Camden CountyCamden County
Board of Commissioners
Community Outreach Newsletter
  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."
  A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - July 2010
In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
2010 Elections
42nd Annual Independence Day Celebration
Boston Butts for sale to benefit The Miracle League of Camden County
Coastal GA Rail-Trail Officially Opened
Annual Fishing Derby Held
NSP Grant Extended to August 31, 2010
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
"Exercise in Disguise"
Governor Signed Two Distracted Driving Bills into Law
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 Click here to view Camden County's 2010 Hurricane Guide 
 Click Here for HOPE Charity Committee Initiatives 
 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest 
Board of County Commissioners Meeting 
Tuesday, July 13
6:00 pm 
Government Services Complex, Woodbine
*Please Note: Only one (1) Board of County Commissioners meeting will be held during the month of July 2010.
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 Fire Prevention Week 
Dear Camden County Citizen, 
You spoke...and we listened! Camden County Government is dedicated to serving its citizens and continuously seeks new ways to better serve them. As many of you have requested, and in an effort to improve our external communications, we are excited to announce that we will now be providing this newsletter monthly to ensure that information regarding issues involving Camden County Government is the most current as possible! We hope you enjoy and find knowledge throughout the July 2010 edition of the Community Outreach Newsletter!
A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County AdministratorI am pleased to present to you our new and improved monthly Community Outreach newsletter!
I am also excited to announce that Camden County was recently selected to received two National Achievement Awards by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs we have established which contribute to and enhance county government. These programs include: STEMI - Saving Lives in the Field and Going Green - Saving Green. To be formally recognized nationally allows Camden County to share our accomplishments with other counties across the nation. Camden County will be recognized at NACo's 14th Annual Awards Ceremony in Washoe County, NV on Sunday, July 18, 2010. 
I wish you a safe and happy 4th of July holiday! I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward!
Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Primary Election - July 20, 2010
VoteCamden County's Board of Registrars office is in full swing - already accepting votes for the Primary Election. Early voting began on Monday, June 7th and will continue until July 16th at the Board of Registrar's Office, located inside the Historic Courthouse, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday - Friday. Touch screen voting machines are used in all early voting.
Advanced voting will be held the week before the July 20th Primary Election from July 12th through July 16th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, at the following voting precincts:
  • South St. Marys Precinct - Union Hall
  • Kingsland Precinct - Board of Education Annex
  • Board of Registrars Office - Historic Courthouse, Woodbine
Absentee ballots can be mailed upon the receipt of an Application for Official Absentee Ballot form.
 July 20, 2010 - Primary Election - Sample Ballots 
"Its A Family Affair" at the 42nd Annual Independence Day Celebration - Saturday, July 3, 2010
Come out and join the fun in downtown St. Marys on Saturday, July 3, 2010 for the 42nd Annual Independence Day Celebration sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Marys! Activities include 5K & 10K Races, Pancake Breakfast, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, Fireworks, and more!
Boston Butts for sale to benefit The Miracle League of Camden County
The Miracle League of Camden CountyCamden County Government's HOPE Committee will be hosting a Boston Butt sale on Saturday, August 14th at Fire Station 10 (125 North Gross Road, Kingsland) to benefit The Miracle League of Camden County. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, July 1st. Please contact Chris Goebel at (912) 552-4832 if you wish to pre-order your meat by purchasing a ticket. The cost is $25 per boston butt.
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." Visit The Miracle League of Camden County for more information.
Coastal Georgia Rail-Trail Officially Opened
Coastal Georgia Rail-Trail Ribbon Cutting in White OakThe first 3.5-mile section of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail officially opened on Saturday, June 5, with a 10:00 a.m. dedication ceremony at the White Oak Post Office just north of Woodbine on Highway 17. To celebrate the opening, Camden County and Coastal Georgia Rails to Trails invited trail lovers of all ages to come out and explore the trail, on foot or bicycle. [Additional Info...]
Annual Fishing Derby Held
Fishing Derby 2010Camden County's MSW Landfill held its 18th annual Fishing Derby on June 12, 2010. In January every year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) brings in baby catfish which are grain fed and ready for the Fishing Derby in June. This event not only brings great fun and excitement for the children, but also for the volunteers.
Congratulations to the 2010 Little Angler Winners!
  • Most Fish Caught - Chris Wentworth 
  • Largest Fish Caught: Racsan Dixon & Danielle Mancil 
  • Youngest Fisherman: Hunter Neves - 3 years old
NSP Grant Extended to August 31, 2010
DCAThe Downpayment Assistance Grant for foreclosed homes provided through the Department of Community Affairs for foreclosed properties has been extended to August 31, 2010. Camden County has received a grant from the Department of Community Affairs to help prospective homebuyers by providing downpayment and closing cost assistance for low, moderate, and medium income persons who wish to purchase a home. Homes purchased must be foreclosures within Camden County and meet local and state codes adopted by Camden County for the 2009 NSP Program (Extended to August 31, 2010). Assistance will be determined on a case by case basis. [Additional Info...]
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
Showcase Camden County Photo ContestCamden County's natural landscapes, historic beauty, and unique events provide limitless opportunities to capture through the lens of a camera. The Board of County Commissioners invites you to participate in the 2010 "Showcase Camden County" photo contest by submitting your best photos of the attractions that contribute to making Camden County "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice!"
Get out and take your best shot!
Baila! Fitness "Exercise in Disguise"

The County's Wellness Program was created to help manage the costs of the Employee Health Plan.  Our primary goal is to offer as many programs to appeal to as many employees as possible.


Zumba - derived from a Columbia word meaning "to move fast and have fun" - is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that is being offered to County employees and members of the community. Prices differ for employee and public participation.

Zumba incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements creating a dynamic, exciting and effective workout. The format includes easy-to-follow steps that sculpt all major muscle groups while conditioning the heart.
All County employees and members of the community are invited to "Ditch Your Workout & Join The Party!" 
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Where: Woodbine Community Center Cafeteria
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Governor Perdue Signed Two Distracted Driving Bills into Law
On June 4, 2010 Governor Sonny Perdue signed two new distracted driving bills into law for the state of Georgia, both effective July 2010.
Senate Bill 360 is the Caleb Sorohan Act and prohibits individuals from using wireless telecommunications devices for writing, sending or receiving text messages while operating a motor vehicle. 
House Bill 23 prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless communication device.
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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 new monthly version 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.  
Please let us know what you think by taking our SURVEY!
By working together Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

Willis R. Keene, Jr. - Commissioner, District 1   Katherine Nisi Zell - Commissioner, District 2   Steve Berry - Commissioner, District 3   Charlene Sears - Commissioner, District 4   David L. Rainer - Commissioner, District 5
Our Commitment to You!
"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, and Balance.