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Walker County Newsletter  Issue 46 - November 2020
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Tax Commissioner Office in Fairview Closed until December 1; Assessors Office Closed until November 23rd Due to COVID-19
 

The Walker County Tax Commissioner’s office in Fairview (2012 McFarland Gap Road) is closed until December 1st following a positive case of COVID-19 at this location. All team members at this location have been quarantined and the office has been deep cleaned.

Tag and tax related business can continue to be conducted in person at the main location in Rock Spring (122 Highway 95) and by mail or online at walkercountytax.com.

Those visiting the Rock Spring location will encounter additional COVID-19 safety protocols. Masks are now required to enter the lobby, parents should refrain from bringing children inside and staff members have been split into small teams to limit any further exposure.

The Rock Spring location is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The adjusted schedule is to provide staff time to process paperwork sent in by mail.

Meanwhile, the Walker County Assessors office in Rock Spring has closed to the public following a positive case of COVID-19. The office has been deep cleaned and will reopen to the public on November 23rd.

A handful of team members are coming into the office to answer phone calls at 706-638-4823 and e-mails sent to assessorsoffice@walkerga.us, so messages can be forwarded to the appropriate person.

The Assessors office is located at 122 Hwy 95 in Rock Spring on the second floor of the Walker County Local Government Services Building. The lower level of this building serves as the main office for the Walker County Tax Commissioner and the Walker County Planning Office.

Click here for the latest COVID-19 updates from walkercountyga.gov
Walker County Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auction
is November 21st
 

Walker County Government will offer for sale to the highest bidder over 70 items including cars and trucks, construction and landscaping equipment, and vehicle accessories this weekend.

The auction will be conducted by Potts Auction Company at the Walker County Road Department, 91 Industrial Boulevard in Chickamauga, GA at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Bidders may begin registering at 8:00 a.m. Due to COVID-19, face masks are recommended at this event.

All items are offered “AS IS” with no warranty or condition expressed or implied and no returns. Pictures and a list of vehicles and equipment available at this auction are available on the county's website.

Items must be paid for on the day of the sale. A 10% buyer’s premium will be added to all purchases. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, approve check or letter of credit from a bank. The buyer must make all arrangements and perform all work necessary to remove their items from county property on the day of the sale.

Items that will be auctioned off include: 2004 Freightliner M2 Business Class Rollback Truck, Four 2003 ford Ranger 4×4 Trucks, 1995 GMC Topkick 7500 Septic Tank Truck, 1999 Chevrolet 2500 4×4 Truck, 2001 Kawasaki Mule Diesel, Warren Spreader Bed, New Eagle Super Slicer, Allis Chalmers Forklift, John Deere Mower, Dixie Chopper Mower, Toro Mower, 1984 Chevrolet 3500 Service Truck, 1988 GMC 10 Ton Dump Truck, 2 Massey Ferguson Cab Tractors, International Ambulance, Onan Generator, Max Pac Cardboard Box Compactor/Baler, 1994 Dodge Ram 250 Van, Isuzu Utility Truck-Burned, Several Ford F150 4×4 Trucks, 1990 Chevrolet 3500 Truck with Lift Ramp, Several Sheriff’s Vehicles including 22 Ford Crown Victorias, 1 Dodge Intrepid, Several Ford Explorers, 2 Chevrolet Tahoes, and many other vehicles.

Walker County Government reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive formalities.

New Residental Development Planned off Happy Valley Road 

A new residential development is planned in northern Walker County. Hagaman Construction recently received approval for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) at the corner of Happy Valley Road and Battlefield Parkway. 

"What we're planning here is a nice, walkable community," said Ben Hagaman, President of Hagaman Construction. Early design plans call for nearly 500 houses to be constructed on the 167 acre property. Amenities include sidewalks, street lights, hiking trails, two multi-purpose fields, a dog park, and a playground and pavilion. "Although there will be a lot of houses, there's still a lot of green spaces around it," added Hagaman. 

The lot size is not to be smaller than 4,800 sq. feet and density will not exceed 3.5 units per acre.

