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 105-2021
Message from the County Administrator
May has arrived! This month, there are many ways for Camden County residents to get involved in their community. The Camden County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking applicants to serve on the Camden County Planning Commission. Hurricane Preparedness Week is quickly approaching, so please follow Camden County EMA on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed.

We are pleased to announce that Camden County Fire Rescue recently received two Custom AEV Type 1 Units. The purchases were approved by the Camden County Board of Commissioners in August 2020 and are the first two of five total new ambulances included in SPLOST VIII. Additionally, CCFR also was named a 2021 grant recipient by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which will be used to purchase 12 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and accessories.

All Georgia residents 16 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 an excellent May!

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Spaceport Camden Environmental Impact Statement Update
This message provides an update on the status of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Spaceport Camden Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The FAA is continuing to develop the Final EIS. As part of that process, the FAA has consulted with Federal and state agencies. Agency and public comments are being incorporated into the Final EIS. In addition, the FAA has completed a number of consultations including Section 4f of the Department of Transportation Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (with National Marine Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife), and Essential Fish Habitat. The FAA is continuing to work with the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to complete the Section 106 process. 

As previously announced, the FAA had planned to release the Final EIS in April 2021 and Record of Decision (ROD) in June 2021. However, due to discussions and consultation efforts with consulting parties, the FAA is announcing an update to the schedule. The FAA now plans to release the Final EIS in late May 2021 and ROD in late June 2021.

A notice will be sent to individuals and organizations on the project distribution list when the Final EIS and ROD are available.

Updates on the Final EIS and ROD will also be provided via the project website: https://www.faa.gov/space/environmental/nepa_docs/#SCEIS.
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.
Camden County Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission
The Camden County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Camden County Planning Commission, District 5 Appointment.

The Camden County Planning Commission is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The Planning Commission is an advisory body that makes recommendations on land use applications. The recommendations from the Planning Commission ultimately go to the Camden County Board of County Commissioners for final approval. The Planning Commission evaluates development projects and land policy proposals which serve to promote community, future land use trends, public health, general welfare, economic prosperity, and overall quality of life for Camden County residents.


New Ambulances
Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) recently received two Custom AEV Type 1 Units. The purchases were approved by the Camden County Board of Commissioners in August 2020 and are the first two of five total new ambulances included in SPLOST VIII. 

“The commitment made by the Board of Commissioners to upgrade our ambulance fleet helps us better serve the citizens and visitors of Camden County,” said Camden County Fire Rescue Chief Terry Smith. “We are thankful for their continued support of Camden County Fire Rescue through SPLOST funding.”

Public Notice: Increased Construction for Road Paving
Drivers in central Camden County may be impacted by delays associated with the increased construction activity surrounding road paving projects in the Plantation Point Phase II subdivision. Located off of Georgia Highway 110 southwest of the City of Woodbine, construction began April 19, 2021.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant
Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) has been named a 2021 grant recipient by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. Camden County is safer than ever thanks to the Foundation providing important funding in the amount of $16,680. The grant will be used to purchase 12 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and accessories and will ensure our community is safer and better prepared for emergencies.

Hurricane Preparedness Week
Join Camden County EMA on Facebook and Twitter on May 9-15, 2021, for Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Earth Day Recognized
From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant, Commissioner Trevor Readdick, Chairman Gary Blount, Environmental Compliance Manager Amanda Carlin, Director of Solid Waste Kevin Barkley, Vice-Chair Ben Casey, and Commissioner Chuck Clark.

At their meeting last week, the Camden County Board of Commissioners recognized, April 22, 2021, as Earth Day in Camden County. Camden County Solid Waste and Keep Camden Beautiful recognized the Board of Commissioners with a tree in their honor.
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. 
COVID Emotional Support Line
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, May 4, 2021, 6:00 P.M.

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Board of Elections & Registration:

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4:00 P.M.


Board of Assessors:

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Camden County Planning Commission:

  • Wednesday, May 26, 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