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ATTENTION ORPHAN COUNTIES in NEGA.
Are you interested in receiving in state station programming?
The STELAR Act of 2014 opened the pathway for local governments to request
satellite market modifications for their communities. The Federal
Communication Commission (FCC) adopted the final rules in the fall of 2015
and formalized the process in 2016. Over the past year, Franklin County and
neighboring orphan counties have been working diligently to follow each step
of the required process and collect the necessary information to meet the
statutory requirements for the petition. We are now anticipating that
comments of county residents will be considered heavily in the FCC’s
analysis of our petition.
While we have heard from many of our citizens, it is important that we
formalize these comments and concerns. We are asking for your help by
completing a short survey regarding in-state programming. The survey is
open to residents in Franklin, Hart, Stephens, and Elbert. The survey may be
accessed through the link below:
In addition, we have set up an email to receive any Franklin County
citizen’s comments in regards to Franklin County and market modification
petition. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also
send your comments via mail to Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Attn:
FCC Petition, PO Box 159, Carnesville, GA 30521. Your input may become part
of our submission to the FCC.
POTENTIAL CHANGES TO COUNTY POULTRY REGULATIONS
The Planning Commission is proposing revisions to the Zoning Regulations of Franklin County pertaining to poultry operations. The proposed revisions include increasing the minimum building setback requirements and restricting poultry operations in certain areas of the County.
The Planning Commission public hearing has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Franklin County Justice Center located at 7085 Hwy. 145.
The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing for all who have an interest in these applications on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the same location.
For additional information, please contact the Planning Director at 706-384-2483.
Please use the links for additional information: Notice of Public Hearing, Planning Commission Recommendations and Recommended Character Areas.
Georgia EPD Elevates Drought Response Levels, Franklin County Declared Level 1
Faced with worsening drought conditions in about three-fourths of the state, along with water supply concerns in some areas, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared it will raise the state’s drought response to Level 2 in 52 counties and impose a Level 1 Drought Response in an additional 58 counties.
Before declaring a drought response, the EPD monitors climatic indicators and water supply conditions to assess drought occurrence and severity. Drought indicators that are closely monitored include rainfall, volume of water in selected streams, groundwater levels, reservoir levels, short-term precipitation forecasts and soil moisture. This information is used to guide the state’s response to drought.
According to the statement from the EPD, the third week in November marks the 21st week of continuous severe drought in northeastern parts of the state. As of November 17, 2016, Franklin County has been assigned a Level 1 Drought Response status.
The state’s drought response is centered on the ability of public water systems to supply adequate amounts of water. The Franklin County Water System is a blended system that utilizes sources of groundwater and surface water. At this time, we feel our system has ample ability to supply adequate water to our customers. However, it is important for us to collectively be good stewards of our water resources. During our drought response, we are encouraging customers to conserve water when possible.
• Examples of ways to conserve water and be good water stewards:
– General outdoor watering is allowed only between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
– Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home.
– Don’t leave the tap running when shaving, brushing teeth, and face washing.
– Only water your landscape when necessary. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
Please use the links for additional information: EPD News Press Release and Drought Response Map.
Additional information from the Department of Natural Resources can be found at
In order to foster transparency The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has made the Franklin County Employee Handbook available to the public.Learn More