LOCAL MONITORING OF COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS
We care deeply about the safety of our citizens and our employees. Franklin County has been working to improve customer service areas and implement protocols to reduce the spread of contagious illnesses, including COVID-19. Some areas are still under construction and will remain closed until the completion of the work.
The following is a list of building openings. Please contact a specific office if you have questions.
- Board of Commissioners OPEN – beginning Monday, May 4
- Tax Commissioner OPEN – beginning Monday, May 4
- Tax Assessor Temporarily closed due to construction; call for service
- Elections Office OPEN – beginning Monday, May 4
- Senior Center CLOSED – to congregate activity
- Justice Center OPEN – for limited service; call ahead
As we prepare to “Revive a Health Georgia” in accordance with the April 23, 2020 Executive Order, we are asking for the public’s help in reducing possible exposure. This includes:
- Transact business with the county offices via website, telephone, drop box, or by appointment
- Practice “Social Distancing” by ensuring 6 feet distance between persons
- Limit the number of persons in customer service area/lobbies to the number posted
- Do not enter any building if you have any symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or have been in close contact with a person who is ill
- Follow all recommendations by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health
Preventative actions are being employed with public health and safety in mind. We must all share in this responsibility by implementing social distancing and practicing common sense infection control.
Please see the Georgia Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard for the latest status (updated at midnight each day): https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-department-public-health-covid-19-daily-status-report
- BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT REOPENING OF COUNTY OFFICES
- APRIL 23, 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER: REVIVING A HEALTHY GEORGIA
- APRIL 20, 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR KEMP
- UPDATED FRANKLIN COUNTY SERVICE CLOSURES UPDATE: APRIL 14, 2020
- EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ENSURE A SAFE & HEALTHY GEORGIA
- STATEWIDE SHELTER IN PLACE HANDOUT
- JOINT PRESS RELEASE – EXECUTIVE ORDER: FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSION AND MAYORS
- JOINT PRESS RELEASE – EXECUTIVE ORDER: “SHELTER IN PLACE”
- FRANKLIN COUNTY SENIOR CENTER AND RECREATION SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
- EMPLOYEE MEMO
- GEMA PRESENTATION
- UPDATED FRANKLIN COUNTY SERVICE CLOSURES POSTER: MARCH 17, 2020
- UPDATED FRANKLIN COUNTY SERVICE CLOSURES UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020
Practicing personal health and hygiene actions are key in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses. Franklin County recommends following the Center for Disease Control guidelines:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discard the tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and practice “social distancing.”
- Get a flu shot! A flu shot won’t protect against COVID-19, but if you do get the flu, your symptoms will be less severe, easing the burden on health care facilities
Georgia Department of Health encourages us to stay calm and be prepared. Prevention is the best course of action. Additional information can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
For more information on the Franklin County School System’s response to COVID-19 visit: https://www.franklin.k12.ga.us/
For information on Emmanuel College, visit: https://ec.edu/community-health/
COUNTY BUILDINGS CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS
FRANKLIN COUNTY BOC OFFICE
- During this unprecedented time, organizations, businesses, and communities are continuously adjusting to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Preventative actions are being employed with public health and safety in mind. We have been charged with doing our part to “flatten the curve”. We must all share in this responsibility by implementing social distancing and practicing common sense infection control. Effective March 17, 2020, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office closed its building to the public as a precautionary measure to help prevent/slow the spread of COVID-19. The office closure has been extended through April 30, 2020 in harmony with Governor Kemp’s Executive Order, extended Executive Order, and our Community Initiative to implement “social distancing” to the extent possible.
- Effective today, March 17, 2020, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office will be closing its building to the public as a precautionary measure to help prevent/slow the spread of COVID-19. This will remain in effect through April 30, 2020. The COVID-19 situation is fluid and all closures will be reviewed/modified as information and recommendations are updated.
- The Board of Commissioners office will continue to operate with modified services to minimize in-person contacts. We are dedicated to providing essential services to our citizens and supporting our public safety personnel during this time. We will still have staff available to answer calls during our normal hours from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at 706-384-2483. Together, we will determine the best approach for service delivery. If in-person contact is necessary, we will schedule a time for you to come to the office so that exposure to staff and other citizens is limited.
PERMITTING & ZONING
- Building Permit and all Zoning applications can be found online at www.franklincountyga.gov/planning-and-zoning/
- For any questions, please call 706-384-2483 for Scott or Rocky
- Setback and Manufactured Home Inspections will continue at this time
OCCUPATIONAL TAX (BUSINESS LICENSE)
- Occupational Tax applications may be found at www.franklincountyga.gov/board-of-commissioners/
- Applications and/or payments may be mailed or you may deposit into the 24-hour drop box at 141 Athens Street, Carnesville (please do not deposit cash). Approved business licenses will be mailed.
- Pleases call 706-384-2483 for any questions
FRANKLIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT:
- IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Franklin County Health Department will only be providing essential services at this time. Please call (706) 384-5575 if you have questions.
- World Health Organization Information on COVID-19 – Advice for the Public
FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS: WATER, ROAD, SOLID WASTE
- Water bills may be paid online at www.franklincountyga.gov
- 24-hour drop box is available at 141 Athens Street, Carnesville (please do not deposit cash)
- If you are not sure of the amount owed, please call 706-384-3318
- Water forms and applications are located at www.franklincountyga.gov/water-department/
- For inquiries or request for service for road and solid waste, please call 706-384-2483
FRANKLIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT: Updated March 23, 2020
- The Clerk of Superior Court’s office is open but with restricted/limited access until at least May 13, 2020. Please call (706) 384-2514 for further instructions or questions.
