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03/26/20 STATEMENT FROM THE OCONEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGARDING LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners has issued a Local Emergency Order under the Emergency Management Ordinance, in accordance with Governor’s Kemp’s executive order, which remains in effect through April 6. The Oconee County Emergency Order will take effect at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26, and remain in effect until Monday, April 6, at noon. When Governor Kemp issued a state-wide state of emergency, Oconee County’s Emergency Management Ordinance was activated, placing Oconee County in a local state of emergency.

During this state of emergency under this order:

  • Restaurants and other eating establishments within Oconee County will cease offering dine-in and/or outdoor/patio service, and may continue to prepare and offer food to customers through delivery, takeout, and/or drive-thru service only. This is in accordance with guidance provided by the Department of Public Health: https://www.oconeecounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/9985/COVID-19-Guidance-for-Restaurants_3232020-.
  • All persons ordered by the Department of Public Health to isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place within their homes or place of residence shall comply with such executive order or administrative order. In accordance with the Governor’s executive order, the following populations are specifically included: residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities, those with chronic lung disease, individuals undergoing cancer treatment, those with confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus, or those who have had contact with an individual diagnosed with Coronavirus.
  • No business, establishment, corporation, non-profit, or organization shall allow more than ten people to be gathered at a single location, unless individuals can maintain six feet of separation at all times. This applies to all businesses and organizations, including gyms.
  • All residents of Oconee County are strongly urged to remain at home unless they are engaged in necessary and vital business. We encourage all citizens to follow CDC and national taskforce recommendations on limiting groups to no more than ten people, maintaining at least six feet of separation and utilizing drive-through, pick-up, or delivery options for food.

We urge all residents to remain in their home except to conduct vital business. With the closure of restaurant dining areas, park recreational fields and additional businesses such as movie theaters closing, Oconee County no longer has areas of significant public gathering. We support Governor Kemp’s order and we will work to make the order successful. The restrictions on gatherings of groups larger than ten and the requirement of social distancing with a six-foot minimum will, along with the order for medically fragile individuals to shelter in place, help prevent the transmission of this virus, especially to those who are most vulnerable. We have and will continue to collaborate with other governments in the region, including Barrow, Jackson, Walton, and Gwinnett, to develop a regional strategy to combat COVID-19 and support Governor Kemp’s Executive Order.

Please continue to visit our website www.oconeecounty.com and our social media channels for updates on this evolving situation. Please also sign up for CodeRED emergency updates at: https://tinyurl.com/oconeega.

Complaints about restaurant operation can be directed to Environmental Health at 706-769-7060.

Parks:

All use of recreational fields and courts at Oconee Veterans Parks, Herman C. Michael Park, Bogart Sports Complex and Heritage Park, including soccer, softball, baseball, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf and playground is prohibited. Staff have posted closure signs on the facilities. Park walking trails will remain open provided social distancing requirements are maintained. Additionally, patrons in parks are required to adhere to national recommendations of limiting groups to a maximum of ten people and maintaining six feet of separation. All other pickup recreation games in park spaces are also prohibited. Failure to comply with these rules after staff enforcement may result in being banned from all Oconee County parks for a period of one year.

Restaurants and Businesses:

We want the community to continue to support local businesses, but in a responsible manner. The Tourism and Visitors Bureau has developed an evolving list of restaurants offering drive-thru/pick-up/delivery options to limit social interactions. Please see the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/107016329327480/posts/3396839740345106/?d=n

Additionally, we will be waiving penalties on late Occupational Tax Certificates until May 1 and deferring payment of alcohol excise taxes until September 1.

Solid Waste Collection Site/ Recycling Centers:

All Oconee County solid waste collection sites/recycling centers have been operating on a limited schedule since Friday, March 20. The sites will be open for self-service on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In order to limit contact between sanitation personnel and the public, attendant assistance and Pay-As-You-Throw bag sales will be unavailable at these locations. You can still purchase PAYT bags at retail locations (grocery stores and convenience stores).

Please do not leave trash or other items outside the gate when the sites are closed. Also, make sure to dispose of your items in the proper bins. Please do not mix trash with the recycling!

In order to maintain enough storage space for everyone, we ask that you limit your use to disposal of normal household items only.

