HART COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
2019 Annual Report to Members
MONTHLY MEETINGS in 2019 covered a variety of topics. Question and answer sessions at the conclusion of each meeting provided a forum for members and the public to address speaker(s) regarding specific issues of concern or clarification of points discussed.
Financial Self Defense – Chris Caldwell, Highland Trust Partners – January
District Attorney, Parks White – Video program of illegal activities – February
State of Hart County – Sheriff Mike Cleveland & Commissioner Marshall Sayer – March
St. Mary’s Hospital (Lavonia) Current Information – CEO, Jeff English - April
Dept. of Natural Resources – Brandon Pierce, Hartwell area Game Warden – May
Landscape Information for Hart County Residents – John Shearouse, owner of Shearouse Nursery & Landscaping – June
Corps of Engineers Excessive Rate Increases for Permits – Legislative representatives and Corps representatives spoke and answered questions – August
Update on Corps Fee Increases & Where does School Tax Money Get Spent – Power Point presentation by HCPOA President, Mike Buckel – September
Scams in Hart County – Dennis Cobb, Hart Telephone Co.; Captain Chris Carroll, Hart County Sheriff’s Dept.; and Anthony Davis, Hartwell Chief of Police – October
Christmas Safety – Anthony Davis and Lt. Ed Starks, Hartwell Police Dept. – November
UNEXPECTED HOT TOPIC OF 2019. In June 2019, holders of boat dock or land-based facilities in the South Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers received written notice of a revised fee schedule beginning January 1, 2020. Basically, all shoreline permits would change to a flat-rate system. Under the revised fee schedule, the cost for a new dock or facility permit would increase from $400 to $835 and the cost for a re-issue permit would increase from $175 to $835. Between June and the end of October: 1) Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced an amendment in the House Appropriations Committee that would have banned the fee increase, but the committee did not act upon it. 2) Twice, five members of Congress wrote to the Corps requesting specific information about how the increase was justified but did not feel their questions were sufficiently answered, and 3) Congressman Doug Collins met with General Holland from the Corps . Following this meeting implementation of the fee increase was delayed for further study.
In August nearly 200 citizens attended our HCPOA meeting on this issue. Five legislators sent representatives: Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, Representatives Doug Collins, Jody Hice, and Barry Loudermilk. Corps representatives were Sandy Campbell and Aaron Wahus .
It was a very informative, animated meeting! Our legislators were paramount in getting the delay of this massive fee increase, but we expect it to reappear in some form. We will let you know!
See a brief summary of this and other meetings under the Highlights tab of our website hcpoa.info
PLANS FOR 2020. We have some brand new meeting topics for the coming year which should be quite informative, as well as thought provoking and worthy of discussion. Watch for our meeting notices via our Constant Contact emails to members and meeting notices in the Hartwell Sun.
Thank you for your support,
HCPOA Executive Board