- Court for March 30, 2020 has been cancelled
- Court for April 14 and April 20 has been cancelled.
- Grand Jurors and Traverse Jurors are released from their summons to appear. Jury duty has been cancelled. Court has been cancelled for the month of April.
FRANKLIN COUNTY PROBATE AND MAGISTRATE COURTS
Please be advised that there will be temporary changes on our delivery of services as we continue to keep abreast of CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 14, 2020 the Supreme Court of Georgia Declared a Statewide Judicial Emergency, affecting all courts in the State as it relates to all judicial proceedings. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-62 this order suspends, tolls, extends, and otherwise grants relief from all deadlines. This order shall terminate on May 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., unless otherwise extended.
Many of our services continue to be available online and by mail. If you have any questions or an emergency matter, please call us at 706-384-2403. Emergency matters include, but not limited to:
- Petition for Emergency Guardianship of an Adult
- Other legitimate emergency petitions or motions
- Order to Apprehend
- An Urgent need for a Vital Record.
- Marriage License Application (completed on-line and appointment made and only if the marriage is to take place before April 13, 2020) (consider delaying this process)
If you are currently a Franklin County Georgia Weapons Carry License holder and your permit is set to expire, your license will remain valid for thirty (30) days after April 13, 2020. Upon request, we will issue a temporary permit via email that will extend the license from the date of the issuance of the temporary renewal license, please email our clerk at email@example.com
All traffic court arraignments set for April 2nd & 3rd have been postponed until June 11th & 12th. May 7th & 8th Court dates have been continued to July 9th and 10th. Payments may still be made by calling 1-800-262-0128, www.EZCourtpay.com or mailing a money order directly to the court.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to explore ways to provide service utilizing technology so as to limit person to person contact so as to aid in the fight against further spread of the virus.
FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT
- All spring programs have been cancelled and facilities at Rock Ford Park will remain closed until further notice.
- APRIL 24, 2020 FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT UPDATE
FRANKLIN COUNTY SENIOR CENTER
- Building is closed to public/congregate meals and activities until further notice.
- Home-delivered meal routes (Meals on Wheels) will continue for as long as staffing and volunteer capacity allows
FRANKLIN COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS AND COMMISSIONERS OFFICES
- The Tax Assessors’ office is open to the public. In response to COVID 19, we are observing social distancing in our lobby with only 2 individuals in the area at the same time.
- The Notices of Assessment were mailed on 05/12/2020. We will be out in the field reviewing appeals.
- Due to the COVID 19 we will not be knocking on doors. We will be in a vehicle with the Franklin County Emblem. Should you have any concerns about someone on your property or, if you have any questions, you can contact our office at 706-384-4896.
FRANKLIN COUNTY ELECTIONS & VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE
The Franklin County Elections & Registration office is open to the public. In response to COVID 19, we are observing social distancing in our lobby with only 2 individuals in the area at the same time. Please call our office at (706) 384-4390 if you need assistance or have questions.
Many of our services are available online and by mail. If you have questions or need assistance, please call our office at (706) 384-4390.
- If you need to check to see if you are registered to vote, you may contact the Elections Office during normal business hours, Mon-Fri 8 am until 4:30 pm at (706) 384-4390. Or you may go online to: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
- If you need to register to vote, please contact our office by phone and we will mail out the necessary paperwork or you may go online to https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button
- You can request an absentee ballot by mail for any reason. You may access the application at https://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/Absentee_Ballot_Application_2018.pdf Please indicate the date of the election at the top left of the application along with making a party ballot selection which is located below the application title. These applications may be submitted by scanning and emailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org , faxing to (706) 384-3506, or by mail to: P.O. Box 313, Carnesville, GA 30521. Be sure to sign the application. Digital signatures cannot be accepted. If you have further questions, please give us a call at (706) 384-4390.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are working to provide services utilizing technology so as to limit person to person contact so as to aid in the fight against further spread of the virus. For more information visit: https://www.franklincountyga.gov/elections-registrations/
UGA EXTENSION – FRANKLIN COUNTY
Please be advised that the Extension Office is closed to the public. The County Extension Coordinator asks that citizens call first. Site visits are being done while maintaining social distancing. 4-H Programming is taking place via Zoom and Distance Learning. Please call our office at (706) 384-2843 if you need assistance or have questions.
To learn more about travel advisories, please visit the website for US Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs
FACT SHEETS AND RESOURCES
FRANKLIN COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
- COVID-19 Guidance – Restaurants & Food Service: Please see the attached UPDATED guidance for restaurants received from the State. Please read this document in full as it outlines procedures for Employee Health and Closure of Dining Rooms. Operations are to be shifted to take-out/drive thru/delivery. The number of customers allowed inside the establishment must be limited to no more than 10 at a time if they come to pick up an order. (See “Protect Your Customers” section of the document). Also, there must be clearly marked waiting areas that allow customers to remain at least 6 feet apart while picking up their food.Please understand that this is a directive from the Health Authority per page 2 of the document to be in effect until further notice. We will update you as the situation progresses and additional guidance is received. For more information, you may refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health webpage at https://dph.georgia.gov/ If you have any questions, feel free to call the Franklin County Environmental Health Office at 706-384-5575 Ext. 4. Thank you for your continued diligence and cooperation at this critical time.
The Franklin County Health Department and the Franklin County Extension Office performs water quality testing. The available tests vary by agency. Please contact these offices for more information about the type of tests available and the related pricing.
For private well owners concerned with the potential for creosote in ground water, the Monitoring Program recommended that the following major chemicals in creosote be included in well testing:
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)