Commission District map to obtain those phone numbers and email addresses.
City Hall is located in downtown Athens at 301 College Avenue, Athens, GA 30601.
You must complete a notary application online and submit in person to the clerk of superior court of the county in which you reside. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of this state, and a resident of the county in which he or she applies. Applicants must be able to read and write the English language.
To obtain certified copies from the Clerk of Court you must visit the office during business hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. If you unable to visit the office, please follow the steps below:
You can report a suspected code violation 24/7 by doing any one of the following:
Call: 706-613-3790 If you are calling beyond our normal business hours which are 8 am - 5 pm, please leave a detailed message on our voice mail
Send a letter or come in the the office:
Athens-Clarke County Building Inspections DepartmentCode Enforcement Division120 W. Dougherty Street Athens, GA 30601
Any vehicle that does not have a current license plate or is in some state of disrepair and not operable. This does not apply to a legally licensed auto repair facility.
Visit accgov.com/vaccine for more information on how to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.
On December 11, 2020, Pfizer was given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna vaccine was given EUA December 18, 2020 and Johnson & Johnson vaccine was given EUA February 27, 2021.
There are large clinical trials currently in progress or being planned for other COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
No. You cannot make an appointment by calling or visiting a health department in the Northeast Health District.
You can pre-register for a vaccine online at https://bit.ly/NEHDCOVIDVaccine
Safety is a key concern among health officials and experts. Before the FDA approves a vaccine, the manufacturer must do rigorous research and testing to ensure the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. The FDA independently reviews and verifies the information from these tests. It then decides whether the vaccine can be licensed and given to the public.
For each vaccine authorized by the FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) carefully reviews all available data about the vaccine from clinical trials and other studies and makes recommendations for vaccine use in the general public. Recommendations include groups that should and should not receive the vaccine, as well as the timing, volume, number, and spacing of doses in a vaccine series.
The FDA and CDC continue to closely monitor vaccine safety after the public begins using the vaccine. Both agencies have longstanding and new safety systems in place for heightened monitoring of all COVID-19 vaccines.
No. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 and cannot cause COVID-19.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Pfizer vaccine doses are administered three weeks apart, and the Moderna vaccine doses are given 28 days apart. The first dose offers partial protection and the second acts as a booster. Both doses are needed to get the most protection the vaccines have to offer against COVID-19.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose vaccine.
All three COVID vaccines currently available are administered intramuscularly (into the muscle, just like a flu shot).
It is recommend that individuals receive both doses of the vaccine to ensure full protection.
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.
Private physicians and healthcare workers (dentists, pharmacists, etc.) should pursue vaccination one of three ways.
Healthcare workers with potential for direct and indirect exposure should seek out vaccination options as soon as possible.
A death certificate may take 1-2 weeks to be signed in an average case where the funeral home has been chosen and the Coroner will be signing. This time allows us to subpoena any necessary medical records and review them. If the deceased died due to unusual circumstances that warranted an autopsy, a death certificate may take 3-6 months to be completed. In the event that does happen, a pending death certificate can be requested through the funeral home which will allow the next of kin to handle most obligations of the deceased except life insurance. Those certificates would have to be purchased; and when a cause of death has been confirmed the certificate will be changed and the amended death certificates will also have to be purchased.
A request for death certificates should be made at the Clarke County Health Department, office of Vital Records located at 345 Harris Street, Athens, Georgia 30601. Their phone number is 706-389-6871. They will instruct you on the procedure to obtain a death certificate.
The GBI Crime Lab decides, based on information from the Coroner's Office, which cases will be accepted for autopsy according to Georgia Statues. Most Child deaths, Homicides, Suicides and Natural deaths that meet certain criteria will require autopsies. In the event that the GBI declines an autopsy request, the family of the deceases may request a private autopsy through our office with a licensed pathologist. The cost for a private autopsy can run between $2000 to $5000 depending on the extent of the exam and any additional testing.
In most cases the Coroner’s report is available within seven business days and can be obtained from this office upon open records request.
Autopsy, Toxicology and Alcohol reports can take from 90-120 days to obtain.
“Pending” simply means that the cause and manner of death are still under investigation. Pending cases may be cleared in as little as two days or may remain pending for several months. The average pending case in Georgia is cleared in 6-8 weeks.
If you move or change your phone number, it is imperative you inform our office at 706-613-3999 so the next of kin can be notified FIRST when pending cases are completed.
Next of Kin is defined in the following order:
The deceased will only be released to a Licensed Funeral Director. It is important for the Next of Kin to select a Funeral Director as soon as possible and notify this office of their selection. Contact by a funeral home is not sufficient.
Offender visitation is held on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitation is also held on approved Athens-Clarke County holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only individuals on the offender’s approved visitation list are permitted to visit. Visitation lists are updated only in May and November of each year. For additional information, you may contact the counselor at 706-613-3400. The counselor is responsible for approving all visitors.
Send money orders only (no personal checks) to: Athens-Clarke County Corrections Offender’s Name, Offender’s GDC Number 2825 County Farm Rd. Athens, GA 30605
Only specific items can be sent to an offender with prior approval. Once the family member receives an approved package sheet from the facility for the specified items, the package can be sent. The approval form must be returned with the package. For additional information, you may contact the administrative officer at 706-613-3400.
Adult men who have been sentenced to the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) may be housed at the Correctional Institution. Prior to approving an offender housing at this facility, GDC will review criminal and behavioral histories, release dates, and ability to participate in rehabilitative programs, and assign each one either a medium or minimum security level. Once approved by GDC, the offenders may be transferred here to begin their journey as returning citizens.
Sentences are imposed by a Judge and calculated by the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC). In some instances, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles may impose an earlier release date based on the individual’s criminal history, and program participation and behavioral conduct during a sentence. For additional information, you may contact the State Board of Pardons and Paroles at 404-656-4661.
For security and risk reasons, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) carefully considers an offender’s housing location in regards to proximity to their county of conviction and release plan. An offender may work with their Counselor at their present location to request a transfer closer to home. If the offender’s request is approved within the facility, the request will be forwarded to GDC’s Offender Administration for review and action.
If you have a concern about the proximity of an offender’s location, you may contact the Georgia Department of Corrections Offender Administration at 770-504-7312. If you have a concern about an offender housed at the Athens-Clarke County Corrections Institution, please contact the facility at 706-613-3400.
You are eligible to vote in Georgia if you:
To Register to vote you must:
Voters do not register with a political party because Georgia is an open primary state. This means during a primary election you can choose which party's ballot you wish to vote - Republican, Democrat, or Nonpartisan. If you want, that choice can be different each time you vote in a primary election.
A Nonpartisan ballot does not include any of the party races, only races that are not determined by party such as judges.
Voters will be automatically registered to vote as they obtain or renew their Georgia driver’s license. If you do not want to register to vote or update your current voter registration you must OPT OUT by checking a box on the driver's license form.
You can also register to vote online or complete a voter registration application.
An application may be obtained:
You may check your voter registration status, sample ballots, absentee ballot requests and more at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
You should receive a voter precinct card in the mail two to four weeks after submitting your application. You are not officially registered to vote until your application is approved. If you do not receive your voter registration card, or to find out if your registration is current, you should contact our office at 706-613-3150.
Yes. When you move, you must register at your new address at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote in precinct location in your new neighborhood.
If you do not update your address in time, you are still assigned to the precinct for your previous address and should go there to vote on election day.
A precinct card is a record of your current registration information. It contains your voting districts and the precinct location where you must vote on election days. You should receive a precinct card in the mail two to four weeks after submitting a registration application. If you do not receive the card, or to find out if your registration is current, contact our office at 706-613-3150.
If you move, there is space provided on the card for your new address and instructions for returning the card. This will update your registration.
You can also view and download your precinct card online by using Secretary of State's My Voter Page website at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/.
Video: How To View Your Voting Districts and Download Your Precinct Card
Yes, your registration can become inactive if -
If you have not voted in three or more years, it is important to confirm your registration. You can check your registration status online at My Voter Page (MVP). If MVP is unable to find your information, you should contact the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections office at 706-613-3150.
Voters can cast their ballots in one of three ways:
Early voting (absentee in person voting) is held at several locations around the county. Early voting begins on the fourth Monday before every primary and general election. Early voting ends on the Friday before each election. A list of locations and hours will be posted on our website before each election at accgov.com/advancevoting.
Acceptable identification is:
If you are currently enrolled in a public state college, university, or technical college in Georgia, you may use your school photo ID. If you attend a private college or university in Georgia, you must show one of the other acceptable forms of photo identification. For more information, call our office at 706-613-3150.
If you simply forgot your photo identification and time permits, you can retrieve it, return to the polling place, and vote. Otherwise, you can still vote a provisional ballot. You will have up to three days after the election to present appropriate photo identification at your county registrar’s office in order for your provisional ballot to be counted.
Voters without proper photo identification can obtain a free Voter Identification Card from the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections office, located at 155 East Washington Street, or from any Georgia Department of Driver Services office.
A voter identification card is issued only for use as identification for the purpose of voting.
When you arrive at your precinct (find the proper location on your precinct card or go to https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/), you'll check in with a poll worker by showing photo identification. The poll worker will give you a voter access card and direct you toward the voting booths.
Inside the booth you will find a ballot marking device and a printer. Insert the card into the ballot marking device. Your ballot will appear on the screen. Make selections by following the instructions on the screen and touching next to the candidate of your choice.
When you've followed all the instructions your ballot will print. Remove the card from the ballot marking device. Take the ballot from the printer and review it carefully. Make sure it is correct.
Walk your paper ballot and voter access card to the next station by the exit door. Here you will return the card to a poll worker and insert your paper ballot into the ballot scanner. When the ballot has been scanned the poll worker will offer you an "I VOTED" sticker. Congratulations! You have cast your ballot!
If you have questions or need help, always ask a poll worker. They are there to guide you through the process.
Several months before every election we post the poll worker job application on the Athens-Clarke County jobs page, https://www.accgov.com/6547/Current-Jobs
Complete the online application and our office will contact you for a short phone interview. Poll workers are paid by the hour and required to attend paid training sessions. Typically, a poll worker will work 14 hours on an election day. There are also opportunities to work for up to three weeks prior to an election staffing one of our early voting locations.
If you have great attention to detail, enjoy working with the public, and want to contribute to the community in a positive way, this job is for you. You must be at least 16 years old, live in Clarke County or one of the adjoining counties, and be able to speak, write, and read fluently in English.
The ACC Board of Elections meetings are open to the public. They are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 PM. Visit the online calendar for information on upcoming meetings.
Currently, the meetings are held virtually and broadcast for the public live and on-demand on YouTube. Watch videos of previous meetings on-demand on the Board of Elections webpage. The links for live viewing are posted to our website and Facebook page before each meeting. In the future, the Board will return to in-person meetings. The Board encourages the public to attend.
Official election mail will come directly from a county election office or the Secretary of State's office in Atlanta. It will need your attention. Do not throw it away without reading. We are contacting you for a reason.
During election season, political parties, candidates, and other interested groups will send items to your residence. Do not be alarmed. Take note of the sender's address. If it is not from a county election office or the Secretary of State's office, you are under no obligation to respond.
Feel free to call our office at 706-613-3150 if you have questions or concerns about a mailing you've received.
An absentee ballot is a paper ballot sent to you in the mail. You will complete it at home and return it to our office by the specified date and time. Any registered voter can request to have an absentee ballot sent to the address on their voter registration or to a temporary address if they will be away on election day. Visit accgov.com/absenteevoting for more information.
You must complete an application for an absentee ballot, either online or by mailing an application to our office. You can request an absentee ballot up to 78 days before an election.
For more information about applying for an absentee ballot please go to accgov.com/absenteevoting.
Voters who have requested an absentee ballot by mail will receive a package with four things inside:
The Elections Office will accept ballots that do not include the privacy envelope or paper sleeve.
Yes. The Elections Office will accept ballots that do not include the privacy envelope or paper privacy sleeve.
No. Official ballots must be sent through the United States Postal Service to the address you provided on your absentee ballot application.
If you decide not to use the absentee ballot you've requested, that's ok. Bring the unvoted ballot with you to an early voting location or to your precinct on election day. A poll worker will ask you to sign an affidavit, take the absentee ballot from you, and cancel it. You will then be allowed to vote in person.
If you have not received the absentee ballot you requested or did not bring it with you, check the correct box on the affidavit. The absentee ballot will be cancelled by the poll worker and you will be allowed to vote in person.
If our records show that your absentee ballot has been returned to us, you have already cast a ballot for that election and cannot vote in person.
You have options to return your absentee ballot:
Athens-Clarke County Purchasing encourages companies to seek contract opportunities. To begin the process, companies should register to do business by completing the Vendor Registration Form. Registration provides Athens-Clarke County Unified Government departments with information about the products and services available from your company.For more information, contact the Purchasing Division at 706-613-3088.
If you would like to request a fire truck visit to your school or organization, schedule a visit to one of our fire stations, or have one of our educators talk to your group about a fire safety topic, please complete the Fire Safety Education Program Request.
You can request a copy of a Fire Incident Report by completing the Fire Incident Report Request.
We are now offering one of our fire trucks to come out to your birthday party or event. If you would like a fire truck to come to your birthday or event please complete the Birthday Party or Event Request Form
As a result of an analysis by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) of the structural fire suppression system, Athens-Clarke County received a new Public Protection Classification (PPC) of 01/1X as of May 1, 2019. In Georgia, only 24 out of 159 counties have the highest Class 1 rating, while in the United States only 348 communities out of 41,177 rated have a Class 1 rating (0.8%).
In each community, the ISO analyzes data and assigns a grade of 1 to 10. Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, while Class 10 indicates that the area's fire suppression program does not meet minimum criteria. The PPC evaluations are based on criteria that use standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association.
A community's PPC grade depends on:
The PPC plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Most insurers in the United States use community classifications as part of their decision-making process to determine coverage to offer and prices for personal or commercial property insurance. Although the new classification may not affect rates for residential insurance coverage, it is expected to have a positive effect for many business policies.
Each insurance company independently determines the rates it charges its policyholders based on a variety of factors. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC grade is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC grade, assuming all other factors are equal.
The ISO used a comprehensive questionnaire, along with meetings with staff from the Fire and Emergency Services Department, Police Department, and Public Utilities Department, to collect data on Athens-Clarke County. The PPC grade is based on a 10-point scale, with Class 1 designation for those grades of 90.00 or above. Athens-Clarke County received a 90.21.
Only features related to reducing property losses from structural fires are evaluated as part of this process. Life safety and other non-fire suppression responsibilities of fire departments are not evaluated as part of this process. The program evaluates the fire protection for small to average size buildings, while specific properties that require a larger fire flow are evaluated separately and assigned an individual PPC grade.
For a split classification such as a 1/1X, the first number is the class that applies to properties within five road miles of the responding fire station and 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply, while the second number is the class that applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators, and others by providing information about risk. For more information about the PPC program and their Community Hazard Mitigation Program, visit www.isomitigation.com.
For more information about the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Department, visit www.accgov.com/fire or call 706-613-3360.
CHARM is the Athens-Clarke County Center for Hard-to-Recycle Material. Address: 1005 College Avenue, Athens, Ga 30601. Visit accgov.com/charm for current days and hours of operation.
Registered 501(c)(3) organizations in Athens-Clarke County that are currently operating a program offering:
Programs serving the indigent population in the following three areas:
Organizations may apply for funding in one of these areas or multiple areas.
A household is considered indigent if the household earns fifty percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). See chart below.
Friday, May 8, 2020.
All applications should be submitted as a USB flash drive AND through email.
The Review Committee will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria:
UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROJECT and proposed technical approach. Assesses whether the contractor has given sufficient evidence of having understood the requirements stated in the scope of work. Technical Approach. Assesses whether the contractor has proposed a solution that is technically feasible and achievable within the constraints of the scope of work. 40 points
PROJECT TEAM Management and Staffing Approach. Assesses contractor’s ability to effectively manage personnel, provide experienced and qualified key personnel and respond rapidly to staffing requirements. Qualifications of Key Personnel. Assesses the ability of the contractor to hire, retain and train qualified technical personnel similar to those required for the task. 20 points
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE of staff assigned to the projects. Experience on Similar Projects. Assesses whether contractor performed satisfactorily on similar projects regarding schedules, turnover rates, meeting costs and success in performing the work. Assess administrative ability to verify and document indigent status of program participants. 40 points
Dependent upon the size of the award, funding will be awarded in monthly installments.
The Mayor and Commission will vote to approve funding on June 2, 2020. Contracting will begin following the vote, and funds will be available once the contracting process is complete.
Between June 3, 2020 and August 31, 2020
The minimum kinds and amounts of insurance are:
Workers’ Compensation – Contractors are required to comply with applicable Federal and Georgia State workers’ compensation statutes. Policies covering Workers’ Compensation liability shall provide coverage of statutory benefits and employers liability of at least $1,000,000 each accident; at least $1,000,000 each employee for disease and $1,000,000 policy limit for disease.
General Liability - $2,000,000 aggregate; $1,000,000 per occurrence; 50,000 fire damage; 5,000 medical expenses; 1,000,000 products completed operations; 1,000,000 personal and advertising injury or greater. Coverage should be on a per occurrence basis.
Automobile Liability – Automobile liability insurance shall be written on the comprehensive form of policy – Combined single limit of at least $1,000,000 to include Hired Autos and Non-owned Autos. The policy shall provide for bodily injury and property damage liability covering the operation of all automobiles used in connection with performing the contract.
Fidelity Bond or Commercial Crime Insurance Coverage pursuant to the following requirements:
The Certificate of Insurance evidencing required insurance shall contain an endorsement to the effect that any cancellation or any material change adversely affecting The Unified Government of Athens Clarke County’s interest shall not be effective until 30 days after the insurer or the Contractor gives written notice to the Purchasing Administrator.
All coverages, including workers’ compensation shall include a waiver of subrogation endorsement.
The Certificate of Insurance shall reference the proposal and project name as evidencing this requirement.
The Contractor shall insert the substance of this requirement, including this paragraph, in subcontracts under the contract that require work on The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County property and shall require subcontractors to provide and maintain a copy of all subcontractors’ proofs of required insurance, and shall make copies available to the Purchasing Administrator upon request.”
The following persons or entities are to be listed on the Contractor’s general liability policy of insurance as additional insureds:
i. Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
Funded agencies will be required to submit reports biweekly on expenditures, number of people served, and general description of services.
Santerica Davis, Administrative Assistant with the Housing and Community Development Department
Due to the Georgia Constitution’s “Establishment Clause,” ACCGov is prohibited from directly funding religious organizations with our local funds. All recipients of “Indigent Services” funds/Resiliency Package funds must be able to sign an affidavit certifying that they are not a religious or sectarian organization. If you have questions about your organization’s status, please contact Hayley Banerjee at Hayley.Banerjee@accgov.com.
No, financial assistance is not an eligible activity for these local funds.
Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, age, or disability is illegal. If you believe your rights have been violated you can file a fair housing complaint by using an online form or you can call the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity toll-free 1 (800) 669-9777.
