Early voting for this year’s General Municipal Election will begin this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Gordon County Board of Elections & Voter Registration Office, located at 215 North Wall Street in Calhoun.
The election involves several posts up for grabs in the City of Calhoun, City of Fairmount, City of Plainville and Town of Resaca.
An important Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) vote is also on the ballot. This SPLOST is not new; if passed it will simply be a continuation of the SPLOST currently in place. SPLOST projects laid out by Gordon County and the local municipalities on this ballot include:
Gordon County: Funding capital outlay projects consisting of: public works projects including road and bridge improvements, annual paving, equipment purchase, resurfacing projects, improvement, repairs or replacement to Mt. Olive Road, Boone Ford Road, and, other roads, bridges or capital infrastructure; public safety vehicles and equipment; renovation and equipping of government administration buildings; renovation and equipping the E911 facility; renovate, construct and equip Sugar Valley Fire Station; land acquisition, design, construction and equipping an Agricultural Facility and economic development projects; improvements to Parks and Recreation including renovations at Salacoa Park; development of greenways and trails; improvements to Sonoraville recreation facility; and to acquire land, design, construct and equip Youth Sports field(s) on the west side of the County; construction and equipment for a new evidence building and morgue; renovation, expansion and equipment for records retention; renovations to the Sugar Valley Community Center.
City of Calhoun: Funding public safety projects consisting of: police body cameras, fire department vehicle extraction equipment, police station debt repayment; funding recreation projects consisting of a new gym with indoor walking loop, tennis court improvements, dog park, trail system expansion throughout Calhoun, playground equipment, Oostanaula boat ramp improvements, maintenance equipment; funding public works street milling and resurfacing, public works equipment, completion of Peters Street, recycling building and equipment, maintenance equipment for cemetery, parks, and animal control, sidewalk repair and expansion, additional sidewalk access to all city schools; funding utilities to repair and replace various sewer infrastructure.
City of Fairmount: Funding capital projects consisting of: public works projects for city streets to include widening, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, storm drains, shoulder repair, street maintenance and equipment, repair and replace culverts and parking lots; new construction or renovation of municipal buildings including equipment and fixtures; recreation facilities or equipment; and, water and sewer projects.
City of Plainville: Funding capital improvement projects consisting of: sidewalks; road improvement or repair; recreation; improvements or repair to City Hall and Fire Department; and, maintenance and repair to city property.
Town of Resaca: Funding capital projects consisting of: a new town hall; public works for roads and streets; and, expansion of sewer service.
Seats up for grabs this election cycle are:
City of Calhoun:
For City Council Post 3, incumbent councilman Matt Barton will face former Calhoun councilman George Crowley.
For City Council Post 4, former Calhoun councilman Ray Denmon, former Gordon County commissioner Alvin Long and Ed Moyer have all qualified to run for the post being vacated by David Hammond.
For Calhoun City School Board Post 1, only local photographer Andy Baxter is running, the post being vacated by current school board member Alvin Long.
For Calhoun City School Board Post 2, incumbent Rhoda Washington will see no opposition, as well as Calhoun City School Board Post 3, where incumbent David Scoggins was the lone qualifier.
City of Fairmount:
Incumbent Fairmount City Council member Steve Fain qualified for Post 1 and incumbent Fairmount City Council member Jim Dodd qualified for Post 3; if no one qualifies as a write-in candidate for Fairmount City Council posts, there will be no election. Deadline for write-in candidates is Friday, Sept. 1.
City of Plainville:
Incumbent Plainville City Council member James Miller qualified for Post 3 and incumbent Plainville City Council member Frances Fossett qualified for Post 4; if no one qualifies as a write-in candidate for Plainville City Council posts, there will be no election. Deadline for write-in candidates is Friday, Sept. 1.
Town of Resaca:
For Resaca Town Council Post 3, Michael Austin, Randy Barron and Mitch Reed will all vie for the post.
For Resaca Town Council Post 4, incumbent Sandra Adams will see no opposition.
For more information on this year’s General Municipal Election, visit www.gordoncounty.org, where sample ballots can also be found.