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 104-2019
Message from the County Administrator
Your county government is diligently planning for a productive and promising 2020. In December, the Board of Commissioners and county staff began work on the 2020-2025-2035 Strategic Plan and the Camden County Action Agenda for 2020. I look forward to sharing more with you about this after the Board of Commissioners formally adopt the updated strategic plan in early 2020.

As you read below, take note of the recent investments in Camden County Fire Rescue, including SPLOST VII funding, grants, impact fees, and unincorporated fund dollars.
Camden County's employees are one of our greatest assets. Earlier this month we recognized the 44 employees that reached a milestone anniversary in 2019. The 615 years of service to Camden County is a remarkable accomplishment from these public servants.

As we start the new year, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities to serve on the Planning Commission or the Public Service Authority (PSA) Board. Additionally, as we move into 2020, you will begin to hear more about the 2020 Census and its importance for our community.

I wish you the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy a safe and happy New Year! I look forward to continuing to work with you to bring positive changes to Camden County in 2020.

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Camden County Employees Recognized
for Years of Service and Excellence
Camden County Employees were recognized for their years of service at a ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, that also included the announcement of two recipients of the Camden County Shining Star Award. Those recognized for their service included 44 employees that reached a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40 years of service milestone in 2019.  
Camden County Tax Commissioner's Motor Vehicle Department

The Shining Star Award offers Camden County employees the opportunity to spotlight the great work accomplished by a co-worker, department, or team of colleagues. This award recognizes and illustrates excellence as a County value. This year both an individual and a department were selected as the 2019 Shining Stars. Jeannie Pierce of Camden County Fire Rescue and the Camden County Tax Commissioner’s Motor Vehicle Department were selected as the 2019 Shining Stars.

From Left: Chairman Jimmy Starline, Vice-Chair Gary Blount, Jeannie Pierce, Commissioner Ben Casey, and Commissioner Lannie Brant
2019 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
 Winners Announced
From Left: Landscape, Joanie Branistareau; Sunrise/Sunset and Nature/Wildlife Eric Walter; and Transportation, Tati Feige

The Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest. This year twenty seven entries from eight applicants were submitted in the following categories: Landscapes, Nature/Wildlife, Sunrise/Sunset, and Transportation. Through a blind judging process a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photograph was chosen from each category, and an overall winner was selected. 

From Left: Tati Feige, Eric Walter, and Margaret Fogel
Commissioner Lannie Brant Recognized
as Certified County Commissioner
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) recently honored District 1 Commissioner Lannie Brant for completing requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy. Commissioner Brant and other recipients were presented with their achievement certificates during the 2019 Legislative Leadership Conference at The Classic Center in Athens-Clarke County for successfully completing the core requirements to become a Certified County Commissioner.

Camden County Fire Rescue Adds Over $1 Million in Upgrades
Engine 12

Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) is pleased to announce over $1 Million in new upgrades for the benefit of Camden County residents. With the recent addition of a new engine to its fleet, the acquisition of six (6) fixed generators through Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds, and the new Firehouse 18 in the Tarboro area of northwest Camden County, CCFR is continuing its commitment to provide excellent service to the citizens of Camden County. 

From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant, Assistant Chief Charles Lowther, Chief Terry Smith, Vice-Chair Gary Blount, Chairman Jimmy Starline, Grants Manager Julie Haigler, Commissioner Chuck Clark, Captain Lisa Boyett, and Commissioner Ben Casey
Camden County Outlines Decision to Refocus FAA Review of Small Launch Vehicles
Camden County is nearing completion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) process for approval to build a commercial space launch site. In coordination with the FAA, Camden County’s application has been revised to focus solely on small launch vehicles, which are the types of vehicles manufactured by commercial entities that are expressing the highest interest in operating from Spaceport Camden. Small launch vehicles generally pose fewer environmental and safety concerns, which is of utmost importance to Camden County.  

Camden County Awarded Certificate of Achievement
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. 

Complete Count Committee Meets
Camden County and the Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine have joined with community partners to form the Camden County Complete Count Committee (CCC) for the 2020 Census. Along with Camden County Chamber of Commerce, Camden County Schools, College of Coastal Georgia Camden Center, McKinney Medical Clinic, Tribune & Georgian, and the Camden Connection, local governments are working to ensure that every resident of Camden County is able to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census. 

