Camden County Board of Commissioners
Community Outreach eNewsletter
Working Together to Make a Positive Difference in the Community

A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - Issue 106-2021
Message from the County Administrator
June has arrived! This month brings lots of exciting developments for your local government. Camden County was recently awarded a $5.5 million grant for disaster mitigation, as well as a $350,000 Disaster Recovery Grant to provide funding to update emergency plans. The Camden County Board of Commissioners recently celebrated the completion of improvements to the Public Safety Radio Project to improve county-wide coverage for all public safety radios.

We are pleased to announce that the Camden County Board of Commissioners has received GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget, which represents the commitment of County staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

We are also happy to announce the completion of the Camden County Hurricane Guide, as well as the graduation of nine fire fighters with Camden County Fire Rescue.

All Georgia residents 12 and up are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, so please visit the Georgia Department of Health and continue to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stay safe and remain healthy. Wishing you a happy June!

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Camden County Awarded $5.5 Million Grant for Disaster Mitigation
At their May 18, 2021, regular meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners accepted a $5,542,894 Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) award from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 

Camden County Completes Public Safety Radio Improvements
At May 18, 2021, regular meeting the Camden County Board of Commissioners celebrated the completion of improvements to the Public Safety Radio Project. These $3.7 million in upgrades were funded as a part of Special Purpose Local Option (SPLOST) VII and VIII.
 
The Public Safety Radio Communications System improvements included updates to the Camden County E-911 Center along with three new towers and equipment installation at a fourth site. As a result, coverage has improved county-wide coverage for all public safety radios, including Camden County Fire Rescue, Camden County Sheriff's Office, Kingsland Fire and Police Departments, and St. Marys Fire and Police Departments.  
Camden County Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to announce that Camden County Board of Commissioners, Georgia, has received GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.

Camden County Emergency Management Agency Releases 2021 Hurricane Guide
Camden County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has released its 2021 Hurricane Guide. The online guide, available on Camden County’s website at camdencountyga.gov/HurricaneGuide, has information to help local residents prepare for hurricane season. 

Included in the guide is information about the 2021 Hurricane Forecast, preparing for hurricanes, CodeRED, and information about the new online citizen damage reporter. Additionally, there is information about hurricane hazards and the Camden County Health Department’s Functional, Access, or Medical Needs Hurricane Registry. 
Camden County Fire Rescue Graduates Nine Firefighters
From Left: 
Training Captain Tim Haney, Hailey Labellarte, Malik Reed, Joseph Highsmith, Matthew Adams, Chief Terry Smith, Jeremy Marshall, Devin Mahoney, Hector Vazquez-Francisco, Dantrell Yates, and Samuel Coward

The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that the nine members of Recruit Class 2021-06 have completed their Basic Firefighter requirements. Matthew Adams, Samuel Coward, Joseph Highsmith, Hailey Labellarte, Devin Mahoney, Jeremy Marshall, Malik Reed, Hector Vazquez-Francisco, and Dantrell Yates were recognized at a graduation ceremony held earlier this week.

New Citizen Damage Reporter Available Online
Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has partnered with Orion Damage Assessment System to assist Camden County property owners with reporting property damage. Residents are encouraged to report damage in Camden County caused by thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, wildfires, or man-made incidents.

“We are excited to have this new tool available before the start of this year’s hurricane season,” stated Emergency Management Director Chuck White. “Although this tool will not only be used for hurricanes, knowing the location and severity of damage after any natural or man-made disaster helps accelerate the recovery process.”


$350,000 Disaster Recovery Grant Provides Funding to Update Emergency Plans
At their May 4, 2021, regular meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners accepted a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Planning Grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 

CCFR Partnering with Firehood Foundation
Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) is partnering with the Firehood Foundation to raise awareness of the increased risk of illnesses resulting from firefighting, including cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse.

"We want to bring awareness to the health issues that impact our firefighters and first responders,” said Camden County Fire Rescue Chief Terry Smith. “This walk through our community has been an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our firefighting brothers and sisters and the issues that impact our field.”

27th Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Get a kid hooked on fishing! The Camden County Solid Waste Authority is pleased to announce that the 27th Annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021. From 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., children 16 years and under are invited to participate in this year’s event at the SR-110 landfill in Woodbine.

Public Notice: Lane Closures on Browntown Road
Drivers in southwest Camden County will be impacted by lane closures on Browntown Road. Beginning on Thursday, June 10, 2021, contractors for Camden County will performing pavement preservation activities between Oakhill Church Road and Cox Road. One lane of traffic will remain open during this work. 

New Ambulances to Join Camden County Fire Rescue Fleet
At their June 1, 2021, regular meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of two Custom AEV Type 1 Units. These are the third and fourth of the five total new ambulances that are included in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VIII. 

