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


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

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Curbside Rates Adjusted for Customers in Unincorporated Areas
Redistricting 2011
Enter to WIN a Camden County gift basket!
Help put a SMILE on the Faces of Children this Holiday Season
Miracle League Grand Opening - Saturday, October 22nd
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest - Deadline Quickly Approaching
Hurricane Season 2011 - Always Be Prepared!
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 6th


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Board of County Commissioners Meetings & Public Hearings

October 31st

Solid Waste Authority Meeting

6:00 p.m.


November 1st

Public Hearings

(Solid Waste, District Boundaries, and Electronic Game Promotions) &

Regular BOCC Meeting



November 11th

County offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.


December 13th

Public Hearings (Solid Waste, District Boundaries, and Electronic Game Promotions) and Regular BOCC Meeting


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Woodbine, GA 31569
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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator

HAPPY FALL! Camden County Government continues to strive to meet our strategic goals of ensuring that our citizens are provided excellent service.


The Citizens' Academy program will hold its last session this month for 2011.  This program has been an exceptional community outreach tool over the past several years to educate our citizens about the operations of their local government.

The Camden County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill one (1) vacancy on the St. Marys River Management Committee (SMRMC) as an At-Large County representative, as well as one (1) vacancy on the Camden County Board of Family and Children Services (DFACS). Qualified Applicants should submit their intent to serve in writing to the Board of County Commissioners office by completing the Citizen Board Application Form. These positions will remain open until filled. 


To assist those who struggle with poverty and hunger in our community, Camden County Government's HOPE Committee, in partnership with CCHS SkillsUSA, is hosting the annual food drive to collect non-perishable food items to benefit those in need during this season. Items can be dropped off in the designated boxes at County offices and Camden County High School. For more information, or to have a bin delivered to your office, please contact County Clerk Katie Bishop at (912) 576-5651.



As always, I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward. 



Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator  

Camden County Curbside Rates Adjusted for Customers in Unincorporated Areas

Each year, the County's Solid Waste Ordinance calls for a review of the rates to ensure they cover the cost of service.  A 10-year history shows that rates were decreased by 4% despite an increase in expenses by 18%.  Rates have traditionally been well below the actual costs for each account due to subsidies that are no longer available. 


The most recent review occurred in June 2011 to coincide with the County's fiscal year.  The rate of $14.50 is the true cost of operating the service, and the Solid Waste Authority and Board of County Commissioners agreed to adopt this amount by a vote on June 07, 2011 in a public meeting to adjust the rates beginning July 01, 2011.  The rate is in-line with the level of service provided by other counties and the department continues to find ways to save on expenses to keep the rates as low as possible.  [Additional information]



This meeting is open to the public.

  • Monday, October 31st - 6:00 p.m., Commission Chambers, Government Services Complex, Woodbine


All public hearings are open to the public.

  • Tuesday, November 1st - 6:00 p.m., First reading of the amdendment to the Solid Waste Ordinance
  • Tuesday, December 13th - 6:00 p.m., Second reading and adoption of the amendment to the Solid Waste Ordinance
Redistricting 2011 - What You Need to Know

The release of the 2010 United States Census triggers redistricting for county commissioner districts and other local government districts.  Camden County Government has reviewed the new census data and determined that the county commission districts must be redrawn in order to meet constitutional guarantees.  


Learn more about why counties redistrict, what will happen next in Camden County, who is affected, and how to provide your input about the proposed redistricting.


Official State Statistics 

Summary Map 

Detailed Map 

Citizen Input Survey


Please contact the County Administrator's Office for more information, (912) 510-0464.


A series of public hearing will be held to consider and receive public comment on the amendments to the  district boundaries to the Official Code of Camden County, Georgia:



All public hearings are open to the public.

  • Tuesday, November 1st - 6:00 p.m., First reading of the amdendment to the district boundaries
  • Tuesday, December 13th - 6:00 p.m., Second reading and adoption of the amendment to the district boundaries
Hay Days 2011 - Enter to WIN a Camden County gift basket!

