Our mission is to provide a platform for all residents in Towns County to address issues and problems of mutual interest which affect the management, planning and development of the county and its environs.Towns County Civic Association Board
June 2021 General Membership Meeting
The Board of Directors of the Towns County Civic Association (TCCA) conducted the meeting on June 17, 2021 at Foster Park Recreation Center
President Michael Courey opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. and welcomed the 45 members and guests attending.
Treasurer Larry Dietsch reported a balance of $3,330.
Membership Chair Anna Denton reported 122 individual members, 68 households, 8 HOA’s.
Award: Frank Riley was recognized for winning the 2021 Silver Smokey Bear Award, the highest award presented by the US Forest Service.
The first speaker was Laura Ide, Office Manager at Towns County Health Dept, who presented an overview of the department functions and operations during the pandemic.
Commissioner Bradshaw spoke next about plans for renovation and updating of the County Waste Transfer Station.
Dr. Samuel Church talked about the multiple Covid-19 vaccination clinics available to the public and the advantages of the vaccinations.
Towns County High School Principal Roy Perren spoke about plan for an anti-drug program, primarily presented by T.C. School students. The TCCA will provide the platform for the public session.
From minutes by Joan Crothers, Secretary
Donations for 2020-21 fiscal year
- Enotah CASA
- Towns County Food Pantry
- Mountain True/HRWC
- Hamilton Gardens
- TC High School Scholarship
Board of Directors Election
- President – Michael Courey
- Vice President – John Clemens
- Secretary – Joan Crothers
- Treasurer – Larry Dietsch
- Director – David Best
- Director – Anna Denton
- Director – Gordy Jones
- Director – LaJean Turner
Some TCCA issues
CITY OF HIAWASSEE
Towns County Civic Association board 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 at Lake Chatuge now a nonprofit 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 ORDINANCE
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.
TCCA WORKS TO KEEP COUNTY TRASH-FREE
Operation Clean Sweep is a project we support year after year. The transfer station requires that trucks cover their load and could issue a fine up to $1000 for noncompliance.
- Hiawassee Friday Night Markets. 5-10 pm First Friday of the month thru December, Town Square at 19 S. Main Street, Hiawassee GA
- Concerts on the Square, each Saturday night from 7 P.M to 8:30 P.M. Hiawassee GA
- Home and Garden Show, July 24-25, Towns Co Recreation and Conference Ctr, 150 Foster Park Rd, Young Harris GA
YOU STAY INFORMED WHEN YOU ATTEND COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
Some are listed below. Other community meetings are posted weekly in the TC Herald. Many have been temporarily suspended due to the Covid.
- City of Hiawassee Work Sessions – 6 PM Monday, one week prior to City Council meeings at Hiawassee City Hall Council Chamber.
- City of Hiawassee Council Meetings – 6 PM, first Tuesday of each month at Hiawassee City Hall Council Chamber.
- Young Harris City Council Meetings – 7 PM, first Tuesday at City Hall
- TC Commissioners Meeting -5:30 PM as needed: Third Tuesday at TC Courthouse.
- TC Planning Commission Meeting – 7 PM, third Monday as needed at Civic Center
- Board of Education – 7 pm, first Monday except April and July, at Civic Center
- TC Water and Sewerage Authority Meeting – 6 PM, third Tuesday, 1224 Jack Dayton Circle, Young Harris
- TCCA Board Meetings – 3 PM, third Thursday of each month.
- CVB Convention Visitors Board Meetings, second Tuesdays
- TC Health Dept Meetings – 9:30 quarterly, fourth Thursdays
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 HAVE DONATED FUNDS TO NONPROFIT 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.