Camden County Welcomes Range Master
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Roger Nestor, former Chief of Staff for York City (Pennsylvania) Police, has been hired as the Range Master for Two Rivers Gun Range. In this role, Mr. Nestor will be responsible for duties to include, but are not limited to: planning, organizing, coordinating, and managing the Two Rivers Gun Range. 


Camden County Introduces 2021 Summer Interns
The Camden County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to introduce four student interns who will be working for Camden County this summer. Dennis Irvin, Fabian Mann, Kelley Pattee, and Ian Watsky will spend their internships working on specific projects in Administration, Elections & Registration, and Public Works.

Green Infrastructure Project Recognized
The University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension office in Camden County received recognition from Georgia Trend and the UGA Public Service and Outreach Division with a 2021 Four for the Future Award. This award recognizes their partnership with Camden County Public Works for the outstanding community collaboration, leadership, and innovation through the Camden County Coastal Green Infrastructure Implementation.

Follow Two Rivers Gun Range on Social Media
The Two Rivers Gun Range is on track to open in Summer 2021 and is in the process of completing the facility and hiring staff. Stay up-to-date on their progress by liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter.
Take Action During Pet Preparedness Month
June is Pet Preparedness Month and all Camden County residents are encouraged to educate themselves on the steps needed to ensure the safety of their pets in the event of a disaster. Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), is sharing information throughout the month of June on how to prepare pets. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations
All Georgia residents 16+ are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn the facts about the safe, tested, and effective vaccines and register for your appointment at: dph.ga.gov/covid-vaccine, myvaccinegeorgia.com, or vaccinefinder.org. More information at: bit.ly/3dILBpC.
Public Notice: Regional Plan Survey Input Opportunity
Camden County residents are encouraged to participate in the Coastal Regional Commission’s (CRC) Regional Plan Survey to provide input for their 20-year Regional Plan.  

“This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that Camden County is well-represented in the region,” said Camden County Planning & Development Director Joey Yacobacci. “The anonymous survey takes a few minutes to complete and covers a variety of topics relating to the future development of our region.”


State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) began administering the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA) in early March 2021. GRA can help renters with their past due rent and utilities. Payment will be made directly to landlords and utility providers. DCA has provided answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) on their website. 
Visit https://georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov to access the online portal and determine eligibility and submit applications. 
Flood Awareness Tool
Flood Awareness Tool is now available on the Camden County website to assist users with making educated decisions about potential flooding. Approximately 35% or 17,000 of Camden County’s residents live within the 100-year floodplain. Three coastal rivers flow through the County, and 50% of the land is classified as wetlands. Camden experiences the effects of sea level rise, storm surge, regular riverine flooding, and king tides.



Employment Opportunities
Check out the Employment Opportunities page on the Camden County website to learn more about open positions and apply online.

for more information.
Residents Encouraged to Utilize Online Services
Camden County residents are urged to utilize online or telephone services when possible due to the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community. Although county office buildings remain open to the public, many staff members are working remotely at this time to ensure proper social distancing.

The Camden County website, www.camdencountyga.gov, has an Online Payments page to assist residents with conducting business online. To learn more about online services, please visit the Camden County Website.
Board of Commissioners:

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Board of Elections & Registration:

  • Thursday, June 17, 2021, 4:00 P.M.


Camden County Planning Commission:

  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Please visit the Calendar for more dates and meeting details.
All Camden County residents are strongly encouraged to sign-up for CodeRED online at www.camdencountyga.gov/codeRED to receive emergency notifications and location-specific severe weather warnings. Notifications may be sent to cell phones or landlines and through email and text. The service is TDD/TTY compatible.
COVID-19 Vaccines
The Georgia Department of Public Health is allowing online appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccines based on vaccine availability at chdcovidvax.org.
Our Commitment to You
MISSION
Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

VISION
Camden County 2036 is the premier coastal community of Georgia-beautiful and safe.

Camden County 2036 has a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World-Class Spaceport;
  • Sports tourism; and
  • a Technology Corridor.

Camden County 2036 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.

VALUES
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values:

  • Integrity, 
  • Respect,
  • Service, 
  • Accountability, 
  • Teamwork, and
  • Balance.


District 1, Commissioner Lannie Brant

District 2, Commissioner Chuck Clark

District 3, Commissioner Trevor Readdick

District 4, Commissioner Gary Blount, Chairman

District 5, Commissioner Ben Casey, Vice-Chairman
Camden County Board of Commissioners
200 East 4th Street
P.O. Box 99
Woodbine, Georgia 31569
(912) 576-5601