No, please call 706-369-5636 or 888-318-0354 or see the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
No. You can view HUD homes for sale from the HUD website.
All available information regarding the status of your application and the position vacancy will be available by logging into your account. The system will notify you via e-mail as appropriate during the selection process. Click on "History" for each active application to see its updated status information. It is your responsibility to check your account and e-mail for updates, invitations to scheduled testing, and invitations for interview.
New positions may be posted at any time. We recommend that you check daily for newly-listed positions or sign up for one of two different kinds of electronic notifications about positions.
The first notification is based on specific job categories. You may sign up for these by visiting the Job Interest Card by going to 'Notify me when this position becomes available' link on any job listing or the Job Interest Card menu item on the Athens-Clarke County employment pages.
The second notification is a weekly notification of all current positions. You may sign up for this at www.accgov.com/notifications.
Pay grades are determined using a variety of factors. A formal job evaluation methodology, labor market value, and organizational relationships all play a role in determining an appropriate pay grade for a position.
MAG uses a proprietary job evaluation methodology called a Job Analysis Questionnaire (JAQ) to gather information about the nature of jobs. Specifically, jobs are evaluated based on varying degrees of the following elements:
The JAQ is completed for each position by the employee(s) who holds that position (i.e. the incumbent) as well as the supervisor who oversees the work performed by that position. Together, the employee and supervisor serve as the subject matter experts for that position. Ultimately, each job is scored based upon the combined responses to the JAQ.
This was accomplished through the use of a market survey. MAG surveyed comparable jurisdictions for pay information for a sample of about 80 different job titles that exist within ACCGOV. While not all jobs are surveyed, the sample of 80 jobs serve as a benchmark to assist in the placement of other comparable jobs within the organization.
Generally, the jurisdictions were selected because they were similar geographically, similar size, similar in terms of the services provided, or considered a competitor for talent.
Each pay grade has a minimum and a maximum rate of pay. Employees were placed within the pay range for their position using two factors: time in current position, and time between hire and appointment to current position (ex. service in positions held prior to current appointment). Employees were given full credit for each day in their current position, and partial credit for each day between hire and their current appointment. Prior service credit was credited at 40%, or 2 days of credit for every 5 days worked. Based on available funding, the pay formula assumed 35 years of experience credit to reach the maximum of the pay grade.
Example: Joe was hired 15 years ago. After serving in his first position for 5 years, he was promoted to his current position. Joe would receive experience credit for all 10 years since being promoted into his current position, plus 2 years of additional experience credit for prior service (40% x 5 years = 2 years). In total, Joe received experience credit for 12 years.
Having 12 years of experience credit, Joe’s pay was calculated as 34% (12/35) of the way between the range minimum and the range maximum. Based on a range minimum of $34,000 and a range maximum of $52,000, Joe’s projected pay was calculated to be $40,120.
If Joe’s current salary was less than $40,120, his pay would be increased to $40,120. If Joe’s current salary was more than $40,120, he would simply maintain his current salary.
In no case was an employees pay calculated below the minimum or above the maximum.
Current Hire Date: The most recent date that an employee was hired as a full-time employee. If an employee leaves the government and is later rehired, their current hire date would be their rehire date. This is true regardless of how long the employee had been employed before separating from employment, and regardless of how long they were separated before rehire.
Promotion Date: The date on which the employee was appointed to their current position, either as a new hire, or through a promotion or demotion. The promotion date was not “reset” in the case of reclassifications or lateral transfers to positions in the same pay grade.
While a great deal of care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our records, mistakes can happen. If you suspect an error has been made concerning your promotion or hire date, please notify your supervisor. Human Resources will verify the accuracy of our records, and if an error is confirmed, we will recalculate your projected pay rate.
No. Any adjustments in pay resulting from the transition to the new pay plan were based purely on time in current position and, to a lesser extent, prior time with the organization. While pay for performance remains an important component of our compensation philosophy, the classification and compensation study was not intended to recognize performance differences. Human Resources will continue to pursue funding for the Performance Management Program (PMP) which allows supervisors to recognize and reward employees with higher levels of performance.
Accidents involving Athens-Clarke County employees, vehicles, equipment and property shall be reported immediately. During normal work hours they should be reported via phone to 706-613-3101 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and after-hours via phone to 706-202-5869.
For some departments and positions, Safety and Risk randomly selects employees for drug and alcohol testing. In addition, any employee involved in a workplace injury, a vehicle or equipment accident, or is cited with a traffic violation, is required to be tested. When selected, the employee must report to the testing facility within two hours. For more information, call Safety and Risk at 706-613-3101. More details of drug testing requirements is outlined in Georgia Code Title 34 (Labor and Industrial Relations), Chapter 9 (Workers Compensation), Article 11 (Drug-free Workplace Programs)
Safety and Risk regularly offers Defensive Driving and First Aid/CPR/AED training. In addition, other courses may be offered either via an on-line service or instructor-led. Materials such as PowerPoint presentations are also available for selected training topics. For more information, call Safety and Risk at 706-613-3101.
No, guests are not included on this day.
For the Staff Appreciation Day, the park is closed to the public until 4:00 p.m. and will be only open to ACCGov employees and retirees.
Parking is available onsite at the park. Please carpool. Those cars with more two or more occupants will be able to park in the Premium Parking Lot, providing closer proximity to the festival area.
A special parking area is designated for on-duty cars, fire trucks, and other large vehicles. Those staff members picking up multiple carry out plates have a lot designated just for them close to the catering area.
No, all meals are free of charge. You simply have to RSVP by the deadline.
Please give your ticket to someone who will be attending the event for him/her to pick up your meal and return to you. Those staff members picking up multiple carry out plates have a lot designated just for them close to the catering area.
No, staff and retirees are exempt from the park’s entrance fee during the ACCGov Staff Appreciation Day event. Please remember that throughout the year, staff and retirees are admitted free of charge any day with their valid ACCGov ID.
For the Staff Appreciation Day, the park is closed to the public until 4:00 p.m. and will be open only to ACCGov employees and retirees.
The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) office is located at the ACC Solid Waste Department at 725 Hancock Industrial Way. Our office can be accessed from the 10/441/129 Loop. On the East end of the loop turn onto Olympic Drive at the red light. Go 1.1 miles and Hancock Industrial Way will be on your right (past Carrier Transicold). Travel 1/4 mile and the ACC Solid Waste Department is the first building on the right.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful is proud to support home composting by offering the Earth Machine compost bin for sale to the public. The compost bin can be purchased for $50 and includes a kitchen compost pail. For more information about the bin, please visit Earth Machine. Compost bins can be purchased in person by cash, check, or PayPal at KACCB Shopping Cart
Adopt-A-Highway is a local litter prevention program sponsored by Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) that works to involve community volunteers in local roadside clean-up efforts. The goal of the program is to reduce roadside litter in an effort to keep our community clean and beautiful. Community organizations and/or volunteers accept the responsibility of regular litter pickups on their “adopted” local roadway. Adopt-A-Highway is part of the larger Adopt Athens Program. Any civic-minded organization, such as garden clubs, church groups, scout groups, student clubs, businesses, corporations, families, etc. can adopt a stretch of county roadway. Visit KACCB's Website for more information, an application, to request tools, or report a pickup. Or call 706-613-3501 ext. 309 for an application.
An individual can participate in the monthly Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) clean-ups called “The Down and Dirty of Keepin’ Athens Clean.” The KACCB Program takes citizen recommendations to determine the down and dirty site locations.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to bring you the Athens Area ToolShed program. This community resource offers a large inventory of tools ranging from gardening tools to renovation tools to assist you and your volunteers with community improvement projects. To reserve tools, complete and submit a Tool Reservation Form as far in advance of your project as possible. This form is available at KACCB's Toolshed.
Recycling roll carts and bins are reserved for residential customers who pay for monthly garbage and recycling services through Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department (our service area is the Urban Service District - old Athens city limits). We just need your address and our customer service representative will drop them off for you. If you live outside the Urban Service District in the General Service District and receive trash service from a private trash hauler, please contact the private hauler for bins. They are required to provide bins for recycling when requested.
If you don’t have trash service or you live in an apartment complex (multi-family dwelling), you may use one of our eight drop-off sites for recycling, and we can send you two large green reusable recycling tote bags (20 inches tall by 20 inches wide with a 12-inch gusset / bottom). There is no charge for the bags. We can mail the bags if provided a physical address to mail them. You can also come and pick them up from the KACCB office or the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Facility. The bags are washable, but not suitable for machine drying.
Contact your apartment complex manager or landlord and inquire as to who is collecting your garbage from your dumpster. The company that handles your garbage may work with you to collect your recyclables. Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department does provide commercial dumpster services; we compete with private haulers in the area for business. If Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste department is your commercial hauler then all recycling collections are included at no additional charge. Our fees can be found on our Recycling Dumpster page
Visit the ACC Recycling Division's Website for up-to-date recycling information, including information on where to take hard to recycle items.
The program guide is no longer printed. Residents can review the current listing of programs at www.accgov.com/myrec
Yes, dog parks are located at Memorial Park, Sandy Creek Park, and Southeast Clarke Park.
Pools are located at Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, Memorial Park, and Rocksprings Park. View pool information.
The pools will open Saturday, May 29 and will operate Tuesdays-Sundays through August 1, 2021. The Bishop Park pool is only open on weekends. All pools are closed on Mondays for maintenance.
Splash pad and pool admission is $1 per person, cash only. Pool passes are available for purchase and may be used at both splash pads and at all of the Department’s five public pools. Individual pool passes are $20 and Family of Four pool passes are $40. Passes may be purchased onsite with forms of payment accepted including cash and check
View more pool information to see individual operating hours.
The splash pads, located at Walker Park (formerly Trail Creek Park) and Rocksprings Park. Both Splash Pads will open July 4 weekend. The splash pad is open 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. The fee is $1 per person. The Rocksprings Park Splash Pad has hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (All splash pads are closed Mondays for maintenance)
Leisure Services summer camp information is posted online in late February at www.accgov.com/myrec.
Registration takes place online in the spring.
Summer job opportunities are posted in January. Applications are accepted online at www.accgov.com/jobs
Yes, dogs are allowed in the parks; however, they must be on a leash and under control. Pet owners must clean up after the dogs.
Sandy Creek Dog Park has a fee of $1 per dog per hour. Reservations are accepted up to 48 hours in advance and may be made by calling 706-613-3631.
Any maintenance concern can be reported by calling 706-613-3801 during normal business hours.
All program and camp registration takes place online. Prior to registration, if they have not done so already, individuals must create a free online account.
Yes, program registration is available at www.accgov.com/leisure.
In order to withdraw from a program, participants need to contact the facility where the program is taking place.
Yes, refunds are available. View the Leisure Services refunds policy.
Leisure Services use volunteers in a variety of roles. Learn more about volunteer opportunities through Leisure Services.
Please call 706-613-3800.
Picnic pavilions are available at several sites throughout the department, including Memorial Park and Sandy Creek Park. View locations and rental information.
Meeting rooms are available at several department facilities, including the East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and other locations. View locations and rental information.
In order to request the mobile stage (formerly Showmobile) please complete the Special Event Equipment Rental Request Form and email it to email@example.com
For more information, please call 706-613-3800..
Yes, scholarships are available to qualifying Athens-Clarke County residents under the age of 18. View the list of document requirements.
Individuals must visit a Leisure Services facility office during regular hours of operation and bring the required documentation. Applicants must apply at least five business days prior to registration. Applicants must have a valid email address.
The Walker Park (formerly Trail Creek Park) Splash Pad, located at 200 Trail Creek St, will be open weekends only, Saturday, May 1-Sunday, May 23, 2021 and will then operate under regular seasonal hours from Saturday, May 29 -August 1. The splash pad will be open weekends only, August 7-September 6. Splash pad hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The splash pad is closed on Mondays for maintenance.
The Rocksprings Park Splash Pad, located at 291 Henderson Ext, will open for the season May 29, 2021.
The splash pads, located at Walker Park and Rocksprings Park. Both Splash Pads will open July 4 weekend. The splash pad is open 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. The fee is $1 per person. The Rocksprings Park Splash Pad has hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (All splash pads are closed Mondays for maintenance)
The 2022 Star Spangled Classic will take place on Saturday, July 3! Fireworks will be launched at approximately 9:30 p.m. from Athens Ben Epps Airport. The display will be viewable from many locations around the Lexington Road, Cherokee Road, & Gaines School Road intersection as well as two locations provided by Athens-Clarke County.
Limited, first-come, field parking will be available near the airport and at Satterfield Park. These locations will open at 7:00 p.m. and all ACCGov park rules will be enforced including no alcohol, fireworks, grills, or smoking. The community is encouraged to leave pets at home.
In these parking areas, vehicles will not be allowed to move during the show for the safety of fellow spectators. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a socially distant view of the celebratory display safely from a parking space of their choosing. All spectators are reminded to respect private property when choosing a viewing location and not to park on the side of roads to view the fireworks. Traffic updates will be available on Bulldog 93.3. Traffic patterns in the area will shift at the conclusion of the show.
Everyone is reminded to follow CDC guidelines to enjoy this community celebration from a socially distant area between groups. Spectators are encouraged to stay arm’s length from their vehicles.
In the event that inclement weather causes a fireworks cancellation, information will be posted on the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department's Facebook page and Twitter account.
All county ordinances are in effect during the event.
Yes, the "Lost Child Station," and First Aid are located in the in the parking area off of Buddy Christian Way.
No drones! FAA guidelines forbid the flying of drones within five miles of aerial entertainment - in this case fireworks. Leave your drone at home!
Please leave pets at home. Fireworks and pets are not always a good combination.
Attendees can expect fun with friends, special guest speakers, enrichment activities with local experts, music, games, sports, giveaways, prizes, and most of all FUN!
Grand Slam is a program exclusively for Athens-Clarke County middle and high school students.
Grand Slam is a program presented by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. This program will take place at Lay Park Community Center, so attendees are expected to abide by the Leisure Services Department Code of Conduct.
Please Note: In November 2020, the Leisure Services switched to a new online registration system. If you have not created a new online registration account since November 2020, you will need to do so at www.accgov.com/myrec
Once you have established a free online account it is active forever. It does not need to be renewed. You can make changes to your account by logging in and editing it.
Planning focuses on managing community change in both the short and the long term with regard to land use, transportation, historic preservation, urban design and overall development of Athens-Clarke County.
Use this interactive map to type in your address and find out who your commissioner is and how to contact them.
It is a planned, partially constructed, multi-purpose path for pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-motorized uses that will stretch 39 miles from Athens to Union Point, Georgia. It will be built on or near the historic corridor of the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad. One mile is open and nine more are in progress.
Rail-trails are paths that follow the routes of abandoned or otherwise out-of-use railroads. They provide a safe, off-road resource for walking, running, bicycling, skating, and other non-motorized uses. Being wide, level (railroads need gentle grades), and connected to communities, they are perfectly suited to people of all ages and abilities, providing tangible benefits for health, safety, historic preservation, active transportation, community pride, and economic development. Rail-trails may be paved, made of crushed rock, or even left as dirt. They range from half a mile to more than 240 miles long.
Its northern terminus is on East Broad Street in Athens and its southern terminus will be in downtown Union Point. The trail will pass through three counties – Athens-Clarke, Greene and Oglethorpe – and connect, from north to south, Athens, Winterville, Arnoldsville, Crawford, Stephens, Maxeys, Hutchins, Woodville and Union Point. It will also connect numerous businesses, churches, parks and schools to nearby neighborhoods, creating safe routes for active transportation.
Trails are safe places for exercise and active transportation, so they help people of all ages combat cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other effects of inactive lifestyles. By separating bike and pedestrian traffic from roadways, trails can improve safety. Trails bring foot and bicycle traffic, which is good for business, and long trails often attract significant tourism. Trails can be resources for historic preservation and education, as well as corridors for nature. Trails tend to reduce crime in the areas they serve and increase nearby property values. They help the poor by making car-free transportation safer and more comfortable. Ultimately, they make communities more attractive places to live and work, which helps recruit and retain investment in new businesses, industries, and residents.
Athens-Clarke County has completed a 0.8-mile segment of the Firefly Trail from East Broad Street to Old Winterville Road, including bridges over the North Oconee River and Peter Street. Athens-Clarke County voters approved a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) in 2017 that will provide $16.7 million toward creating the trail in Winterville, crossing Trail Creek, and building as much of the trail as possible between Athens and Winterville.
Also, Maxeys and Union Point have secured $100,000 recreational trails grants to build Model Miles, and Firefly Trail Inc., has raised more than $200,000 to help them and other communities provide local matching funds. Riverview Foundation, W&A Engineering, and the National Park Service have come on board as major sponsors, and Firefly Trail, Inc. has recruited a part-time Trail Development Coordinator to spearhead work on building the trail. The Georgia Department of Transportation commissioned an economic impact analysis in 2016 that estimated the trail, when completed, will attract about 1.1 million users per year with a total economic impact of $14.7 million annually.
The Georgia Railroad, Georgia’s first state-chartered railroad, opened in 1841 to connect Athens to Augusta by way of Union Point. Originally, it terminated in Athens at Carr's Hill, but in 1888, bridges were added over Trail Creek and the North Oconee River to bring trains into downtown. The Athens Branch was abandoned in 1984 by CSX Transportation, which finished removing rails and other structures by 2000. Public outcry over the demolition of the Trail Creek trestle, made famous by the band R.E.M., led Athens-Clarke County to buy the trestle in 2001.
No. While some portions may still be owned by CSX, most of the corridor has reverted to original/adjoining landowners. For some portions, ownership is unclear. Firefly Trail, Inc. has heard from a number of property owners who are eager to help make the trail a reality.
For information on the Firefly Bridge Over Trail Creek please visit the project web-page at https://www.accgov.com/8735/Firefly-Bridge-Over-Trail-Creek
Cost depends on how much of the corridor is donated, what surface material is used (concrete, asphalt, or crushed cinders) and how much grading is required. The hope in ACC is that $16.7 million in TSPLOST funds will complete much of the trail through Winterville. In rural areas, the per-mile cost likely will be much lower. The 2016 economic impact study estimates total construction cost will be about $24 million.
Lots of sources over time. Most long trails are built in segments as funding becomes available. Funding for the first ACC segments came from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes and federal and state grants. Possible future sources include private donations; transportation sales taxes; special purpose local option sales taxes; gifts and grants from private businesses, industries and foundations; public fundraisers, and a variety of state and federal programs.
Yes. The big vision is that the Firefly Trail will be the first part of a network of trails serving the entire region, including Watkinsville, Madison and Greensboro. Also, we are in the process of improving the bicycle and sidewalk infrastructure within Athens-Clarke County and expanding the Greenway network (a Greenway extension that is accessible from the Firefly Trail’s Old Winterville Road trailhead opened in 2018).