ScarecrowsThe quaint downtown district of St. Marys has been transformed into a beautiful Fall display for the annual Hay Days event which kicked off on Saturday, October 8th and continues through Saturday, October 29th. Storefronts and historic homes emblazoned with pumpkins, scarecrows, hay bales and flowering potted mums enhance the harvest season scene. Local businesses and organizations, including Camden County Government, have created scarecrows to enhance the median of Osborne Street.


The St. Marys Downtown Development Authority encourages families to visit downtown St. Marys to view the scarecrows and try to guess which Scarecrow goes with each business or group downtown.


Be sure to participate in the County's social media contest to enter to win a "Camden County" themed gift basket that includes a throw blanket, "Camden's Challenge" history Camden County Gift Basketbook, local cookbooks, Wildcats spirit gear, and much more! How can you enter the contest? (1)Take your picture with Camden County Government's scarecrow display located in the median between Stable Alley and St. Marys Street; (2) "Like" Camden County, Georgia's Facebook page; and (3) Post your picture with the scarecrows on the County's Facebook wall and tell us about your 2011 Hays Days experience! Contest ends on October 29th. [View contest flyer for more details.]


For more information on the St. Marys Hay Days Celebration, contact the St. Marys Downtown Development Authority, (912) 882-8111 or [email protected]

STAR of Hope - Help put a SMILE on the Faces of Children this Holiday Season

STAR OF HOPE logoThe Sheriff's Office (CCSO) STAR of Hope program will soon be kicking off its 2011 fundraising efforts to support families in our community during the holiday season by providing Christmas to those in need. This will be the 2nd annual project for the STAR of Hope since its inception in 2010. Last year on Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus delivered food, clothes, and toys to 67 children in Camden County.


How can you help? Participate in any or all of the fundraisers listed below:

  • GA/FL PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Saturday, October 29th - 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Where: Captain Seagle's Cafe, 105 Osborne Street, Downtown St. Marys. Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Contact (912) 882-3242 to puchase tickets. [View poster]
  • BAKE SALE - Tuesday, November 22nd - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Where: Government Services Complex, Woodbine
  • BBQ Lunch - Friday, December 2nd - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Where: Woodbine Waterfront Park Cost: $8 per plate.  Lunches come with a large BBQ sandwich, baked beans, chips, and a drink. Delivery is available. Call (912) 510-0464 to pre-order by Monday, November 28th.
  • FOOD DRIVE- Non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the designated boxes located at the Sheriff's Offices and all county government buildings. [View poster

Camden County's HOPE committee, comprised of employees from the Board of County Commissioners offices, is excited to join efforts with the Sheriff's Office during the holiday season for this great cause!


View Fundraising Poster 


For more information about the program, or to make a donation, please contact Lisa Boyett at (912) 269-1597.


Miracle League GRAND OPENING is slated for October 22, 2011! 
Accepting Registration for Players and Volunteers for Fall 2011 Season

Be sure to mark your calendars for the GRAND OPENING of the Miracle League of Camden County on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.!  [Read full press release]

 Miracle League Grand Opening

For more information about participating as a player or volunteering, please contact The Miracle League by email at [email protected], or by phone at (912) 322-1970. 

"Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest 2011Showcase Camden County Photo Contest 2011 Logo
The deadline for the 2011 "Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest is quickly approaching - submit your photos now!! 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. Visit the Community Relations section of the County's website to view detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules.
Hurricane Season 2011 - Always Be Prepared!
EMAYou don't have to be a meteorologist to know that 2011 has already been an unusual year for extreme weather and natural disasters. Be safe by being prepared. Check out Camden County's Hurricane Guide 2011 to learn more about how to reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. You can also visit the Emergency Management Agency's webpage to learn more about preparedness and planning for hurricanes, or contact EMA directly by phone at (912) 729-5602.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Fall BackDon't forget to turn back your clocks one hour on Sunday, November 6th when Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends. To make it easier to remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind one of these sayings: "spring forward, fall back" or "spring ahead, fall behind."
As a safety reminder, many fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks.
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 the 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

     Willis R. Keene, Jr.       Chuck Clark           Jimmy Starline            Gary Blount          David L. Rainer

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