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Firefly Trail Local Action Committee

Local supporters of the Firefly Trail are encouraged to volunteer in organizing a Winterville Local Action Committee (LAC).  The role of the LAC is to advocate for and enhance popular support of the trail supporting local officials in its maintenance, development as a public resource, and encouraging local use of the trail.  Eventually the Winterville LAC will coordinate with various LACs all along the 39-mile trail corridor.  Interested individuals will find an application here at the City's website which should be submitted to City Hall for consideration by Mayor and Council.

Apply to be on the Firefly Trail Local Action Committee

 

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Coronavirus Update - March 29th

We just completed another update with our two local hospitals and other healthcare providers in the area. Based on this call, we want to provide the community with several updates.

The most important is this - our healthcare providers in the Athens area are prepared. We all know the number of cases is going to increase, and we may see a surge - but the hospitals and our other providers are ready.

Testing capacity and response time for results continue to move in the right direction. One of the most significant challenges in addition to limited testing is waiting times for results. Fortunately, we anticipate much quicker testing results over the next several days - which will also significantly help with PPE supplies.

The Georgia National Guard has deployed medical officers to the Athens area to provide additional support, as well, and we thank them for their continued service to our state and community.

Many have reached out about providing support to those on the frontlines - whether it's food or supplies. For Piedmont Athens Regional, please contact Libby Hayes at libby.hayes@piedmont.org, and for St. Mary's, please contact Ansley Martin at ansley.martin@stmarysathens.org. We're also seeing a continued need for blood donations. Please consider visiting redcrossblood.org and donating blood.

Congressman Jody Hice also joined us and provided an update on the federal level. His office stands ready to assist our hospitals in securing necessary funding and working with others requesting funding as part of the recent federal relief package.

Finally, as always, we are all here to assist in any way possible. We know these are extremely challenging times, but we're confident we will emerge from this battle successful and even stronger as a community. We're incredibly grateful for those on the frontlines - let's all continue to lift up our healthcare workers as they lead this fight.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Widower

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Coronavirus Update - March 22nd

While the City of Winterville fully supports the Athens Clarke County Mandatory Shelter in Place Ordinance, we have not adopted the ordinance within the city limits due to the differing circumstances possessed by our respective municipalities. That being said, this is another critical week and we strongly recommend that you do SHELTER IN PLACE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. FOR THIS REASON, CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS WE MONITOR THE SITUATION.

The City of Winterville is and will continue to fulfill its legal duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community and we encourage you all to follow the CDC guidelines. Please practice social distancing, take steps to protect yourself, your family and your friends from this virus. By doing this we can do our part to minimize the long term impact of this pandemic.

Thank you all and please stay safe.

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle
Mary Quinn - Mayor Pro Tem / Winterville City Council
Gary Snow - Winterville City Council
Brenda Keen - Winterville City Council
Amanda Mooney - Winterville City Council
Wendy Bond - City Clerk

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Coronavirus Update - 3/21/20

We just finished a call with several local healthcare providers, including both hospitals' CEOs and chief medical officers, and based on this call, wanted to provide a brief update on where we are in the area.
The most significant update is a new testing option set up by the Department of Public Health. This option is focused on patients with moderate symptoms. In order to set up an appointment for testing, please call 706-340-0996. Piedmont continues to have its drive thru testing site as well, and patients can call 866-460-1119 to be screened and set up an appointment. For St. Mary's, please call 706-389-3000. These options are by appointment only - no drop ins accepted.

Overall, the numbers in the area are being managed. To date, from the last DPH published positive cases at noon, we remain at 10 in Clarke, 1 in Oconee & 1 in Barrow. Results are taking several days to return and testing remains limited, so again, we anticipate larger numbers in the community and will continue to see an uptick as more testing occurs and results are returned. Those who test positive or believe they have symptoms must follow the CDC's self quarantine guidelines even if symptoms are minimal.
Both hospitals are also implementing a limited visitor policy and are screening all entrants. Again, if you show any symptoms, please call - do not just show up. Many elective surgeries and procedures are being pushed back, as well.

One of the most important things we can do as a community is support our healthcare workers - please keep those on the front lines in your thoughts and prayers. We are fortunate to have great healthcare workers throughout this area. This is a taxing time for them, and our community's continued support will help us defeat this virus.

As we continue to move through the fight against COVID-19, all of us stand ready to assist. Please reach out anytime, and we will certainly continue to keep you updated.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower 
 

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Coronavirus Update - 3/17/20

Dear Wintervillians,

After a conference call this morning with the District Health Director and the local CoVID-19 Policy Group I can confirm that 2 people in Athens-Clarke County have tested positive for the Corona Virus.

The two cases are not linked and neither patient had traveled in or out of the country or state so it is believed they contracted the virus through community transmission. These 2 individuals are not high risk and are improving, but more cases are expected so please continue to follow procedures spelled out in the CDC guidelines for hygiene and social distancing with regard to CoVID-19.

I will continue to update the community and City Hall will be open this week if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle
City of Winterville
125 North Church Street
Winterville, Georgia 30683

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March 24 Presidential Preference Primary Postponed & March 15-20 In-Person Early Voting Suspended

The evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Georgia Secretary of State Office made an announcement addressing a State of Emergency related to COVID-19.

