Lumpkin County has received notice that Georgia Forestry will burn approximately 50 acres on Longbranch Road beginning the morning of Friday, February 28, 2014. Motorists may experience delays while traveling this road. Please use caution and watch for law enforcement and fire personnel.
Lumpkin County has received the following information from the US Forest Service:
Based on the weather forecast both the Montgomery Creek and Big Stamp Units will be under a controlled burn on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:00 am. With the implementation of this project, there will be a few closures, both roads and trails, for the day. The closures are for the health and safety of the public and the prescribe fire crew.
FS Road 77 (Winding Stairs Gap Road)
FS Road 77A
FS Road 877
FS Road 28-A
FS Road 141 (Penn Cove Road)
223K north of FS Road 28-1
223P north of FS Road 28-1
223L east and north of FS Road 77
We anticipate closures to begin at 0800 and last till at least dark. Please pass this information on to advise as many recreation users as possible.
We anticipate the smoke to head to the north west and there could be some potential temporary closures on FS Road 42 based on visibility.
Lumpkin County citizens now have access to a Healthcare.gov navigator. The navigator is based out of the Habersham County Extension Office in Clarkesville. Her name is Cassandra Hunter and can be reached at 706-754-2318 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Lumpkin County road crews shift into winter gear, they have a few words of advice for drivers:
Slow down and be prepared.
Give yourself more room and more time to stop at stop signs.
Slower speeds on ice and snow are essential, as is staying well back from snow clearing equipment such as plows and salt/gravel spreading equipment. When approaching a vehicle with an amber flashing light, give them the right of way and allow them to do their job. Shady areas and bridges can be slicker than the rest of the road, so be aware.
The first Lumpkin County roads cleared of snow are the major and minor arterials, which include school bus routes. Local access roads are cleared after the arterials. During a major storm event, this can even be several days after the event begins.
There are things you can during winter weather events when road conditions are bad:
Stay off the road except for essential travel.
When on the roads, yield the right of way to all road treatment vehicles.
Do not leave vehicles parked in areas that will interfere with the treatment of the roads.
Lumpkin County Public Works urges you to stay safe this winter!
The Environmental Health Department has moved to 25 Short Street. This move will make purchasing permits more convenient for citizens. They are currently experiencing some phone issues. Should you need immediate assistance, you may call the Lumpkin County Planning Department at 706-864-6894.
Volunteer(s) needed to deliver the Meals on Wheels on Mondays.
This route takes about two hours and runs from Cavender’s Creek to the Turner’s Corner area.
If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact Rhonda Bailey at the Lumpkin County Senior Center (706-864-2358).
AARP volunteers will be at the Senior Center each Wednesday beginning February 5, 2014 until April 9, 2014 from 9 am until 1 pm providing free assistance in the preparation of certain IRS tax forms to a target population of seniors age 60 and older. Participants may experience delays as the program is operated on a first come, first served basis. AARP provides this as a service to our community and are not compensated for their time. Lumpkin County provides facility space as a service to the community and are not compensated for any returns prepared.
Please see the attached flyers for more information.
Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners and Lumpkin County Emergency Services are pleased to announce the ISO certification of Camp Merrill and Blackburn Park Fire Station. Residents and businesses that live within 5 road miles and/or within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant in these areas should contact their insurance agents regarding changes to their policies.