"Working Together to Make a Positive Difference in the Community"
 Quarterly Newsletter, Spring/Summer Edition
A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator
In This Issue
Annual Report to the Citizens of Camden County
Calling All Local Artists
Keep Camden Beautiful - May 22, 2010
A Message From the County Administrator
GA Coast Rail-Trail dedication set for June 5, 2010
Emergency Operations Center dedication in memory of Robert D. Mumford, Jr.
U.S. Census 2010
Camden County Celebrated National County Government Month in April
Citizens Academy 2010
Relay For Life
CERT Class
The Miracle League of Camden County
Coastal Regional Coaches
BOCC 2010 Meeting Calendar
Quick Links
Reaching New Milestones
 2009 Annual Report to the Citizens of Camden County
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"Great Customer Service is the Cornerstone of Every Successful Organization!"
Your Opinion Counts
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Calling All Local Artists 
"Calling All Local Artists" is an effort to encourage local artists, here in Camden County, to submit their artwork to be displayed in the Government Services Complex located in Woodbine, Georgia.
Artists are welcome to display a price on the artwork or a display simply for recognition of their work. All artwork can be displayed for a period of one (1) full year. For more information and to submit an artwork entry form, please click on the link below or visit Camden County's website under News & Announcements, and click on the "Calling All Local Artists" additional information link.

Keep Camden

Great American Cleanup

Looking to make our  community cleaner, Keep Camden Beautiful and other organizations throughout the county participated in the Great American Cleanup during the month of May.


 On May 22, 2010 Camden County's Solid Waste Department and voluteers participated in this effort to Keep Camden Beautiful. This event was sucessful, as volunteers collected over 420 pounds of trash alongside Highway 110 and Refuge Road in Woodbine.


For additional information regarding this cleanup initiative and future initiaties, please contact Lannie Brant at (912)729-4099, Donna Woodard at (912) 510-6881.

 and help remove litter from Camden County's roadsides!
For additional information and to find out how you can adopt a highway, please click on the link below:
Report A Concern 
Report A Concern
The Camden County Fix It Form will help us identify a problem in your area -- and fix it fast. Should a problem require urgent attention, please call us immediately. For a police emergency, dial 911. Otherwise, call (912) 576-5601.  
The Fix It Form can be found on Camden County's website, by clicking on the "Report A Concern" tab on the left side of the homepage.
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
Camden County's
Frequently Called Numbers
911 Non-Emergency
(912) 729-1442
Animal Control
(912) 576-7395
Board of County Commissioners
(912) 576-5601
Clerk of Superior Court
(912) 576-5631
Construction & Demolition (C&D) Landfill Site
(912) 576-9374
Curbside Collection
(912) 510-6881
Dept. of Family & Children Services
(912) 729-4583
District Attorney
(912) 576-3704
Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
(912) 729-5602
Environmental Health
(912) 729-6012
Extension Agency (4-H)
(912) 576-3219
Fire Rescue/EMS Non-Emergency
(912) 729-3911
(912) 576-5387
GA Dept. of Driver Services (DMV)
(912) 729-1362
Health Department
(912) 729-4554
Health Department
St. Marys
(912) 882-8515
Health Department
(912) 576-3040
Juvenile Court
(912) 576-3226
Magistrate Court
(912) 576-5658
Mosquito Control
(912) 729-4823
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfill
(912) 729-4099
Planning & Development
(912) 729-5603
Probate Court
(912) 576-3785
Public Defender
(912) 673-9488
Public Service Authority (PSA)
(912) 729-5600
Public Works
(912) 576-3028
(912) 576-3245
Sheriff's Office
(912) 510-5100
Tax Assessor
(912) 576-3241
Tax Commissioner
(912) 576-3248
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
~ Henry Ford
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Willis R. Keene, Jr.
District 1
Commissioner Katherine Nisi Zell
Vice Chair, District 2
District 3
Commissioner Charlene Sears
District 4
Commissioner David L. Rainer
David Rainer
Chair, District 5
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator

The Fiscal Year 2011 Budget was adopted on June 1, 2010 by the Board of County Commissioners. The Fiscal Year 2011 General Fund Budget totals $25,857,019 which is just under a $1 Million Dollar decrease from Fiscal Year 2010 Budget and over a $2.5 Million Dollar decrease from Fiscal Year 2009 due to a pattern of declining revenues. A copy of the adopted FY 2011 Budget has been linked to the County's website under the Department of Finance & Budget's "Financial Reports" section, or you may click here to view it. We haver managed through the worst economic downturn of our generation and have protected the core mission of county government. Despite challenging times, Camden County continues to focus on the delivery of core services to our citizens and is proactively implementing best practices that will benefit the county in the future.


