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The shelter is closed on Wednesdays for deep cleaning, additional vetting, bathing, and other animal related duties. Appointments are available upon request.
The fee for dogs or cats is $90. The price includes sterilization, rabies and distemper vaccinations, micro-chipping, wormer, and a light veterinary exam. All animals are sterilized prior to release for adoption and will be picked up from the veterinarian’s office unless prior arrangements are made with the shelter. Oconee County Animal Services does not guarantee the health, temperament, or behavior of an adopted animal. If problems are evident, the shelter will disclose the information to the adopter. Oconee County Animal Services accepts checks and MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards. A convenience fee of 3% is added when using cards.
The shelter is partnered with PetSmart and has total access to the Cat Adoption Center located on Epps Bridge Road and with the store supplying all food, litter, cleaning materials, and volunteers cleaning, the shelter is able to adopt these cats at a reduced price; $50. This discount applies to animals at PetSmart only, unless otherwise noted.
To view the shelter’s animal inventory, please go to: petango.com/oconeecountyanimalcontrol
If you have any difficulty navigating the page, please feel free to contact the shelter at your earliest convenience. 706.769.3956
If you would like to donate, whether by volunteering or items, please contact the shelter at 706-769-3956. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Animal Services will accept: - Adams Flee Spray - Any Type of Treats - Blankets and Sheets - Canned Dog Food - Catnip - Dog Eyewash - Esiblac Milk Replacement - Knotted Raw-Hides
Any other item you may wish to donate to the shelter will also be accepted.
To report an injured animal, call the shelter during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), 706-769-3956. If after 5 p.m., call 911. Keep away from the animal. If the animal is in pain, it may bite. Officers have special training and equipment to help an injured animal without further injuring the animal and without the Officers getting injured. The best way you can help is to call the professionals.
Protect your family and your pets from the rabies virus by keeping your pet current on its vaccination and keeping your pet under control. Sterilizing your pet will help reduce unwanted pregnancies causing pets not to be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly. Call Animal Services at 706-769-3956 to remove all stray or seriously ill animals from your neighborhood, and to keep potentially unvaccinated animals from your family and pet. Daytime activity of otherwise nocturnal animal is occasionally a sign of sickness. However, during spring and early summer, while offspring are being born and raised, it is not rare to find wildlife active during the day, especially on overcast days or on wooded lots. Remove bird feeders, pet food, and access to other types of food or water to decrease the chances of wildlife interaction with people and pets. If you see wildlife, contact the Sheriff's Office non-emergency, 706-769-5665, or an animal removal company.
Prior to reclaiming your pet, you must provide proof your pet is current on its rabies vaccination. Contact your veterinarian and request a faxed copy of your pet’s rabies certificate. The shelter’s fax number is 706-769-2933. Owners are responsible for all boarding and impound fees and fees are due at the time of reclaim. If your pet is not current, you are required to purchase a pre-paid rabies voucher from a veterinarian. The cost will vary by each clinic. You have 3 business days to vaccinate your pet. If you elect not to comply, a citation may be issued. Boarding and Impound Fees start on the first day the animal is impounded. All animals, without a rabies tag on the collar, will receive the following: - A Microchip upon reclaim (if not micro-chipped already) - Bordetella – kennel cough vaccination (dogs only) - Distemper vaccination - Wormer Find reclaim fees on our page.
On the HOMEPAGE, scroll down and to the right of the page, clink the link "Report a Concern". Be sure to give as much detail as possible; what the complaint is, who is the owner (if known), address (if known), type of animal, color, etc. Please refer to the Animal Ordinance, Section 5-8; Animal Nuisance. The more information you provide, the sooner your complaint will be remedied.
The shelter encourages individuals and groups to volunteer at the shelter. After a brief orientation, volunteers may play with the cats and kittens, walk puppies and dogs or play in the interaction pens, and even bathe the animals to make them more adoptable. For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead and schedule an appointment. Volunteers 16 and younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
All lost and founds are directed to Helping Lost Pets. It's a free website. HelpingLostPets.com You are required to set-up an account. You decide how contact is made; email, phone, text. You may upload a picture and identify the location. You are welcome to call and see if the pet is at the shelter or see if someone may have called about the pet. 706.769.3956
To report animal cruelty or neglect, please click on the link "Report a Concern" towards the bottom of the page. Please supply as much information as possible to insure the call is responded to properly.