Firefly Trail, Inc. needs volunteers, advocates and donors! For more information, please visit their website or send them an email. Firefly Trail Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax-exempt to the full extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support! Contact Firefly Trail, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents/legal guardians must apply in person by taking the required documentation to any ACC Leisure Services facility office during regular hours of operation. Please note that scholarship applications may take up to five (5) business days to process. Documentation must be submitted at least five (5) business days prior to registering for a program or camp.
Hardship procedures are in place for those who do not have the necessary paperwork. Please call the ACC Leisure Services Administrative Office at 706-613-3800 to schedule an appointment. This process may take up to three weeks. The hardship procedures address the lack of necessary paperwork, not to appeal the amount of the scholarship award issued. The amount of the award cannot be appealed.
Applicants without a current tax return and utility bill may apply for a hardship consideration. A designated Leisure Services staff member will accept other documents for review and determination. Please call 706.613.3800 to schedule an appointment.
Yes, all scholarships expire December 31 and must be renewed.
Please call 706-613-3580 for the most recent party time options. Please note that birthday parties may not be available during holiday weekends, special zoo programs, or during the summer for zoo camp. Please check the website for these updates, or call the Memorial Park Office at 706-613-3580.
Basic - $75 – Includes use of the party room for three hours with tables and chairs, a 30-minute educational walking zoo tour, and a 30-minute animal presentation for the group.
Deluxe - $125 - Includes basic package plus a Specialty Cake of your choice (serves 20-25) with candles, table decorations, plates, cups and party favors for each child (up to 25 kids).
You may book a birthday party by visiting the Memorial Park Office, Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm. You may also call the Office at 706-613-3580. Please have payment ready at the time of booking. Over the phone, you may pay by Visa® and Mastercard®. Effective January 1, 2014, a $3 fee, to partially recover the fees charged to Athens-Clarke County will be added to the total payment if made by credit card. There is no fee for debit card payments. In the office, we can process check, cash, or card. Checks should be made payable to Athens-Clarke County.
You many upgrade from a basic to a deluxe party by calling the office at 706-613-3580. You may also visit the office M-F 8am – 5pm. However, please call at least two weeks prior to your party reservation. The upgrade fee is $50, which includes a party favors for the kids, as well as a specialty animal-shaped cake (please let us know what kind of cake you want). Please have cash, check, or credit card available when upgrading.
We recommend that you book your party one month in advance in order to ensure your desired date. However, we REQUIRE a 2-week notice for all parties. Our most popular months for parties are March through May, and August through October.
Unfortunately, we cannot grant access to the birthday party room earlier than the time that it is reserved. For 10am parties, the party hosts must arrive at 10am. For 2pm parties, party hosts must arrive at 2pm. If you arrive early, the room may be locked. We recommend that you tell your guests to arrive 15 – 30 minutes past the hour.
Arrive at 10am or 2pm (depending on rental) to begin set up. Bear Hollow staff will greet your group and provide assistance with party set up. They will also present your cake (if applicable). Bear Hollow staff lead a 30 minute animal presentation in the birthday party classroom (if weather permits, it may be done outside). Then, the group will be led on a 30 minute walking zoo tour. You will then have the remaining time to hold your party (games, cake, presents, etc.) in the building. Be sure to allow a few minutes for cleanup of the area (we just ask that you put your trash in the provided receptacles) for your departure at 1pm or 5pm (depending on rental).
If there is inclement weather, the parties may be held inside for the duration of the rental. It is up to the staff and the party hosts to determine the course of action. We have coloring materials, board games, and books that the children may use. If icy conditions cause a party to be cancelled, you may be able to reschedule the party. Please call 706-613-3580 if this is a concern.
Typically, the room will have three 8 foot tables (with 8 chairs at each table). We have two other tables, as well as counter space, for cake, presents, and other decorations. For the deluxe parties, we have jungle themed tablecloths and flatware that will be set up before you arrive. If you reserved a basic party, you may bring your own tablecloths as well as balloons, streamers, and other decorations. We just ask that you leave the room as you found it. We will take out the trash and sweep.
The Birthday Party room will accommodate up to 30 guests—this includes children and adults.
The Birthday Party room is located in the Zoo Operations Building. To access this building, please park in the main lot of Memorial Park. Then walk around the basketball courts and the butterfly exhibit and you’ll see the Zoo Operations Building. Many people have found it helpful to place balloons at the corner of the basketball courts as a signal to their guests.
The deluxe party provides party favors for up to 30 kids. Although inventory may change, the current party favor includes a Bear Hollow Zoo kids’ souvenir cup with a small coloring book/crayons.
Guests are allowed to bring food and drink to the Zoo Operations Building. We have a standard size refrigerator and freezer that guests may use, as well as a sink and a microwave. We do not have a ice machine. We do request that you wait to eat until after the animal presentation to eat (because the animals may be hungry!)
Please inquire with staff at the time of booking your party.
Please call the Memorial Park Office at 706-613-3580 to order an additional cake. The charge is $25.
Party hosts are welcome to bring games and a piñata, which you may hang from the beams in the room, or from the basketball hoop. Soft music may be played at an appropriate level, with consideration to the animals that may be occupying the same space.
Please check the birthday page to see the program animals available for birthday parties. We will do our best to accommodate your animal requests.
You are welcome to tell us your requests for animals. However, we cannot guarantee their appearance. We have a strict program animal policy that keeps our animals safe and healthy. Please understand this when booking a zoo birthday party.
Guests can find program evaluations in the birthday party room after clean up. We ask that you honestly rate the staff and your experience, so that we can improve the birthday party packages in the future. If you need to make a complaint, you may visit the office or call 706-613-3580 to resolve any issues.
You are expected to put the trash in the trash cans, but please—recycle when you can. We will have green bins available in the room for this purpose. If you borrowed cutlery, you may place it in the sink when you leave the room.
The Planning Department relies upon a variety of media to issue public notice. For public notices required by local ordinance and state statutes, a legal advertisement is placed in the Athens Banner Herald and a sign is posted on the subject property. Notification letters are mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of a proposed rezone, special use, or planned development, and within 400 feet of some demolitions (if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review of a proposed demolition, notices are mailed). Email notifications are sent out via the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.
Applications for rezoning, planned developments, special use permits, variances and certificates of appropriateness require public notification via legal advertisements and sign postings at the subject properties. By adopted policy of the Mayor and Commission, all of the above except variances and certificates of appropriateness also require mailed notices to surrounding property owners. Demolition proposals require a mailed notice and sign posting if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review. Preliminary plat applications also require public notification via legal advertisement.
Call the Planning Department at 706-613-3515, email email@example.com, or visit us at 120 W. Dougherty Street from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.
The Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission all have monthly public hearings for projects placed on their agendas. Meeting agendas are posted online and information about the projects is sent out through required legal notice procedures and through the Neighborhood Notification Initiative. Anyone may attend a board or commission meeting and comment on record about a proposed project, as follows:
Yes. Approval of a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department is required prior to construction of a fence. Section 9-15-1 of the Zoning & Development Standards lists the maximum height and other standards for fences and freestanding walls.
Yes. Approval of a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department is required prior to construction or installation of an accessory structure, including sheds, gazebos, swimming pools, detached garages, etc. Standards for maximum allowable lot coverage, building setbacks and maximum height depend on the zoning designation of the property, but the standards in Section 9-15-12 apply to most residential accessory structures. A Building Permit may be required from the Building Permits and Inspections Department, depending on the structure.
Some businesses may be approved as home occupations. Approval of a Home Occupation Application from the Planning Department is required prior to issuance of a Business Occupation Tax Certificate from the Finance Department to legally operate a business from your home. Section 9-15-16 of the Zoning & Development Standards lists the zoning provisions for home occupations.
A mobile food vendor unit may operate anywhere permitted by Section 6-6-8 of the Athens-Clarke County Code of Ordinances. To operate a mobile food vendor unit, you must apply for a permit with Central Services (for street merchant-assigned locations) or with the Finance Department (for itinerant merchants). Additional permits/approval/inspections may be needed from the Solid Waste Department, Health Department, and the Fire Department. Contact those departments for further assistance.
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A COA is not required for minor repair or maintenance work, such as painting or plantings. However, a COA would be required for work that physically alters the property, such as enclosing a porch or adding a fence or retaining wall.
Anybody may sign up to receive notices for any of the registered neighborhoods or overlay areas through the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.
Email notifications are sent for projects placed on agendas managed by the Planning Department. These include Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission and Plans Review agendas. Notices are also sent for proposed demolitions and relocations.
Notices list the project address, a description of proposed work, contact information for the applicant, and information about the property (zoning, location map, historic district, NNI categories). The date and time are listed for the monthly Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission public hearings and the weekly Plans Review administrative meetings.
This varies depending upon the application deadline. The Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission have monthly deadlines. Plans Review deadlines occur every Tuesday. Projects that are submitted by a deadline are placed on the appropriate agenda and notices about projects on that particular agenda are emailed at that time, typically several days after the deadline. Demolition and relocation notices are sent as applications are submitted.
NNI neighborhoods are formed when a neighborhood registers to participate in the NNI and a contact person is designated for the group. The contact person receives early notification for projects that submit applications to the Planning Commission. Overlay areas include commission districts, road corridors and the downtown area and do not have a designated contact person.
Fill out a registration form and turn it in to the Planning Department along with a map of the neighborhood boundaries and a copy of your neighborhood's organizational documents (articles of incorporation, by-laws, covenants, etc.). If your neighborhood does not have an established organizational structure, a petition signed by at least 20% of property owners or residents endorsing the group formation and the designated contact person substitutes for the organizational documentation. The GIS staff in the Planning Department can help create the boundary map. The NNI coordinator will forward this information to the ACC Commissioner representing the district the neighborhood falls within. With their endorsement, the Mayor and Commission will vote on the official registration and mapped boundaries of your neighborhood organization. Once the neighborhood is mapped, anyone may sign up to receive notices for projects within and adjacent to the neighborhood's boundaries.
Every Tuesday at noon is the submittal deadline. We send out the agenda (the plans we received that week) to all of the reviewers, and then post the plans digitally into the computer system. Paper copies are made available to the departments that require them. Then, staff from reviewing departments (Building Inspections, Public Utilities, Planning, Transit, etc.) looks at the plans and make sure that what is proposed meets the different codes and requirements for each reviewer. Comments from the reviewers are sent out to the contact person for the project and then discussed at the Plans Review meeting.
Plans Review is for any commercial, institutional, industrial, or multi-family residential project that requires three (3) or more reviewers. For instance, if you are renovating a commercial building and changing walls (structural), electrical, and plumbing—the project would require Plans Review.
No. While coming to the meeting can be very informative and help you understand what the reviewers are looking for, attendance is not mandatory. We do ask that you notify Bruce Lonnee, Max Doty, or Samantha Eberhard at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting time if you will not be attending.
Many projects require resubmittals. Have your plans revised to satisfy the comments from the reviewers and then submit with a completed Revision Form. Follow the instructions on the form for number of copies and other resubmittal requirements. Unlike the initial Plans Review submittal, a resubmittal does not have a specific deadline. Just get the plans to us whenever they are ready and we’ll get them to the different reviewers.
There are a number of resources available to help you through the review process. First, read the ACC Plans Review Handbook. It is full of information about the requirements of every reviewing department. For a helpful list of do’s and don’ts, check out the Top Ten Keys to Success in Plans Review. Also, feel free to contact the Planning Department (706-613-3515).
It will depend on the size of your lot, where the tree(s) are located and what your zoning is. Please refer to the Tree Removal Flowchart to determine if a permit is necessary to remove trees from your property.
Athens Clarke County does not have the ability to mandate tree removal. If the tree poses a threat to streets, sidewalks, or utilities, the Community Forester can evaluate the tree and issue a notification letter via certified mail. If public property is not at risk, the Community Forester can provide a limited evaluation, but a notification letter will not be issued. Additional information:
The Community Tree Program offers tree management consultations to Athens-Clarke County residents to help with their management objectives. There is no charge for our staff to come meet with you as these consultations are a tax-funded service. Please contact Landscape Management staff to schedule a consultation.
At this time, only trees in the Tree Preservation Area located along Milledge Avenue between West Broad Street and Lumpkin Street are protected. The Tree Preservation Area is located between the front facade of the principal building on the lot and the front property line and any tree 8" in diameter or larger are protected. These trees require a separate permit and approval from the Planning Department prior to removal.
Athens-Clarke County does not endorse any particular tree service; however we do recommend that you consider using a Certified Arborist for work on living trees. Check out the ISA website to find a Certified Arborist in our area:
Yes, utility line clearing is necessary to keep service reliable, trees healthy and people safe. Pruning methods are regulated by Athens-Clarke County.
Tree species selection depends on a number of factors including your location and your objectives. Use our ACC Tree Species list to find a tree that best fits your needs and have fun with it!
ACCPD believes in the Community Policing philosophy and instills Community Policing values in its employees, policies, and training. Community Policing "promotes strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime" - U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services. As one part of these efforts, the Department has a Community Liaison Program that pairs individual officers with more than 100 groups, organizations, or associations from among the community (e.g., churches, Homeowners Associations, Business Associations, non-profits, etc). By forming lasting partnerships with our community stakeholders, our officers better understand problems from the community’s perspective, and together, we develop improved long-term solutions for addressing the root causes of these problems. Our goal is to police the community in a manner that co-produces public safety with our community and enhances our legitimacy as guardians of the Athens community.
ACCPD’s policy and expectation is for our officers to discharge their duties in a procedurally just manner. The tenets of procedural justice in policing begin with treating all people with dignity and respect. We believe that every human being deserves respect regardless of the circumstances that bring them in contact with the police. An extension of dignity and respect for the person is the recognition that every person has a voice, a perspective. Officers who embrace procedural justice allow citizens the opportunity to voice their thoughts, concerns, and opinions (when circumstances allow) and genuinely listen before making a decision or taking enforcement action. However, once a decision is made or an action taken, the procedurally just officer is transparent and takes the time to explain his/her actions. Procedural justice recognizes the trust enhancing benefits of Transparency in Policing and good communication. When our officers embrace procedural justice in their police actions, they recognize that how they treat each and every person matters, and very often matters more so than the outcome of the encounter. This is the essence of procedural justice in policing.
ACCPD believes that the sanctity of life and protection of life is at the core of everything we do. The fundamental principle is prioritizing the preservation of human life (all lives) above any other value. We instill this value in our officers through our policies on Use of Force, as well as the training we provide our officers (e.g., Integrating Communication Assessment and Tactics [ICAT]). When our officers embrace the sanctity of life principle, the recognize each person they encounter as a life worth saving regardless of the circumstances. Officers embracing this principle actively work to gain compliance and achieve other lawful objectives by exhausting other reasonable means (e.g., communications, tactics) before resorting to force.
ACCPD’s motto is to protect and serve as guardians of the Athens community. We instill the guardian mindset into each of our officers through our culture at ACCPD. Officers who embrace the guardian mindset see themselves as protectors of the community who work with and for the community to co-produce public safety. The actions of the guardian are not driven by fear but out of a desire (even at the risk of personal danger) to stand together with the public and rid the community of crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. The warrior, on the other hand, sees the community as something to fear and to be on guard against, not to embrace. Our officers embrace their community and strive to carry out their duties with the mindsets and hearts of guardians.
ACCPD encourages anyone with information about police misconduct to report it as soon as possible. We accept all complaints in any form, even anonymous complaints. Please take the time to review our current Complaints and Discipline Policy for more information. To make a complaint, please contact our Office of Professional Standards, complete our Online Complaint Form, or mail the complaint to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Office of Professional Standards, 3035 Lexington Road, Athens, Georgia, 30605. You may also request to speak to any on-duty supervisor by calling 706-613-3345 or through the Athens-Clarke County Human Resources Office.
ACCPD takes all complaints of police misconduct seriously. Depending on the nature of the allegations, the investigation may be assigned to a unit-level supervisor or commander, or it may be assigned to the Office of Professional Standards. If the allegations are criminal in nature, then the case will be referred to the appropriate authority for a criminal investigation as well. The investigator may contact you for additional information about your complaint. Once the investigation is complete, the information and evidence will be analyzed to determine whether or not any policy violations occurred. You will receive notice concerning the final disposition of the case. Any appropriate corrective actions will be implemented. This process generally takes about 30-45 days for a standard complaint investigation.
We encourage our officers to be innovative and take reasonable risks in their policing activities. However, we recognize that humans will make mistakes, and we distinguish between honest mistakes of the head and mistakes of the heart. That is why ACCPD and the ACC Unified Government believe in a system of progressive disciplinary action. When appropriate, we rely on coaching, counseling, and training before jumping directly to disciplinary action. However, when discipline is necessary and appropriate, it is administered proportionally and with gradually increasing severity for each instance of sustained misconduct. Though some more serious cases of sustained misconduct warrant higher levels of disciplinary action immediately, up to and including termination, the goal is to positively change officers’ behavior or performance before it can escalate. Additionally, not all allegations of misconduct are ultimately sustained. Officers are not disciplined when thorough investigation proves that allegations of misconduct are unfounded, not sustained, or the officer’s actions were within policy.
ACCPD is committed to providing a work environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and equitable treatment for all Department employees. That is why our Department is compliant with applicable federal law and takes positive action to prevent discrimination and harassment by implementing an expansive Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Policy that strictly prohibits any form of harassment and/or discrimination, encouraging employees to come forward with complaints about prohibited workplace harassment and/or discrimination, taking immediate action to investigate and resolve complaints of alleged harassment and/or discrimination, and prohibiting retaliation against any individual for making a complaint of harassment/discrimination or cooperating with an investigation.
ACCPD’s Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Policy strictly prohibits and clearly defines any conduct deemed to be harassment or discrimination. Employees receive training and education on harassment and discrimination, as well as information for properly reporting any allegations of harassment or discrimination. Every employee is responsible for preventing harassment/discrimination or reporting any acts or suspected acts of harassment/discrimination. All allegations are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. Our Department reports any allegation of harassment/discrimination to ACC Human Resources for investigation. Additionally, we strictly prohibit any retaliation against an employee for filing a complaint of harassment/discrimination or cooperating with a harassment/discrimination investigation. Any employee found to have engaged in prohibited harassment/discrimination is subject to disciplinary action, up to an including termination.
ACCPD’s Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Policy strictly prohibits any form of harassment or discrimination based, in whole or in part, on an employee’s sex, race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, genetic information, political ideology, or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal or state laws, or that of the employee’s relatives, friends, or associates.
Discriminatory acts include disparate or unequal a) application of terms/conditions of employment; b) provision of employment opportunities, benefits, or privileges; c) work conditions; or d) evaluative standards.
Harassment includes any verbal, physical, or visual conduct that a) has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment; b) has the purpose of effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment and/or promotional opportunities.
The Athens-Clarke County Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Program is a collaborative effort of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General’s Office, the Athens-Clarke County Probation Services, and the Athens-Clarke County community. PAD is an initiative intended to divert first-time offenders of low-level, non-violent offenses away from arrest while holding them accountable for their behaviors. However, it is not a "get out of jail free" card.
