Thursday, April 19, 2018

4/20/19
OK, work all done.  Fortunately the 2 newly completed sections do not need any striping.  You might recall the last time work was done along that stretch and Keeter it was about 3 months before the lane markings got added.







ROAD WORK -  PROMINENCE PT PKY

I asked City of Canton how long the project would continue and the cost.  

It is a 2 day job, finished tomorrow.

Below is the reply.

Issue ID: 4354428
Submitted To: City of Canton
Category: Other

Neighborhood: Canton

City of Canton Director of Public Works wrote:

"This project is being completed using the extra quantities (tons of asphalt) from the 2017 splost paving project. 

When these jobs are bid, the quantity is a calculated but when we get in the field we usually find that we were a bit short or a bit over on our exact calculations. 

In this case we had quantities remaining and were able to use that quantity to fix the troubled areas on Prominence Point. 


The total for the 2017 Splost paving project was approximately $1.2 million (to pave multiple streets throughout the City, not just Prominence). The project is scheduled to be completed tomorrow."

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Starting 4/19 and ending 4/20 is the repaving some sections of the north side of these roads. One way traffic for now.










4/14/18
In 5 weeks the primary election will be held.  I have already voted by mail, but for only 2 of the offices.  Obviously in the general election I will vote for all the offices.

One office I did vote for was Cherokee County Solicitor General.  I really don't know much about what this office does and neither candidate goes into any worthwhile explination except to say they want the job.

So I did a bit of research and turned up some info which is below.  I still don't have all that I want and have reached out to learn about how the office is staffed, the budget and what individual positions pay.  I will post that when/if it becomes available.  

THE SOLICITOR GENERAL'S OFFICE:


•   Prosecutes misdemeanor cases and violations of the county code in State and  Magistrate Court, such as Simple and Family Violence Battery, Simple Assault, Stalking, Driving Under the Influence, Shoplifting, Abandonment of Minor Child and Criminal Trespass.

•    Conducts bench trials, jury trials, and hearings in state court and represents the State in appellate matters.

•    Negotiates pleas and may refer appropriate cases to Pretrial Intervention or Diversion Programs, when eligible, in lieu of a criminal conviction.

•    Provides information, resources and support to victims of crime.

•    May recommend sentences of up to twelve (12) months in jail, and up to $1,000 in fines and probation. ($5,000 for High and Aggravated Misdemeanors)                              

•    May investigate charges, meet with the arresting officers, victims and interview witnesses to prepare for court proceedings.

•   Prosecutes cases bound over from Municipal Courts in other Fulton County jurisdictions.

•    Handles administrative hearings for welfare fraud and child abandonment cases.

Additional information as to the types of cases going through the Solicitor General’s office;

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence
The Solicitor’s Domestic Violence Unit investigates and prosecutes misdemeanor cases of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault and special victim’s cases. The DV Unit also helps victims who are trapped by violence and provides programs and resources to help prevent future incidents of abuse.  Our goal is to stop violence not break up families.  

Victim Witness
The Victim Witness Assistance Program is comprised of advocates who inform and offer crime victims and associated witnesses emotional support and services during the aftermath of crime and guidance through the Criminal Justice System.


Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Agencies
The Office of Solicitor General works alongside county, city and state law enforcement agencies ensuring that offenders are fairly prosecuted in order to preserve safety and peace for all citizens of Cherokee County.

The Office of Solicitor General also assists in training law enforcement agencies with current and newly enacted state statutes and local ordinances, providing case law updates and provides legal consultation for law enforcement officers initiating misdemeanor warrants and citations.

Traffic Prosecution Unit

The Solicitor’s Traffic Unit prosecutes all misdemeanor traffic offenses cited by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, as well as cases from the Georgia State Patrol which occur not within the jurisdiction of Canton, Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Woodstock Municipal Courts. 


Municipal traffic cases that are bound over to State Court are prosecuted along with other non-traffic related misdemeanor cases and are not part of the Traffic Court Program.


Contacting the Office of the Solicitor General about Traffic Citations
- The Solicitor’s Office cannot speak with defendants prior to arraignment
- Defendants must appear before the court and be advised of their rights by the Judge
- At arraignment defendants may request a Pre-Trial Conference and speak to a Solicitor
- Please bring with you to court any documentation you feel may help resolve the case


Rescheduling Court Dates
- The Solicitor’s Office cannot assign new court dates nor give permission to come late to court. 
-Only at the Judges’ discretion may the Clerk of Court issue a new court dates.