The estimated cost of homes to be built in this development will range from the low to mid $200,000 range, potentially topping out in the low $300,000's. "The big cost of developing now is not in the land, but the infrastructure costs," said Hagaman.

Construction is expected to begin in 2021.

Filmed in Walker County, "The Farmer & the Belle: Saving Santaland" Makes its Screen Debut

A movie filmed primarily on location in Walker County, Georgia in 2019 hit the home video market this week. The Farmer & the Belle: Saving Santaland had a four year journey from development to script to screen.

“I felt like a fish out of water when I came to visit Jim on his family farm,” said Jenn Gotzon, who plays Belle Winters in the film. “I never saw pigs, or dealt with slop, chickens, goats, cows… and then the idea and the story started to bridge because Jim was showing my how to understand where my value lies and that really began the through line of the story and we wanted to make it as a Christmas movie, because everyone loves Christmas!”

The story follows a famous model who learns the true meaning of beauty when she returns to her childhood home in search of a lost bracelet. Along with journey, she reconnects with an old pen pal and helps the town save a Christmas festival.

Jim E Chandler, who plays farmer Josh Carpenter, knew he wanted to film in Walker County early on due to family connections and the beauty of McLemore Cove. He also wanted to bring the creativity of the micro budget and comfort of feel of a larger production to this experience. “We wanted to strive to make everybody who was going to be on our set as comfortable and as honored as possible.”

In addition to Gotzon and Chandler, The Farmer & the Belle: Saving Santaland stars Corbin Bernsen (Major League), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Natasha Bure (Home Sweet Home, Fuller House, The Voice), Delilah (nationally-syndicated radio host), Robert Amaya (Courageous, October Baby) and introduces Adele Chandler.

The Farmer & the Belle: Saving Santaland is available on DVD at major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, as well as video on demand and streaming services.

There will also be a public screening at the Walker County Civic Center on Friday, November 20th. Seating is limited due to COVID-19. Coronavirus related protocols will be in place, including the requirement of masks to attend. Tickets are only available in advance online through Eventbrite at the following links:

Walker County Government offices will be closed November 26th & 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Walker County Landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving and open for commercial customers only on Friday, November 27th. The landfill will resume regular hours on Saturday, November 28th.
Nickajack Road Stabilization Project Completed

Improvements to Nickajack Road, where a landslide occurred earlier this year, have been completed and the road has reopened to two lane traffic.

Walker County received a LMIG grant from the state to assist with the cost of repairs. The grant pays up to $400,000 or 70% of the cost of the project. GeoStabilization International (GSI) performed the work.

The McLemore Clubhouse Opens on Lookout Mountain 
 
McLemore, the mountaintop community featuring an 18-hole championship highlands golf course, opened the McLemore Clubhouse this month. It's the first newly constructed building in what will become a village center for the community and guests. 

Along with fine, chef-driven dining and premium gathering space, the Clubhouse offers members and guests a premium golf pro shop, as well as luxury shower and locker facilities.

In addition to the clubhouse, Valor Hospitality Partners plans to open the McLemore Resort in 2023. The Curio Collection by Hilton resort will feature 245 guest rooms and suites, 10,000 square feet of conference space, a spa, rooftop lounge and numerous restaurant and bar options.
James Cross Day is November 30th
 
November 30th is James Cross Day in Walker County! We are proud to celebrate this local veteran's 97th birthday. 

During World War II, Mr. Cross joined the Army at the age of 21, serving as a member of the 66th Infantry Division, commissioned into the European Theatre.

In combat, Mr. Cross held the rank of Private First Class, serving on a nine-man gun crew as a cannoneer, performing duties including loading, firing, cleaning, maintaining and operating a 105 MM gun during the Northern France Campaign.

After the war, Mr. Cross returned to McLemore Cove, married, had two daughters and purchased his own farm and dairy.

If you see Mr. Cross out and about with his dog Chuck, please thank him for his many years of service to our county and country.
Watch: 2020 Veterans Day program at LaFayette High School
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