Camden County Seeking Applicants for
Public Service Authority Board
The Camden County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Camden County Public Service Authority (PSA) Board. The PSA Board is comprised of nine (9) members appointed by the Board of Commissioners, and the Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine. The members shall include the elected official or appointee of the City of Kingsland, the City of St. Marys, and the City of Woodbine and the elected official or appointee for Camden County. Each city council shall appoint one resident from their respective city to serve on the PSA Board and the county board of commissioners shall appoint two residents of the county to serve on the PSA Board.


Camden County Releases Government Guide
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to release the Camden County Government Guide. This online-only, interactive guide explains the role of county government departments, Constitutional Offices, and selected regional and state-wide entities. 


Kingsland By-Pass Phase I Update
Construction continues to move forward on the Kingsland By-Pass Phase I with the visual barrier at Laurel Links nearing completion. Work is progressing on the new northern section of the I-95 Exit 6 Interchange Bridge as the decks are being poured now.

There are still approximately ten (10) months of construction left on Phase I. Please be aware of changing traffic patterns and SLOW DOWN as you travel through the construction area. As we seek to make you aware of the construction, we need drivers to look out for the construction workers every day. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) shares work zone safety information on their website.
Camden County and FAA Agree to Toll Licensing Decision Clock as Application Progresses
The Camden County Board of Commissioners and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have agreed to toll (pause) the statutory 180-day review period for the Camden County Launch Site Operator License (LSOL) application to allow for modifications to the application. 

Holiday Curbside Collection Schedule
Curbside Collection service for unincorporated Camden County residents will be delayed by one day after Christmas and New Year's Day.

For residents living inside one of the municipalities in Camden County, you are encouraged to contact your city for any schedule changes.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Awarded to Camden County
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding. The $73,832.50 award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) will be used for the purchase and installation of fixed generators to ensure the continuity of critical services during power outages. 

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 3 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.


Sgt. Jay Thames Recognized as Employee of the 3rd Quarter
At their October 1, 2019, regular meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners recognized Sgt. Jay Thames as Employee of the Quarter. This selection was made by the Camden County Government Employee Recognition Committee after receiving nominations from Camden County employees. 

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
2020 Census-Check Your Mailbox in March 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau is a nonpartisan government agency and the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They are dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade they take a count—or a census—of America’s population. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790 and the next count is in 2020. Learn more on the 2020 Census Website.

Check your mailboxes in March for your chance to complete the 2020 Census!
CodeRED Notification System
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. Texting "CamdenCodeRED" to 99411 is an additional method to enroll in CodeRED.
St. Marys River Water Quality Improvement Grant Continues
From Left: Commissioner Lannie Brant, Commission Vice-Chair Gary Blount, Commission Chair Jimmy Starline, Grants Manager Julie Haigler, Commissioner Chuck Clark, and Commissioner Ben Casey

The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that it is once again a recipient of a Section 319 (h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant. The $212,000 funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resource —Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will continue the clean-up efforts already in progress in the Horsepen Creek area of the St. Marys River. 

Camden County Solid Waste Holiday Closures
Please note that all Camden County Landfills will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and will remain closed through Christmas Day. Landfills will open with regular hours on Thursday, December 26, 2019.

All Camden County Landfills will also be closed for New Year's Day on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, and regular schedules will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Employment Opportunities
Check out the Employment Opportunities page on the Camden County website to learn more about open positions and apply online.

Visit www.camdencountyga.gov/jobs for more information.
Winter Holiday Closures
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Camden County Government Offices and Courts will be closed on the following dates in recognition of holidays:

  • Christmas - Tuesday, December 24 - Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Presidents Day - Monday, February 17, 2020
Upcoming Board of Commissioners Meetings
The Camden County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on:

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 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 2034 is the premier coastal community of Georgia-beautiful and safe.


Camden County 2034 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 2034 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 and Chair, Jimmy Starline

District 4, Commissioner and Vice-Chair, 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