Misc:  Who I voted for in the Republican Primary 

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SENIOR  DISCOUNTS  FYI:

 Eating Out

If you don’t feel like cooking be sure to turn to these places for good senior dining deals. From fast food to steak restaurants, our compiled restaurant list will definitely help you make your choice.

Keep in mind that deals may vary at participating locations and can change without notice.

■ McDonald’s: discounts on coffee and beverages (55+)
■ Whataburger: free drink with purchase of a meal, depending on location (55+)
■ Wendy’s: give free coffee or other discounts depending on location
■ Piccadilly Cafeteria – 10% discount with “Prime Time for Seniors” card
■ IHOP – 10% discount (55+) and a menu for people aged 55 and over at participating locations
■ Golden Corral: Senior discount varies by location
■ Krispy Kreme Senior Discount: 10% off (50+) (age and discount varies depending on location)
■ Perkins Restaurants: Fifty-Five Plus menu Offers special deals (55+)
■ Subway: 10% off (60+) varies by location
■ The Old Spaghetti Factory: Spaghetti Factory “Senior Menu” offers discounted list of menu items
■ Uno Pizzaria & Grill: “Double Nickel Club” 25% off on Wednesday (55+)
■ Sizzler: Offers “Honored Guest Menu” (60+) varies by location
■ Papa John’s Senior Discount: check with your local stores (no standard senior discount policy)
■ Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors (55+)
■ Friendly’s Restaurants: 10% off meal w/ free coffee at breakfast or free small sunday during non-breakfast hours
■ Fazoli’s: Join “Club 62” for special senior menu items (62+)
■ KFC: free small drink with any meal depending on location (55+) some locations give 10% discount from bill
■ Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)
■ Burger King: 10% discount on purchase depending on location (60+)

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                                                                                  Hotel Rooms

If you want to settle down for the night someplace away from home you can be sure to get a discount at Marriott, Comfort Inn, Motel 6 and more.

Keep in mind that discounts may vary and change without notice.

■ Marriott – 15% discount (62+). You can book online or call and ask for the senior discount
■ Red Roof Inn – option of “senior rate” when you book online, may not be available for all locations
■ Choice Hotels – 10% discount if you book in advance (60+)
■ Hyatt Hotels – up to 50% off in participating locations. To qualify for this deal you have to make a reservation in advance and book for two people (60+)
■ La Quinta – varying offers at participating locations (65+). Book online or call and ask for senior discounts
■ Omni Hotels – varying offers at participating locations (55+)
■ Motel 6 – 10% discount (60+). Call and book over the phone in order to get discount
■ Wyndham Hotels – varying offers at participating locations (60+)
■ Hampton Inns & Suites – 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance

You can find more senior hotel discounts by using Booking.com to look for your next hotel room.

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CANTON  CANDIDATES  OWE  STATE  $

24 candidates for  Canton City Council owe the State of Georgia for not filing their required Campaign Financial Reports as required by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission)

This list of Late and Non-Filers is found on the State site at:

The site notes that:
 “Information found through searches on this web page may be inaccurate due to miss-entry or non-entry of data by filers or local filing clerks or due to delays due to entry of report information when the report was not filed electronically.”





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REMEMBER TO VOTE MAY 22nd

This is the Primary where you can select who you want to run in the general election for your party.  It isn't to late to get an 'absentee ballot', anyone can use this.

I sent off my vote 2 days ago.

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HOLLY  MILL  VILLAGE  DRIVE
66 Homes on this street.  

Average Resident Age:  51
Average Income:  88.9 K
Average Property Value:  $199 K
82% White

See some info on the various properties at this site:
https://www.spokeo.com/Holly+Mill+Village+Dr+Canton+GA+addresses

Spokeo is a pay site but offers teaser info with a lot of  ****’s, but even so you can do some basic research on this or other streets.  

Costs to sign up run between $8 to $14.

For my property the info seems to be correct.

RE: Citi Data
Here is another site with lots of data about Holly Mill.  I have this on my site already but it way down the blog, easier to just click on here:  http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Holly-Mill-Canton-GA.html

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FACEBOOK - Interesting FB sites you might want to look at
    I have a few FB accounts but I never paid much attention to details about how things work at BFB, in fact I still don’t.