As a department and community, we recognize the long-term value of identifying and addressing the root causes of certain minor criminal conduct (e.g., misdemeanor shoplifting and criminal trespass). Mental health crises, substance abuse disorders, homelessness, and other conditions are often underlying issues that influence the behaviors of individuals within our community. If we can successfully mitigate these types of root causes, then we believe we can reduce the rate of criminal recidivism and, thus, criminality.
In general, only individuals who commit certain minor offenses and do not have pending charges or prior criminal convictions are eligible. Officers who encounter an eligible and willing individual may refer him/her to the PAD program by citing them (as opposed to making an arrest) for the criminal offense and submitting proper documentation to the Solicitor General for review. PAD participants are expected to complete tailored requirements set through the Solicitor General’s Office that are designed to correct their individual behaviors. Participant success or failure is monitored through the Probation Services. Unsuccessful participants are subject to being removed from the program and prosecuted for the initial criminal offense. However, those who are successful in the program will not be prosecuted. This process is intended to simultaneously address individuals’ underlying issues/needs that influence criminal behaviors and meet the needs of society and the criminal justice system by mitigating recidivism, reducing crime rates, and decreasing costs.
APPLY NOW to become a police officer with ACCPD! We are an Equal Opportunity Employer looking for highly qualified, diverse candidates to serve as guardians of the Athens community. Our philosophy is that we are best equipped to serve the community when our Department reflects the community it serves. That is why our recruiting team is working hard to seek out a diverse grouping of men and women from within our own community. Please contact our Recruitment Supervisor if you have any questions about the application process. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Every prospective employee undergoes an extensive background investigation process which can take several months to complete. The process looks at past employment history, education, military service, criminal history, and other aspects of an individual’s past. This process includes psychological, physical, and polygraph examinations. The purpose of the process is to know as much about the person being hired as possible. Our Department only hires the most qualified candidates, and all files are thoroughly reviewed through the chain of command and the Chief of Police prior to an offer of employment being extended.
Every new officer must attend a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council Certified academy and complete 408 hours of certified training to receive his/her Basic Law Enforcement Certification. In addition to the State’s basic training requirement, ACCPD puts every officer through advanced in-house training during its New Officer Basic Course (NOBC). This advanced training is about 200 hours that focuses on crisis intervention, implicit bias, de-escalation, domestic violence response, and community-oriented policing. It includes a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) module, Fair and Impartial Policing, and Integrating Communication Assessment and Tactics (ICAT). New officers are also required to complete 15 weeks of field training with an experienced and trained Training Officer. For its field training, ACCPD uses the Police Training Officer (PTO) model that was recommended by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing because it focuses on developing advanced problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills. In total, every officer receives over 1200 hours of training before being released to perform law enforcement duties on his/her own.
ACCPD officers are also required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of P.O.S.T. Certified training each calendar year. Although many of our officer complete 50 or more hours yearly in a variety of advanced topics on law enforcement. As part of their yearly requirement, officers must complete training specifically in de-escalation, community-oriented policing, use of force, and firearms.
The Department fully supports everyone’s right to demonstrate under the First Amendment and has a proven history of working with the community to facilitate these types of events. However, it is important that demonstrations are peaceful and lawful. The Department will not allow for any violent or destructive behavior to take away from this Constitutional right. Traffic safety is also important to not only those demonstrating but also motorists. Anyone who is planning a demonstration should be aware of the County Ordinances outlining the proper procedures for these activities, to include the permitting process. Special Event Permits may be obtained from the Office of the Manager, the Office of the Clerk of Commission, or from the Police Department. Please know that the permitting process and our involvement is not meant to deter or stop the demonstration but rather to ensure everyone involved is safe.
ACCPD currently engages with our community in a variety of ways and we are always looking to do more. From the day an officer is hired, the training process incorporates a community-oriented policing mindset into every facet of training. Instead of relying purely on reactive policing and arrest tactics, new officers learn to actively engage the community in non-enforcement activities and incorporate the Scan Analyze Respond and Assess (SARA) model of policing to identify and resolve root causes to crime and quality of life problems.
We operate a specialized Community-Oriented Policing Unit dedicated to collaboration with the citizens of Athens-Clarke County to create a secure and safe community, while enhancing the relationship between the community and law enforcement. This unit is responsible for planning a variety of special events to encourage positive interactions between the police and our citizens and visitors such as: the Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt, ACCPD Youth Summer Camp, the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, National Night Out, Trunk or Treat, Shop with a Cop, Santa Cop, and more.
In 2019, ACCPD implemented its Community Liaison Program to establish and maintain positive and meaningful communication with our community. As part of the program, individual officers are assigned as liaisons with more than 100 groups and organizations within Athens-Clarke County. These groups and organizations represent a diverse set of backgrounds and interests and include: business associations, faith groups, homeowners associations, civic organizations, non-profits, and more.
Additionally, ACCPD is currently working with the ACC Community Police Advisory Board Development Task Force and the County Manager’s Office to develop a Community Police Advisory Board.
In a variety of ways! Please visit our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Vimeo, or visit our website at https://www.accgov.com/200/Police. If you’re interested in applying to become a police officer, we’re hiring! Learn more at Government Jobs. The Department is on NextDoor where information is shared directly with residents of Athens-Clarke County. We also welcome community members to join us for in-person chats or virtually for discussions as they become available. In addition, the Department offers tours of our facilities, ride-alongs, and the opportunity for members of the public to attend our Citizen Police Academy. This 10-week program gives the public an overview of the Department through classroom and hands-on instruction from various aspects of police work. Graduates of the course will have a better understanding of the operations of the Department and a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by Athens-Clarke County police officers each day.
The following resources are available to the public and posted on our website:
ACCPD is accountable to the community in a variety of ways, to include the following:
Yes. Unless it would jeopardize an investigation or hinder a police function, ACCPD Directive 1.04.03 (M) requires officers, non-sworn employees, and volunteers who are engaged in Department-related activities to identify themselves when asked by a citizen. Depending on their specific assignment, the employee may provide their name, badge number, or Department-issued photo identification. A business card is also an appropriate means to provide identifying information. Officers who are operating in an undercover capacity or whose specific assignment, duty, investigation, or personal safety would be compromised are not required to identify themselves.
Yes. It is ACCPD policy (Directive 3.05) to equip its officers with body-worn cameras and that officers will use body-worn cameras to record their interactions with the public. Body-worn camera videos are retained in compliance with applicable Georgia Record Retention Schedules for local governments. Upon request, ACCPD makes copies of its body-worn camera videos available to the public in compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act.
Additionally, supervisors are required to conduct monthly inspections of randomly selected body-worn camera videos for officers within their chains of command to assess officers’ performance and ensure compliance with department policies, standards, and training.
Yes. ACCPD records are open for public inspection. Our Department values transparency and strives to produce all available records in compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act. However, not all records are subject to being released, and the time necessary for us to produce records may vary depending on the nature of the request and current workloads. Some records related to ongoing investigations, personal information of individuals, or other sensitive/confidential material are exempt or prohibited from release to the public. Please note that Georgia Law (O.C.G.A. 50-18-71) permits public agencies up to 90 business days to fulfill open records requests.
You may submit an Open Records Request through our Records Management Unit by delivering a written request in person or by mail at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Open Records Officer, 3035 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605 or by mail to P.O. Box 1868, Athens, GA 30603. You may also email a completed Open Records Form to our Open Records Officer.
If you have any additional questions concerning open records, please contact our Open Records Officer by email or by phone at 762-400-7129.
ACCPD provides oversight and accountability by monitoring officers’ conduct and performance in a variety of ways, to include the following:
Yes, the ACCPD takes the wellness of our officers and staff very seriously. In addition to the County’s Employee Assistance Program, ACCPD uses an Early Intervention Program designed to take a proactive, non-disciplinary approach to positively influence employees’ conduct and performance. By applying professionally accepted intervention strategies at an early stage, it is intended that the value of each employee be properly recognized and that his or her professional career be preserved and service as a county employee be retained. One aspect of the Early Intervention Program is the Early Warning Alert System that automatically generates alerts to notify supervisors and commanders that an employee’s performance may need to be reviewed. Supervisors are also encouraged to monitor their employee’s for any concerning behaviors or conduct and recommend or refer employees to seek out assistance. ACCPD also has employees trained as peer counselors through the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Office of Public Safety Support and requires any employee who has been through a critical incident to participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debrief through this program.
During two landmark cases (Graham v. Connor and Tennessee v. Garner), the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) set the standard for use of force by police. SCOTUS ruled that police use of force constitutes a "seizure" of a person and is, therefore, subject to analysis under the "objective reasonableness standard" of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This means that an officer's decision to use force must be weighed against the "totality of the facts of the circumstances" known to the officer at the time force was used (not with the advantage of 20/20 hindsight bias), and it must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer confronted with similar facts and circumstances.
For more information on these cases and other important SCOTUS decisions impacting policing, please see the following article: Five Supreme Court cases the police and the public should know.
ACCPD Directive 6.01.05 (K) prohibits the use of neck restraints and choke holds unless deadly force is justified. The Department does not teach or train officers to apply pressure to someone’s neck. This level of force would be considered deadly force and would not be permitted in situations unless the use of deadly force can be articulated and justified. This level of force is not used in situations to gain compliance or control over an individual.
Yes, ACCPD officers are required to de-escalate interactions and situations when possible. One of the most important tools officers have at their disposal is their ability to communicate. Providing clear commands and explaining the actions that are being taken can aid in defusing a situation. Ensuring officers can properly communicate and articulate actions is reinforced through ongoing training. ACCPD officers are trained in de-escalation, Crisis Intervention (CIT), and Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT). ACCPD also incorporates a 40-hour CIT class into its New Officer Basic Course to meet recommendations of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. New officers must complete the 40-hour CIT class prior to being released from training.
Directive 6.01.05 (C) requires warning but only when time and circumstance allows. Shooting a firearm is considered a deadly force situation and must be properly articulated and justified. Per policy, where feasible, a verbal warning will be given prior to the use of deadly force. The Department does recognize that there are some situations where a warning is not feasible and is therefore not required. The circumstances surrounding that decision must be articulated.
The Department implements and trains our officers on using force through a model developed in conjunction with the Police Executive Research Forum entitled, "ICAT: Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics. The Department incorporates this use of force model and not a use of force "continuum", as a continuum implies a progression of force similar to a line. Our current model is circular with no beginning or end. Rather, it calls on the officer to continuously assess the situation at hand and gather information to determine the type of individual the officer is encountering (cooperative, resistant, or assaultive), as well as, the appropriate level of force, if any, to use to defuse the situation. Officers have many tools they can use and knowing when and how to use them is a critical component to the training. The ICAT model also shows how time and distance can be advantageous to de-escalating an incident by gathering information to aid in assessing the proper action.
Yes, ACCPD officers have sworn an oath to protect human life and uphold the Constitution. This applies to not only our own individual actions, but also the actions of our peers. Pursuant to Directive 6.01.03 (F), it is the duty of every officer to intervene if they observe excessive force and report the incident to their supervisor. Additionally, ACCPD Directive 1.04.03 (C) requires every employee who knows of other employees violating laws, ordinances, department rules, or disobeying orders to immediately report it to a supervisor who will take appropriate action.
Directive 6.01.04 (C) prohibits ACCPD officers from shooting at or from a moving vehicle except as a last resort to avoid immediate and clearly foreseeable danger of death or serious injury to the officer or citizens. The substantial risks generated by using gunfire against moving vehicles, in combination with the likelihood that such gunfire may fail to achieve its goal, demand that officer’s resort to firing only in the most extreme and exceptional circumstances. The use of deadly force in these encounters must be articulated and justified.
Yes, Directive 6.01.08 requires officers to submit a report to their supervisors for every time they use force against a citizen. This includes anytime an officer shows force through presentation of a taser or firearm. Officers must thoroughly document and properly articulate in their report the reason for using force and the level of force used. All uses of force by department members are thoroughly investigated and further documented by a supervisor regardless of the circumstances or type of force. As part of the investigation, the supervisor will seek to speak to all parties involved and any witnesses to the encounter and review any available evidence. Each investigative report is reviewed through the appropriate chain of command to determine if the officer’s actions were or were not within department policy. Any policy violations concerning excessive force require the supervisor to initiate a formal complaint against the officer that is submitted to the Office of Professional Standards. Upon completion of the investigation and review process, the Office of Professional Standards conducts a review of the supervisor’s investigation to ensure that it was thorough and properly conducted, as well as a secondary review of the use of force itself to confirm the policy findings. For more information about Departmental use of force, please view our Annual Compliance Reports Page.
Yes, ACCPD Directive 6.01.04 requires officers evaluate the use of other reasonably effective alternatives before resorting to the use deadly force. However, it is also recognized that each and every case is unique and requires careful attention to the particular facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time deadly force is used, as opposed to the benefits of 20/20 hindsight bias. ACCPD policy only permits the use of deadly force when the officer reasonably believes that the action is in defense of human life or there is imminent threat of serious physical injury to the officer or another person.
Yes. Pursuant to Directive 6.01.11, ACCPD produces annual reports and compiles annual data concerning use-of-force. The reports and data are available on our Transparency in Policing page. Even though each use-of-force incident is individually investigated and reviewed through a standard process, the annual review process is a secondary means of oversight and accountability. It allows us an opportunity to assess departmental use-of-force activities from a broader perspective and publish this information to the public.
Often times individual cases involving force are within policy and justified. However, we recognize that by taking a broader look at our activities we may identify trends, patterns, or areas of concern related to force. Through this process we learn from our collective experiences and real data to continually improve our policies and practices. In doing so, our hope is that we can implement changes, when appropriate, to decrease how often officers need to use force and reduce the levels of force used when force is necessary.
Yes. ACCPD uses an Early Intervention Program (Directive 2.20) as a proactive, non-disciplinary way to identify and positively influence officers’ conduct and performance before it becomes problematic. This includes use-of-force activities. If an officer is involved in a certain number of use-of-force incidents within a specified timeframe, an automatic Early Alert is generated and sent to the Office of Professional Standards. The Office of Professional Standards forwards the alert to the appropriate supervisory personnel for review. As part of the review process, the supervisor looks at the individual force incidents giving rise to the alert as well as any other relevant performance or behavioral issues concerning the officer. The supervisor may refer the case to the Chief of Police, and the Chief of Police will determine whether or not to recommend the officer for the Early Intervention Program. If recommended to the Early Intervention Program, the officer receives an individualized remedial action plan in order to correct potentially problematic behavior and positively address other issues that may be negatively impacting the officer’s performance.
Anytime an officer uses deadly force there are generally two separate, parallel investigations that occur. First, there is a criminal investigation. Pursuant to our policy (Directive 6.01 and Directive 6.07), ACCPD requests an independent, objective investigation from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for all incidents involving the use of deadly force. The GBI investigates these incidents and submits its investigative case file to the Office of the District Attorney for criminal review. It is the purview of the District Attorney to determine if the use of deadly force was legally justified and whether or not to pursue criminal charges.
Additionally, our Office of Professional Standards conducts an administrative investigation for all incidents involving the use of deadly force. The administrative investigation determines whether or not the actions of the officer(s) during the use of force were within the policy limits of the department.
The information on this website and the Probate Court Standard Forms are designed to help you perform simple filings on your own. However, if you find that the filing is more difficult than you expected, you should seek the assistance of an attorney. A lawyer may not cost as much as you think. Please note that we cannot recommend a lawyer.
The heirs may choose at the outset to grant to the administrator the power to perform acts without first seeking court permission. This agreement to a grant of powers must be unanimous. All the heirs must sign and have notarized the Grant of Powers Form on page 4 of Standard Form 3.
If the heirs live in different places, you may make several copies of page 4 and have each heir sign a copy and have the signature notarized and then file all the separate copies.
If the heirs consent to granting powers, notice of the consent must be published in order to give anyone who has a claim against the estate the opportunity to object.
If the heirs consent to waiving the requirement of bond, notice of the waiver must be published in order to give anyone who has a claim against the estate the opportunity to object. NOTE: Before the bond can be waived, the court may perform a criminal history background check on the proposed administrator. The administrator may be required to sign a separate form consenting to the background check. The results of this check will generally be kept confidential, but they may be revealed to any attorneys or guardians ad litem who are involved in the process.
Secondly, if the person has been certified to need involuntary outpatient treatment by a private physician or other qualified professional not connected with a facility as defined by the code (and the treatment the person needs is available), any interested person may petition the appropriate court for an order that the person receive a full evaluation.
Finally, if the person has not been seen by a qualified professional who is authorized to sign the certifications described herein, the person may apply to the community mental health center where outpatient treatment is provided to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether there is probable cause to believe the person is a mentally ill, drug dependent, or alcoholic person in need of involuntary treatment. If such a probable cause finding is made, the center must then petition the court for an order for the person to be evaluated. See the Court-Ordered Evaluation Proceedings.
Estate planning includes providing for one's care in the time of a medical emergency in both the short term and long term. This can be accomplished through a Power of Attorney and a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney. (See Alternatives to Adult Guardianships.) A well-drawn will and a well-prepared estate will save your family time, money, and a great deal of heartache.
No. We are no longer scheduling appointments. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
At this time, Probate Court is able to renew Clarke County Weapons Carry Licenses only.
Processing times vary. All applications must have both a FBI and a GBI criminal background check. The time it takes to receive the background checks from these agencies will vary. The average time is at least four to six weeks, but is dependent upon each applicant’s criminal history. A weapons carry license will not be issued until all background checks are received and reviewed by the judge.
We will mail your permit to you.
Yes. Law requires a new set of fingerprints be done for all new weapons carry license applications.
Probate Court accepts cash, check, or money orders. No cards are accepted at this time.
The fees associated with weapons carry licenses are as follows:
If you are not able to print documents, call 762-400-6326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that one be mailed to you.
At this time, Probate Court is able to process renewals for residents with a Clarke County Weapons Carry License only.
If you are applying for a Weapons Carry License for the first time, a clerk will witness your signature during your appointment.
If you are renewing an existing Clarke County Weapons Carry License by mail, you are permitted to have a notary public witness your signature before mailing in your renewal application.
The Athens-Clarke County Misdemeanor Probation Office is now operating on a restricted basis. Our office doors are currently open for appointments only while we are still limiting & reducing social contact due to the current health concerns. Please email or call your officer if you have any questions.
If you need your officer’s email address, please look under Directory.
Our staff are still able to communicate with the public via email.
The officer will respond within a reasonable amount of time to your questions/concerns during regular business hours.
Currently, we accept only money orders or certified funds bank checks in the office. You may use your credit card or debit card online to pay for probation payments or pretrial payments.
Our hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Our lobby is open to the public starting at 9:00 a.m. for reports.
We are located at 110 Bray Street, Athens GA 30601 (Use to be the Advantage Behavioral building). We are just past the Department of Labor off of North Ave if heading from Downtown Athens and just before DFACS if heading towards Hull. Turn off of North Ave onto Bray Street. You will see our sign on the right. Please park in the parking area to your right or in the back of the building. Parking in the front of our building is reserved for handicap use only and it is heavily enforced.
