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 102-2018
Message from the County Administrator
Since Hurricane Season began on June 1st, we must take our recent experience with Hurricanes Irma and Matthew and make steps to plan ahead for potential tropical weather. Check out the 2018 Hurricane Guide for more information about how you and your family can be better prepared for this hurricane season.
Camden County departments, programs, and employees have been recognized for their hard work and achievements. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has once again recognized Camden County with Achievement Awards for programs in Emergency Management and Planning. Additionally, the work of MainPoint Health & Wellness has earned Camden County a Gold Award as one of the First Coast Healthiest Companies. We are proud to recognize Scott Brazell, the 2018 Outstanding Floodplain Manager.

The youth in our community continue to add so much value in their endeavors. Read below about the work to create a Little Free Library in the White Oak area of Camden County. There is also information about new flag disposal boxes that are in our Woodbine offices and across the community.

One of the best ways that citizens can get involved with our local government is by participating in our Citizens' Academy. 14 local residents recently completed this program and I encourage you to take advantage of a future Citizens' Academy session.

Wishing you a festive Independence Day and a safe summer!

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Camden County Emergency Management Agency Releases 2018 Hurricane Guide
Camden County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has released its 2018 Hurricane Guide. The online guide, available on Camden County’s website at, has information to help local residents prepare for hurricane season. 

Lang Creek Bridge Opens
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is excited to announce the opening of the Lang Creek Bridge in central Camden County. Located in District 2, east of Exit 14, the Lang Creek crossing was destroyed during Hurricane Irma. 

District 2 Commissioner Chuck Clark (center), joined by District 1 Commissioner Lannie Brant (far left), County Administrator Steve Howard, Camden County Public Works Staff, Lang Lane area residents, and Deputy County Administrator Shawn Boatright, cuts the ribbon opening the Lang Lane Bridge.
Lang Lane After Hurricane Irma
Governor Deal and Lt. Governor Cagle Urge FAA Support for Spaceport Camden
On the heels of two letters of support signed by every member of the Georgia Congressional delegation, Georgia’s highest constitutional officers have also signaled their support for the project. In separate letters of support to Acting FAA Administrator, Dan Elwell, Governor Nathan Deal and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle both touted the benefits Spaceport Camden will offer the State of Georgia and commercial space operators. 

Camden County Fire Rescue
Successfully Maintains ISO 4 Rating
The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) has completed its most recent review of Camden County Fire Rescue and affirmed the department’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) of 04/10. Most U.S. insurers of home and business properties use ISO’s PPC in calculating premiums. In general, the price of insurance in a community with a lower PPC rating is less than in a community with a high PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.

The Camden County E-911 Center's expertise in emergency communications was instrumental in achieving this score.

14 Local Residents Graduate from Citizens' Academy
From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant, County Administrator Steve Howard, Barbara Scott, Deputy County Administrator Shawn Boatright, Sidney Scott, Chris Chauncey, Don Koski, Troy Johnson, Tiffany Gossett, Gramling Spivey, Shawn T. Lewis, Lindsey Dunn, Kevin Knight, LaMar Stokes, Sheryta Melton, Commissioner Chair Jimmy Starline, and Heidi Barfield
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the recent graduation of 14 local residents from the Spring 2018 Citizens’ Academy Class. The graduation ceremony took place in Woodbine on Thursday, June 21, 2018. All graduates were presented with a Certificate of Completion.

Scott Brazell Receives
2018 Outstanding Floodplain Manager Award
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Scott Brazell, Community Rating System (CRS), Erosion & Sedimentation (E & S) Coordinator, has received the 2018 Outstanding Floodplain Manager Award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management (GAFM). GAFM Executive Board Chair Michael Blakely of Chatham County and GAFM Coastal Regional Representative Tom McDonald of the City of Savannah presented the award at the April 17th Board of Commissioners meeting.

From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant; Commission Chair Jimmy Starline; Tom McDonald, City of Savannah; Camden County CRS, E & S Coordinator Scott Brazell; Michael Blakely, Chatham County; and Commissioner Ben Casey
Substantial Momentum for Spaceport Camden
as Draft EIS Comment Period Closes
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formally closed the comment period on the Spaceport Camden Draft Environmental Impact Statement on June 14, 2018. In the waning weeks of this comment period, a substantial number of supportive comments from influential voices throughout Georgia and the United States were submitted to the FAA. In particular, the entire Georgia Congressional delegation - including all 14 members of the House and both Georgia Senators - wrote in favor of the project. 