If you are an Oconee County Resident, you may bring the animal to the facility. There is an owner surrender fee and it's based on the animal's weight. Please refer to the "Fee" link.
The Regular Meetings of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
An Agenda Setting Meeting is held the Tuesday preceding the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. At the Agenda Setting Meeting, the Board of Commissioners reviews those items to be considered at the Regular Meeting.
During December of each year, the Board of Commissioners approves a meeting schedule for the following year, taking into account any scheduling conflicts. The meeting schedule is posted on the County website and the Courthouse Bulletin Board.
Meetings are held in the Oconee County Board of Commissioners Meeting Chambers, Room 224, on the second floor of the Oconee County Courthouse, 23 North Main Street, Watkinsville, Georgia.
Commissioners are elected at-large to designated posts. Commissioners are elected to represent all citizens throughout the county.
There is an agenda item for public comment at the beginning of all Regular and Agenda Setting Meetings.
For a listing of email addresses for our Board of Commissioners, please view our
Learn more on the State of Georgia My Voter Page.
The Oconee County Board of Commissioners and Oconee County Board of Education have priority in booking and may book events at any time. Please inquire for further information concerning this policy.
Events are subject to change without notice. Please call our Event Information Line at 706-769-3904.
Emergency management involves planning, response, assignment and coordination of available resources, requesting of additional resources when shortfalls are observed, mitigation, preparedness, and recovery for natural or man-made emergencies. It provides for the safety of our citizens. Since most known possible hazards have been identified, we continually review and develop plans to address the needs before, during and after an emergency or disaster. We work together with our cities, neighboring counties, and Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security in order to ensure a correct and adequate response will be made in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Recently, Oconee County purchased CodeRED, which is a mass notification system that will serve multiple roles. For our citizens, as we complete training and development of the system, you will be able to receive alerts such as weather warnings, water main breaks, road closures, etc. This system is robust and will certainly allow us to communicate with the community with greater efficiency, which will in turn make Oconee County safer for all.
To sign up for CodeRED, click here: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF3A63052F22
Additionally, you can download CodeRED from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Oconee County Sheriff's Office will also utilize CodeRED in the future. For now, and until this system is fully operational, they will continue to operate the Nixle mass notification system alongside CodeRED.
We will continue to update the system and will make announcements when it is fully operational.
Create a Ready Georgia profile. Go to the following website: https://gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia and create a profile. Once the profile is created, follow the recommendations for a customized preparedness strategy for you and your household of humans and other creatures. If you follow these recommendations, you will find yourself prepared for most disasters that could come our way.
Follow National Weather Service tips. Go the following website: https://www.weather.gov/ama/severesafetytips. This will lead you to a wealth of information on tornadoes and other severe weather.
Quite simply, a severe weather watch indicates potential risk for severe weather. A warning means that severe weather has either been spotted on radar or by a spotter within that specific area.Here are the technical definitions, according to the National Weather Service:
Watch: A watch is issued when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.Warning: A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.
For additional weather terminology information, you may visit http://w1.weather.gov/glossary/
No! Severe weather sirens are expensive, maintenance intensive, and generally are outdated technology. Modern times have given way to methods significantly more reliable for warning citizens about coming severe weather. Those methods include NOAA weather radios, emergency messaging such as through CodeRED, RELIABLE news and weather smartphone apps, and handheld lightning detectors. Additionally, Oconee EMA remains in constant communication with the National Weather Service regarding upcoming severe weather. While Oconee EMA cannot assume responsibility for brokering of weather information, the agency will communicate with governmental and private response partners regarding preparedness for severe weather. Additionally, Oconee EMA will update social media and the EMA website when time permits. We will provide you with information via the above channels in advance of a storm in order ensure ample opportunity for preparedness.
For recommendations on the smartphone apps used by EMA staff, give us a call.
In general, a state of emergency is a declaration by the government that suspends normal governmental functions, alerts citizens to alter their normal behaviors, or begins implementation of emergency preparedness plans in certain geographic regions. States of emergency are declared at the municipal, county, and state levels.
EOC stands for Emergency Operations Center. An EOC is an area set aside for use by Emergency Management during a disaster to conduct operations regarding the disaster that include conduct emergency communications, distribution of information to stakeholders and the media, and an area for elected officials. We are fortunate here in Oconee County in that our EOC is co-located with the Sheriff's Office and E-911 in Watkinsville, where we are able to make use of the EOC for multiple purposes including training and meetings for public safety personnel.
Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website.Or, call your local Health Department or medical provider.
Oconee County’s total budget for FY18 is $49,920,904. Oconee County’s FY18 General Fund budget is $26,943,955.
The State of Georgia requires local governments to submit annual audited financial statements to the State Auditor. This process ensures compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Oconee County is audited annually by an outside auditing firm. The FY16 audit was completed by Treadwell, Tamplin & Co., LLP.
The S&P Global bond rating for Oconee County is AA. An AA bond rating is an investment-grade rating of high quality and very low credit risk.
Job vacancies are posted in the Human Resources Office, Courthouse 2nd Floor Bulletin Board and posted in various County Departments. Job vacancies can also be found on our Job Openings page.
You should review "Application and Hiring Procedures" before completing your employment application.
Once you have found a job opening that interests you, you can apply online, print an employment application and submit by mail, or apply in person at our offices where applications are available for your use.
You may submit a photocopy of a previous paper application, as long as you sign again with a current date. You should take care, however, that the information on the application is accurate, current, and applicable to each position for which you apply.
If you have applied for a previous position within 90 days, you can ask Human Resources to see if your application is still on file for submission.
Applications are forwarded to the Hiring Department for the vacant position. Your application will be screened to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position you are applying for. If your application is selected to be considered, then the Hiring Department will notify you to schedule an interview. If you are extended an offer of employment, it will be contingent upon completing all pre-employment requirements, i.e. drug screening, criminal background checks, etc.
Note: Oconee County collection sites collect recyclables in a dual stream system with glass, plastics, steel and aerosol cans co-mingled and paper and cardboard products co-mingled.
For information on what do with these hard to recycle items, click here.
If you have questions regarding recycling other items, please call 706-310-3560.
Learn more on our Recyclable Information & Locations page.
- Herman C. Michael is located at 1051 Elder Road in Bishop, just off Highway 53/Hog Mountain Road. - Bogart Sports Complex is located at 200 South Burson/Thompson Street in Bogart, behind the Bogart Library. - Heritage Park is located at 2543 Macon Highway, Watkinsville, seven miles south of downtown Watkinsville and ten miles north of Madison. - Oconee Veterans Park is located at 3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville across from Herman C. Michael Park on Highway 53/Hog Mountain Road.
- The main office located at Oconee Veterans Park is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Follow the easy directions below to create a Family Account and Register Online for our programs. All activities will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
In order for a child to participate in any competitive youth activity, at least one parent must be a current member of the NAYS Parent Orientation and Membership Program (formerly PAYS). To fulfill this requirement follow the steps below:
1. Go to http://www.nays.org/parents
2. Select blue “Sign Up!” button
3. Completing the PAYS program: click “Get Started”
4. Contact Information: Complete contact info, then click “Next”
5. Program affiliation requirement: click “Yes”
6. Navy affiliated sports program: click “No”
7. League/Agency: select “Oconee County Pks & Rec Dept” and then click “Next”
8. Payment Information: NO PAYMENT OR DONATION REQUIRED, simply click “Confirm”
9. Confirmation: Click “Process”
10. Thank You for Registering page appears, click “Next”
11. Click “Start the NAYS Parent Course”
12. Click on video to begin course
13. Answer required course questions to complete
- Weather related delays, cancellations and closings call our main line at 706-769-3965 and select Option "2" - Game cancellations are determined by 4 p.m. each day. - The coaches or league representatives are contacted if games are cancelled. - Coaches will then contact parents with cancellation information.
2023 Registration Dates
Follow the easy directions below to create a Family Account and Register Online for our programs. All activities will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. If a league is full, you can register for the wait list by registering you/your child for activity online.
Oconee County Property Appraisal Office (QPublic)
The Public Works office is open to the public 8 A.M to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Oconee County is responsible for the placement and cost of operation for street lights within the unincorporated area; however, all maintenance, including bulb replacement, is performed by the power provider. You may call Public Works at 706-769-2937 to report a street light that is not working.
The County does not remove any tree or limbs on private property.
If the dead animal is on public property and is a non-domesticated (wild) animal, call the Road Department Office: 706-769-3912.
If the dead animal is on public property and is a domesticated animal (cat, dog or other pet), call the Animal Services Office: 706-769-3956.