Make your money order or cashier's check payable to Athens-Clarke County Probation or ACC Probation. Print the full name and address of the probationer below on the lines provided on the money order, especially if you are mailing the money order to our office. If you do not specify a probationer's name, we will not know where to apply the funds.
Athens-Clarke County Probation Services, 110 Bray St, Athens GA 30601
The Victim Impact Panel is held the second Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse (325 E Washington St, Athens, GA) . It is usually located in State Court on the fifth floor, follow the signs. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. and lasts for approximately one hour. Picture ID is required. A $2.00 cash fee will apply at time of registration.
We are not open on holidays recognized by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County.
We are Athens-Clarke County Probation Services and handle all misdemeanor cases within the county. State probation (felony) is located at: 171 Old Epps Bridge Rd. Athens, GA 30601 706-369-6000 or 706-369-6001. Turn right off of Broad Street onto Hawthorne Ave and turn behind Walgreens onto Old Epps Bridge Rd
No. A payment must be made in person, online or by mail using the acceptable form of payment and the probationer’s information.
Yes, but only online or at our lobby kiosk. We have a kiosk in the lobby that accepts credit cards or debit card payments in the office. Currently, we accept only money orders or certified funds bank checks at the front desk.
You may use your credit card or debit card online to pay for probation payments or pretrial payments.
Yes. Much of the information can be found on this website. However, if you can't find the information you are seeking, contact us through phone at 706-613-3795 or by email at email@example.com and we'll assist you with getting in touch with the right place.
Athens-Clarke County cannot regulate any level of cable pricing. This is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directive.
We cannot regulate internet service through cable providers. This is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directive.
Cable service in Athens-Clarke County is not a granted monopoly. The Cable Ordinance (Chapter 6-16 in the Athens-Clarke County Code) states unequivocally that there is no such thing as an exclusive cable franchise for the community and state that franchises also allow for multiple cable providers. Athens-Clarke County and Georgia can and will review any cable company's local franchise applications to provide competition in the community. In 2008, a statewide law in Georgia went into effect that allowed companies to apply - if they choose - for a statewide franchise agreement in lieu of multiple local ones. Only Charter (now Spectrum) and AT&T have applied for statewide video franchises and have notified the local government of intention to provide services in Athens-Clarke County.
Additionally, there is no requirement where services must be provided in a community, so it is entirely up to individual companies as to where they provide any services. To date, no other cable companies have asked Athens-Clarke County for a franchise in Charter/Spectrum's service area, although satellite television providers also provide services without a franchise. The communities around the country that have multiple cable providers tend to be large cities and, even then, overlaps in services areas are rare to nonexistent.
First, you must contact that company's customer service directly (888-GET-CHARTER or online). If that fails to resolve the problem or you have further complaints, please address your concerns to the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 706-613-3795.
On January 30, 2009, a number of organizations and communities filed with the Federal Communications Commission a "Petition for Declaratory Ruling that AT&T’s Method of Delivering Public, Educational and Government Access Channels Over Its U-verse System is Contrary to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Applicable Commission Rules."
The California Division of Ratepayer Advocates has posted a YouTube video showing the U-Verse PEG Viewing Experience.
Water & SewerThe Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department provides water and/or sewer services to more than 40,000 customer accounts, including 24/7/365 emergency on-call services to support our water and sewer systems.The Public Utilities Department’s Engineering Division provides guidance and review for new construction projects, as well as assistance in establishing new water and sewer development.
Trash ServiceThe Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department collects refuse in the downtown district and Urban Service District, which encompasses the old Athens city limits. Anything beyond these areas is serviced by an outside company. ACC Solid Waste Residential Garbage and Recycling Service is set up at the Water Business Office when you sign up for your water. Charges for trash service are included on the water bill.Commercial curbside services are dependent on where your business is located. Call 706-613-3501, ext. 302 to find out if your business can receive commercial curbside services.For questions regarding ACC Solid Waste trash and/or recycling service, including trash pick-up schedule, leaf & limb pick-up, or delivery of bins, call their main office at 706-613-3501, Press 5. Otherwise, contact your private collector directly.
Power & GasAthens-Clarke County Government does not provide power or gas services for customers. GA Power or Walton EMC are two companies providing power for customers in Athens, GA area.
Stormwater UtilityThe Stormwater Utility is managed by Athens-Clarke County Transportation & Public Works Department. The stormwater utility fee is based on the amount of impervious surface on each property, which is calculated using aerial images of the county. The utility fee pays for stormwater infrastructure maintenance within the public right-of-way, as well as a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program. For more information about Stormwater, visit the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Division.
Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Athens-Clarke County has no lead service lines in our transmission or distribution system.
The ACC Public Utilities Department (PUD) cannot control the variety of plumbing materials used in constructing homes, including lead pipes, solder, fixtures, and fittings. Lead can enter (leach) into the water through corrosion caused by contact with the home’s plumbing.
The PUD is committed to providing high-quality drinking water to our customers. In 1991, Athens-Clarke County began using an Ortho-Phosphate blend as a means of corrosion control to significantly reduce the possibility of lead leaching into tap water, even in the oldest of homes.
The PUD collects quarterly metal corrosion coupons, which are pre-weighed and measured metal strips, mounted at selected locations within our distribution system to gauge the corrosion control chemical dosage’s effectiveness. The metal coupons are collected and sent to an independent lab that measures the amount of corrosion to the coupons and determines our dosage/treatment effectiveness.
Maintaining the pH level in our distribution system is another step the PUD takes to protect your drinking water. We aim for a pH between 7.5 and 7.75 to further minimize the possibility of our water being corrosive. The pH is a measure of acidity, and the lower the number, the more acidic and corrosive the water. A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral. We have never exceeded EPD Action Levels during decades of sampling.
For more information, please review our annual Water Quality Report/Consumer Confidence Report.
Residential and commercial accounts are read approximately every 30 days using Advanced Metering Infrastructure. Customers receive a monthly bill for water and/or sewer usage. Visit our Water Business Office to learn more about Public Utilities’ billing.
The ACC Public Utilities Department offers customers several options to make payments for water and sewer services.
The Stormwater Utility is managed by Athens-Clarke County Transportation & Public Works Department. The stormwater utility fee is based on the amount of impervious surface on each property, which is calculated using aerial images of the county. The utility fee pays for stormwater infrastructure maintenance within the public right-of-way, as well as a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program.
For more information about Stormwater, visit the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Division.Customers may pay the Stormwater Utility Fee online using the ACC Transportation & Public Work’s billing system.
In 2010, Governor Perdue signed The Georgia Water Stewardship Act (GWSA) into law. Athens-Clarke County’s non-drought Outdoor Watering Schedule is consistent with the guidelines required by the GWSA.
The non-drought Outdoor Watering Schedule is in place at all times unless the GA Environmental Protection Division requires additional restrictions as in times of drought. Notification of outdoor watering changes will be posted on the Public Utilities Department website, social media, in News Flash alerts, and through other communication outlets.
General Rule of Thumb for Daily WateringUsing an automated watering system or lawn sprinkler for planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, or shrubs is allowed between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. For exceptions, visit our Outdoor Watering Schedule webpage or click for a pdf version.
Do not wash clothes if the water is discolored. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap. Wash a load of dark clothes first.
• Turn on the main water valve.
• Turn on the cold water tap at all faucets and run the water until you feel a change in temperature(i.e. the water gets noticeably colder). This may take several minutes. Begin with the faucet that is highest up in your home or building and then open the other faucets one at a time moving from the highest floor to the lowest.
• Change the filter cartridges.
• Throw out ice.
• Flush the water dispenser for 3 to 5 minutes.
• Run the ice maker for 1 hour.
• Throw out all the ice.
• Wash and sanitize bin areas.
If you do get sick, the symptoms are similar to food poisoning: nausea, diarrhea, cramps, and possibly a mild fever. These symptoms are not unique to exposure to potential contaminants/organisms in the water, and a doctor's involvement is key to identifying the cause of your illness. If your doctor suspects a waterborne illness, you may be asked to provide blood and/or stool samples.
“A supplier of water or any person having control of facilities which may cause the contamination of public water system has the responsibility to prevent water from unapproved sources or any contaminants from entering the public water system.”
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Environmental Protection Division, in 1983 amended this rule and mandated that all public water systems develop Cross Connection Control and/or Backflow Prevention Programs.
To gauge the effectiveness of the corrosion control chemical dosage, quarterly metal coupons (samples) are placed at selected places in our distribution system. At the end of the quarter we remove the coupons and send them to an independent lab which measures the amount of corrosion to the coupons, and the effectiveness of our dosage/treatment.
We maintain the pH to between 7.5 and 7.75 to further minimize the possibility of our water being corrosive. pH is a measure of acidity, and the lower the number, the more acidic and corrosive the water is. pH of 7.0 is considered neutral.
We have never exceeded EPD Action Levels during decades of sampling.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary federally funded program to provide bill-pay assistance for water and sewer bills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to eligible households if the public water provider has a signed agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS). The Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commissioners signed the agreement in November 2021, making the ACC Public Utilities Department a vendor for LIHWAP.
These funds will only be distributed to eligible customers that receive water services through public pipelines from a vendor (ACC Public Utilities Department) that has signed an agreement to participate in LIHWAP. The Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commissioners signed a participation agreement in November 2021 to quickly provide this bill-pay assistance opportunity to our residents.
If you are determined ineligible, you will receive notification and documentation regarding the reason for denial.
The PUD does not determine eligibility or the amount of assistance provided, set appointments for completing applications, or process applications. Please contact Action, Inc. if you have questions regarding ineligibility.
Local Community Action Agencies are responsible for administering the program. The ACC Public Utilities Department does not accept applications, determine eligibility, or distribute payments. Action, Inc. covers the Athens-Clarke County area.
Customers must contact Action, Inc. to schedule an in-person appointment. Currently, there is no online option for submitting a LIHWAP application.
The following documents are required to complete the application:
Failure to bring the required documentation above may result in your appointment being rescheduled.
See the informational flyer from Ninth District Opportunity for more information
No. The PUD does not determine eligibility or the amount of assistance provided, set appointments for completing applications, or process applications. For answers to questions not found on the ACC Public Utilities Department, please inquire with Action, Inc.
The program is now open to Georgia residents. The program prioritizes households and has a phased system for dispersing funds. The temporary program will remain open until funds are depleted or until June 30, 2023, whichever occurs first.
Action, Inc. determines the information required for completing your application during your in-person appointment. The following items are examples of documents you will need for your appointment:
The ACC Public Utilities Department recommends contacting Action, Inc. prior to your appointment to confirm the items required.
The amount of assistance is determined by household size, income, and composition.
Payments can only be issued to the ACC Public Utilities Department (PUD) as credit towards the associated water account. Payments cannot be made to individuals or households.
Households can apply only once per program year, which ends June 30, 2022. If funds remain in LIHWAP on July 1, 2022, the program will continue and households can again request water bill-pay assistance.
The PUD does not determine eligibility or the amount of assistance provided, set appointments for completing applications, or process applications. While applying for assistance, please continue to pay your bill and/or make a payment arrangement with our customer support representatives. An appointment with Action, Inc. for water assistance or a completed application does not guarantee processing or payment.
Action, Inc. process LIHWAP benefits in the order received and processing times vary. The ACC Public Utilities Department (PUD) does not know the status of individual households' applications. You must continue to pay your bill until benefits have been issued to ACC PUD to avoid an interruption in services and/or additional fees. If you need to arrange for a payment plan, please contact our Water Business Office at 706-613-3500 and speak to a Customer Support Representative.
Households can apply only once per program year, which ends June 30, 2022. If funds remain in LIHWAP on July 1, 2022, the program will continue and households can again request water bill-pay assistance.
LIHWAP does not have a permanent or ongoing statutory authorization or appropriation beyond the current federal funding. The full appropriations language from both the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act are available on the OCS website.
No. LIHWAP assistance can only be used for drinking water or sewer services bill payments. For assistance with your energy bill, please inquire with Action, Inc. about the LIHEAP program.
We have several ways to schedule a tour. 1) Visit the Tours page online. 2) Email a request to email@example.com. 3) Contact the Water Conservation Office at 706-613-3729. We will respond to your request within five business days.
Neither the Drinking Water Treatment Plant nor Water Reclamation Facility is equipped to handle large groups for lunch. However, both facilities are only a short drive to Athens-Clarke County parks offering picnic areas. Memorial Park is a good choice for those visiting the Drinking Water Treatment Plant. Please contact 706-613-3580 to reserve a pavilion. For those who tour the Water Reclamation Facility, Southeast Clarke Park's World of Wonder Playground offers a conveniently located pavilion for groups to eat. Please contact 706-613-3871. Both parks request at least two weeks advance notice if you plan to bring a large group for lunch.
Programs are currently available on-site for the Drinking Water Treatment Plant only. Large school groups visiting the Drinking Water Treatment Plant automatically receive a program along with the tour. Please visit our program menu to see our program choices or ask us to recommend one appropriate for your group. If you have a particular topic of interest, please indicate so when requesting a tour.
Through funding raised by Athens-Clarke County Green School Programs, assistance is available for transportation costs to our sites for Athens-Clarke County schools. The financial assistance applies to costs associated with a bus driver's hours and mileage from the bus depot to school, school to our site, site to your school, and school to bus depot. We cannot assist with costs incurred for additional mileage or bus driver hours if the school group visits other locations (e.g. visit a park for lunch). Please contact the Water Conservation Office for more details. A copy of the transportation invoice received by the individual Athens-Clarke County School should be sent to the ACC Water Conservation Office, 124 E. Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601 to receive assistance following the field trip.
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) result when chlorine disinfectants used to treat tap water combine with naturally-occurring organic and inorganic matter present in the water. Known as a disinfection byproduct (DBP), TTHMs are among the substances the Public Utilities Department tests for in our water. TTHMs are present at low levels in most chlorinated water supplies and can also be present in bottled waters.
TTHM production is also a factor of water age…the older the water is, the more TTHMs / DBPs are produced. The GA EPD approves the sample sites with the intent to represent the oldest water (worst case scenario) in our distribution system.
Drinking water standards must meet a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) established by the EPA and GA EPD. The MCLs limit risks to people from chemicals in drinking water. Some MCLs address the daily amount consumed (for chemicals that pose an immediate risk), and others address the amount averaged over a long period of time (for chemicals that pose a long‐term risk).
The MCL for TTHM is 0.080 mg/L, or 80 parts per million (ppm). We determine the MCL by calculating the average of four quarterly samples collected at our eight testing locations. If a sampling site is over 0.080 mg/L, a water system receives a permit violation.
The PUD exceeded the MCL of 0.080 mg/L for TTHM with a rolling average of 0.082 mg/L at one of our eight sampling sites found on the southeast end of Barnett Shoals Road.
The PUD met the TTHM standards set forth by the GA Environmental Protection Division at all sampling sites except for the monitoring location on the southeast end of Barnett Shoals. The site is one of eight sampling locations throughout Athens-Clarke County.
The Georgia Rules for Safe Drinking Water and Title 40 CFR141.64(b) set the locational running annual average (LRAA) maximum contaminant level (MCL) at 0.080 mg/L. The LRAA of four-quarters is used to determine if a water system violates the MCL. When a new quarterly sample is taken, the oldest results are removed from the LRAA. Similar to how a poor grade has lasting effects on a GPA, the high 3Q2021 result, combined with the removal of the low 1Q2021 in the calculations, resulted in a violation for 1Q2022 despite the individual quarterly sample falling below the MCL.
PUD sampling results for 2Q2022 find the LRAA below the MCL and return the utility to compliance. The elevated 3Q2021 will drop from future calculations. With this increased test result rolling off the LRAA and the actions the PUD has taken to address elevated TTHMs, we anticipate the TTHM LRAA to remain below the MCL, as was the case for the past thirteen years since the EPA's Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts monitoring requirements began. The table below displays the quarterly results from this location.
Levels typically vary within a single water supply depending on the season, water temperature, amount of natural organic matter in the water, pH, amount of chlorine used, time in the distribution system, and other factors. The Barnett Shoals Road sampling site is at the end of our water distribution system with minimal water usage, possibly contributing to the higher level found in the third quarter of 2020 (07/01/21 to 09/30/21).
Some people who drink water containing TTHM above the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system and may have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. Those with a severely compromised immune system, caring for an infant, pregnant, or elderly may be at increased risk.
Cancer risks generally accrue over lifetimes and very long periods of exposure. For disinfectant byproducts like TTHM, risks are typically calculated with a daily average of drinking 2 liters of water over a lifetime of 70 years. Research on the connections between Total THM exposures and these health risks is underway.
Water that meets the total THMs guideline is considered safe for all domestic uses, including drinking, bathing, showering, and food preparation. The risk of illness from TTHM is much lower than that of drinking water that has not undergone disinfection.
Regardless of the low risks associated with TTHM, the PUD has taken the following actions to address the elevated finding:
We are finding our efforts to address TTHM levels are effective. The sampling results for the third quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 were 0.061 and 0.058 mg/L, respectively, below the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.080 mg/L. We anticipate these measures will prevent an exceedance in the future.
The EPA and GA EPD require public water systems to disinfect drinking water. Disinfection is a necessary step in our treatment process to eliminate pathogens to prevent illness and protect public health. The practice of disinfection in the United States has nearly eliminated most acute waterborne diseases, including cholera, typhoid fever, and many other illnesses.
The most widely used type of disinfection in the United States is chlorination. The Public Utilities Department produces sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach, at the J.G. Beacham Drinking Water Treatment Plant for this purpose. The disinfectant is added at the end of the treatment process to prevent the growth of bacteria as it travels to homes and businesses across Athens.
The PUD always welcomes the opportunity to answer your questions regarding the safety and quality of your drinking water. Please reach out to our Drinking Water Superintendent, William Cottrell, at 706-613-3481 or email William.Cottrell@accgov.com.
Please complete our Report a Water Quality Concern form if you have water quality concerns regarding taste, odor, or color.
For more information, we recommend the following websites:
Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department has partnered with WaterSmart Software to offer our customers a resource to help you better understand and manage your water use. It provides you with a social comparison, helps you track water use, and offers personalized recommendations for the most effective ways to save water. For instance, if your outdoor water use is high, you will see suggestions related to irrigation practices.
To register, visit this link: https://accgov.watersmart.com. Enter your ACC PUD water account number located on your water bill and your zip code. Once you register, you can create a username and password based on an email of your choice.
If you forget your account password, look for the Forgot Password link on the Login Page. Once clicked, you will receive an email with instructions for resetting the password.
Customers who manage multiple properties or meters can link their accounts by registering the accounts using the same email address and password. Alternatively, a customer can log into WaterSmart with a single registered account, click on the drop-down menu under “My Account," click on “Add Account” and enter the account number and zip code of the account to be linked.
The primary account holder can add additional users to their Water-Smart account. Click on the drop-down menu under “Settings," click on “Account Settings," then scroll down to “Additional Users”. Select the user’s role, then enter the user’s name and email.
To improve the accuracy of your recommendations and household comparisons, customers can personalize their profile by answering specific questions about your household: How many people live there? How big is your yard?