Camden County Earns National Achievement Awards
Camden County, Georgia has been recognized with two (2) Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. 

Camden County Receives Grant for Weather Stations
From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant, Commission Chair Jimmy Starline, Commissioner Gary Blount, Camden County EMA Director Chuck White, Grants Manager Julie Haigler, Commissioner Ben Casey, and Commission Vice-Chair Chuck Clark
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). The $4,672 grant will assist in purchasing and installing six weather stations.

Camden County Hosts Flag Disposal Box
From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant, Reid Fournet, Commissioner Ben Casey, and Commission Chair Jimmy Starline
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the placement of a flag disposal box next to the Tax Commissioner’s Office inside the Government Services Complex in Woodbine. Led by Reid Fournet, as part of his Eagle Scout project, flag disposal boxes are being placed across Camden County for residents to retire their worn, tattered, ripped, or soiled flags.

ABL Space Systems Visits Camden County
Camden County Joint Development Authority Executive Director, James Coughlin along with County Administrator and Spaceport Camden Project Lead, Steve Howard welcomed ABL CEO, Harry O’Hanley and CFO Dan Piemont to Camden County on Monday, May 7th, to review facilities and industrial sites for ABL’s future operations in Camden County. 

From Left: Dan Piemont, ABL Space Systems; James Coughlin, Camden County Joint Development Authority; Harry O'Hanley, ABL Space Systems; and Steve Howard, Camden County
Fireworks Safety
Camden County Fire Rescue Adds New Engine to Fleet
Camden County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce the latest addition to its fleet. A 2018 4-Door Freightliner E-ONE Pumper, Engine 17, recently came into service for the residents of Camden County. This is the fifth new fire engine purchased with SPLOST VII funds and it will be housed in Waverly at Station 17 in northern Camden County. 

Kingsland By-Pass Phase I Update
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) construction of the Kingsland By-Pass Phase I is making forward progress despite the recent rainfalls. At just over one year since the start of construction, the project is only slightly behind schedule due to the weather conditions.

The bridge section that Southern Bridge is constructing is progressing smoothly, thanks in part to their elevated work space. The utility contractors have had to fight the weather the most, but they are building momentum now that clearing and grubbing are both complete. Seaboard Construction has laid some asphalt on a few sections of the new mainline, and a few side roads.

We still have two years of construction left and everyone in the area is strongly encouraged to slow down and watch out for the crews and machinery.
Camden County Presents
Outstanding Community Service Award
At their June 12, 2018, meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners presented Outstanding Community Service Awards to siblings Braden and Lauren Bonney for the creation of the Elaine Bonney Little Free Library. Additionally, County Administrator Steve Howard presented two books to be added to the library.

From Left: County Administrator Steve Howard, Braden Bonney, Commissioner Lannie Brant, and Jennifer Poston Bonney
Camden County Receives Gold Award for
"2018 First Coast Healthiest Companies"
The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council and the Mayor’s Council on Fitness & Well-Being is recognizing the Camden County Board of Commissioners with a Gold Level Award for the First Coast Healthiest Companies. The formal recognition took place at the 10th Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference on April 25, 2018, at the University of North Florida. 

Jacobs Engineering Authors
'The Right Place at The Right Time'
Report on Spaceport Camden
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., one of the world's largest providers of technical, professional, and construction services has authored a feasibility study on Spaceport Camden titled “The Right Place at The Right Time.” Jacobs Engineering and its subsidiaries are intimately familiar with the space industry, currently serving as the prime contractor of NASA's Test and Operations Support Contract at Kennedy Space Center. 

Extreme Heat Safety
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) program has information about how you can prepare for extreme heat situations. Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

Independence Day Closures
Camden County Government Offices and Courts will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, for Independence Day. Offices and Courts will reopen with regular hours on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

The Camden County Landfills will be OPEN on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
Upcoming Board of Commissioners Meetings
The Camden County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on:

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Calendar for more dates and information.
Our Commitment to You!

Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

Camden County 2033 is the premier coastal community of Georgia-beautiful and safe.

Camden County 2033 gas a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World-Class Spaceport;
  • Space tourism; and
  • a Technology Corridor.

Camden County 2033 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.

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 and Vice-Chair, Chuck Clark

District 3, Commissioner and Chair, Jimmy Starline

District 4, Commissioner Gary Blount

District 5, Commissioner Ben Casey
Camden County Board of Commissioners
200 East 4th Street
P.O. Box 99
Woodbine, Georgia 31569