    On one of the Fox programs this morning one comment was made about 2 FB sites that people should be aware of.


    I took a look at both and will probably spend some time blundering around them looking at stuff.


    You might want to take a look also, maybe bookmark them for later or hit 'share' and pass the info on to others:






The 'Mail In' ballots are out.  Below is the ballot for the Republican Primary of May 22nd.

There is still time to sign up for and obtain one of these mail in ballots.




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Looks like some work this summer on the deteriorating Prominence Point Parkway!

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From: consumer2014@aol.com
To: nick.estes@cantonga.gov
Sent: 4/6/2018 8:46:13 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: Re: From one of you campaign donors - action needed for Prominence Point Pky/Keeter Rd area


Good to hear from you Nick!

Since I emailed you the site ‘SeeClickFix’ has had this below input on the subject of that section of Prominence Point Parkway.

Seems that sometime next month the ‘Paving List’ will be before the Council for approval.

Perhaps you can help get that both put through and nudge them to see that the Prominence Point Parkway is high enough up the list that it gets done this summer.

The referenced ‘base failure’ of the roadway indicates that this might be a larger job and sometimes these get put off while the lesser jobs get the more immediate attention as they show results faster.

Here is the reply FYI:
“City of Canton Director of Public Works (Verified Official)
The work order that was issued was to put a temporary patch in the pot holes to keep the road passable. This road will be on our 2018 Paving list that will be presented to City Council in May, and will then be paved as quickly as possible from that time. The road obviously has a base failure that will require that section to be removed and built back from the base layer. Hopefully this answers your questions. We definitely understand your frustration and we are working to get this handled with a permanent solution.
04/05/2018"

From:
3 of the 4 Holly Mill subdivisions use that stretch of roadway, probably 500+ homes of the 663 in the 4 phases of HM, so it is an important project for us.

Thanks for the assist on this!

Bill Harris

In a message dated 4/5/2018 5:51:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, nick.estes@cantonga.gov writes:
Mr Harris…
Good to hear from and thanks for reaching out.  I’m sorry that it took a few days to get back to you…I just got back in to town.  I will be at the council meeting tonight and will follow up with Billy, our city manager to understand where we are.  Thanks again for reaching out.
Nick






From:   consumer2014@aol.com
To:   nick.estes@cantonga.gov
Sent: 4/2/2018 3:37:32 PM Eastern Standard Time


Subject: From one of you campaign donors - action needed for Prominence Point Pky/Keeter Rd area



Dear Councilman Estes:

Although this 'fix' is being looked into by the City, as a donor to your campaign ($200), I would like your assurance that the City takes the matter seriously.

Having our Councilman take a good look should make a big difference in getting things taken in hand.

Work has been done on this stretch of road before but it seems to be ineffective in getting us a decent roadway.  I and a lot of Holly Mill folks drive on it every day.

Did the contractor do a bad job?  Use inferior materials?

Anyway, Nick, this stretch of roadway needs a good look and then a more permanent fix than what it has been getting.

Can you please ride herd on this issue and make sure the City gets the matter some attention and a fix that will last longer than a few months.

Bill Harris (aka:  Davey Crockett)
110 Holly Mill Village Dr, Canton


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593-643 Prominence Point Parkway Canton, Georgia  Show on Map

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The roadway was re-surfaced recently (4-5 months ago?). I am surprised that it is already badly crumbling. I have no doubt that the potholes will re-appear. I thought this was supposed to be a permanent fix. Am I incorrect? In addition, the potholes just south of this area are already coming back. Isn't it about time for a permanent fix for this area?

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3/26/18
VOTE BY MAIL
Primary is May 22nd.
Don't stand in line to vote, get your Vote By Mail Application, fill it in and mail, fax or email it back so you can have them send out your Vote By Mail ballot.

In Cherokee you can call 770 479 0407 and ask for the ballot application to be sent (or print out the one pictured). See the website at voter.cherokeega.com.

In Cobb you can call 770 528 2581.

These applications can be filled out and either mailed back, faxed or scanned/emailed.

