November 28, 2020

Heard County is Storm Ready

From the Times~Journal

(Franklin) — The Heard County Commissioners met on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 for their regular monthly meeting at 6:30pm at the Courthouse in Franklin.

Commission Chair Lee Boone called the meeting to order, Commissioner Larry Hook gave the invocation, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Commission Chairman Boone and the Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation and presented it to Kainnan Lindsey for the tremendous and unique feat he has accomplished as a young person in Heard County.

Kainnan Lindsey is a 5th grade student at Heard County Elementary. Lindsey won 2014 All Star Karate League National Championship.

Lindsey started karate four years ago and has trained at Young’s Tae-Kwon-Do under Toby Young. The Commissioners honored Kainnan for his hard work and many accomplishments.

Another Proclamation was presented to Lifelink of Georgia, making April 28, 2015 the National Donate Life Month.

LifeLink Foundation is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of life-saving and life-enhancing organs and tissue for transplantation therapy.

The Foundation works in a sensitive, diligent, and compassionate manner to facilitate the donation of desperately needed organs and tissues for waiting patients, support research efforts to enhance the available supply of organs and tissue for transplant patients, improve clinical outcomes of patients post transplantation and works closely with the United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS) to support its goals.

LifeLink is committed to inspiring the public to save lives through organ donation. To make organ transplant a reality, you can go to and sign up to be an organ donor it makes a difference and saves lives.

Invited guests at the meeting were Kent Frante, Tim Reeve and Kathy Knowles.

Kent Frante, Meteorologist from the National Weather Service of Peachtree City and Tim Reeve Area Six Field Coordinator for Heard County, from Georgia Emergency Management Agency presented a certificate and recognized Heard County as being storm ready.

The certificate was presented to Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth and Deputy Chief Jim Short recognizing them for the hard work they have achieved to keep Heard County safe and prepared for storms.

Frante honored them on their Jurisdiction Storm Ready Recognition by presenting two road signs to the county to be posted for the public view stating, “Heard County is Storm Ready.”

Frante stated, “ We are trying to get all of Georgia Storm Ready and at the present only about 2/3 of Georgia is Storm Ready.”

Commissioner Chair Lee Boone stated, “The Declaration by the National Weather Service that Heard County is a “Storm Ready County” is a “Milestone” and a “First” for our community. I am proud of this accomplishment, and commend Chief Steve Wirth and Deputy Chief Jim Short for their efforts in making this endeavor become a reality.”

“After a 30 year career in Public Safety, I understand the critical need for awareness and preparation, which prompted my acquisition of the all wheel drive military surplus vehicles to enhance mobility,” added Boone.

“As Chairman, I will strive to provide the resources necessary to alert our citizens, equip our first responders and maintain our readiness to respond in the event of adverse weather conditions or natural disaster.”

DSC09218Guest speaker Kathy Knowles updated the Commissioners on the different events going on with both the Heard County Chamber of Commerce and Heard County Community Partnership, Inc.

Knowles also requested the use of Heard County Transit with the offer to pay the driver for the Forth of July Event to help with the handicap attending the event. Knowles request was approved.

A public zoning hearing was held, a request to be rezoned from Rural Development property to General Commercial property by Wendy Steadman for the property located at 40 Memory Lane in Franklin. Several Heard County residents spoke their concerns at the hearing.

The board approved the zoning request of 40 Memory Lane in Franklin as General Commercial property with limitations recommended by The Planning Commission.

The limitations are as follows; No additional buildings should be added to the property. The structure should be used as an office only. There should be no additions to the structure that exists now. The outside lights can’t interfere with adjoining property owners.

The lights have to be shielded and only in the parking lot. Signs should be limited to only: One sign on roof, one sign in window and one sign on wall.

The Board of Commissioners also approved a concrete walkway to be poured for drainage purposes on the property.

The Board of Commissioners adopted new seatbelt and return to work policies to go into the personal handbook for county employees.

The Board of Commissioners opened and approved the bid for the construction of the Heard County Livestock Barn.

LL Rogers and Son, Inc. from Ephesus, Georgia received the bid for the amount of $67,278.00 with a $2000.00 rock clause. The construction of the Livestock Barn at Heard County Arena will begin soon.

Commissioner Larry Hammond gave an update to the board on a survey he did at the Heard County Arena recently. Out of the 25 people he surveyed from 18 different towns 16 out of 25 said they would use stalls if Heard County had them and 15 out of the 25 said they would use the RV hookups.

Many of the people he surveyed have visited Heard County Arena over 50 times. Many visitors drive over 2 and half hours to visit the Arena and love the facility.

The Heard County Commissioners voted and agreed to have a Budget Workshop on May 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Under Public Comments: Scotty Proctor a Heard County resident expressed his concerns and questions to the board about several items discussed at the meeting. His questions were answered and the meeting went into Executive Session.

The meeting was adjourned.

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