| March 2007 - Community News:
At February meeting
By John Shivers
The Committee did ask for and receive an additional $153,000.00 added to their contingency fund. This additional money was needed because of equipment and fixtures that had been in the old Sconti and were slated for reutilization in the new structure must now be purchased outright.
Lake Petit dam in good shape,
By Bob Crouch
The study, commissioned earlier by the POA board, also found that “existing conditions at Lake Petit Dam meet or exceed slope stability requirements of the (state’s) safe Dams Program rules.”
We do not believe, the consultants said, that immediate actions are warranted and any improvements should only be implemented if state officials approve the recommendations presented in our 1998 report or conditions change.
“I’m mad; How about You?
By George Thurman
District 1, which includes Amicalola, Sassafras Mountain, Deer Ridge, part of Big Canoe and Crystal Falls, represents 25% of the voters and taxes in Dawson County, yet there is no county facility suitable for community meetings, emergency shelter, library or a recreation area.
Sconti Club House update
By Miller Andress
Application to Pickens County for the building permit and the land disturbance permit will be processed concurrently. Start of construction is scheduled for late April. Construction of the building is expected to take approximately twelve months and fitting out another two months.
You can reward deserving employees
By Steve Panetta
As you probably know, the Big Canoe POA and the Big Canoe Company agreed to work together to bring first-rate customer service to the Big Canoe community. Our mission is to create customer oriented organizations, customer friendly systems and a work environment that reinforces the idea of putting the customer first.
Pickens County News
By Larry Toney
The first fact that needs to be asserted is that Pickens County currently exempts senior citizens (62 years and older) from paying school tax (100%) if the annual household income is less than $25,000. The rationale here was that such seniors are living on a fixed and barely livable income; therefore, the exemption applies.
First ever fire chief for Pickens County resigns
By Dan Pool
The county's first-ever paid fire department employee lasted nine months, turning in his equipment and keys to his vehicle in February citing job frustration for his resignation in an interview.
Robert Winston said while county fire chief, he "had got the ball rolling" but ultimately was unable to accomplish many of the things needed to improve fire service here.
From the Pickens County Commissioner’s Office
By Bill Wilson
While new developments arise around fire and emergency coverage issues it appears the picture is clearing and overall progress continues.
Our discussion began around the resignation of Pickens County fire chief Robert Winston. Having read the Pickens Progress report about the departure, I was surprised when the commissioner handed me a copy of Mr. Winston’s resignation letter dated August 22, 2006, citing medical issues that had surfaced after he had accepted his position as Pickens county fire chief.
By Laura Link
The National Weather Service (NWS) formally recognized the county in a special ceremony in February. Signs are being placed on each road into the county declaring it ready for hazardous weather.
Long Term Finance Committee
By Chuck Palmer
Chimney cleaning is cheap
By Laura Link
Keeping chimneys clean can help prevent costly damage or total destruction to homes and potentially serious fires to this wooded mountain community.
Old Times Remembered
Big Canoe’s Ole Timers and fans of Smoke Signals will be interested to learn that Bill Chapman, long-time writer and interim editor, has finally converted to the computer age. While working for the paper he used his beloved electric typewriter to write his popular column, “Scene on the Reservation,” and volumes of interesting news stories.
Dollar General Opens
Despite the rumors and the reported plan to one day move across the highway, Dollar General opened for business on February 2, and is doing just fine, thank you, reports Store Manager Margie Miller.
Next year’s BC Realty calendar
Here’s an opportunity for you shutterbugs, both the film and the digital kind, to get published!
Big Canoe Realty is inviting residents of the community to submit their photographs of Big Canoe scenes to illustrate its 2008 calendar. The 12 calendar scenes selected for each month of the year will be reproduced in full page color with your name on it as the photographer.
Tests that can save your life
By Helen Buckelew
On Tuesday, April 24, the HOA will sponsor a day of preventative health screenings at the Broyles Center. Appointments are required. The painless, non-invasive ultrasound examinations take less than an hour and are offered for $45 each, or all four for $129.
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