If the dead animal is on a State highway, call the GDOT Athens Area Office at 706-583-2644.
If the dead animal is on private property, it is the landowner’s responsibility to dispose of the animal properly.
Please submit a service request to the Public Works Department or call Public Works at 706-769-2937. After hours (8:00am-5:00pm), please call 911.
Oconee County does not allow speed bumps/humps/tables on public roads. Speed bumps do not significantly reduce vehicle speeds once the vehicle leaves the speed bump. Speed bumps present a potential hazard to all vehicles and an immediate danger to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and emergency vehicles. They are best employed in parking lots, not roads.
Please call the Road Department at 706-769-3912. Messages left after hours will be addressed the following work day.
The Oconee County development code requires the owner of the property on which the drainage easement lies to be responsible for maintenance and the Home Owner’s Association (HOA) of the subdivision to be responsible for maintaining the detention ponds.
Contact Sheriff James A Hale Jr. during business hours.
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
You may call at 706-769-3945. After business hours, contact the dispatch center at 706-769-5665 or by email.
To pick up a copy of a motor vehicle crash or incident report, please contact the Sheriff's Office during business hours at 706-769-3945. If you are not a party involved in a car crash, you may not be able to pick up the report. The Sheriff's Office complies with the Georgia Open Records Act and there may be costs associated with the research and reproduction of documents as provided by law.
To complete a criminal history request for your own employment purposes, you must come to the administrative office of the Sheriff's Office and submit the required form. You may pick up the form and complete it when you come in, or you may download the form from this website, complete it at your convenience, and present it in person along with the required fee of $20 cash only. A government-issued photo ID is required, driver's license, passport, etc. If you wish to request a criminal history report, please print the Consent Form (PDF), and bring the completed form to the Sheriff's Office.
If you have an issue with the accuracy of a report generated by the Sheriff's Office, you should first contact the deputy who prepared it. He or she may correct mistakes, but may not make changes that alter the facts as written unless there is a material mistake. The final decision is the responsibility of the employee who created the report. Reports will not be altered or changed if the information is factually accurate.
If you want to do business with the Sheriff's Office, contact Sheriff Hale directly at 706-769-3945 or by email.
Job applications must be picked up and returned to the Oconee County Human Resources Department located at the Courthouse in Watkinsville. Only after the application is complete will it be forwarded to the Sheriff's Office for review. Apply Here
If you want to complain about the conduct of an employee or praise the conduct of an employee, contact the Chief Deputy at 706-769-3945 or by email. He will forward all information to the Sheriff and/or the appropriate supervisor for follow-up. He is responsible to the Sheriff for the conduct of all internal affairs investigations. Anonymous complaints may be followed up or not, based on the nature of the investigation or information reported.
Captain Matt Towe is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Jail. He can be reached at 706-769-3930 during business hours or email Captian Towe. To contact him after hours, call the dispatch center at 706-769-5665.
If someone you know is in jail, they will either have a bond issued immediately after booking or within 72 hours of their arrest, depending upon the charges. They will have ample opportunity to reach someone to arrange a bond. See the "Bond Procedures" and "Bonding Companies" entry in the Jail section for further details.
The Oconee County Jail has a doctor trained in emergency medicine under contract who is responsible for all inmate medical needs. We use outside medical sources, when required, to provide inmate care. If you know an inmate that is sick or injured, the inmate must make a request to see the doctor. The jail staff will assist him or her as required. The jail staff and the Sheriff are not doctors, and can not give medical advice to an inmate. The jail physician makes all medical decisions.
You may insert cash into our kiosk located at the Oconee County Sheriff's Office or you may go to Jail ATM. This link will take you to the Canteen's website where you will scroll down to Oconee County GA. Follow the rest of the instructions directing you how to buy items from the store for an inmate currently incarcerated in our jail.
See the "Bond Procedures" entry in the Jail section.
Inmates earn the privilege of "good time" based on behavior, type of sentence, and participation in work details. Good time can be revoked for jail infractions. Good time is a privilege that must be maintained by an inmate.
Inmates are only allowed to contact people who wish to have contact with them. Collect calls ensure that only people who want calls from the jail actually receive them. If you wish to provide money to an inmate for calls you may go to Paytel to add money to an inmates account.
You may dial 706-769-5665 and contact Captain Deanna Smith email or Lieutenant Robert Elder email.
