“We try to address tough issues in a kind and sensitive way, acknowledging many issues are not simple, and all choices have consequences.” Bill Blumreich, Founding President, Towns County Homeowners Assoc.
Some Towns County issues
CITY OF HIAWASSEE
Towns County Civic Association b oard members regularly attend City of Hiawassee meetings. Issues include sidewalks, street crossings, permits, and a mayor’s park.
Several recent requested improvements include sidewalk repairs in front of the hospital; a lighted crosswalk sign for the Post Office, and personnel salary justifications.
TCCA has been instrumental in rescuing and improving this gem of the county: Hamilton Gardens of Lake Chatuge now a non-profit organization.
We have organized benefit celebrations to raise funds for the gardens.
TCCA board members attend monthly meetings of the Towns County Water and Sewer Authority, urging improvement of infrastructure and organization for better delivery of water to neighborhoods. Optimum standards would decrease insurance premiums paid by homeowners and allow firefighters to save structures.
TOWNS COUNTY SIGN ORDNANCE
Thoughts concerning the relevance of preserving the County as the environment which many came to live here for.
There are a significant number of County residents that have relocated here to get away from the highly populated areas that contain many facets of the big city life. The sight of a mountain community free of major traffic, a high crime rate, large shopping malls, traffic lights at each road crossing, noise, and yes, the visual pollution of excessive advertising road and billboard signs. There are numerous citations as to the negative effect of roadway signs and billboards; simply Google search the topic.
FUNDING EFFORTS RECOGNIZED BY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For victims of Hurricane Michael, the TC Chamber was able to collect and ship 10 large boxes of paper goods, garbage bags, baby wipes and toiletries to the Chamber in Pelham, GA.
Items are being collected through Dec 1 for area animal shelters and animal rescues. Bill Buck with Paws4aWarrior works with several animal centers in Towns, Union and Clay Counties. A large donation box is located at the Chamber's office.
- Nov 3 Enotah CASA Gala. Dancing with North Georgia Stars - Towns Union. Union County Performing Fine Arts Center.
- Nov 3 Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup, HRWC. 9 am at beach pavilion.
- Nov 5 HRWC plant sale
- Nov 6 Election Day
- Nov 6 Last day to order Friends of the Library pie sale. $16-20. Order at the library.
- Jan 29, 2019 Towns/Union Master Gardener Class
YOU STAY INFORMED WHEN YOU ATTEND COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
Some are listed below. Other community meetings are posted weekly in the TC Herald.
- City of Hiawassee Work Sessions – 6 PM Monday one week prior to City Council meeings at Hiawassee City Hall Council Chambers.
- City of Hiawassee Council Meetings – 6 PM First Tuesday of each month at Hiawassee City Hall Council Chambers.
- Young Harris City Council Meetings – 7 PM First Tuesday of each month at Young Harris City Hall
- TC Commissioners Meeting -5:30 PM as needed: Third Tuesday of the month at TC Courthouse.
- TC Planning Commission Meeting – 7 PM as needed at Civic Center
- TC Water and Sewerage Authority Meeting – 6 PM Third Tuesday of each month at 1224 Jack Dayton Circle, Young Harris
- TCHA Board Meetings – 4 PM Third Friday of each month.
WE SUPPORT THE COUNTY
TCCA board members attend and report on local meetings: Towns County Commissioner, Cities of Young Harris and Hiawassee, TC Chamber of Commerce, TC Water Authority, and BRMEMC board meetings.
WE SUPPORT NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, Towns County Food Pantry, TC High School Scholarships, Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Enotah CASA.
TCCA board members take the lead in many efforts such as Clean Sweep Week, Hamilton Gardens maintenance and benefit galas, election candidate forums, and county economic improvements.
WE SPREAD THE WORD
Towns County Civic Association keeps the public informed through newspaper articles, letters, our website, and membership dinner meetings twice a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Membership is open to anyone who maintains a residence in the area.
The dues are $25 per year. The fiscal year begins July 1.
Membership is still available.
There is a general meeting twice a year – one in January and one in June. The board of directors meets monthly.
Towns County Civic Association has a broader perspective looking at ways to improve the county as a whole. A member of your group might join TCCA as a liaison between groups.