The following direct links for common transactions may be helpful:

Pay water bill: https://www.oconeecounty.com/498/View-andor-Pay-your-Bill

Renew vehicle registration: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov/_/

Pay property taxes: https://oconeecountyga.governmentwindow.com/tax.html

Pay traffic ticket: https://www.ezcourtpay.com/Tix/Default.aspx

Sign up for CodeRED notifications: https://tinyurl.com/oconeega

In response to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the Water Resources Department is temporarily halting the disconnection of water service for non-payment.

As always, you may also email or call county staff with questions; departmental and staff contact information is available on our website.

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.



Oconee County BOC Issues Local Emergency Order

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners has issued the Local Emergency Order below in response to COVID-19:

Local Emergency Order No. 1

WHEREAS, beginning in late 2019 the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, SARS-CoV-2, emerged causing a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, which has now become a worldwide pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp signed an order declaring a State of Emergency for the State of Georgia which activated the Oconee County Emergency Operations Plan and enabled emergency powers under the Oconee County Emergency Management Ordinance allowing the County to quickly and appropriately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the same manner as a declaration of a local emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the President of the United States in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread; and

WHEREAS, these guidelines contain recommendations on how to protect oneself from the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations such as avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people for fifteen (15) days; and

WHEREAS, Oconee County has strongly encouraged all restaurants, entertainment venues, public gathering areas and similar establishments to take voluntary measures such as closing or modifying operations to help slow the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 03.23.20.01, which requires the Department of Public Health to order that certain specific higher risk populations to shelter in place for fourteen (14) days; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 03.23.20.01 further orders that no business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any other person; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the Oconee County Emergency Management Ordinance as activated by the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners is granted the ability to exercise such powers as may be deemed necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian populations during an emergency; and

WHEREAS, I believe that it is necessary to support recommendations and the Governor’s Order, where the public gathers and where social distancing recommendations cannot be maintained, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oconee County in order to help protect the health and safety of the residents and businesses of Oconee County; and

WHEREAS, Regional cooperation would be beneficial in establishing uniform guidelines across multiple counties to combat the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Neighboring counties of Barrow, Jackson, Walton and Gwinnett have discussed enacting similar orders; and

WHEREAS, I further believe that it is necessary to require social distancing measures where businesses, corporations, non-profit entities, and other organizations continue to operate to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oconee County; and

WHEREAS, the results of previous county action and this order eliminate public gathering locations in Oconee County such as recreational fields, restaurants, and other businesses with more than ten people; and

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Chairman of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners by the Oconee County Emergency Management Ordinance and other local and state law;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

(1) In compliance with Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants and Food Service, Restaurants and other eating establishments within Oconee County cease offering dine-in and/or outdoor/patio service. Such establishments may continue to prepare and offer food to customers through delivery, takeout, and/or drive-thru service.

(2) Cafeterias or on-site dining services in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar facilities within Oconee County following previously issued state and federal public health guidelines shall not be subject to closure requirements of this Order.

(3) The Governor’s Executive Order No. 03.23.20.01 is hereby incorporated by reference herein, such that:

a. All persons ordered by the Department of Public Health to isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place within their homes or place of residence shall comply with such executive order or administrative order. In accordance with the Governor’s executive, the following populations are specifically included:

i. Those persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility;

ii. Those persons who have chronic lung disease;

iii. Those persons who are currently undergoing cancer treatment; and

iv. Those persons included in any Department of Public Health Administrative Order.

b. All businesses which possess a license to operate as or otherwise meet the definition of “bar” as defined in Official Code of Georgia Section 3-1-2(2.1) shall cease operation.

c. No business, establishment, corporation, non-profit, corporation, or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or to be seated within six (6) feet of any other person.

(4) The County Administrator shall be authorized to utilize personnel and resources to support compliance with and to assist in the enforcement of this Order.

(5) Given the matters set out in this Order and the nature of the declared emergency, I strongly encourage all residents of Oconee County to remain at home unless they are engaged in necessary and vital business.

(6) The provisions of this Order shall be effective beginning March 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. and shall expire on April 6, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.


Governor Kemp Issues Executive Order to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 and Environmental Health Limits All Restaurants to Take Out, Drive Thru, or Delivery Only

Governor Kemp’s executive order, which takes effect today, March 24, at noon and will remain in effect for fourteen days, requires certain individuals to shelter in place, places limits on large gatherings, and closes all bars and nightclubs. 

