Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Oconee County Is Creating An Economic Development Strategy From A Position Of Strength, Expert Says

***Housing Issue Should Be Addressed***

Oconee County is in a really strong position as it plans for the future, Craig Lesser, managing partner of the Pendleton Group, told the Oconee County Task Force on Economic Development on Tuesday morning.

The county has the third highest median household income among the state’s 159 counties, Lesser said.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Oconee County Proposing Closing Section Of Road And Contemplating Roundabouts Near North Oconee High School

***Discussions At Final Meeting Of Committee***

Oconee County is proposing the closing of Cole Spring Road from Snows Mill Road to Hog Mountain Road to address traffic problems, Board of Commissioners Chair John Daniell told the Land Use and Transportation Planning Committee last week.

Daniell also said he can “envision” three roundabouts on Hog Mountain Road, one at Clotfelter Road, one at the entrance to North Oconee High School, and one at the Snows Mill Road and Rocky Branch Road intersection.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Watkinsville Election Forum Set for Oct. 3 At City Hall

***Open To City And County Residents***

An election forum is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Watkinsville City Hall for the city mayoral and council races as well as for the Sunday Brunch issue on the November ballot.

Incumbent Mayor Dave Shearon and former state representative Bob Smith have indicated they will attend. Both are running for mayor.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

First Meeting Of Oconee County Economic Development Task Force Scheduled For Tuesday

***At Chamber Of Commerce***

The newly formed Oconee County Economic Development Task Force is scheduled to hold the first of three meetings on Tuesday to help develop a plan for economic development in the county.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 55 Nancy Drive in Watkinsville.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Enrollment In Oconee County Schools Increased This Year, But At Lower Rate Than Recent Years, School Board Told

***Roundabouts Discussed Again***

The census of enrollments in Oconee County Schools this fall showed 8,170 students attending the system’s 11 schools, an increase of 1.8 percent over the year earlier.

In his report to the Board of Education on Monday, Brook Whitmire, chief Human Resources officer, noted that the growth in enrollments was “a little bit less than what we’ve seen in the last few years.”

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Proposed Regional Transportation Plan Adds Pedestrian And Bicycle Facilities To Oconee County’s Hog Mountain And Daniells Bridge Roads

***Comment Sought At Meeting Monday Night***

The regional long range transportation plan now before the public for review makes significant changes to the current document and provides for both pedestrian and bicycle travel on two key roadways in Oconee County.

Both bicycle and pedestrian “facilities” would be added to Hog Mountain Road from Mars Hill Road in Butler’s Crossing to U.S. 441, passing the Presbyterian Homes complex now under construction at the Hog Mountain Road intersection with U.S. 441.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Oconee County Commission Struggles With Its New Residential Lot Size Requirements In Three Rezone Cases

***Split Votes And Split Decisions***

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday night to impose a minimum lot size of 1.5 acres on a 10.1-acre residential subdivision off Mars Hill Road and in a split vote agreed to allow a 42.5-acre residential subdivision off Ruth Jackson Road to have lots of only 1 acre.

The Board struggled with a request to create three lots out of a five-acre tract off Moores Ford Road near the Apalachee River and ended up tabling the request without a resolution.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Labor Shortage Is Threat To Growing Economy, Elected Officials Tell Oconee County Republicans

***Immigration Not Offered As Solution***

The economy in the country, the state of Georgia, and the region is very strong, 10th District Congressman Jody Hice and Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler told a gathering of Oconee County Republicans last week.

That strong economy is threatened, both speakers said, by the shortage of labor to fill the jobs the strong economy is producing.