Complete your Household Profile one of two ways:
1. On the drop-down menu of “My Account”, select “Update Occupants”
2. Locate “My WaterScore” on your home page, select “Who am I compared to?”
The data you see is “near-real-time.” Data is transmitted to WaterSmart twice per day and usually takes a few hours to process and show on your account. You should be able to see data from the prior 12-hour time frame. If you have a question about how much water you are using right now, you can look at the register on your water meter. Visit www.accgov.com/ami for more information on how to read your water meter.
When a customer is missing over 50% of their expected hourly data for the past 7 days, the Hourly View is disabled. Instead of seeing the Hourly View heading, a customer will see Real-Time. When this happens, a customer can no longer click on the bar to see hourly use. Once the customer account is receiving over 50% of the expected hourly data, the Hourly View is again enabled.
To see the hourly water consumption data available in the meantime, a customer can go to "Settings" and click on "Download Data".
It this problem persists, please contact Meter Management at 706-613-3479 to report a potential antenna issue.
When you use your email to create your WaterSmart account, you are automatically entered to receive leak alerts unless you opt out of this notification. An alert indicates an irregularly high water usage, which may have been caused by a leak or other situation, such as a person leaving a sink or hose running. Leaks are also indicated in orange on the graph when viewing your water use.
WaterSmart offers step-by-step instructions on how to find your leak. If you need further assistance, you may need to call a plumber to help identify the cause of higher than normal usage.
Customers automatically enroll in leak alerts by registering for a WaterSmart account. To discontinue leak alerts, customers must opt out of this notification.
The leak alert notification parameters are as follows:
*Commercial Accounts: Due to the fluctuations in water use and the needs of commercial accounts, leak notifications are sent only for suspected Burst Leaks. ACC Public Utilities Dept. recommends commercial accounts interested in additional monitoring set "Daily Use Notifications," so if water use is higher than "normal" for your specific business, an alert is sent.
Daily Use Notifications are opt-in and initiated by the customer to set personal notification thresholds. For both daily use and billing period Notifications, thresholds are set relative to the customer’s typical seasonal use, when available, or simply their typical use when seasonal use is not available. Typical seasonal use is defined as the average of the last two years of data for the relevant billing period. For example, if your average use for the January billing period is 175 gallons per day, and your notification is set at 2X your normal seasonal use, then you will be notified if you use more than 350 gallons per day. Once we move into the April billing period, you will be notified if you use more than 2X your normal April use. For customers that have less than two years of usage data, we use one year of historical data for the relevant billing period to identify their typical seasonal use. Customers with less than one year of billing history (ex. new customer) are compared to their average use up to that point in time, defined as their normal use.
A customer may receive notifications for a few days, then experience a period of time when they no longer receive notifications. If your daily water use does not go over your normal seasonal use of your selected threshold, you will not receive a notification. When you go over the threshold again, another notification is sent. On days a customer is not notified of water use, the data can be accessed through your WaterSmart account.
If you plan to go on vacation or have a time your house will be vacant, the "Unplanned Water Use" notification is a useful tool. Set your account to send an alert if water use occurs while the house is empty.
Similar to how you might place a hold on your mail with the post office, you select a time period when there should be a "hold’ on your water. Have an ice maker, auto-fill swimming pool, or self-filling pet bowl? No problem! Set a daily threshold for the number of gallons expected to be used. When water use goes above this amount, you will receive an alert.
How to set the "Unplanned Water Use" notifications:
You are being compared to households in the Athens-Clarke County service area with similar attributes, such as the number of occupants and irrigable area. Answering the questions in the Household Profile helps us to compare you with similar households, not necessarily your next-door neighbors.
The system uses property data along with information provided in the Household Profile to estimate the number of occupants in a property. The model predicts the number of occupants for each household based on property data alone. Use data is intentionally excluded in the occupant estimate. Despite being a strong predictor, doing so would skew the efficient and inefficient households to the low and high occupant bins, respectively.
Please note that if you change the number of occupants in your household through the WaterSmart system, this information is not applied to the billing side of the ACC Public Utilities Department. If you have a change in the number of occupants in your home and would like to know if this affects your Winter Average, please contact the Water Business Office at 706-613-3500.
Efficient use is generally calculated as the twentieth percentile of water use within a cohort.
Average water use is generally calculated as the median, or fiftieth percentile, of water use within a cohort.
Customers may pay their water bill through WaterSmart by clicking the "Billing" tab and selecting "Payment" from the drop-down menu. Next, choose "Pay Bill."
Customers are redirected to Click2Gov, the payment processor for the ACC Public Utilities Department. Customers may choose to make a one-time payment or can create a New User account to set-up auto-pay, make a partial payment, or see balances in real-time. If using this payment system for the first time, have the account number available for the initial setup or when making one-time payments. Please note, the User ID and Password for payment are not linked to the Username and Password used for your WaterSmart account, as these are two different systems. Customers can use credit cards to make online payments with no fees.
Customers who want to view their WaterSmart Account in Spanish can do so with one click. There is a dropdown menu in the top right corner of the portal that lets users select their language.
The Public Utilities Department (PUD) provides water delivery and sewer collection services for Athens-Clarke County (ACC).
Water: Over 800 miles of water lines deliver high-quality drinking water to 99% of our population. Other homes and businesses are served by private wells or small water systems. Our customer service representatives can let you know if your address receives county water.
Sewer: PUD's sanitary sewer system serves approximately 75% of the county; the remaining 25% of the population relies on on-site septic systems.
Recycled Water: The PUD is committed to the sustainable use of our water resources. Plans are underway to incorporate purple pipes, the color indicating recycled pipeline, into the infrastructure to provide recycled water for cooling towers and the industrial park.
Not sure if your new location is on sewer or has a septic system? Our customer service representative can let you know if your address is billed for sewer charges. If you pay a sewer charge on your water bill, you are on a sewer system. If not, you should be on a septic system. To confirm or for questions about your septic system, contact the Clarke County Health Department's Environmental Health Section at 706-583-2658.
For your convenience, the PUD can assist residents within the ACC Solid Waste service district with establishing trash services. The monthly charges for Solid Waste customers are included in the water bill. PUD can also accept in-person payments for customers paying their Stormwater Utility fees.
Learn more about starting other utility services
Several options are available to apply for water/sewer service:
All requests for new services require:
Learn more about how to transfer services.
Visit the PUD Start/Stop/Transfer webpage for additional information.
The Public Utilities Department (PUD) specializes in providing excellent water and sewer services for Athens-Clarke County (ACC). We do not offer any other services.
For your convenience, the PUD can assist residents within the ACC Solid Waste service district with establishing trash services. The monthly charges for Solid Waste customers are included in the water bill. PUD can also accept in-person payments for customers paying their Stormwater Utility fee.
Please use the following contact information for questions or to assist you in establishing your other utilities. Because we only handle water and sewer, our PUD customer service representatives do not have access to information regarding which of these utilities serves your address.
Power/Electricity: The following are local power providers. Contact these providers to determine which one offers service for your location.
Georgia Power888-655-58881001 Prince AveAthens, GA 30606
Jackson EMC706-548-536285 Spratlin Mill RdHull, GA 30646
Walton EMC770-267-25052061 Hog Mountain RdWatkinsville, GA 30677
Natural Gas: The following company can assist in matching you with your natural gas provider. If you use natural gas at your home, we recommend keeping your natural gas company number handy in case you should ever smell gas at your home. Our PUD crews cannot respond to or repair gas leaks.
Atlanta Gas Light800-427-546310 Peachtree Pl NEAtlanta, GA 30309
Athens residents rely on three surface water sources for our drinking water:
Plans are underway to convert a local quarry into a reservoir to bolster our water supply further.
The Cooperative Extension booklet "Protecting Your Water and Septic System" has a helpful risk assessment and chart of more specific recommended pumping times. Protecting Your Water and Septic System Booklet
In alphabetical order (Inmates Last Name), “Visitation Days” will be on Tuesday & Wednesday and Saturday & Sunday of each week. (Note: Beginning on Sunday of each week, per inmate, only x4 visits permitted each week unless special circumstances dictate otherwise)
Visitation Day & Time Scheduled as follows:
A thru JTuesday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:00pm - 6:00pm to 7:30pm)K thru ZWednesday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:00pm - 6:00pm to 7:30pm)A thru JSaturday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:45pm - 6:30pm to 7:30pm) (Late Feeding)K thru ZSunday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:00pm - 6:00pm to 7:30pm)Inmate Workers
Video Visitation for Inmate Workers during the week coincides with his/her last name in conjunction with the above schedule as well.However, on Saturday of each week, Inmate Workers are permitted to receive a one-hour contact visit. This is held in the Central Programs Classroom from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, and to register, visitors should arrive 15 minutes before visitation begins.
** NOTE ** The inmate must be processed through intake and the orientation unit and placed in a housing unit before they can have visitors. This may be up to 72 hours from the time they are booked into the jail.
The following items are prohibited from entering the courthouse:
Available periods for attorney and professional visits: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. All attorney and professional visitors must provide and display valid photo identification to gain entrance to the jail. Attorneys must show their Georgia bar card, or in the case of attorney staff, legal aid staff or students, an ID from that organization or a listing on formal correspondence from the organization. Professional visitors must display photo identification from their agency or organization.
VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) helps keep communities safe and informed by providing crime victims access to information about offenders’ custody status and notifying them about any changes in that status. You may register online: Athens-Clarke County VINELink and by phone :Athens-Clarke County VINE service: 1-800-467-4975. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office for assistance.
The Athens-Clarke County Solicitor-General’s office, located in the downtown Athens-Clarke County courthouse at 325 E Washington St, Suite 550 (5th floor), is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. You can reach our office by calling 706-613-3215. If you are not sure who you need to speak with when calling, it is helpful to have as much information pertaining to your case as possible (ie: name of person charged/offense date, police case report number (CRN #), a court docket number, etc.) so that we may connect you without taking up too much of your time. You may also use our staff directory for a list of staff and their email addresses.
If you are experiencing an emergency, we urge you to call 911 as soon as possible. Violations of bond conditions / order can be reported to your local police. You may also contact our office with any questions or concerns. Your victim advocate and/or the prosecutor handling your case will assist you.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or received a traffic citation in Athens-Clarke County, the Solicitor’s office will be handling your case for the State of Georgia*.If you are not currently represented by a public defender or you have not hired a private attorney, you may contact our office to request a meeting with the assistant Solicitor handling your case.
*If your misdemeanor offense(s) are resulting from the same incident in which you’ve also received felony(ies), the Athens-Clarke County DA’s office will be handling your case.
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The Athens-Clarke County Solicitor-General’s office, located in the downtown Athens-Clarke County courthouse at 325 E Washington St, Suite 550 (5th floor), is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. You can also contact our office by calling 706-613-3215. If you are not sure who you need to speak with when calling, it is helpful to have as much information pertaining to your case as possible (ie: name of person charged/offense date, police case report number (CRN #), a court docket number, etc.) so that we may connect you without taking up too much of your time. You may also use our staff directory for a list of staff and their email addresses.
If you are experiencing an emergency, we urge you to call 911 as soon as possible. Violations of bond conditions / order can be reported to your local police. You may also contact our office with any questions or concerns. Your victim advocate and/or the prosecutor handling your case will assist you.
VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) helps keep communities safe and informed by providing crime victims access to information about offenders’ custody status and notifying them about any changes in that status. You may register online: Athens-Clarke County VINELink and by phone :Athens-Clarke County VINE service: 1-800-467-4975.As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office for assistance.
Please contact our office to speak with your victim advocate/the prosecutor who is handling your case for information regarding the modification of special conditions of bond.
If you are a victim requiring restitution, please contact your victim advocate to find out which out-of-pocket expenses you can recoup and what documentation will be required.
You may submit your documents in whichever way is most convenient for you. Either drop it in the mail (325 E Washington St Ste 550 Athens GA 30601) or stop by our office in the downtown Athens courthouse. You may also email your victim advocate and/or the office administrative assistant, or fax to 706-613-3229.
If you have evidence pertaining to your case, please contact your victim advocate and/or the prosecutor. They will discuss with you what it is you have and coordinate how to retrieve the evidence for your case.
If Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste is your collector, call the main office at 706-613-3501, Press 5. Otherwise, contact your private collector directly.
A collection bin is located at the following locations:
No, all batteries (alkaline and rechargeable) can be recycled at the CHaRM (1005 College Ave.) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. For large quantities, fees may apply.
The CHaRM (1005 College Ave.) accepts these bulbs Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. They are also recycled at The Home Depot and Lowe’s. For large quantities, fees may apply.
Yes, egg cartons, meat trays, and block styrofoam found around many items can be taken to Publix Supermarket. There are bins out front for small items; larger pieces can be taken to the Customer Service Desk.
We also accept styrofoam at CHaRM (1005 College Ave.) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM.
No, the bags pose a litter issue and become contaminated when mixed with other plastics that can drip (like soda cans or vegetable cans). Take bags back to any area Publix, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, EarthFare, Walmart, Target, Ingles, Daily Co-Op, or the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Facility.
You can take old televisions to the CHaRM (1005 College Ave) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. More information at accgov.com/charm. Fees may vary.
No, take these broken items to the Athens-Clarke County Landfill Electronics section for free. You can also take those items to the CHaRM (1005 College Ave) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. More information at accgov.com/charm. For large quantities, fees may apply.
If it is in clear bags that are clearly marked "RECYCLABLES", then it will be collected. If in black or white bags, they will be mistaken for trash and you will be charged additional collection fees. The preferred method for extra recycles is loose in another bin or cart.
Shredded paper cannot be collected at the curb or at any drop-off sites. It is too small for the single-stream processing facility equipment to sort and the pieces get wet and stick to the glass bottles and/or jars. Shredded paper needs to be handled separately from other recyclables. Shredded documents can be dropped off in paper bags, boxes or clear plastic bags for recycling at the following locations:
All locations have a large dumpster labeled for shredded paper only.
Documents for shredding can be dropped off at the CHaRM. Please see the CHaRM website for hours and fees, http://accgov.com/charm. We store the documents in locked, secure roll carts within the CHaRM. Lindsay Group’s mobile document shredding units come by the CHaRM on a regular basis to destroy the documents and transport them to the recycling facility for proper recycling. There is a charge of $2.00 for each Bankers-size box of documents to be shredded.
Hard Drives can also be dropped off for destruction for $10 each, or can be donated to FREE IT Athens, a local non-profit, who will wipe the hard drive for secure reuse in their refurbishing operations.
Yes. In most cases, the entity currently paying for waste collection services will be responsible for paying for recycling collection services. If the landlord is responsible for providing trash services then they are also responsible for providing recycling services. However, the individual businesses within the building must recycle within their business and must each complete the form to show they are compliant. Each business licensed in Athens-Clarke County is responsible for completing a Commercial Recycling Plan. The landlord cannot oversee your business relations and ensure that you are recycling so it is up to the individual business to follow compliance, complete a recycling plan and recycle. If your property owner/manager does not offer recycling services, discuss this requirement with them and refer them to the Commercial Recycling Ordinance and website http://accgov.com/cro.
Yes. Businesses that are run from your primary residence are exempt, but otherwise businesses must submit a plan that ensures compliance with the ordinance. It is perfectly acceptable to take your collected trash and recyclables home with you, or take your recyclables to any of the 9 convenient drop-off sites located throughout Athens-Clarke County. However, these activities should be documented on the Recycling Plan Form. If your business creates no trash or recycling, you may contact the Commercial Recycling Specialist to discuss being exempt.
Check with your current waste hauler. All of the haulers operating in Athens-Clarke County are familiar with the requirements, and should be able to assist. Shop around to get the service that best suits your needs. You can also check out our Getting Started page.
Generally, whoever pays the garbage service bill is responsible for complying with the ordinance. If you pay individually for your trash service then the ordinance will not apply. If your property manager pays the bill on behalf of tenants in your property, the ordinance does apply and they are required to offer recycling.
No. The intent of the ordinance is to provide a collection system and education resulting in a successful recycling program. Every business and non-profit in Athens-Clarke County must make a concerted effort to recycle the items listed on the Recyclable Items Poster: mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & containers, metal cans and glass bottles & jars. We do not expect you to correct customer or staff errors in recycling but they should have access to recycling. However, you should take note and offer additional education if it seems to be a continual problem. The Commercial Recycling Specialist is available to assist you with any problems you encounter with improper recycling.
Your garbage company probably doesn’t pay for trash cans inside your home or business either. Check to see if your hauler will assist with your recycling program. ACC Recycling Division can provide stickers that can be used to convert most containers (or cardboard boxes) into a useful recycling container. A simple cardboard box can work perfectly for years. ACC Recycling Division does have a limited supply of previously loved recycling bins available for businesses and organizations free of charge. To request bins, flyers or stickers please complete this form.
Yes. However, they can share the same hauler and educational material.
Place leaves and limbs out no later than 8:00 a.m. on the Monday of your pick-up week. Put leaves, grass, weeds, etc., in paper lawn bags and place at the curb. Stack limbs, brush, and small branches in a pile at the curb. Per Athens-Clarke County Ordinance, residents cannot place leaf and limb debris at the curb [public right-of-way] more than 10 calendar days prior to the Monday of the pick-up week.
Pick-ups are once every six weeks and may be altered by major weather events and staffing and/or truck maintenance issues. You must have your leaf and limb debris out by 8:00 a.m. on the Monday of your pick-up week. Find your pick-up week on the leaf and limb webpage or by calling 706-613-3501, and if using a touchtone phone, press 2 to hear a recording of the schedule. A printed schedule is available at the Athens-Clarke County Water business office, Athens-Clarke County City Hall, or Athens-Clarke County Regional Library. You may also contact the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501, and a schedule can be emailed to you.
The material is chipped into mulch at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill. Currently, the mulch is being used as the carbon source (brown) for composting operations at the landfill. Compost can be purchased at the ACC Landfill for $20/cubic yard from Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
We accept documents to be shredded at our Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit accgov.com/charm for facility hours, pricing, and material details.To cover our costs of processing, we do charge a fee of $2 per bankers box (or equivalent size) for document shredding. We charge an additional facility fee of $2 per visit for ACC customers and $5 per visit for out of county. If you have a different size container, box or bag, we will charge accordingly based on the estimated size, relative to a bankers box.At the CHaRM, your documents will be placed in a locked roll cart in the facility, where they will be collected and shredded on site by Lindsay Group document destruction company. They then bring the shredded paper material to our recycling facility for processing, baling, and shipment to the paper market to be recycled into new products.If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-613-3501 x8.
A: For customers who live in the Urban Service District, it will be collected on the same day as garbage. If you are in the general service district, contact your private hauler for your pick-up schedule, as some private haulers have bi-weekly collection.
A: Bags and stretchy film plastic, like the bubble wrap and pillows that come in packages are not recyclable in your household recycling, but they can be taken to our Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) to be recycled separately. They can also be included in the grocery bag recycling bins at most grocery stores, just pop the air out and include it with your plastic bags.CHaRM is located at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit www.accgov.com/charm for the most updated hours and operations.NOTE: The reason that we can not accept stretchy film plastic such as bags, bubble wrap, and film pillows in the regular recycling is because they are considered "tanglers" in our recycling facility. They get caught and wrapped in the rotating machinery that sorts the materials, and can jam and break the machines. While these materials are technically "recyclable," they need to be processed separately for this reason.