In addition, the Environmental Health Office is closing all restaurant dining rooms and limiting service to take out, drive thru, or delivery only. To report violations or for more information, call the Oconee County Environmental Health Office at 706-769-7060. Do not call 911, as this will overload the emergency system. Please see the document “COVID-19 Guidance - Restaurants & Food Service” for specific guidance to restaurants available at: https://www.oconeecounty.com/…/COVID-19-Guidance-for-Restau…

The Governor’s order requires individuals in a high-risk group to self-isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place in their residence. This group includes residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities, those with chronic lung disease, individuals undergoing cancer treatment, those with confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus, or those who have had contact with an individual diagnosed with Coronavirus. Oconee County also strongly encourages all individuals to follow this advice to limit social interactions.

In addition, no more than ten people may gather at any business or other establishment unless individuals are able to maintain at least six feet of separation at all times. This applies to all businesses and organizations, including gyms. All bars and nightclubs are also required to close, though Oconee County does not currently have any of these establishments within its county limits. 

The Department of Public Health has the authority to close any business or organization that does not operate in compliance with this order. 

We have been asked why a local declaration of emergency has not been enacted for Oconee County. Under our Ordinance, a declaration of emergency for the state by the governor automatically puts Oconee County in a local state of emergency.

The public may continue to conduct county business through the website www.oconeecounty.com or by calling or emailing county staff while Oconee County Government buildings remain closed to foot traffic. Contact information for staff and departments is available on the website. For updates on Oconee County’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.oconeecounty.com/1142/Novel-Coronavirus

Oconee County Government will continue to provide essential public safety, emergency response, and water and sewer services. Individuals who need to visit the Clerk of Courts office should call ahead to 706-769-3940. Upon arrival at the courthouse, individuals who have called ahead may call the Clerk of Courts office from their cell phone, and a deputy will admit them. 

The following contact information and direct links for common transactions may be helpful:

Oconee County Website
www.oconeecounty.com

Clerk of Courts
• Telephone: 706-769-3940
Finance Department
• Telephone: 706-769-2944
• Email: financedept@oconee.ga.us
Planning & Code Enforcement
• Telephone: 706-769-3910 (Planning)
• Email: druark@oconee.ga.us (Planning)
• Telephone: 706-769-3907 (Permitting)
• Email: esmith@oconee.ga.us (Permitting)
Tax Commissioner
• Telephone: 706-769-3917
• Renew vehicle registration: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov/_/ 
• Pay property taxes: https://oconeecountyga.governmentwindow.com/tax.html 
• Drop box is available for payments outside the Oconee County Courthouse
Water Resources
• Telephone: 706-769-3960
• Pay water online bill: https://www.oconeecounty.com/498/View-andor-Pay-your-Bill
• Drop box is available for payments outside the Oconee County Government Annex
• In response to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the Water Resources Department is temporarily halting the disconnection of water service for non-payment
Traffic Tickets
• Pay traffic tickets¬: https://www.ezcourtpay.com/Tix/Default.aspx 
Emergency Notifications
• Sign up for CodeRED notifications: https://tinyurl.com/oconeega

COVID-19 FAQ’s

What should I do if I feel sick?
If you feel sick, it is imperative that you remain at home and only leave your residence to obtain medical care. In addition, you should practice home isolation by separating yourself from others in your home. For more information on what to do if you are sick, visit https://www.cdc.gov/…/…/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Should I shelter in place?
Remaining in your home and limiting social contact helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community and decreases your chances of contracting this disease. If you are an individual at high risk, including residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities, those with chronic lung disease, individuals undergoing cancer treatment, those with confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus, or those who have had contact with an individual diagnosed with Coronavirus, you must isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place per Governor Kemp’s executive order. 

What if I know a relative has been exposed?
If you have a friend, family member, or other close contact that has or is suspected of having Coronavirus, you should monitor your health and call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. For more guidance on caring for someone with Coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019…/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

How often should I go grocery shopping?
Plan to make larger, less frequent trips to the grocery store, but there is no need to stockpile vast amounts of items. Remember to practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, and follow all other current recommendations from the CDC.

Please remember to take the following steps to prevent virus transmission:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

FRIDAY 3/20/20 OCONEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE PART OF A BIGGER COMMUNITY

You may feel well and enjoy getting together with friends but remember that we are in the midst of a global pandemic. It is critical that our most vulnerable citizens are protected. We all have an obligation of personal responsibility to understand and abide by the recommendations that medical professionals are putting forward regarding social distancing, limiting groups to a maximum of 10 and staying home if you feel sick.