You should call the Communications Division of the Sheriff's Office at 706-769-5665. A dispatcher will answer the phone. Provide your current information and ask the dispatcher if it matches the current information in the system. If this system information appears to be incorrect, the dispatcher will ask you to call back on the 911 line so they can determine if the system needs to be updated into the system.
All requests for 911 recordings must be in compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act (GORA). If you would like to request a copy of a 911 recording, come to the administration office of the Sheriff's Office and request a form to request the recording. The request will then be submitted to the Supervisor of Communications for a determination of whether or not the information can be provided. If the information can be given out pursuant to GORA, there may be a nominal fee for that service.
The patrol division has a supervisor on duty 24 hours a day. He or she can be reached by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at 706-769-5665.
The sheriff's office provides house checks for individuals who plan to be absent from their home for vacation or other purposes. You can come by the administration office and fill out a house check form, or you can click here for a downloadable form and drop it off to the administration office after it is complete. View the Request for Security Check (PDF).
Lieutenant Lee Weems email is the training director for the Sheriff's Office. We have POST certified instructors that teach a variety of topics in jail, patrol, and communications operations.
You can check the progress of your case by contacting Captain Vic Green email or the investigator assigned to your case. The phone number to contact Investigation personnel during business hours is 706-769-3945.
If an arrest has been made in your case, contact the District Attorney's Office at 706-769-3954 to make a status inquiry.
You can report information to the Sheriff's Office by calling 706-769-3945 and asking to speak to any investigator on duty.
The GBI, under most circumstances, is asked by the Sheriff or the DA to assist in an investigation. Contact them at 706-542-7901 if you have further questions regarding their jurisdiction.
Storm water runoff is the rain that hits the ground and flows off streets, rooftops, and lawns. Storm water is collected by storm drains and drainage ditches and flows into streams, rivers, and lakes.
Storm water runoff picks up pollutants and debris as it flows across rooftops and lawns, streets, and parking lots. During periods of rainfall, pollutants are picked up and washed directly into our streams, rivers, and lakes. Some of these pollutants include oil and grease, harmful bacteria, fertilizers, toxic chemicals, and other contaminants which are harmful to both people and aquatic life. A common misconception is that water running off streets and into a storm drain goes to a wastewater treatment plant. It does not. In fact, storm water usually receives no treatment.
We all are! The fact is that all of us are part of the storm water pollution problem. Many of the things that we do on a daily basis, including taking care of our lawns, driving our cars, washing our vehicles, and walking our pets, can contribute to storm water pollution. Since we are all part of the problem, we now have the opportunity to be part of the solution.
When establishing water and sewer service with Oconee County Water, you will need to verify that we service the location. Once our office has verified your location is serviceable, an application will need to be completed and proper deposits and service charges paid. Our office can verify the total fee that needs to be paid when you call. We will need a copy of the driver's license of the individual that is signing up for service and, if this is a rental property, we will need a copy of the rental and/or lease agreement. All items listed must be submitted to our office before service can be established. We do not provide same day service. Applications must be complete and paid before 3:00pm during regular business hours in order to get next day service. Anything submitted after that time will require an additional business day. For commercial service, we also require a completed sewer capacity request form to verify that all capacity fees have been paid unless a septic tank is being used and has been approved.
Please find our current rates by clicking the following link:
Most meters are equipped with a leak indicator that can help you identify if you have a leak at your home. Meter locations are typically in the road right of way in a rectangular box with a metal or plastic lid. Before you go out to look at your water meter, make sure all water is turned off inside your home. If any water is left on from faucets running or clothes washers, etc., this will affect the results. Once you find your meter, carefully remove the lid as the antenna is connecting the lid and meter and clean the glass face of the meter. If all water is off to your home, the red needle leak indicator on the meter face should not be moving. If it is moving, that means that water is being pulled through the meter and there is the possibility of a leak. There are also some meters that have an LCD display and the rate of flow will show usage. The leak could be anywhere from the meter box to inside the home. A plumber may be able to help you identify the location of the leak. Please contact Oconee Water Resources Department if you have any questions regarding a possible leak 706-769-3960. For examples please view:
Payment options are listed on the back of each invoice. You may pay by mail, enroll in automatic bank draft, pay by phone at 855-725-0896 (fees apply), in our office, through our website (fees apply), or use online billpay through your bank. We do not process cards in our office.