We are currently in the 2010 hurricane season. "BE SAFE BY BEING PREPARED!" It is very important that we treat hurricane season seriously. We should take steps now to prepare our families and businesses for such an event. A link to Camden County's Hurricane Guide 2010 can be found below.
I hope you enjoy and find knowledge throughout the Spring/Summer Edition of the Community Outreach newsletter. I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward!   
Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

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Georgia Coast Rail-Trail Dedication Set for Saturday, June 5, 2010

The first 3.5-mile section of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail officially opens Saturday, June 5, with a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony at the White Oak Post Office just north of Woodbine on Hwy. 17.


To celebrate the opening, Camden County and Coastal Georgia Rails to Trails are inviting trail lovers of all ages to come out and explore the trail, on foot or bicycle.  Bicycles will be available free of charge, courtesy of Camden Bicycle Center of St. Marys and Monkeywrench Bicycles of St. Simons Island, or you can bring your own.


The dedication is an approved event of National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society.  Children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to enter the National Trails Day coloring contest for a chance to win an outdoor prize pack from The North Face and have their artwork featured in American Hiker magazine.


Trail mix and bottled water will be provided free to attendees.


This initial section of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail extends both north and south from White Oak.  It is the first part of a planned 68-mile trail to be built on an abandoned CSX railroad bed running from Kingsland to Riceboro.  The trail will run across marshes, maritime forests, and 43 rivers and creeks in Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, and Liberty counties.  In Camden County, the Rail-Trail, the East Coast Greenway and the Coastal Georgia Greenway share the same route.  The 1.5-mile Woodbine trail is also a part of these trails.


The trail is 10-feet wide with a hard-packed surface.  On this section, the trail was constructed with finely crushed concrete reclaimed from I-95.  The surface accommodates walkers, runners, and bikers - everything except skates, road bikes, or motorized vehicles.  Equestrians can ride on the grassy area alongside the trail.


Amenities along the White Oak stretch include a picnic shelter, benches, and restroom facilities.  At the trailhead in front of the post office, parking has been improved to accommodate more visitors.


The cost of building the White Oak segment is being split three ways among the Atlanta-based PATH Foundation, Coastal Georgia Rails to Trails Inc., and Camden County, owner of the White Oak segment, which provided in-kind construction assistance.  In addition, the Camden Community Alliance and Resources (CCAR) organization represents the Camden County biking community and its volunteers, including Safe Routes to Schools; a National initiative.  CCAR volunteers drive County and local initiatives to provide bike paths and related amenities throughout Camden County.


Visitors to the dedication will be able to join Coastal Georgia Rails to Trails.  To track progress on the trail and learn of other planned activities, go to

