Towns County Civic Association

 
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

The TCCA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on June, 16 2022 from 6pm-8pm at the Towns County Civic Center, 954 N. Main St, Hiawassee, GA.

There will brief business meeting that includes the election of officers, speakers and a discussion of major topics for Towns County, including growth management and cryptomining.

Come join us for a potluck dinner, fellowship with other members, to meet local officials, and share your ideas with the TCCA board.

Membership Meetings

There is one General Membership Meeting in June each year.  The practice of hosting a second membership meeting in January was suspended in 2021 and 2022 due to concerns about Covid.

The Board of Directors of the Towns County Civic Association meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.  Members and the public are welcome to attend.

The last General Membership Meeting was conducted 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 Cliff 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 - John Clemens
  • Vice President - TBD
  • Secretary - Joan Crothers
  • Treasurer - Larry Dietsch
  • Director - David Best
  • Director - Michael Courey
  • Director - Anna Denton
  • Director - Gordy Jones

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.

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City of Young Harris

TCCA board members attend City of Young Harris meetings to remain abreast of issues that concern both city and county residents.

Young Harris College, a centerpiece of the city, is a baccalaureate and master's degree granting, private institution that brings nearly 1,400 student residents to Towns County annually.

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WATER AUTHORITY

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.  Towns County has now taken steps to better control the spread of large signs, particularly of off-premises billboards, via the county sign ordinance.

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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.

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TCCA Membership Application

Become a member of the Towns County Civic Association by clicking on the Membership Form link, then printing and mailing the form to our PO Box.  Your participation in our work on behalf of the local community would be greatly appreciated.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • No Sex Please, We're British!  play at Peacock Performing Arts Ctr, Hayesville, NC, May 20-23 and May 27-29, 2022
  • Pro Rodeo, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA,  May 27 - 29, 2022
  • Concert on the Square, Juno and Adam Poulin playing folk, bluegrass, country and blues, Hiawassee Square, May 28, 2022, 6:30PM to 8:00 PM

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
 

Our mission

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.

We Participate

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.