The March 24, 2020 (PPP) Presidential Preference Primary Election is postponed and moved to the May 19, 2020 General Primary. The PPP Election will take place with the General Primary. Early in-person voting on March 15 at the Board of Elections Office and March 16-20 at five different locations has been suspended. 

More details to come. The release from the Georgia Secretary of State is available online.

Please contact the Elections Office during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 706-613-3150.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

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Public Hearing

Public Hearing 
City of Winterville
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Public Hearing 6:30 pm
 
The Regular Meeting will commence immediately following the Public Hearing at 6:30 pm
 
PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Winterville, acting by and through the Mayor and City Council of Winterville, desires to amend of the Charter of the City of Winterville pursuant to its authority conferred by the Constitution and the Laws of Georgia.  The purpose of this amendment is to remove the Charter’s restrictions that prevent the Mayor and City Council from granting licenses to sell malt beverages and wine within the City of Winterville.  Therefore, the Mayor and City Council of Winterville propose that Section 25 of the Charter of the City of Winterville be amended to delete the following from Section 25 in its entirety:

The Mayor and City Council shall be forever prohibited from granting license in any form to anyone to sell spirituous, vinous, malt or other intoxicating liquors within said City of Winterville, and the said Mayor and City Council shall have right and authority to pass an ordinance prohibiting anyone from keeping any kind of intoxicants for the purpose of illegal sale within the corporate limits of said city.
And to substitute the following words in lieu thereof:

The Mayor and City Council shall forever be prohibited from granting licenses or permits in any form to anyone to sell distilled spirits within the City of Winterville.  The Mayor and City Council shall be authorized to grant licenses or permits to persons to sell or manufacture malt beverages or wine within the City of Winterville in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia and any rules, regulations and ordinances enacted by the City of Winterville.

Any portion of that Charter in conflict with this ordinance amending the Charter of the City of Winterville will be repealed upon final adoption of the amending ordinance. 

Public Hearings on the ordinance amending the Charter of the City of Winterville will be held at the Mayor and City Council’s regular meetings on March 10, 2020 on April 14, 2020, both of which will be held at Winterville City Hall, 125 N. Church Street, Winterville, Georgia 30683 at 6:30 PM.  A copy of this ordinance is on file with the Winterville City Clerk and the Clerk of Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County for purposes of examination and inspection by the public.  A copy of the proposed amendment is available upon written request to the Winterville City Clerk, Wendy Bond, 125 N. Church Street, P.O. Box 306, Winterville, GA 30683.
 
Regular Meeting Immediately Following the Public Hearing

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Community Garden Potluck

The Community Gardens registration potluck will be held on Monday, February 17, at 6 p.m., at Winterville City Depot.

It would be very helpful if anyone who is not planning on gardening with us for the 2020-2021 year could please let us know.  A very brief reply to this email would be great!  I know a few of you have told me already, but a double-check would be good.  You do, of course, have until the end of February to have your garden box(es) ready for a new gardener.

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Tree Commission Meeting

The Tree Commission will be holding an informational/interest meeting about a potential new tree care volunteer education program at the Depot on Monday, January 27, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. (thirty minutes before the Town Hall meeting). The aim of this program is to develop a team of knowledgeable Winterville residents who will be able to assist other residents and the City with their tree management.  

This Winterville Tree Steward program will focus on a broad range of topics, covering all aspects of tree care and maintenance.

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Winterville Town Hall

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 7 PM

Please join us to kick off the new year and discuss all things Winterville. We will be joined by representatives from the Board of Elections who will demonstrate the new voting machines being put in service this year.

 

Following the demonstration we will discuss the Charter Amendment regarding Beer and Wine in the City, the Farmers Market, FFT and Dollar General Project updates etc. The Tree Commission will be on hand for a quick presentation as well. Don't miss this one!

https://www.facebook.com/events/459365291405135/

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WINTERVILLE TOWN HALL

Monday, October 21st at 7 pm

The next Winterville Town Hall meeting will cover the Firefly Trail, SPLOST 2020 and 2011, TSPLOST, Historic Preservation, CCSD, Infrastructure and more. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1695729920552253/

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Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting

Mayor’s Town Hall meeting to be Monday, October 21, 2019, 7 pm

Join me on Monday, October 21st at 7 p.m. in the Depot. 

It is time to catch up on all things Winterville. 
Come discuss the 2020 SPLOST, TSPLOST, Firefly Trail, Farmers Market and much more!!

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

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Town Meeting

7/9/19 - 

Join me on Monday, July 22nd at 7 p.m. in the Depot. 
It is time to catch up on all things Winterville. 
Come discuss the 2020 SPLOST, TSPLOST, Firefly Trail, Farmers Market and much more!!


Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

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Fox Theater Institute's BIG CHECK presentation to the City of Winterville

Dear Friends,
I would like to extend a special invitation to you for the Fox Theater Institute's BIG CHECK presentation to the City of Winterville.  This funding comes from a grant we applied for and won in 2017.  Just like funds we raise from our Marigold Festival sponsors like you, this money will go toward improving our city's historic buildings and more specifically, the Auditorium.  Please join us Friday, May 11th at 2:00 p.m. in the Winterville Auditorium for a special event that would not be possible without you and your organizations.  More details will come over the next month or two, but for now please save the date.

And...you knew this was coming.  Please consider a donation this year to our 2018 Winterville Marigold Festival.  I have attached the sponsor form here!  
I can't wait for you to see what your generosity and the generosity of your organizations through the years has done for our city.
Sincerely,

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

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