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  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."  

 

 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - February 2011

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission to Serve District 4
ACCG Recognizes Innovative Approaches to Camden County Fire Services
CCFR Awarded Trauma Equipment Grant
Firefighters Recognition Day in Georgia
FILE OF LIFE
County to participate in Relay For Life 2011
Did you know...Curbside Collection service accepts credit card payments?
FREE Individual Tax Preparation for Elderly & Low-Income Families
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
Keeping Connected While On the Go
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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator
We're already off to a very busy year! The Board of County Commissioners conducted a Work Session on Tuesday, January 18th and set the following priorities for 2011-2012.
  • Jail Facility
  • Criminal Justice Collaboration Council
  • Federal Communications Commission - Narrow banding Mandate
  • Insurance Services Office (ISO) - Re-evaluation of County rating
  • Kingsland Bypass/Colerain Road Corridor
  • Submit eligible projects for potential to GDOT for Regional Transportation Tax
  • Future SPLOST 7 Program Planning
  • Unified Development Code (UDC) Review

Additionally, I had the opportunity to join other county officials from across the state at the 2011 Capitol Connection Conference sponsored by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Tax reform and the state budget were at the top of the list of concerns.  Issues change daily at the Capitol this time of year. Legislation that is passed can have a direct impact on county operations, so it is important for county officials to understand the issues and make sure that our legislative delegation knows the impact that their decisions can have on our community. [Read more...]
 
As always, I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward!

 

 Sincerely,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission to Serve District 4

Due to a current vacancy, the Board of County Commissioners is seeking a qualified individual to serve as an appointed member to the Planning Board, representing District 4. The Camden County Planning Commission is an advisory body that makes recommendations on zoning property, land use amendments, and comprehensive plan policy. Qualified Applicants should submit there intent to serve on this Board in writing to Commissioner-Elect Gary Blount at gblount@co.camden.ga.us . 

Additional info & qualifications...
ACCG Recognizes Innovative Approaches to Camden County Fire Services

Camden County Fire Rescue was recently featured in ACCG's January/February 2011 edition of the Georgia County Government magazine for its innovative approach to fire services, specifically in reference to Fire Station #19 at Dover Bluff.

 

Please click on the link below to view the online edition of this featured article.

Georgia County Government - Innovative Approaches to County Fire Services

Camden County Fire Rescue awarded grant by the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission
Chief Dennis Gailey announced in January that Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) was selected to receive an equipment grant in the amount of $2,527 that will be used to purchase supplies to improve medical care for citizens suffering from trauma related injuries. This grant is awarded by the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and will be administered by the Georgia Association of EMS.
CCFR participates in the 39th Annual Firefighters Recognition Day in Georgia
CCFR Accepts BOCC Proclamation

On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Chief Dennis Gailey and Fire Marshal Chris Goebel participated in an event held at the State Capitol for the 39th Annual Firefighters Recognition Day in Georgia which is sponsored by the Georgia State Firefighters Association. This event recognized our firefighting community, and honored the commitment and sacrifices they make on a daily basis in Camden County. Both Chief Gailey and Fire Marshal Chris Goebel were sworn in as Local State Fire Marshals by Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. This oath allows them both to carry out their duties to perform fire investigations on behalf of the State Fire Marshal.

 

Additionally, the Board of County Commissioners recognized the 39th Annual Firefighters Recognition Day with the presentation of a proclamation to firefighters at the regular Board meeting on Tuesday night to honor their commitment to protecting and preserving life, health and property against fire and other threats in Camden County. Camden County Fire Rescue representatives attended the meeting to accept the proclamation on behalf of the Department. 

The FILE OF LIFE card offered in Camden County to assist Emergency Responders

File of Life

Camden County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) offers the FILE OF LIFE, sponsored by Camden Pharmacy. The FILE OF LIFE card enables medics to obtain a quick medical history when a patient is unable to offer one during an emergency. The FILE OF LIFE is a mini medical card which is kept in a red plastic pocket that is held with a magnet and posted on the outside of one's refrigerator. The card lists the patients name, emergency medical contact, insurance policy, social security number, health problems, medications, dosages, allergies, recent surgery, religion, and a health care proxy.

 

Citizens are encouraged to obtain a FILE OF LIFE card from EMA (131 N. Lee Street, Kingsland) or Camden Pharmacy to assist our local emergency responders.

County to participate in Relay For Life 2011

Relay for LifeThe Board of County Commissioner's HOPE Team has combined efforts with the Camden County Sheriff's Office team to make an even bigger difference in Camden County!  Our first joint effort will be participating in Relay For Life of 2011 to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society to help save more lives from cancer. The theme for this year's Relay For Life is "Heroes for Hope". We have several fundraising events in the works for the months of February, March, and April to assist in achieving our goal of $5,000 including bake sales, a BBQ lunch, as well as a Family Fun Day to promote safety, charity, and fun!

 

Be on the lookout for upcoming announcements about fundraisers to learn more about how you can support our team. By joining or donating to our team, you will a part of a life-changing event that gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. 

 

To donate to our team, please CLICK HERE. Together we can make a difference!

Did you know...Curbside Collection service accepts credit card payments?

Since September 2010, Camden County's Curbside Collection office accepts Visa and Mastercard debit/credit cards to remit payment of trash collection services. Payments can be made over the phone or inside the Curbside Collection office (200 East 4th Street, Woodbine) with no additional fees for the customer. For more information, please contact (912) 510-6881.

FREE Individual Tax Preparation

The Camden County Public Library is hosting the AARP Tax-Aide Volunteer program for elderly and low-income families.

 

When: Tuesday & Fridays

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

Tax returns will not be available for individuals that use Schedule A (Long form for taking deduction, itemized deductions) until the end of February. Due to the complexity of tax issues, the program will not be able to prepare returns for active duty military personnel.

 

If you wish to take avdantage of this opportunity, please bring your 2009 tax return, social security card, ID, 1099's, and W-2's. Additionally, if you sold stock during 2010, please know the purchase date and purchase price of the stock.

 

To make an appointment, please call (912) 729-9607.

"Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest 2011Showcase Camden County Photo Contest

The "Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest has officially launched for 2011. This contest calls for photographers to submit their best photos of Camden County, Georgia to include its activities, people, attractions and events, as well as historic and scenic locations. Camden County's natural landscapes and unique events provide limitless creative inspiration to individuals that enjoy seeing the world through the lens of a camera. 

 

The 2011 contest calls for photos to be submitted under one of four categories:

  1. Landscapes
  2. Nature/Wildlife
  3. Transportation
  4. Current Events/People 
The deadline to submit photos is Friday, November 4, 2011. Detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules can be found at www.co.camden.ga.us 
Keeping Connected While On the Go

A mobile friendly version of Camden County Government's website is now available for citizens on the go with the new CivicPlus MuniMobile™ tool. This feature automatically detects a mobile phone browser and displays the mobile version of Camden County's website accordingly. Mobile phone users still have the option to view the full site if they choose to do so.

 

Visit us on your mobile Web at www.co.camden.ga.us!

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. We hope you enjoyed reading our monthly Community Outreach newsletter and found it informative. We encourage and value your feedback and any input you may have to help us improve it in the future.  

 
By working together Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

 

Commissioner Chip Keene, District 1     Commissioner Chuck Clark, District 2     Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3     Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4     Commissioner David L. Rainer, District 5

Our Commitment to You!
 
VISION 
 
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.
 
MISSION

 
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. 
 
VALUES 
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Accountability, Teamwork, and Balance