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 103-2018
Message from the County Administrator
As we remain in hurricane season, it is important to stay aware of potential tropical activity. All Camden County residents are strongly encouraged to sign-up for the CodeRED emergency notification system to receive emergency messages. Recently, the Camden County Emergency Management Agency implemented a new re-entry system to use in the event of an evacuation. Please review the new re-entry system in addition to the 2018 Hurricane Guide linked below.  
On September 4th, the Camden County Board of Commissioners was able to rollback the county’s property tax rate from 13.94 mills to 13.405 mills, providing a tax cut to most homeowners for their 2018 tax bill. 

Camden County departments and employees have once again been recognized for their hard work and achievements. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has once again recognized Camden County with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Also, County Clerk Katie Bishop has completed coursework to become a Georgia Certified Clerk.

Under the leadership of Chief Terry Smith, Camden County Fire Rescue has received a grant to host an Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course and a grant to send EMTs to Paramedic School. Additionally, the department is using new cardiac monitors. All of these steps improve the service to Camden County citizens and visitors. 

Wishing you a happy Fall!

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Camden County Emergency Management Agency Implements New Re-Entry System
The Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is implementing the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s (GEMA/HS) new statewide re-entry system and certification process. The new re-entry system and process for certification are for essential response personnel seeking access to a restricted area following a disaster in Georgia.

Camden County Board of Commissioners
Formally Votes to Lower Millage Rate
Following through on a commitment made in August, the Camden County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a rollback of the county’s property tax rate at their September 4, 2018, regular meeting. The property tax cut gives most homeowners a break on their 2018 tax bill. This approximate four percent rate reduction is due to an increase in property values and the Board of Commissioners-approved budget. 

City of Kingsland Fire Chief Terry Smith Appointed to Lead Camden County Fire Rescue
At their regular meeting on August 7, 2018, upon recommendation of the County Administrator, the Camden County Board of Commissioners approved an Intergovernmental Services Agreement with the City of Kingsland for Fire and Rescue Management shared services. This agreement facilitates Kingsland Fire Chief Terry Smith to serve as Fire Chief of Camden County Fire Rescue.

Important Dates for November 6, 2018, General Election
The deadline to register to vote in the November 6, 2018, General Election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. The Georgia My Voter Page (MVP) will allow you to register to vote, check your registration status, and view a sample ballot.

Advance In-Person Voting for the election will begin at the Board of Registrars Offices (200 E. 4th Street) in Woodbine on Monday, October 15th. You may participate in Early Voting from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, October 15 - November 2, 2018.

Opportunities for Advance In-Person Voting in Kingsland (Driver's License Office, 333 S. Ashley Street) and St. Marys (Salvation Army, 1915 Osborne Road) begin Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Advance In-Person Voting is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Kingsland at the PSA Recreation Center (1050 Wildcat Drive), in St. Marys at the Salvation Army and in Woodbine at the Board of Registrars Office.
Wireless Emergency Alert
The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system sends a message through your mobile carrier. A message box will appear on your phone with a loud tone and vibration. This is different from a text message and your phone number will not be shared with anyone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are conducting a national test of this system on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 2:18 p.m.

WEA messages include Presidential Alerts (sent by FEMA), AMBER Alerts, and Emergency Alerts for extreme weather and other threats. No action is needed on your part for the test. Learn more at: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
Camden County Fire Rescue
Place New Cardiac Monitors into Service
Camden County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that eight (8) new cardiac monitors are now in ambulances serving Camden County. These state-of-the-art cardiac monitors/defibrillators replace older model units and allow Camden County Fire Rescue to continue performing advanced life support activities.

Special Delivery
In late August Camden County Sheriff's Office E-911 Center Communications Officer Michelle Malanga answered a call from John Pine, explaining that his wife, Brittney, was about to give birth to their second child more quickly than anticipated.