A: Shredded paper needs to be handled separately from other recyclables. Smaller pieces of paper stick to other materials and/or blow around and make a mess. Shredded documents can be dropped off at the following locations:
All locations have a large dumpster labeled for shredded paper only. Shredded paper should be in a clear plastic bag, or a box.
A: Single stream recycling collection means that accepted recyclables in ACC can be collected mixed together in one container and collected by one truck. Primarily, we are looking for bottles, cans, containers, paper, and cardboard. This DOES NOT mean that trash is mixed with recyclables.
A: We would prefer that recyclables be placed in the cart or dumpster loose, because bags cause processing issues and damage to the machinery within our facility. Please dump recyclables out of the bag into the cart or dumpster if your materials are already bagged. If absolutely necessary to bag your recyclables, you may use a clear trash bag only. NOTE: Plastic bags and any other kind of film plastic, stretch wrap, or packing bubbles should go to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) or back to your grocery store for specialized recycling.
A: You can recycle batteries, light bulbs, and a long list of other items at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), located at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit accgov.com/charm for the most updated hours and operations.
A: Yes please, just make sure they’re not contaminated with food – no cheese, crusts, dipping sauce or those little peppers. If you have a box that is greasy on the bottom half, but perfectly clean on the top, rip it in half at the fold and recycle the clean part. We would rather have half the amount of material and clean, than the whole material but dirty.
A: Applaud yourself for being a super recycler! Then, put any extra recyclables in a container clearly marked “RECYCLABLES”, preferably a box. If you must bag them, make sure the bag is CLEAR so it is not confused as trash. Overflow trash costs, make sure collection crews know it is recyclables and not trash.
A: Film/stretch plastic (which is what we call bags and wraps) is made to stretch. When bags/wraps come through the recycling facility sorting process they often wrap around conveyor belt rollers, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage to the equipment.
A. Follow the recycling rules wherever you are – the rules are not always the same. In fact, city to city, they rarely are the same. You should encourage colleagues, co-workers and friends to do the same. Make sure your neighbor is at least recycling all those cardboard boxes! If you do a pie chart of all the various materials going into American landfills these days, plain old cardboard, non-recyclable paper and food scraps are the only items in the double-digit percentages. Cardboard is super easy to recycle; food scraps and most non-recyclable paper can be composted.Like most expensive equipment, the recycling facility operates most efficiently at large scale. So the more they recycle, the better. But no cheating! – only recyclable items please.Many other items can be recycled at our Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). Styrofoam and plastic bags are perfectly recyclable, but not in the regular recycling stream.Look ‘upstream’ to reduce the amount of scrap you generate in the first place. Buy in bulk, reuse items when you can, and compost what cannot be recycled.
Thank you for recycling! You can pick up recycling bags at any of our locations:
A: 1. This goes to the heart of recycling – nothing gets recycled until it gets turned into new product and purchased. So while it may seem a bit removed, purchasing materials with recycled content is a great way to ensure long-term stability of recycling programs. Look for post-consumer recycled content in the products you buy – the higher the percentage, the better.
2. Follow the rules. Containers should be clean and empty, and cardboard should be flattened. Place all items loose into your recycling roll cart, dumpster or drop-site container (no bags). Caps can be left on, tape does not have to be removed.
A: Clean and empty, rigid plastic containers such as cups, bottles, jugs, food trays, tubs, toys, buckets, and bins are accepted in the regular recycling. For a more detailed list and photos, visit accgov.com/recycle or email email@example.comWe do NOT accept stretchy or flexible plastics such as bags, wraps, bubble packaging, Styrofoam, chip bags or snack wrappers. Disposable plates and cutlery are also NOT recyclable.Styrofoam and stretchy plastic (bags, wraps, etc) can be recycled separately at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). CHaRM is located at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit accgov.com/charm for the most updated hours and operations.Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
A:Plastic lid on plastic container: Yes. Empty and rinse container and place the cap or lid back on the container.Metal lid on glass container: No, please remove lid before recycling.Plastic lid on glass container: No, please remove lid and dispose of before recycling.Lids and pop-tops are also accepted as a donation at our Teacher Reuse Store for arts and crafts reuse. Teacher Reuse Store is located at our CHaRM facility, at 1005 College Avenue.
A: Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) (also called unit pricing, variable rate pricing, user-pay or volume based garbage systems) is a usage-pricing model for disposing of municipal solid waste. Athens solid waste service providers (both public and private) provide the following trash container sizes with appropriate rate differential between each level of service provided. •20/25 gallon container; base rate •30/35 gallon container; 10% minimum increase over 20/25 gallon container •60/65 gallon container; 20% minimum increase over 30/35 gallon container •90/95 gallon container; 30% minimum increase over 60/65 gallon container •Higher generators of garbage with combination bins; service fee should be higher than the 90/95 gallon container price and set by franchised solid waste service provider. If you are an avid recycler, we added the 20/25 gallon trash roll-cart just for you! Contact your hauler today and ask about this cart size. NOTE: The 20/25 gallon trash roll-cart will need to be provided by you, the customer and can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot. The ACC Solid Waste Department will provide a sticker to indicate the 20/25 gallon size.
A: Putting recyclables in a bag causes a lot of problems for the recycling facility. Keeping the material loose allows the staff and equipment to process it faster, and more safely. Bags are also one of the worst "tanglers" within the facility, getting caught and tangled in sorting equipment. Additionally, if material is in a black trash bag, the sorters will assume (usually correctly) that the contents are trash, and will send them to the landfill.Another common mistake is sending mixed materials, or non-like materials inside one another. For example, a cardboard box full of packing foam or bubble wrap makes it very difficult to process the cardboard, and the foam and stretchy plastic are two of our worst contaminants. Cardboard should be flattened, with the packing contents removed. Plastic bags and other tanglers, food residue and Styrofoam should not go in the recycling.
A: Most feed bags for pets and livestock are made of woven Polypropylene plastic (PP, or #5 plastic) and often carry the recycling symbol, but are NOT recyclable. While we accept #5 cups and containers, we cannot accept the #5 bags, for the same reason we cannot accept any film plastic bag, shrink-wrap, bubble-wrap etc. - when processed, the stretchy plastic gets wrapped around the sorting equipment. Even paper feed bags usually have a plastic liner that makes them unrecyclable in the Athens single-stream process. The only large bags we can process are those made ONLY of paper, like a charcoal bag or empty lawn/leaf refuse bag. If your large bag tears easily with no stretching, it can be included for recycling.
A: In many communities, a Waste Minimization, Education or Franchise Fees are fees levied upon solid waste service providers (both public and private) to help defray the cost of the waste reduction programs in their community. Regardless of the name, these fees are typically used to help local governments fund waste reduction infrastructure and education. The ACCUG Waste Minimization Fee was approved in Oct., 2011 and is used to defray costs associated with program management of the waste reduction goals approved by the Mayor and Commission. The ACCUG Waste Minimization Fee is collected quarterly from the franchised solid waste service providers, both public and private, in the USD and GSD for both residential and commercial customers. The fee is $0.60/month/residential unit and $1.60/month/commercial entity and is shown as a separate line item on the garbage bill.
ACCGov will administer an extensive site selection process and lay the framework for the new facility design. Through interactive sessions with key stakeholders and the public, ACCGov will develop a list of potential sites for the Youth & Community Enrichment Facility that will be studied and reviewed.
Potential sites will be evaluated on the previously developed site selection criteria and standards as well as their suitability to house the required building and site development components. The public will be asked their opinion of the top 10 ranked sites.
ACCGov anticipates finalizing a location for the Youth & Community Enrichment Facility Project in Spring/Summer 2023 after the Mayor and Commission are presented and act on the site selection findings and recommendations report.
The construction cost limit is currently approved for $2.5 million, which includes SPLOST funds and private donations. It is also expected that the project partner(s) will pursue additional capital funds to support the SPLOST allocation. There will likely be changes to the overall project budget depending on the purchase price for the site and the design and construction process.
Substantial completion is expected by Fall 2025.
Public engagement is critical to successfully completing construction of the new Youth & Community Enrichment Facility. Every phase of the process will include opportunities for public feedback. Digital surveys, public forums, and other engagement strategies will be leveraged to maximize public and stakeholder input.
Below are some of the current ways you can participate:
Due to inadequate safety conditions, size, and age concerns of the current courthouse facilities, and as set forth in multiple space needs reports performed for ACCGov, the current facility does not meet the needs of Athens-Clarke County nor the required Georgia Courts Security Guidelines. The new judicial center will provide much needed security and operational updates to improve the operations of ACCGov judicial functions.
The existing building at 325 East Washington Street was constructed in 1914 with the annex completed in 1989. Due to its age and size, the layout of the facility does not conform to current courthouse facility design practices. The goal is to renovate the existing courthouse at a later date to include other non-judicial functions of ACCGov.
No. The future use of the existing historic courthouse is still being evaluated. The long term goal is to consolidate several ACCGov departments that are currently spread out and housed in multiple buildings across the county in the existing courthouse.
A site for the new judicial center has not yet been selected. The project is in the first stage of the ACCGov Site Selection process now and is expected to continue until Fall 2023. The Site Selection Criteria will be used to score potential sites and ultimately select the best site for the development of the new judicial center. The site selection criteria and a survey for public input are currently posted at accgov.com/judicialcenter.
Once the site selection process is complete, the project will take approximately 36 months to complete design and construction. This timeframe includes the necessary public engagement meetings, Mayor and Commission work sessions, and Mayor and Commission approvals.
There are benefits to both a new and renovated judicial center. A new judicial center will provide state-of-the-art security and planning along with best practices for the efficient operation of the facility. Renovation of the existing courthouse would allow some of the judicial functions to remain in the existing downtown location. That being said, retrofitting the existing facility to align with modern security standards would likely be a challenge and some departments that are currently located in the courthouse would have to permanently move out.
The total project cost approved by the Mayor and Commission for the project is $76,432,000. $67,130,000 of this budget is reserved for the new judicial center project, with approximately $44 million of that budget going towards construction. $9,212,000 of the budget is planned to go towards the courthouse renovation. Please see the information included in the work session presentation posted at accgov.com/judicialcenter for a further breakdown of the budget.
Public engagement is critical to constructing a new judicial center that will efficiently and effectively serve the public. Every phase of the process will include opportunities for public input. Online surveys, public forums, and other engagement strategies will be leveraged to maximize public and stakeholder input.
Below are some of the current ways you can get involved:
Please contact the Athens Drug Lab at 706-613-3206.
The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission voted to create a stormwater utility fee in December 2004. The utility fee raises the revenues needed to fund Athens-Clarke's Stormwater Management Program. This program brings us into compliance with federal regulations and safeguards our community through improved drainage and protection of local waterways. The stormwater utility fee charges properties in Athens-Clarke County based on that property's contribution to the need for stormwater management. The utility uses the amount of impervious surface, or surface that water is unable to soak into, on a property as the primary basis for the fee. This user-fee system represents a way to raise revenue for the program by charging those who directly contribute to its need. This method presents our community with an alternative to an across-the-board tax hike.
The stormwater utility fee pays for the operations and maintenance costs of the stormwater management program. Some of the services tied to the stormwater program include:
The stormwater utility bill is structured to be paid by the property owner, who might not be the same person who receives the water bill. Property owners make decisions about how the stormwater from their property is managed. In Athens-Clarke County, nearly 50% of properties are occupied by someone other than the owner. Typically, the occupant receives the monthly water bill but it would be inappropriate for a tenant to receive the stormwater utility fee as well.
Stormwater utility bills are based on the amount of impervious surface that is present on the property. The impervious surface is now calculated from 2013 aerial images of every property in the county. If you believe that the area of impervious surface has been calculated incorrectly or has changed since the 2013 images were produced, please contact the Stormwater Management Program at 706-613-3440 or email email@example.com.
On the date of a closure, the closing attorney generates a Property Transfer form (PT-61) that is filed with the deed for the change of ownership. The closing attorney has 90 days to file this paperwork. The state receives the paperwork and sends it out to the stormwater utility, the Tax Assessor, and any other parties who subscribe to the forms. Once the stormwater utility receives notification of the transfer, Billing Staff will close the account under the old owner's name and begin an account in the new owner's name. A prorated final bill (based on the closing date) will be mailed to the old owner, and a prorated first bill will be mailed to the new owner with the next billing cycle.
Stormwater credits are given to properties with installed and maintained stormwater systems that meet the requirements of the Athens-Clarke stormwater management ordinance and the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual. Stormwater ponds, wetlands, infiltration trenches, and other management systems reduce the velocity or rate of the runoff or clean up the pollutants found in stormwater. When properly maintained and installed, these systems can qualify for a reduction in fee for the property that they serve.
If you have a drainage issue and would like to have your property reviewed by the ACC Drainage Inspector, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In certain instances, Athens-Clarke County Stormwater may be able to offer assistance through a drainage improvement agreement. This program aids property owners in resolving drainage problems on private property. The program provides labor for the engineering design and the installation of stormwater facilities needed to alleviate the drainage problem. The property owner is responsible for the cost of materials for the project. For more information about the drainage improvement program, contact Stormwater Management at 706-613-3440.
Athens-Clarke County Stormwater offers free rain barrel workshops for the public every fall and spring. To make sure you never miss a workshop, sign up for the Stormwater Education calendar or newsflash. We always post upcoming workshops on the calendar and in our monthly newsletter. If you have any questions or would like to make a container donation, contact us at email@example.com.
If you cannot wait for one of our workshops, check out this list of rain barrel retailers in Athens. You can also bid on a one-of-a-kind painted rain barrel at Roll Out the Barrels, an annual event that raises funds for the ACC Green School Program.
You may also contact them at 706-208-7078.
Please contact the attorney that represented you when entering into Felony Drug Court to learn what your drug court agreement was.
You may also contact them by telephone at 706-369-6000. The County Probation Office (misdemeanor probation) is located at 1720 Lexington Road. You can also contact them at 706-613-3911.
Chronically Incarcerated Individuals: Data from 2010 for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development show that approximately 21% of the nation's jail inmates have a recent history of a mental health condition. Many individuals experience frequent and routine jail stays for low-level criminal behavior caused by mental health issues that impede their daily functioning. From 2000 to 2008, one such individual spent an average of 223 days per year in the Athens-Clarke County Jail at a cost of approximately $10,000 per year (nearly $80,000 total). While in jail, the individual was only able to receive basic medical care. Today, this individual would be eligible for TAC participation, and would be closely supervised and receive targeted mental health treatment while living in the community.
Individuals with Co-occurring Substance Abuse: A recent snapshot of a felony drug court indicates that as many as 40% of the participants have a diagnosable mental health condition, although most are not receiving treatment. Further estimates from the National GAINS Center note that as many as 72% of those diagnosed with mental illness also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder.
Homeless Individuals: Data from 2010 for HUD show that an estimated 46% of the nation's homeless adult population live with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. These individuals often experience longstanding housing instability and repeat involvement with the criminal justice system.
Individuals involved with Civil Commitment and Mental Incompetency Proceedings: Changes in Georgia law now allow the state to release individuals referred to state hospitals for reasons of mental incompetency, provided they meet minimal levels of stabilization. The referring court is held responsible for monitoring such individuals in community-based treatment.
The sustainability plan is a long-term communitywide plan that details how we will reduce our environmental impact, grow the economy, and improve the community in which we live. The purpose of this plan is to provide both a big picture vision of where the community is headed in specific goal areas and to identify specific steps that are needed to advance an individual goal. To provide a more complete picture, we are also highlighting big-picture successes our community has accomplished in the pursuit of these goals.
The Mayor and Commission strategic goals and objectives directed staff to “Work with community environmental and transportation groups and Unified Government staff, to define the major components of a sustainability plan and identify benchmarks for success.” Much like how Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan will be very detailed in addressing transportation issues, the sustainability plan provides us with an opportunity to take a closer look at items critical to sustaining our environment.
There are a couple of things that set this process apart from other ongoing efforts. They include:
They remain in effect and are important to guiding our community’s progress. Existing plans like the Greenway Network Plan and the Workforce Housing Study are guiding documents for the development of the sustainability plan. Whenever possible, we have cross-referenced back to these plans. Ongoing plans like Envision Athens, the Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan, and the Downtown Health and Safety Study are more broadly referenced in the sustainability plan. We believe the greatest success is likely to be found where these plans have overlapping recommendations that emerge from their different approaches.
So far, Athens-Clarke County staff from 15 different departments have invested over 1,400 hours reviewing other plans, national best practices, and current progress within the community. They have used this information to draft 64 long-term goals and approximately 650 actions to be completed within the next five years. We now need additional ideas and input to make this plan more complete in its design.
The staff effort so far is just the first step. Because we work so closely with these subject areas, we recognize our community can't be successful in these areas without the contributions of our non-profits, businesses, volunteers, and citizens.
Through the spring and summer of 2018, we will engage with community stakeholders on the eleven subject areas. Following this input, we will compile and refine feedback to develop a plan that more broadly describes the contributions of stakeholders across the community. Ultimately, this compiled data will be converted to a narrative format and shared with the public for additional feedback and editing. It will take up to a year to complete this process.
We want to provide better habitat for native vegetation and animals. At the same time, we want to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our community about wildlife, forest succession, forest products, and wise forest management practices. The permanent changes that go hand-in-hand with this project also enable us to be better stewards of our land and the natural resources entrusted to us.
Approximately 30 of our 225 acres, or just over 13 percent of our total acreage.
At the north end of the nature center property, between the Education & Visitor Center and the northern property line.
No. Four of the five tracts will be pine; the fifth will be hardwoods. Three of the pine tracts will be planted; the fourth will be allowed to naturally reseed from shelterwood trees left during harvest.
This property, like most of Piedmont Georgia, was used for intensive cotton production beginning in the early 1800s, which led to severe erosion and degradation of the soil. By the 1940s, the soils were depleted and barely able to support the sharecropping families who lived here. Very little of this part of the site was actively involved in the brick production that dominated other parts of the nature center property, but waste bricks and other debris were dumped here. Starting in the early 1950s, row crop agriculture was slowly abandoned, with the last farming ending around 1980, leaving the nutrient-poor land fallow. Eventually grasses, shrubs and pines began the process of returning to a climax forest. In the 1970s, when Sandy Creek Nature Center was founded, portions of this part of the site were still a mix of meadows and young pine trees. In the more than 40 years since, the pines have shaded out the meadows, creating an overcrowded, monocultural second-growth forest with low diversity.
Yes. The goal is to encourage the right amount of growth at the forest floor, and the right kinds of vegetation. In a Piedmont ecosystem unaltered by humans, low-intensity fires would sweep through every few years. Studies show these fires limited the height and density of ground-level vegetation. Fires happened frequently and kept fuel levels low, and typically remained too close to the ground to ignite the canopy. Many native plants evolved to depend on fire and cannot thrive without it. This project recreates this important aspect of Piedmont forest ecology using carefully supervised prescribed burns where and when appropriate.
