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 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - April 2012

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A Message from the County Administrator
April is National County Government Month - Leaders Promote "Healthy Counties, Healthy Families"
Social Media Contest - Enter to WIN a Living Well Gift Basket!
NCGM Digital Healthy Recipe Book
Employee of the Quarter
County Seeking Volunteer Firefighters
National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 22-28, 2012 - Expanding the Vision, Reaching Every Victim
Get our and take your best shot for the 2012 Shocase Camden County Photo Contest!
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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County AdministratorI'm thrilled at the opening of Horse Stamp Church Road interchange, or Exit 22, on Interstate 95. It officially opened during the second week of April.  This $10.9 million dollar project was funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program Grant. The new interchange presents great opportunities for Camden County's future.

 

In the Special Election held on March 6, 2012, voters approved for the governing authority of Camden County to be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits, for off premises consumption on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.  A series of public hearings were held regarding this matter. On Tuesday, April 17th, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved amendments to the Official Code of Camden County, Chapter 6, Alcoholic Beverages, Section 6-10 Hours of Sale to include the addition of paragraph 5 authorizing licensed retailers within the unincorporated district to sell alcoholic beverages for off premises consumption on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The first date of authorized sales began on Sunday, April 22nd.

 

Preparations for the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget are still currently underway. Over the past three years there has been a 21.3% decline in revenues which represents $4 million in less funding for county operations. The 2013 budget will most likely be below the 2007 spending levels.  My goal is to present a balanced Fiscal Year 2013 Budget to the Board of County Commissioners on May 15th.

 

I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward in 2012. 

 

Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

April is National County Government Month - Leaders Promote "Healthy Counties, Healthy Families"

The Board of County Commissioners will celebrate National County Government Month (NCGM) during the month of April to highlight county government programs and services to the public. The theme for this year's celebration of NCGM is "Health Counties, Healthy Families."  [View full press release]

 

Social Media Contest - Enter to WIN a Living Well Gift Basket!

One of the featured NCGM events includes a social media contest to win a "Living Well" gift basket to promote healthy lifestyles in our community.  The contest calls for participants to post photos on the County's Facebook page of themselves, family, or friends being active by participating in a sport, exercising, or eating healthy foods to promote their healthy lifestyles and hobbies. The contest drawing will be held on Monday, April 30, 2012. The winner will be notified via the County's Facebook page. The gift basket is being sponsored by generous donations and is not County funded.

 

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NCGM Digital Healthy Recipe Book

The County is accepting submissions for healthy recipes that will be complied into a digital "Living Well" recipe book available to the public. Healthy recipes should be emailed to communications@co.camden.ga.us, posted on the County's Facebook page wall, or mailed to Board of County Commissioners, Attn: NCGM Recipe, P.O. Box 99, Woodbine, GA 31569. Once the recipes are compiled, the digital "Living Well" recipe book will be available for online viewing by June 2012.

Employee of the Quarter

Camden County's Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce that Brianna Turner has been named Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. Brianna has been a dedicated employee of Camden County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) since January 2008. Her commitment has played an important role in the growth and success of this organization.

 

The Board of County Commissioners expresses much gratitude for Brianna's efforts and commitment. On behalf of Camden County's Employee Recognition Committee, we'd like to congratulate Brianna on her efforts and for working with a true sense of team spirit, always willing to help fellow workers and the public, and contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the County. Congratulations Brianna Turner! 

 

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County Seeking Volunteer Firefighters

Camden County Fire Rescue is recruiting volunteer firefighters to be a part of the department. The volunteer firefighter program will be used to augment existing personnel to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.

 

The department hosted multiple recruitment drives during April to reach out to the community. Visit the program website for the most current information: www.co.camden.ga.us/volunteer

 

Contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at (912) 729-3911 for questions about this program. 

 

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 22-28, 2012 - Expanding the Vision, Reaching Every Victim

National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be held during April 22-28, 2012. A ceremony to commemorate this week will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Camden County Courthouse in Woodbine.

 

The Crime Victims' Memorial Wall will be on display in the Camden County Courthouse lobby from Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th.

 

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Victims of Crime, as well as the National Center for Victims of Crime.

 

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Get out and take your best shot for the 2012 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest!

The "Showcase Camden County" Photo 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 2012 contest calls for photos to be submitted under one of four categories:

  • Landscapes
  • Nature/Wildlife
  • Transportation
  • Current Events/People 

One winner per category will be awarded. Each winning category participant will receive a $50 Visa gift card. An overall photograph will be chosen among all of the submitted photos of each category. The overall winner will receive an additional $100 Visa gift card. Gift card prizes are not County funded and are generously donated by sponsors.

 

The deadline to submit photos is Friday, November 9, 2012. Detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules can be found by clicking the link below:

 

 "SHOWCASE CAMDEN COUNTY" Photo Contest 2012
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

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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