An effort is underway by the Vietnam Monument Committee to collect the names of those who served in the Vietnam War and who are natives of Washington County.
These names will be engraved on a monument to be placed on the courthouse square aside the monuments for veterans of other wars.
We are trying to reach all Vietnam veterans who are Washington County natives – whether or not they still reside in Washington County or elsewhere. This will take the help of friends and families in contacting those veterans who do not live locally.
Attached is a form with the information needed. Please deliver this form to the veteran and return the address as shown on the form. You may also just fill out the web form below.
Thank you for your assistance as we are trying to make sure that all Vietnam veterans’ names are included on the monument.
By: Jake Baker
After a long awaited opening for the Splash Pad the time has finally arrived. While it seems that there were times when it would never open all that came out this past week can agree that is was well worth the wait. With this summer seeming hotter than ever there could not have been a better time to offer a place for all the children to come in and try to cool down.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase 2015 property taxes. The levy this year will increase taxes by 11.5 % over the rollback millage rate.
Please note that this increase applies only to the county M & O portion of your tax bill so the overall tax increase will be 3.5% of your tax bill.
The entire proposed increase in taxes will be used to subsidize the financial operations of our local hospital, Washington County Regional Medical Center. The situation at the Hospital was explained during several recent public meetings.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Washington County Board of Commissioners Board Room, 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am and 6:00pm and on September 4, 2015 at 9:00am. A called Board of Commissioner meeting will immediately follow to amend the budget and adopt the 2015 mill rate.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 11.50 percent.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Commissioner’s Board Room, 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA on August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Commissioner’s Board Room, 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA on September 4, 2015 at 9:00 am.
This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 9.698 mills, an increase of 1 mill. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 8.698 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $40 and the proposed tax increase for the non-homestead property with a fair market value of $75,000 is approximately $30.
The entire proposed increase in taxes will be used to subsidize the financial operations of our local hospital, Washington County Regional Medical Center. The situation at the Hospital was explained during recent public meetings.
Please note that this increase applies only to the county M & O portion of your tax bill so the overall tax increase will be 3.5% of your overall tax bill.
Department: Washington County Emergency Management Agency
Contact Information: Russell Riner, EMA Director, 478-232-7025 firstname.lastname@example.org
NOAA recognition highlights good practices by county
Sandersville, GA (July 9, 2015)
At the regular Washington County Commission Board Meeting on Thursday, July 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, was in attendance and recognized Washington County as a StormReady Community.
A framed recognition certificate along with a metal road sign was presented to Washington County stating that the county is a StormReady Community by the National Weather Service.
In order to receive such recognition by NOAA the county had to demonstrate competency in certain areas of storm preparedness such as providing timely alerts to the public and public safety agencies.
Other areas demonstrated were the abilities to have trained storm spotters and ways to communicate weather conditions to the National Weather Service during a severe weather event.
The Washington County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for severe weather preparedness for the community and is available to provide help in the emergency planning process.
The StormReady recognition is awarded for a three year period and has to be renewed by inspection through the National Weather Service.
Staff Reporter for the Sandersville Progress
Adding recreation, attracting visitors to Washington County, and providing economic development are just a few of the reasons the County and the City of Sandersville are looking to construct a splash pad and a disc golf park in the community.
“This will be a new recreation facility with unique features,” explained County Administrator Chris Hutchings.
When considering options for recreation, requests for pools or water parks have been heard – but liability and the cost to construct and upkeep the pool has driven other communities to close their own pools.
“A lot of counties and cities are closing their pools and building splash pads,” said Hutchings, noting that the costs and liability are minimal compared to swimming pools.
In the preliminary assessments, it was determined that about 40 families from Washington County travel to Dublin-Laurens County to their splash pad.
“We can keep that money at home,” said Hutchings, adding that other surrounding counties do not have a splash pad which could increase visits to Washington County’s park.
City Administrator Judy McCorkle echoed Hutchings’ statements, adding that the park would serve a new area of the County and be convenient to different neighborhoods.
Plans are to have the splash pad constructed by July 2015 to allow children to enjoy the park this summer.
“I’m a big believer in parks; they’re an initial investment, and then it’s very little upkeep,” said Councilperson Jason Davis.
The land for the Splash Pad Park is currently owned by the Washington County Board of Education which will be donated to the County for the park development. Utility hookup for the park will be provided by the City of Sandersville.
It was noted in both the Sandersville Council meeting as well as the Board of Commissioners’ meeting that the operating costs will be paid for by user admission fees. The Washington County Recreation Department will operate the facility.
In addition to the splash pad, the City of Sandersville is also looking to construct a Disc Golf Park on a 35-acre tract owned by the City where the Ferncrest Water tank is located.
“We met with the Professional Disc Golf Association and they will design the disc golf park for us,” said City Administrator McCorkle. “We would use hotel/motel to build the park.”
The estimated cost is approximately $25,000.
Once constructed, the disc golf park would be sanctioned for tournaments.
“About 75 players play in a tournament, going from place to place playing in the tournaments,” said McCorkle, noting that this will increase tourism to the area.
The City of Sandersville and Washington County entered into an intergovernmental agreement for the County to develop the splash park and walking trail with the City of Sandersville to develop a disc golf course.
“We appreciate the City and the County working together,” said Washington County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Horace Daniel.
When discussing costs and financing for the park developments it was reported that the project will be completed in three phases. Those phases are as follows:
- Phase 1: Disc golf park and splash pad/restrooms by July 1, 2015. The estimated cost associated with this phase is $273,058.
- Phase 2: Pavilion/playground/ parking construction for 2016. The estimated cost associated with this phase is $45,000.
- Phase 3: The demolition/clearing/landscaping and contingency for 2017. The estimated cost for this phase is $28,000.
The estimated total cost for all three phases is $346,058.
County Administrator Chris Hutchings explained that financing will come from several sources including: $85,000 from SPLOST 7; $52,500 from leftover SPLOST funds; a one-time cost of $65,000 from the general-fund; $50,000 from contributions from the City of Sandersville; $2,500 in-kind work from the City of Sandersville for demolition; $10,000 from parks and recreation grants; $12,500 in inmate work for clearing, demolition and painting; $10,000 from private grants; and $38,038 from donations and fund raising. Funding will also come from other cities with a 20 percent increase in contributions over 10 years which amounts to $20,520.
Reenactment of the 1864 Civil War battle in Sandersville, Georgia. 2014
AKA, Sherman’s March To The Sea.