Parks:

Effective Immediately, all use of recreational fields and courts at Oconee Veterans Parks, Herman C. Michael Park, Bogart Sports Complex and Heritage Park, including soccer, softball, baseball, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf and playground is prohibited. Staff will be posting closure signs on the facilities. Park walking trails will remain open provided social distancing requirements are maintained. Additionally, patrons in parks are required to adhere to national recommendations of limiting groups to a maximum of 10 people and maintaining 6-feet of separation. All other pickup recreation games in park spaces are also prohibited. Failure to comply with these rules after staff enforcement may result in being banned from all Oconee County parks for a period of one year.

Restaurants and Businesses:

We want the community to continue to support local businesses but in a responsible manner. The Tourism and Visitors Bureau has developed an evolving list of restaurants offering drive-thru/pick-up/delivery options to limit social interactions. Please see the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/107016329327480/posts/3396839740345106/?d=n

This is a tough time for all but we encourage businesses to pivot some practices to ensure community health. Additionally, we will be waiving penalties on late Occupational Tax Certificates until May 1 and deferring payment of alcohol excise taxes until September 1.

Solid Waste Collection Sites/ Recycling Centers:

All Oconee County solid waste collection sites/recycling centers will operate on a limited schedule beginning Friday, March 20. The sites will be open for self-service on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In order to limit contact between sanitation personnel and the public, attendant assistance and Pay-As-You-Throw bag sales will be unavailable at these locations. You can still purchase PAYT bags at retail locations (grocery stores and convenience stores).

Please do not leave trash or other items outside the gate when the sites are closed. Also, make sure to dispose of your items in the proper bins. Please do not mix trash with the recycling!

In order to maintain enough storage space for everyone, we ask that you limit your use to disposal of normal household items only.

We are monitoring the situation, and hope to resume our regular schedule beginning Friday, April 3. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We encourage all citizens to follow CDC and national taskforce recommendations on limiting groups to no more than 10 people, maintaining at least 6-feet of separation and utilize drive-through, pick-up or delivery options for food. Additionally, it is recommended that everyone stay at home where possible.

As situations change, we will continue to adjust, as the health of our community is our most important consideration. We encourage you to keep up to date with information on our website, which will be updated several times daily with new information.

The following direct links for common transactions may be helpful:

Pay water bill: https://www.oconeecounty.com/498/View-andor-Pay-your-Bill

Renew vehicle registration: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov/_/

Pay property taxes: https://oconeecountyga.governmentwindow.com/tax.html

Pay traffic ticket: https://www.ezcourtpay.com/Tix/Default.aspx

Sign up for CodeRED notifications: https://tinyurl.com/oconeega

In response to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the Water Resources Department is temporarily halting the disconnection of water service for non-payment.

As always, you may also email or call county staff with questions; departmental and staff contact information is available on our website.

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Recreational Fields and Courts at Oconee County Parks Closed

Effective Immediately, all use of recreational fields and courts at Oconee Veterans Parks, Herman C. Michael Park, Bogart Sports Complex and Heritage Park, including soccer, softball, baseball, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf and playground is prohibited. Staff will be posting closure signs on the facilities. Park walking trails will remain open provided social distancing requirements are maintained. Additionally, patrons in parks are required to adhere to national recommendations of limiting groups to a maximum of 10 people and maintaining 6-feet of separation. All other pickup recreation games in park spaces are also prohibited. Failure to comply with these rules after staff enforcement may result in being banned from all Oconee County parks for a period of one year.

STATEMENT FROM THE OCONEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGARDING COVID-19


With the President of the United States and Governor of the State of Georgia both declaring states of emergency, Oconee has taken guidance from recommendations of the CDC to prepare and continue to react to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic.

It is critical that our most vulnerable citizens are protected and last week we closed the Senior Center, cancelled all recreational activities and closed both gyms to the public.  Additionally, we have ramped up our meals on wheels deliveries to seniors to ensure we can continue to serve people in need.

Recognizing CDC recommendations on group gatherings, Civic Center staff began working with booked events last week on postponement and we have closed the Civic Center to all events through the end of the month.  We have cancelled all advisory board meetings for the month and as of right now are intending to hold Commissioner meetings virtually.

Similarly, recommendations from CDC regarding social distancing and interactions have been considered and at the end of the day on Tuesday, we closed all county facilities to the public, moved appropriate staff to telecommuting and developed an internal staff rotation to ensure adequate distancing while maintaining the ability to perform governmental operations through email, website and over the phone.  People not wishing to make payments online may utilize drop-boxes set up for the Tax Commissioner Office and Water Resources.