Emergency Operations Center to be dedicated in memory of Robert D. Mumford, Jr.
On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, the Camden County Board of County Commissioners recognized Robert D. Mumford, Jr. by dedicating the Camden County Emergency Operations Center in memory of him and in honor of his service to his community.
Robert D. Mumford, Jr. was appointed Civil Defense Director of St. Marys on June 7, 1961 by the Governor Ernest Vandiver.  During this time, Mr. Mumford worked tirelessly at the Gilman Paper Company, as well as fulfilling his duties as the Civil Defense Director.  In1964 Hurricane Dora blew through and Robert D. Mumford, Jr. was ready.  Mr. Mumford helped residents prepare for the storm and assessed the aftermath.  He successfully worked with General George Hern, State Civil Defense Director, to appeal to President Johnson to declare Camden County a disaster area.  Throughout the years Robert Mumford, Jr. coordinated a Civil Defense Shelter Course and a course for monitoring instructors in Civil Defense for St. Marys with the support of the University of Georgia.
Into the 1970's, Robert D. Mumford, Jr. was appointed Civil Defense Director of Camden County by Governor Jimmy Carter and his work load instantly doubled.  In 1979, an unexpected ice storm blanketed Camden County, causing roads and bridges to be closed.  Mr. Mumford successfully collaborated with the school system to turn Kingsland Middle School into a temporary shelter, as well as the Red Cross provided services such as food, blankets, and cots.
Mr. Mumford showed an immense love for people and great respect for his community, never refusing to help anyone.  He retired from Gilman Paper Mill in 1995 and worked as Emergency Management Director for Camden County for the next five years, ending his career with Camden County in 2000. 
The Board of County Commissioners will host a building dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Emergency Operations Center in Kingsland beginning at 12:00 p.m. to recognize Robert D. Mumford, Jr.'s immense dedication and many contributions to Camden County and the surrounding community. All members of the community are welcome to join us at this event. 
Camden County Partners with U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010 Census
U.S. Census 2010Camden County has surpassed our 2000 participation rate for the U.S. Census! Great job to those who have been working to raise participation and who have sent in their own forms.
Didn't Receive a Form?
After Monday, April 19th, please contact Telephone Questionnaire Assistance.
Welcome Your Census Taker!
On May 1st, census takers began going door-to-door to roughly 1/3 of households that did not mail back their forms. They also will verify that housing units indicated as "unoccupied" to us by the postal service or others are indeed unoccupied and vacant.
How It Benefits Your Community
When you fill out the census form, you're making a statement about what resources your community needs going forward. Accurate data reflecting changes in your community are crucial in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like new hospitals and schools. That's more than $4 trillion over a 10-year period for things like new roads and schools, and services like job training centers.
Census 2010 Mail Back Participation Rates (as of Friday, June 4, 2010):
  • Camden County, Georgia: 70%
  • National 2010 Participation Rate: 72%
  • National 2000 Participation Rate: 72%
  • State: Georgia 2010 Participation Rate: 70%
  • State: Georgia 2000 Participation Rate: 69%
  • County 2010 Participation Rate: 70%
  • County 2000 Participation Rate: 60%
Visit the United States Census 2010 website for additional information. 
Camden County Celebrated National County Government Month in April
Camden County celebrated National County Government Month (NCGM) during the month of April to highlight essential county government healthcare services and programs. The theme for this year's celebration of NCGM is "Healthy Counties." The County hosted several events during April including Spotlights on the Registrar's Office and Health Department, and the launch of the 2010 class of the Citizens' Academy. Keeping consistent with the theme "Heatlth Counties", the County also promoted the Great American Clean Up and Adopt-A-Highway Programs. The County will be participating in the Great American Clean Up on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Pictured from left: Heather Strickland (1st Place), Chair David Rainer, Rebecca Blessing (2nd Place), and Sarah Saltonstall (3rd Place)
NCGM Art Contest Winners
Additionally, in an effort to create awareness of the interconnectivity between government and community the County sponsored a contest for Camden County High School art students focused on the theme, "The Essence of Our Community - What Makes Camden County Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice". An estimated 50 pieces of art was submitted by students from the art classes at the high school. The art was judged by 3 local Camden County residents: Elizabeth Gray (Gray's Gallery & Custom Frame Shop), Pete Krawiec (local artist), and Mary Ann Kicklighter (former CCHS teacher and current Chief Registrar). The art contest was publicly recognized by an official Board of County Commissioners proclamation and all art contest winners were presented with a certificate on April 27th. Congratulations the following art contest winners: 1st Place - Heather Strickland; 2nd Place - Rebecca Blessing; and 3rd Place - Sarah Saltonstall. Award winning artwork is currently being showcased in the main lobby of the Government Services Complex.
Each piece of art depicts Camden County as "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice" in its very own, unique way!
NCGM Art Contest
"National County Government Month is a great opportunity for the public to take a closer look at what we do, how we do it and meet the people behind the services we provide", said County Administrator Steve L. Howard.
Citizens' Academy 2010

National County Government Month (NCGM) is the perfect opportunity to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. In conjunction with this event, the 2010 Citizens' Academy held its orientation on Thursday, April 15th which provided the partcipants an opportunity to meet their classmates as well as staff members who will be providing future instruction. 
Pictured from left, front row: Lissette Williams, Patti Ehrhardt, Katherine Nisi Zell, Jay Moreno, Glenn Marcel, Barbara Ann Scott, and Steve L. Howard; Pictured from left, back row: David L. Rainer, Michael Gordon, Terry Smith, Scott Alexander, Bradley Eaton, Lisa Moore, Lee Decardenas 
 Participants not pictured: Jonathan Parker and Tiffany Seldon
Citizens Academy 2010

