March 28, 2020

Local Emergency Order for Unopened Take Out Alcohol Sales by Restaurants, On-Premises Licensed Establishments

This order has been put in place to help out restaurants struggling to get through this pandemic. This order will temporarily allow restaurants with on-premises alcohol licenses to sell unopened beer or wine for purchase along with to-go orders. Signed into law last night on March 27 by County Manager Williams, currently enacted, this will be ratified by the Mayor …

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March 17, 2020

ACC declares Local Emergency due to coronavirus

As of March 17, 3 cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been confirmed in Athens-Clarke County with 146 confirmed cases in the state of Georgia. Last night, the ACC Mayor & Commission declared a Local Emergency and put in place 2 important measures: – a 24/7 ban on gatherings of 10 or more people, not including employees, in restaurants, bars, and/or entertainment establishments or in …

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March 3, 2020

Pre-Arrest Diversion Program to Launch in Athens

Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (PAD) in Athens

A new Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) program will be rolling out in Athens-Clarke County. This new program will allow an individual to not be arrested or have any charges filed and instead fulfill a prescribed requirement(s) such as community service or taking GED classes.

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February 3, 2020

Supporting Artists & Musicians – District 5 Townhall – February 2020

District 5 Townhall - Supporting artists and musicians

Commissioner Tim Denson is hosting the February District 5 Townhall on how Athens-Clarke County can be using policy to better support our artists, musicians, and scenes. The townhall will take place at Rabbit Hole Studios (387 Old Commerce Rd, suite C) on Monday, February 24 from 6:00-7:30pm. Commissioner Denson will present on a few policy proposals he is working on …

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January 30, 2020

Public input open on Georgia Rail Plan

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is preparing an update to the State Rail Plan, which was last adopted in 2015. The Plan articulates Georgia’s vision, goals, and needs for freight and passenger rail service in Georgia. GDOT is asking for public input on the goals and focuses of the updated Rail Plan…including where city-to-city passenger rail should be potentially expanded …

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January 9, 2020

Request to create Low-Income Homestead Exemption passed by Athens-Clarke Mayor & Commission!

On January 7, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission unanimously passed a resolution formally requesting the creation of a homestead exemption for Athens homeowners with a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Commissioner Tim Denson worked with Mayor Kelly Girtz, Rep. Spencer Frye, and ACC staff to draft the resolution (which you can read at …

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