Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

Besides considering approval of a new LOST distribution agreement, Stephens County Commissioners will hold two public hearings at their meeting later today.

The county commission is scheduled to meet beginning at 5 p.m. today at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

Commissioners will first hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the nuisance ordinance at 5 p.m.

The proposed changes were first introduced last month.

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers says that the proposed changes will make the ordinance both more detailed and stringent than what is currently on the books. According to Ayers, the proposed changes to the ordinance also include an increase in the penalties for violations of the ordinance. Under the proposed update, the fine for violating the nuisance ordinance would increase from $500 to $1000 per violation and the maximum jail time allowed under the ordinance would go from 60 to 90 days.

After the nuisance ordinance public hearing, the county commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed consolidation of Stephens County’s voting precincts into a single voting precinct.

In August, Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley proposed consolidating Stephens County’s voting precincts into a single vote center where all county residents would go to vote if voting on Election Day. She has proposed that location to be the Senior Center.

That proposal requires no commission action. However, county commissioners did unanimously endorse the idea in August.

The work session to discuss agenda items will immediately follow the public hearings and the business meeting, where commissioners take action on the agenda items, will immediately follow the conclusion of the work session.