Using her experience and training as a Communications Officer, Malanga dispatched a Camden County Fire Rescue EMS unit and assisted the Mr. Pine through the birthing process. Nine minutes after the start of the call, the Pine family welcomed Grayson Charles. After her shift ended, Malanga took the opportunity to visit one of Camden County's newest residents. Congratulations to the Pine family and join us in thanking Communications Officer Michelle Malanga, Camden County Fire Rescue, and the E-911 Center for all of the work they do for our community.
On Right:
Communications Officer Michelle Malanga, Grayson Charles Pine, Brittney Pine, and John Pine
On Left:
Grayson Charles Pine
Camden County Board of Commissioners Create
Spaceport Camden Education and Workforce Subcommittee
Earlier this summer, the Camden County Board of Commissioners created a new Education and Workforce Subcommittee of the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee. The Education and Workforce Subcommittee will be comprised of local educators, university and technical college representatives, and aerospace experts. 

Unincorporated Camden County
Ditch and Right-of-Way Review
As a result of this year’s excessive rainfall, with over 40 inches in some parts of the county, combined with the past two hurricane events, Camden County Public Works Department has reviewed several drainage systems within the county rights-of-way. Throughout this process, multiple locations were identified with encroachments of the county right-of-way which may cause drainage impairments and consequent public health and safety concerns. 

Streamlined CodeRED Contract to Save Citizens Thousands
The Camden County Board of Commissioners, the Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the City of Kingsland, and the City of St. Marys announced a restructuring of existing CodeRED contracts in an effort to save taxpayers thousands of dollars, eliminate duplicative services, and streamline the delivery of emergency notifications. A single, county-wide contract is now in place with the emergency notification system to deliver geographically targeted, time-sensitive information to Camden County residents and visitors.

Sign-up for CodeRED online at www.camdencountyga.gov/codeRED.

Camden County Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Camden County by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Camden County Fire Rescue Receives
Assistance to Firefighters Grant
The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). This funding will give CCFR the opportunity to send approximately twenty (20) Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) to paramedic school. 

Camden County Residents Encouraged to Take Action during National Preparedness Month
Throughout the month of September, Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urged all Camden County citizens to take time to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. With the theme of “Disasters Happen; Prepare Now; Learn How,” the goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship. 


Visit the Camden County EMA Facebook and Twitter pages for tips and information.
Kingsland By-Pass Phase I Update
Weather has played a major role on the Kingsland By-Pass Phase I. Since construction began 19 months ago in February 2017, 145 days have been impacted by rain and associated delays. Contractors have been creatively working with the damp conditions to increase productivity where possible.

Temporary ramps on I-95 have been opened, so please be aware of the different locations as you enter or exit at Laurel Island Parkway. The new east bound bridge section has been constructed, but traffic will not be moved to that side at the current time. New lane construction has been done in a few places on both ends of the project.

There is still a year and a half of construction left, so please slow down and watch out for the crews and machinery as you travel through the area. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) shares work zone safety information on their website.
U.S. Coast Guard Request for Comments
The Coast Guard is seeking comments from interested persons regarding a proposal to establish safety zones on the navigable waterways in the vicinity of the proposed Spaceport Camden, near Woodbine, Georgia during rocket tests, launches, and landing operations. The proposed safety zones would be necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by rocket launches and landings, and by various rocket tests.

Public comments will be accepted through October 11, 2018. Learn more...
Camden County Receives Coastal Incentive Grant
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a Coastal Incentive Grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the United States Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The $60,436 grant will be used to implement a Rise Ready education and outreach program, as well as create an online flood hazard decision support tool for Camden County Residents.

Camden County Fire Rescue Receives Grant for
Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course
The Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS) has awarded Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) a grant to help pay for an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) course. This program is made possible by State of Georgia funding provided through the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission. 

Georgia Certified Clerk
Join us in congratulating County Clerk Katie Bishop on becoming a Georgia Certified Clerk. This program is through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Clerks Education Institute and required 101 hours of course work.
Pictured from Left: Deputy County Administrator Shawn Boatright, Commissioner Lannie Brant, Commission Vice-Chair Chuck Clark, Katie Bishop, Commission Chair Jimmy Starline, and Commissioner Ben Casey.
Fall and Winter Holiday Closures
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Camden County Government Offices and Courts will be closed on the following dates in recognition of holidays:

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Veterans Day - Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Christmas - Monday, December 24 - Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Upcoming Board of Commissioners Meetings
The Camden County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on:

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Calendar for more dates and information.
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 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.


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 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
912-576-5601
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