Yes. Fire is a natural part of Georgia’s Piedmont region, historically sweeping through sites every few years. Fire suppression efforts from the late 1800s until now have, along with some other factors such as invasive species, dramatically changed the ecology of our forests.
Sandy Creek Nature Center is working in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct controlled burns in our managed forest. Appropriate timing and close attention to conditions are effective at keeping controlled burns under control. These fires clean out dense vegetation and dead wood at ground level without harming trees or spreading into adjacent areas. Controlled fires are slow-moving and of low intensity, allowing animals to burrow to safety or escape. Public notice will be provided. Controlled burns have been conducted annually in the center’s Piedmont Prairie.
Yes – but not all at once.
Each of the three planted pine sites will be cut once every 50-60 years. Cutting will be staggered so that only one plot is cut at a time, at roughly 15-year intervals. Harvesting will take place in the late winter and the harvested tract will be replanted, encouraging seedlings and other vegetation to flourish.
For the pine shelterwood site, the oldest trees are removed once every 50 years. Starting about 5 years before the final harvest, trees are thinned to around 30- 50 of the best trees per acre and natural reseeding is encouraged. When the final harvest takes place, the seedlings are about 3-5 feet tall, thus the site is never really “clear cut.” Some clearing will be necessary initially to get the desired spacing between trees.
For each of the four pine sites, whenever possible, a minimum of five large trees (12 inches or more in diameter) will be left per acre when sites are cleared or trees are cut. These large standing trees, along with the stumps remaining after harvest, provide much-needed wildlife nesting and foraging sites.
On the hardwood site, the shelterwood harvest method is used. It will take about 12-18 years for the planted mast-producing trees to become established. Some thinning will take place over time to encourage healthy tree growth and wildlife food/shelter production. The site will not be cleared again for another 80-120 years. Current plans are to stagger the final cut so it takes place in the years between clearing of either of the adjacent pine tracts.
All five sites will be burned this fall/winter to eradicate invasive plants, remove dangerous wildfire fuels, and provide nutrients needed for plant growth. One 5- acre tract – the first of the planted pine tracts – will be cleared. The other four tracts will be thinned and the hardwood forest will have the understory removed.
Yes. The tracts are relatively flat and not prone to excessive storm water runoff, making them well-suited to these forest management techniques. Thinning opens the canopy to allow the forest floor to receive sunlight, helping promote the re-establishment of Piedmont forest meadows that were once common. Harvestable timber will be sold to offset the cost of the project and to put the wood to good use. Fire-breaks will create access corridors which will limit the impact of operations on the forest floor. These firebreaks will be used as access and recreational trails. The demonstration project will follow and teach best forest management practices to minimize impact and promote healthy regrowth.
The project leaves forest buffers in place around the managed tracts to reduce the visual impact of the initial clearing, especially north of the Education & Visitor Center. In addition, the border zones where managed forest tracts transition into buffer areas will provide excellent habitat.
We have conducted surveys of the future managed forest area and have found no evidence of rare or endangered species there. We will make adjustments if any are found in the future.
Species such as Chinese privet, Elaeagnus (autumn olive), Nandina, English ivy, honeysuckle, and fire ants present a challenge at Sandy Creek Nature Center. In some parts of the site, they have crowded out native vegetation, changing the nature and ecology of the forest and limiting important sources of food for year round and migratory animals. This project utilizes prescribed fire, handcutting, mechanical mulching, and targeted application of herbicides to remove non-native species. The creation of a more diverse habitat allows native plants and animals to thrive at Sandy Creek Nature Center. This provides educational opportunities to understand the importance of control and eradication of exotic invasives.
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., has already raised over $67,000 needed for the project, including startup and three years of management. Funding for this project is a significant, long-term commitment, especially since the managed forest will require at least 80 years to reach maturity.
Yes. Among the groups and organizations submitting letters of support and working as partners on the project are Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the United States Forest Service, and a number of Athens-Clarke County staff and organizations, including the county forester, environmental coordinator, Landscape Division, and Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission. We have also received the support and guidance of professional foresters who have served on the Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., Board of Directors.
Yes. Because the project represents a significant change in the management of county property, it was approved by the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission on October 7, 2014.
Georgia’s Redevelopment Powers Law was adopted by the general assembly in 1985 and gives local governments the authority to sell bonds to finance infrastructure and other redevelopment costs within a specially defined area, known as a tax allocation district or TAD. The bonds are secured by a "tax allocation increment" which is the increase in the property tax revenues resulting from redevelopment activities occurring. As public improvements and private investment take place within a TAD, the taxable value of property increases. The local government collects those revenues, putting the increase due to the new investment into a special fund to pay off bonds or loans that financed the public improvements in the district.
The Redevelopment Powers Law limits communities to including a maximum of 10% of the community’s Tax Digest in all TADs it creates. When forming a TAD, the local government designates a specific geographic area that has the potential for redevelopment but suffers from blight, underinvestment, or a lack of infrastructure.
No, the millage rate within a TAD is the same as outside of the district. There is no additional assessment charge in a TAD.
The Redevelopment Powers Law requires that local communities authorize by voter referendum the use of tax allocation districts in their communities. Approval of the referendum gives local governments the right to form one or more TADs, but it does not form any districts or grant the incentive to a project or projects. Pursuant to Redevelopment Powers Law, ACC gained redevelopment powers, as approved by the electors, in a referendum on November 7, 2006. On October 4, 2011, the Mayor and Commission adopted a resolution designating themselves as the Redevelopment Agency.
Once the TAD referendum passes, the local governments are authorized to form one or more TADs consistent with the requirements of Georgia’s Redevelopment Powers Law. This is accomplished by designating a TAD boundary and preparing a TAD Redevelopment Plan to act as the business plan for the operation of the district. The plan is discussed at two public hearings and then must be approved by a resolution of the Mayor & Commission. Once the resolution is passed, the taxable value in the TAD is "certified" as the base value of the district by the Department of Revenue.
The local government will ask the Clarke County School Board to review the plan and determine if they want to consent to commit their portion of the future property tax increments to the TAD by formal approval of the Redevelopment Plan. A School System Impact Analysis is completed as part of the Redevelopment Plan.
The length of the TAD is determined by the Redevelopment Plan and approved in the resolution passed by the local government. In most, but not all, cases, TADs are initially approved for 30 years, so they can be effectively used to secure bond financing.
Creating a TAD allows for future tax revenues generated by a redevelopment project to be used to help pay for some of the costs of building the project. Usually, TAD bonds are used to either pay for public improvements to enhance a project or to help reduce the higher costs and risks of investing within a blighted area. TADs are often used to help pay for expensive water or sewer upgrades, parking structures, new roads, streetscape improvements, or other extra costs that otherwise make private redevelopment unfeasible.
The tax increment is the difference between the amount of property tax revenue generated when the TAD is established (the "base" year) and the amount of property tax revenue generated after the TAD designation. When a TAD is created, the State Department of Revenue sets the base value for the district. Any growth in the property tax revenues resulting from increases in property values above the base values are collected in a special fund and used for redevelopment costs in the TAD. Only property taxes generated by the incremental increase in the values of these properties are available for use by the TAD.
You can change your mailing address by calling the tax commissioner at 706-613-3120.
Any principal balance that remains unpaid after the due date will accrue interest each month as prescribed by law. A 5% penalty will be assessed on any remaining principal balance 120 days after the due date and each 120 days thereafter not to exceed 20% for the tax year.
Get your driveway or parking permit right here at the Transportation and Public Works Department. Please call us at 706-613-3440 or visit the Forms and Documents Page to make sure you have what you need to apply for your permit. You can apply on-line or in person at our office located at 120 W. Dougherty St.
Call the Athens-Clarke County Streets and Drainage Division at 706-613-3465 for potholes on a public street. We will issue a work order and go out to fix the problem as soon as possible. If the pothole is on a privately owned street or parking lot, contact the property owner or property management company to have it repaired.
Athens-Clarke County does not allow the placement of dumpsters or "Pods" in the public right of way. If the property is in the downtown district, call the Downtown Parking Authority to inquire about renting parking spaces, 706-613-7978.
Any time that you are working within the ACC right of way. If you need to work within the right of way, please fill out a permit application, submit a drawing of proposed work within the right of way as well as the $115.00 permitting fee (cash, check or credit card).
Our office has a listing of the right of ways for each street within Athens Clarke County; however, for your particular address ,a survey or recorded deed documents are the most accurate.
Dead animals that are located on a State Highway in Athens-Clarke County will be picked up by the Georgia Department of Transportation, please contact them at 706-583-2644.
Who you contact depends on where the drainage issue is located:
No. Driveways and the drainage pipes under them are the property owner's responsibility to maintain and clean. For questions about driveway and driveway pipe maintenance, call the Streets & Drainage Division at 706-613-3465.
If you are installing a new driveway or repairing a driveway within the right of way, you will need to submit a Residential Driveway Permit Application. To view the technical standards and application, visit the Forms and Documents page. The fees for permit applications are $85 for a new driveway and $79 for repairs to an existing driveway.
In order to obtain a Driveway Permit, you must complete a permit application. This application must be accompanied by a scaled site plan and the application fee ($85 for new driveway, $79 for repair to existing driveway). Visit the Forms and Documents page to see the technical standards for driveways and the permit application.
The application can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at 120 West Dougherty Street (lower level). The permit is reviewed and approved/disapproved within 2-3 business days. (Cash, check or credit card accepted)
In order to obtain a Right-of-Way encroachment permit, please fill out a permit application. The application, along with a drawing of how you plan to encroach in the Right-of-Way, can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at 120 W. Dougherty Street. The application fee is $115 (cash, check or credit card). Your permit application will be looked at within 2-3 days..
Streetlights are leased by the Unified Government from the individual power providers and maintained by each power provider.
To address concerns about a street light outage or to request glare shields, follow the process below: Please have the following information ready when you call or email the provider about a streetlight concern:
Report an issue to Georgia Power
Report an issue to Walton EMC
Report an issue to Jackson EMC
Report an issue to Rayle EMC
Traffic Signal outages may be reported to the Traffic Engineering Division at firstname.lastname@example.org Pedestrian Lantern outages may be reported to the Central Services Department at email@example.com
For further information regarding Streetlights please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call the Transportation and Public Works Department’s Engineering Division 706-613-3440.
A property owner can visit FEMA’s website at www.msc.fema.gov with their address and get a good idea of where the floodplain lies. For more detailed information that will show the location of the floodplain with respect to their particular property, the property owner should visit the Planning Department’s GIS office. For a nominal charge, a printout can be obtained if the property does lie in the floodplain, or they can simply verify that it does not.
Any time that you are working within the ACC right of way you need to submit a permit application, a drawing of proposed work within the right of way, as well as the $115.00 permitting fee (cash, check or credit card). The application can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at the office at 120 W. Dougherty Street.
A FEMA Elevation Certificate is a form available on FEMA's website that is used to certify building elevations in order to demonstrate compliance with the A-CC Flood Protection Ordinance. It is also used to determine the flood insurance premium rate, and/or to support a request to FEMA to remove a property from the regulated floodplain.
A Stormwater Management Permit is needed for any land development that:
The permit is obtained from the Transportation & Public Works Department and requires an application, fees, and a stormwater management plan prepared by a professional engineer or landscape architect licensed in Georgia. The plan must meet ACCGov requirements, and must be reviewed and approved by the department prior to permit issuance.
Call Athens-Clarke County Streets and Drainage Division at 706-613-3465 for potholes on a public street. We will issue a work order and go out and make the repair as soon as possible. If the pothole is on a privately owned street or parking lot, contact the property owner or property management company to have it repaired.
Yes, Athens-Clarke County does pick up dead animals in the street or on the right of way. If the animal is not in the street or on the right of way, it is the citizen's responsibility to remove it. For dead animals in the right of way in the Urban Service District (inside the former Athens City limits) contact the Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501. For dead animals in the right of way in the Rural Service District (outside the former Athens City limits) contact the Streets & Drainage Division at 706-613-3465. Dead animals that are located on a State Highway in Athens-Clarke County will be picked up by the Georgia Department of Transportation, please contact them at 706-583-2644.
Unwarranted or inappropriately placed signals can:
* Increase overall travel times by adding stops and delay for through traffic. * Cause the diversion of traffic onto residential streets to avoid the signal. * Cause a significant increase in rear-end collisions. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUT
• Does the number of vehicles on intersecting streets create confusion or congestion? • Is main street traffic so heavy that drivers on the side street will try to cross unsafely? • Are there enough pedestrians trying to cross a busy main street to create a hazard? • Does the number of school children crossing a street require special controls for their protection? • Will a signal allow for continuous, uniform traffic flow with a minimum number of vehicle stops? • Does an intersection's crash history indicate that a signal will reduce the possibility of a collision?
Our staff will compare the existing conditions against nationally accepted minimum standards established by The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) - Section 4C. At intersections where standards have been met, the signals generally operate effectively with good public compliance. Where not met, compliance is generally reduced resulting in additional hazards.While a properly placed traffic signal improves the flow and decreases crashes, an unnecessary one can be a source of danger and annoyance to all who use an intersection: pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Unwarranted or inappropriately placed stop signs can:
* Increase traffic delay, speed and congestion with little or no gain in safety. In fact, safety is sometimes reduced. * Frustrate and anger motorists, who may divert to less suitable streets. * Reduce the credibility of stop signs and cause them to be ignored.
Although the physical installation of a stop sign is relatively inexpensive, studies have shown that there are "associated" costs involved which must also be considered:
* The sign must be maintained after installation. * Extra fuel is consumed when vehicles stop and then re-accelerate - 24 hours per day. * Extra fuel consumption also leads to increased air pollution. Stopping 5,000 vehicles per day generates 15 tons of additional pollutants per year.
A common reason for requesting an all-way stop is to encourage speeding drivers to slow down. It is important to note that Section 2B.04, Paragraph 05 of the MUTCD states: “YIELD or STOP signs should not be used for speed control.” Installation of an all-way stop intersection solely to slow traffic would constitute a violation of 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F and will not be considered. The FHWA based this decision on a large volume of research, some of which is available online, which indicates that:
• All-way stops do not control speeds except under very narrow conditions, and• Drivers learn to ignore unwarranted stop signs risking similar behavior at other intersections. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUT
The majority of traffic signals in ACC are designed to be either traffic responsive or part of a traffic signal system. Traffic responsive traffic signals are designed to adjust their patterns based on traffic demand. These systems work well, but are limited to locations where we can communicate with the traffic signals from our office. Typically, ACCTE will use traffic counts that have been taken at the intersection to model the traffic signal operation and determine the preset maximum time. Timing for traffic signals that are part of a traffic signal system is typically designed to progress groups of vehicles along a corridor. The department uses traffic modeling software along with traffic counts to determine appropriate traffic signal timings to progress these groups of vehicles along a corridor. Once timing has been programmed for the traffic signal, we will observe traffic flow and further adjust the traffic signal timing to accommodate site-specific issues as needed.
Call Traffic Engineering for the replacement of downed or missing signs. Provide information on the location of the sign, including the street block or intersection, side of street, color of sign and what the sign says.
During daytime work hours M-F (6:00 AM - 4:30 PM), call (706) 613-3460. For after hours, weekends, and holidays, call the Athens-Clarke County Police dispatch (706)-546-5900.
Athens-Clarke County does not install these signs. Nationwide studies have shown no evidence that these signs help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents or lower travel speeds. Furthermore, Federal standards do not support these signs because the signs are suggesting that it is acceptable behavior for children to play in the streets. The Federal Highway Administration has revised the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices to no longer include "Children at Play" signs which makes installation of such signs a violation of 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F.
Inductive “loops”- Are installed to detect vehicles approaching a signalized intersection. A” loop” is wire that is installed in a two inch deep slot that is cut into the asphalt in a rectangle shape which is 6 feet wide by 20 -30 feet long. This “loop” is placed just behind the white line referred to as a “stop bar”. When a vehicle is on top of the “loop” the traffic signal controller will see a change of electrical inductance due to the metal content of the vehicle. If a vehicle comes to a stop past the “stop bar” the traffic signal controller will “NOT” see the presence of a vehicle and the traffic signal will not change. Drivers should always place their vehicle just behind the “stop bar” for proper traffic signal operation.
Please report malfunctioning traffic signals to Traffic Engineering at 706-613-3460.
Answers to Common Questions about these cameras:
• The video on these cameras is not recorded. • These cameras are not used for photo-enforcement of red-light running. • Video detection cameras will detect bicycles when stopped behind the STOPBAR (large white stripe located in each lane at every intersection for vehicle stop placement).
During daytime work hours - M-F (6:00 AM - 4:30 PM), report a damaged or malfunctioning traffic signal to the Traffic Engineering Office (706) 613-3460.
After hours, weekends, and holidays, report the signal to Athens-Clarke County Police dispatch (706) 546-5900.
PLEASE NOTE: in the event a traffic signal is not operating correctly, the intersection should be treated as a 4-way stop.
A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is a sales tax used to fund capital outlay projects proposed by the county government and municipal governments. A Transportation SPLOST (TSPLOST) is a sales tax where the outlays are intended for transportation purposes only.
No. The code specifically states that the proceeds of this tax are not subject to any balancing of state or federal funds allocated to any of the local governments formulas used by GDOT. The Code also clearly states that the funds raised by TSPLOST shall in no way diminish the percentage of state or federal funds allocated to the Athens-Clarke County and COA. (See O.C.G.A 48-9-269.95 and O.C.G.A 48-8-269.9992)
Since the intergovernmental agreement is executed with Bogart and Winterville, thus allowing the maximum 1% tax, then a minimum of 30% of revenue generated must be used on projects consistent with the Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP). The SSTP is a policy document and does not include an exhaustive list of projects. The SSTP outlines a series of statewide priorities and identifies several programs and/or plans which directly support those priorities.
A handful of key projects are identified in various places throughout the document to illustrate how a program or plan may ultimately result in implementation of a specific project. Because the SSTP identifies a broad range of supportive strategies and programs, many projects will be consistent with the SSTP. For example, projects that would be considered consistent include interchange projects, safety projects, and operational improvement projects. [see O.C.G.A 48-8-269.(c)920(D) and 269.995(b)(2)(D)]
Yes. Also published at www.accgov.com/tsplost, is the Athens-Clarke County TSPLOST - Program Goals, Project Selection Criteria, and Charge to the Advisory Committee that was approved by the Mayor & Commission.
No. The law allows a lot of flexibility in project selection. Additionally, each jurisdiction was responsible for their own public involvement.
Nearly all of funds will go to projects, including funds for Project Engineering and acquisition of Rights of Way. However, there will be money set aside for program management. Program management costs typically are in the range of 3%. Please note that the law does require that 1% be paid to the general fund of the state treasury in order to defray the cost of administration at the state treasury (See O.C.G.A 48-8-269.94 and 269.9991).
Yes, there are six items that are exempt from taxation on the law. (See O.C.G.A 48-8-269):