Due to the exceptional dry conditions and the forecast of high winds, fire conditions are High. This ban also includes camp fires, cooking fires and fireworks.
The ban will remain in effect until Pickens County receives significant rainfall, a shower will have little or no effect on the conditions.
We ask that all citizens of Pickens County follow this ban and assist use in preventing wildfires. (Posted 11/3/16)
Recent woods and brush fires could cause wild or stray animals to move into residential areas. Residents are strongly cautioned that contact with such animals could result in rabies exposure. Tell your children not to pet or have other contact with wild or stray animals. Very few wild or stray animals have or carry rabies but it is always best to leave them alone unless you or your pets are attacked. Never approach a wild or stray animal exhibiting abnormal behaviors such as appearing to be friendly, disoriented, sick or aggressive.
USDA Wildlife Rabies Surveillance found a raccoon two months ago in Whitfield County that was positive for rabies; no human or domestic animal exposure occurred. The USDA recently distributed oral rabies vaccine baits for wildlife in Whitfield County to reduce rabies in raccoons, foxes, skunks, coyotes and bobcats.
One of the easiest ways to protect your family is to ensure all pets have a current vaccination for rabies. These vaccinations are inexpensive and are very effective in protecting your pets and your family in the event of an encounter with a wild animal.
Report any potential rabies exposure such as a bite or scratch from a wild or stray animal to your Whitfield County Environmental Health Office for investigation and advisement. The phone number is (706) 272-2005. Contact with bats or finding a bat in your home should be reported immediately. The environmental health office can have animals tested for rabies if there is exposure.
Vaccinating your pets, avoiding contact with wild or unknown animals and teaching your children to avoid such contact will prevent rabies exposures. Human rabies treatments must be administered quickly after exposure and can be expensive.
For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.
*NOTICE: City of Nelson's Cherokee County Side Residents will pay their 2016 City Property Taxes when Paying their Cherokee County Property Taxes to Cherokee County. This is due to a consolidating agreement between Cherokee County and the City of Nelson. By doing so it reduces the paperwork, saves on cost and provides easier processing.
Next Council Meeting:
November 14, 2016 at 7:00pm
Nelson City Hall
1985 Kennesaw Ave.
Nelson, GA 30151
Persistent dry conditions have prompted the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to declare a Level 1 Drought Response in 53 counties including Pickens and Cherokee.
A Level 1 Drought Response requires that public water systems implement a public information campaign that shall include, at a minimum, public notice regarding drought conditions and drought-specific public service messages in one or more of the following ways: newspaper advertisements, bill inserts, website homepage, social media, and notices in public libraries. Implementation of this campaign should begin within five days of receipt of this letter.
A Level 1 Drought Response public information campaign should:
More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation
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Our staff is available during regular business hours to assist the public with applications for business license, code enforcement, municipal court, sanitation account establishment, payments, zoning, and all other items of business to be conducted with the City of Nelson.
City Hall Is Located At:
1985 Kennesaw Ave. Nelson, Georgia 30151
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. for lunch
To Partner With Our Community To Deliver Services, Preserve,
Protect And Enhance The Quality Of Life And Plan For The Future.
Our Leadership Team is committed to be fiscally responsible; to work in tandem with both Cherokee and Picken's Counties and neighboring governments; and always demonstrate integrity and respect in carrying out our shared responsibilities. We will strive to behave in a manner that reflects the above values with being accountable to our Citizens whom we serve and to each other in promoting a team spirit for the betterment of our City.