The Economic Policy Institute broke down how much it costs families to live in each county in America. See how yours fared.By Kristal Dixon, Patch Staff |  | Updated 






















Here's How Much You Need To Earn To Live In Cherokee County



















CANTON, GA — Cherokee County is one of the more expensive places to live in Georgia, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The organization recently released its 2018 family budget calculator that estimates how costly it is to live in each of America's 3,142 counties and 611 metro areas.
The group estimates a family of two adults and two children in Cherokee, would need to earn a combined $80,278 per year — or $6,690 a month — to live comfortably. Here's how the group breaks down that number:
Housing: $1,059 per month
Food: $782 per month
Child Care: $980 per month
Transportation: $1,242 per month
Health Care: $961 per month
Other Necessities: $743 per month
Taxes: $924 per month
Compared to the metro Atlanta area, that might seem a tad bit more expensive. To live in the metro area, that same family would need to earn a combined $78,717 per year, or $6,560 every month, to "attain a modest yet adequate standard of living," the organization said.
The family budget calculator accounts for geographic differences in cost of living, but does not include many expenses associated with a middle-class lifestyle, including student loan payments or saving for college or retirement 
"Our Family Budget Calculator goes beyond traditional measures like the poverty line to paint a detailed picture of what families need to get by," EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould said in a release. "The latest update provides even greater detail on how costs vary throughout the country. It is above all else a tool for policymakers to advocate for ways to raise wages and make their communities more affordable."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, San Francisco ranked first in the nation as the most expensive metro area with a basic budget of $148,439 a year for a two-parent, two-child household. On the flipside, that same household would only need to earn $58,906 to live comfortably in Brownsville, Texas, the least expensive metro area in the country.
The group noted that many low-wage workers don't make enough money to adequately provide for their family's basic needs. Even after adjusting for higher state and city minimum wages, the group said, there is "nowhere in the country" where a minimum-wage worker would earns enough.
"It's clear from our analysis that, even in less-expensive areas, many families will struggle to meet their basic needs," said research assistant Zane Mokhiber. "The good news is we have many different ways to remedy this, from a higher minimum wage to ambitious child care reform. Policymakers should draw on a range of tools to help people meet the needs laid out in the Family Budget Calculator."
Click here to go to to the calculator. You can change the number of adults and children to see exactly what your household needs to earn to live comfortably in your county.
Patch reporter Dan Hampton contributed to this report
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Davey Crockett   3/22/18  added 2 new photos.
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CHEROKEE COUNTY - REMEMBER TO VOTE IN THE COMING PRIMARY (May 22nd)
I had a visit today from Mrs. Sarah Hobson who is running for the post of Cherokee County Solicitor.
She provided me with some election materials regarding her run in the Republican primary for Solicitor. The current occupant is retiring and 2 people are running in the Republican primary.
Mrs Hobson is an attorney with a local practice and seemed like a good choice so I had her put up a yard sign also. See http://sarahforsolicitor.com/home/
Her visit reminded me to call the Voter Registration Office (770 479-0407) and ask for an absentee ballot for both the primacy and the general election. Took about 3 minutes to take care of this.
Years ago I stopped the BS of having to drive to and from a polling place, stand in line and then show some retired KGB border guard my ‘govt issued ID’.
Note: Oregon is one of the 2 states that votes entirely by mail. No standing in line for them. Too bad it isn’t that way in Georgia.
Anyway, no matter who you vote for, now is the time to phone the Voter Registration Office and arrange for your ballots for the primary and later the general election.

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THE SOLICITOR GENERAL'S OFFICE:


•   Prosecutes misdemeanor cases and violations of the county code in State and   Magistrate Court, such as Simple and Family Violence Battery, Simple Assault, Stalking, Driving Under the Influence, Shoplifting, Abandonment of Minor Child and Criminal Trespass.

•    Conducts bench trials, jury trials, and hearings in state court and represents the State in appellate matters.

•    Negotiates pleas and may refer appropriate cases to Pretrial Intervention or Diversion Programs, when eligible, in lieu of a criminal conviction.

•    Provides information, resources and support to victims of crime.

•    May recommend sentences of up to twelve (12) months in jail, and up to $1,000 in fines and probation. ($5,000 for High and Aggravated Misdemeanors)                              

•    May investigate charges, meet with the arresting officers, victims and interview witnesses to prepare for court proceedings.

•   Prosecutes cases bound over from Municipal Courts in other Fulton County jurisdictions.

•    Handles administrative hearings for welfare fraud and child abandonment cases.

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