Walker County Newsletter  Issue 13
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In this issue:
  • Commissioner Meetings Move to a New Location
  • NEWSLETTER FIRST: The Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day Returns in May
  • Development Updates: McLemore & Food City
  • Animal Care Ordinance Public Hearings This Month
  • County Offices Will Be Closed on Monday, May 28th
  • Quick Hits
Commissioner's Meetings Move to New Location

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield's meetings will move to a new location this month. The Commissioner's regularly scheduled meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, will now take place at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

Many residents know this building as the old Kitchens Clinic or the former Tag & Tax office. The building underwent an emergency renovation to house the Public Defender's office, Drug Court and other judicial services. Those government functions had to be relocated after the Walker County Judiciary Annex was deemed unsafe, following the collapse of a nearby building in LaFayette’s downtown square.

Meetings will take place in the courtroom, which has seating for over 70 community members. The building also has ADA compliant bathrooms and additional parking.

The first meeting in the new location will be on May 10th, which will also include a Public Hearing on the revised Animal Care Ordinance.

Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day Returns May 19th!

The overwhelming success of last fall's tire amnesty day event prompted county officials to ask the state to green light a sequel. On May 19th, the Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day will return to the Walker County Landfill from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and newsletter subscribers are some of the first to learn the details!

Car and light truck tires with wheel sizes 20 inches or less will be accepted, as well as ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tires. All tires must be dismounted from any wheels and free of debris. Tires with rims and large truck, tractor or heavy equipment tires will not be accepted.

This event is only for the public, not for commercial businesses. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or current utility bill, will be required to dispose of tires for free during the amnesty event. Those participating will also be required to unload their own tires.

Properly disposing of scrap tires helps eliminate mosquito breeding sites. The wet spring has provided mosquitoes with plenty of locations to lay their eggs. A female mosquito only needs an inch of standing water to lay a batch of over 100 eggs. More mosquitoes this summer could hasten the spread of West Nile Virus. Commissioner Shannon Whitfield hopes by removing thousands of old tires from the community we will cut down on the mosquito population. 

Last fall, the community cleaned up 5,543 tires. Walker County hopes to collect a similar number this spring. Tires will be sent to an approved recycling center and turned into industrial fuel or rubber mulch for landscaping and playground applications.

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to get a notification to see highlights from our first Retire Your Tires Amnesty Day event 

Development Updates:
McLemore Joins Hilton; Food City Breaks Ground
The McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain will join the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio when it opens in 2020.

The upper upscale hotel, conference center and spa will offer 180 rooms and over 10,000 square feet of conference space set within a more than 800-acre mountaintop golf resort development.

“We estimate more than 200 direct employment opportunities will be created, along with hundreds of secondary jobs thanks to this resort," said Commissioner Shannon Whitfield. "Many of these positions will offer pay above the current per capita income in Walker County. The McLemore Resort represents a tremendous opportunity for economic growth in northwest Georgia.”

Developers, county leaders and community members gathered in April at The Course at McLemore to break ground on the renovation of the 18 hole golf course, redesigned by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin. "One of our goals is to make the golf course more playable," said Bergin. "We're going to make it feel bigger, broader, like you have more room to navigate your room around the golf course. And that does start with greens complexes. So, you're going to see all new greens complexes, all new bunkering. It will create a situation where you feel like you've got a brand new golf course. It will be familiar, yet different."

Also in April, Food City broke ground on a new shopping experience on Mission Ridge Road between Chickamauga and Rossville. The state of the art supermarket will feature an in-store bakery/deli with a hot food bar, full service meat and seafood departments, rapid checkout service, a pharmacy with drive-thru access and a three pump Gas ‘N Go fueling station.

Food City will also create 50 to 70 new jobs in Walker County when this location opens this summer. Those positions will be in addition to workers who were relocated during the reconstruction phase. “We were very concerned about what we were going to do with them. It gave us an opportunity to take them to some newer stores, with more amenities in them, like this store will have when it opens, and get them some training,” said Steve Smith, President and CEO of K-VAT Food Stores, the parent company of Food City.
Public Hearings Set for revised Animal Care Ordinance

Continuing this administration's commitment to being open and transparent, Walker County released a draft version of revisions to the Animal Care Ordinance online prior to meetings for public discussion on the topic.

This open approach to government is meant to encourage greater citizen involvement in the process of improving how the county operates.

About 80 people attended the county’s first public input session in January, before work began to update the ordinance that addresses the welfare of dogs and cats in our community.  Suggestions from the first meeting included making owners responsible for not securing their dogs, limiting the number of animals allowed in residential areas and changing the rabies vaccination rule to recognize the three-year shot.

On May 1st, over 200 people attended a second public input session. 40 residents provided feedback on the draft, which served as a starting point before a final version of the ordinance is considered. The second draft is available for review online at

Formal public hearings will be held on May 10 and May 24 at 6 p.m. before the Commissioner's regularly scheduled meetings. In case you skipped over the earlier article, Commissioner meetings are now being held at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

All Walker County Government offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th.
Quick Hits
Walker County is observing "Pet Health Awareness" week with special pricing at the animal shelter. There are also a number of rabies clinics planned for Saturday, May 5th.

Saturday, the adoption fee on shelter dogs is just $25. Dogs and cats can be vaccinated for $15 cash at three locations during Saturday's rabies clinics.

Walker County Emergency Services (WCES) received a $2,700 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

The grant will fund the purchase of a new Sparky the Fire Dog costume, which will be used at schools and community events to promote fire prevention in Walker County.

The 28th Annual Boxcar Memorial Bluegrass Festival wraps up on May 5th at Mountain Cove Farms Resort. This event features Monroe Crossing Bluegrass, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and many, many others. Ticket information and a schedule of events can be found online.
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