Today we were made aware of a potential exposure to an employee at the County landfill.  Although no employees are displaying symptoms at this time, all collection attendants have been sent into quarantine for two weeks.  All collection sites are undergoing a third-party sanitization and a plan is being developed to temporarily allow collection on an unattended basis. 

We encourage all citizens to follow CDC and national taskforce recommendations on limiting groups to no more than 10 people, maintaining at least 6-feet of separation and utilize drive-through, pick-up or delivery options for food.  Additionally, it is recommended that everyone stay at home where possible.  The Governor has cancelled school for several weeks, which helps reduce significant social interaction but we recommend that you continue to re-emphasize this with kids who naturally want to congregate.

We are in truly uncharted waters with this COVID-19 Pandemic and we recognize the uncertainty associated with this from a whole community perspective.  We are constantly in touch with state and regional health officials, who give guidance so that we can make the best decisions and recommendations for everyone.  As situations change, we will continue to adjust, as the health of our community is our most important consideration.  

I encourage you to keep up to date with information on our website, which will be updated several times daily with new information. 

Oconee County Solid Waste Collection Employees Under Quarantine Due to Possible COVID-19 Contact

Out of an abundance of caution, the personnel operating the Oconee County solid waste collection sites have been placed under quarantine due to possible contact with COVID-19. These employees are not exhibiting any symptoms; however, we recommend following CDC interim guidance of self-quarantine for two weeks for all who have visited the Macon Highway Collection and Recycling Site (former landfill) or the Mars Hill/Jimmy Daniel Collection Site since Wednesday, March 11. This recommendation arises from an abundance of caution regarding the rapidly spreading nature of COVID-19.

All collection sites are temporarily closed. Both the Macon Highway and Mars Hills/Jimmy Daniel Collection sites will be closed until April 1. All sites will undergo deep cleaning and sanitization. Staff is developing plans to allow for passive continued use of the sites for solid waste disposal.

Please remember to take the following steps to prevent virus transmission:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

County Government Services Available Via Phone, Email, and Website;

Oconee County Government Buildings Closed to Public March 18 - April 1

In response to the evolving situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to reduce possible transmission, all Oconee County Government buildings, including the Oconee County Courthouse, Annex, and Board of Elections, will close to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, at 5 p.m. through April 1. All emergency services will continue to function, and non-emergency staff service is available via phone, email, and the county website. This measure is being taken to protect employees and the general community in response to the national and state declarations of emergency.

Oconee County Government will continue to provide essential public safety, emergency response, and water and sewer services. In addition, the Clerk of Courts office will remain accessible to the public. Individuals who need to visit the Clerk of Courts office should call ahead to 706-769-3940. Upon arrival at the courthouse, individuals who have called ahead may call the Clerk of Courts office from their cell phone, and a deputy will admit them. 

The public is encouraged to continue to conduct county business through the website or by calling or emailing county staff. Contact information for staff and departments is available on the website. For updates on Oconee County’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.oconeecounty.com/coronavirus

The following contact information and direct links for common transactions may be helpful:

Oconee County Website
www.oconeecounty.com

Clerk of Courts
• Telephone: 706-769-3940

Finance Department
• Telephone: 706-769-2944
• Email: financedept@oconee.ga.us

Planning & Code Enforcement
• Telephone: 706-769-3910 (Planning)
• Email: druark@oconee.ga.us (Planning)
• Telephone: 706-769-3907 (Permitting)
• Email: esmith@oconee.ga.us (Permitting)

Tax Commissioner
• Telephone: 706-769-3917
• Renew vehicle registration: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov/_/ 
• Pay property taxes: https://oconeecountyga.governmentwindow.com/tax.html 
• Drop box is available for payments outside the Oconee County Courthouse

Water Resources
• Telephone: 706-769-3960
• Pay water online bill: https://www.oconeecounty.com/498/View-andor-Pay-your-Bill
• Drop box is available for payments outside the Oconee County Government Annex
• In response to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the Water Resources Department is temporarily halting the disconnection of water service for non-payment

Traffic Tickets
• Pay traffic tickets¬: https://www.ezcourtpay.com/Tix/Default.aspx

Emergency Notifications
• Sign up for CodeRED notifications: https://tinyurl.com/oconeega

Please remember to take the following steps to prevent virus transmission:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.