For additional information regarding the Citizens' Academy, please
HOPE Committee Raising Funds for Relay for Life
Relay for LifeCamden County Government's HOPE Committee actively participated in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life on April 30th & May 1st, 2010. At this event, our team camped out overnight and took turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer. With the help of each team member, fellow County employees, and residents and visitors of our community, Camden County's HOPE Team raised in excess of $7,200, achieving their goal of $6,000!!
"Fighting cancer is a team effort. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone."
Camden County's HOPE team hosted several fundraisers to succeed in acheiveing their fundraising goal, including two bake sales and a boston butt sale. The team also participated in several local festivals to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society. Additionally, take-a-chance tickets were sold for an opportunity to win one of 10 seperately themed gift baskets filled with donated items. The drawing for the gift baskets was held the night of Relay For Life.
Congratulations to the follwing winners of the gift baskets:
  1. "Pretty Woman" Basket - Arlene Foss
  2. "Fear the Paw" Widcast Basket - Gayle Polatty
  3. "Local Authors" Basket - Melinda McGrath
  4. "The Golfer's Dream" Basket - Whitney Ross
  5. "The BIG DAWG" Basket - John Wesner
  6. "GIT-R-DONE" Basket - Amanda
  7. "Florida Gators" Basket - Elizabeth Pace
  8. "Family Fun" Basket - Gracie Oiesen
  9. "Wildcat Spirit" Basket - Danny Daniels
  10. "Wild Hogs" Baskets - Freddy Howell
Congratuations to the following winners of the Lang's Seafood Restaurant Gift Certificates:
  1. Gloria Hurley
  2. Beth Soles
Camden County's HOPE Team will continue to raise funds through August 1, 2010. Please join us in the fight against cancer! Visit Camden County Government's
team page to donate or be a part of this fundraiser. 
The Camden County Government Charity Committee is dedicated to Helping Other People Everyday! We need your support to make every event a success!
Community Emergency Reponse Team

Camden County provides a Community Emergency Reponse Team (CERT) Prgram to educate its citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our community. This program train interested individuals basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, as well as disaster medical operations. Using the training and knowledge gained in the classroom and during the exercises, CERT members can assit others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to assist. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The CERT program is opened to all interested citizens. The training consists of 20 hours of classroom delivered material, usually spanned over a five week period, and then concludes with a final exercise.
CERT Class 2010 

Camden County's inaugural CERT class held their first exercise on March 20, 2010 at the St. Mary's Fire Department's training facility. The exercise was an overall success and could not have been successful without the agencies and volunteers involved that participated and donated their personal time, not only during the exercise but also with the overall CERT program training. Agencies include, Camden County Fire Rescue, Camden County Sheriff's Department, St. Mary's Fire Deptment, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, and the Camden County Health Dept. Volunteers include, Camden County Search & Rescue, Camden County High School Drama Dept., Medical Reserve Corps, American Red Cross, and the Boy Scouts Venture Troop #226. The training could have not been made possible without the safety equipment for the CERT trainees, which was generously donated by Mr. Ralph Morris of Georgia Pacific, Brunswick Office.

For additional information regarding Camden County CERT Program, please contact the Emergency Management Agency at (912) 729-5602.

The Miracle League of Camden County - "Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball"

Camden County's HOPE Committee is dedicated to helping people in our community through fundraising events for local charties as well as national organizations which help Camden County residents. Fundrasing events will be hosted by the HOPE Committee to benefit the Miracle League of Camden County.

The Miracle League allows any child with a disability the opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League field in Camden County is being built in honor of Justin Norris, and will be named "Justin's Miracle Field."

The Miracle League of Camden County"Justin's Miracle Field" will provide:
  • Opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities.
  • Promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families.
  • Promote community support and sponsorship of Miracle Leagues.
Visit The Miracle League of Camden County for additional information.
Help Pave the Way to Justin's Miracle Field - Order Your Personalized Brick Today!
Coastal Regional Coaches - Regional Rural Public Transportation
Coastal Regional CoachesThe Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) of Georgia provides regional rural public transportation for Camden County residents. Coastal Regional Coaches buses officially began rolling under the regional rural and coordinated public transit program in August 2009. A toll free number (866-543-6744) is available to schedule regional rural public transit trips. The Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center (CGRDC) is working toward regionalizing dispatching operations in 2010 for greater efficiencies in scheduling regional trips.
Coastal Regional Coaches of Georgia
Call: 1-866-543-6744
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday; 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Board of County Commissioners 2010 Meeting Calendar
BOCC 2010 Meeting Calendar
As always, one of our goals is to ensure we are providing the citizens of Camden County information and a better understanding of current issues involving Camden County Government. I hope you enjoyed reading our SPRING/SUMMER Edition of the Community Outreach newsletter and found it informative. I encourage and value your feedback and any input you may have to help us improve it in the future.  
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By working together Camden County can continue to be
"Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."
"Helping to make Camden County the best place to be by preserving and enhancing the history and quality of life while promoting smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and responsive government."
It is the mission of Camden County Government to provide responsive, innovative, and cost effective services, promote smart growth, effectively communicate with the community, improve infrastructure and technology, preserve the health, welfare, safety, and environment while maintaining the outstanding quality of life that makes our county a desirable place to live and work.
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values:
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Accountability 
  • Teamwork
  • Balance

Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice

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