Newsletter May 2021

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LaFayette Earth Day has a large turnout and followed by a successful Hometown Movie Night


The “Love LaFayette” Earth Day Cleanup was a huge success and was followed up by a well-received Hometown Drive-Up Movie Night with the 1980s classic film Footloose.

Earth Day CleanupAround 80 participants arrived Saturday, April 17 morning at Ross Abney Complex in LaFayette to take part in the “Love LaFayette” Earth Day Cleanup, where all four wards were traveled and cleaned.

After three hours of labor, the workers were treated with lunch provided by the LaFayette Golf Course.

Hometown Drive-In Movie Night
The Hometown Drive-Up Movie Night event was sponsored by the LHS Junior Council, LaFayette GICH Team, and the City of LaFayette and was held at the old baseball field across from the Ross Abney Complex located on First Street in LaFayette.

The LHS Junior Council chose the 1980s classic film Footloose as the feature. 

Hometown Movie NightThere were 60 total vehicles and grass-seated individuals attending the event and the feedback online proved the event to be a success with anticipation for Hometown Movie Night to be a recurring event.

The next project the LHS Junior Council has planned, in coordination with the City of LaFayette, is a concert on May 15th, downtown, at the City of LaFayette Square.




Hometown Movie Night 


The LaFayette-Walker County Public Library Story Walk Dedication

The Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Library invite you to the Story Walk Dedication on Saturday, May 1st at Noon at the entrance to the Nature Trail at the LaFayette Recreation Center.

The Story Walk is an interactive reading experience designed for parents, children, and community members to enjoy. Each month, a different book will be featured on the Story Walk.

LaFayette Walker County Library Manager Tim York explains, “The library is dedicated to reaching readers all over the city and the county. This is just another way to get people reading!”

Thanks to the City of LaFayette, the LaFayette Recreation Center, LaFayette High School, the Friends of the Library and community sponsors, the Story Walk will be enjoyed for years to come.

“This is a collaborative effort to bring the love of reading to our community. It is thanks to our generous sponsors and community partners that the Story Walk is available to everyone,” explains Friends of the Library President Rachel Oesch Willeford.

Sponsorship of monthly books are still available.

For more information about the Story Walk contact Rachel Oesch Willeford at 706-200-8099 or racheloeschwilleford@gmail.com.


LaFayette Hive Egg Hunt brings out the community

Egg Hunt GirlThe LaFayette community celebrated the arrival of spring this past Saturday with the annual LaFayette Hive Egg Hunt

The Egg Hunt Presented by the LaFayette Hive had a great turnout on Saturday, March 27, at Ross Abney Complex.

Around 40 Prize Baskets were donated for the Egg Hunt.

The LaFayette Hive is a hometown organization building PRIDE and improving the quality of life in our community.

Egg Hunt Boy and GirlThe LaFayette Hive is a community consisting of citizens, schools, businesses, churches and civic groups and the LaFayette Downtown Development Authority.

The LaFayette Hive would like to thank all of our volunteers and everyone who came out and made this such a memorable event.

To learn more, find us on Facebook at LaFayette “Hive.”

Flags and Crosses Dedication at Veterans Memorial Park

On Memorial Day 2021 at 5 pm, The LaFayette Woman’s Club and the LaFayette American Legion Post 339 invite the public to the dedication ceremony of the new Flags and Crosses location at Veterans Memorial Park at the entrance of the LaFayette Recreation Center.

Thanks to generous donors in our community, over 200 new American Flags have been purchased and 200 crosses, bearing the names of our fallen heros, are now newly replaced, repaired and improved.

The Flags and Crosses will be displayed annually at the Veterans Memorial Park at the LaFayette Rec Center on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
The Flags and Crosses were previously displayed in Joe Stock Park.

LaFayette American Legion Post 339 Commander Richard Westbrook says the new site is fitting, “This part of the Recreation Center already housed a memorial to veterans. Now it will also serve to honor the citizens of Walker County who gave their all for our country.”

The LaFayette Woman’s Club is honored to be a part of this lasting tribute to the men and women who have served our country, “Our Club has always supported our veterans. It is one of our core tenants as a Club and we are honored to be a part of keeping their memory alive for future generations,” says LaFayette Woman’s Club‘s Civic Engagement and Outreach Chair Cecilia Westbrook.

The dedication ceremony will take place on Monday, May 31st at 5 pm. City officials, the LaFayette High School JROTC, the LaFayette Woman’s Club, the LaFayette American Legion, Flags and Crosses sponsors, and the community are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Flags and Crosses call 706-766-2499 or email flagsandcrosses2021@yahoo.com.
For more information about the Flags and Crosses Dedication Ceremony contact Rachel Oesch Willeford at racheloeschwilleford@gmail.com

 
Outdoor Spotlight / Crockford-Pigeon Mountain

One of Georgia’s most beautiful mountains just so happens to surround the Queen City of the Highlands—Crockford-Pigeon Mountain—a 20,657-acre state-owned Wildlife Management Area that is visited year round by people from all over the world.

Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Ariel ViewThe City of LaFayette is the Gateway to Your Outdoor Adventures and Experience and no adventure is complete without experiencing what Pigeon Mountain has to offer.

Whether you are looking to explore Petty John’s or Ellison’s caves, spend a few days camping at one of the various campsites, set off for a hiking or biking adventure, do some horseback riding, or get in some seasonal hunting; then Crockford-Pigeon Mountain awaits!

Rock Town BoulderingTo learn more about this Northwest Georgia treasure, visihttp://georgiawildlife.com/crockford-pigeon-mountain-wma.

Crockford-Pigeon Mountain is located at 365 Rocky Lane Road in LaFayette, GA.

Experience one of the many natural wonders of our area and step through the Gateway to Your Outdoor Adventure at Crockford-Pigeon Mountain.







“Something for Mother”

Saturday, May 8, 2:00-4:30 pm,

Welcome Center

309 North Main Street, La Fayette, GA 30728.

“6 by 6” Art Exhibit/Sale features 6 works by 6 local artists

Susan Cofer, Johnny Baker; Michael Roberts; Erika Couey, and Matt Hammond.
All proceeds go to the artists.

More information: 706-764-2801. Leave a message.



Calendar

Event Location Start Date Start Time
Council Mtg City Hall Monday, May 10, 2021 6:30 PM
DDA Mtg LaFayette Library Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:00 AM
LHS Concert Downtown Square Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:00 PM
Honeybee Bike Ride County Wide Saturday, May 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Municipal Court City Hall Monday, May 17, 2021 4:00 PM
 Memorial Day  Holiday  Monday, May 31 2021 All Day

 


Spotlight Department

The City of LaFayette Electric Department: A service dating back to 1925

 The City of LaFayette Electric Department provides 24-hour service—365 daysElectricLinemen a year—within the Queen City of the Highlands including locations in Walker County. The Electric Department diligently works to ensure that customers are provided with quality power in their respective homes and businesses.

The Electric Department maintains around 100 miles of overhead and underground power lines, 2,000 utility poles, hundreds of transformers and numerous commercial metering points to service around 3,900 meters.

Currently, the Electric Department consists of an 8 person line crew with one administrative secretary, totaling a 9 person staff.
The staff of the Electric Department is dedicated to improving service to our customers through routine maintenance, system upgrades and customer education programs. All linemen are certificated through the ECG Lineman Apprentice Program or the Southeast Lineman Training Center and receive continued training and education on maintenance and safety practices. The Electric Department maintains a fleet of bucket and derrick trucks as well as other general service vehicles.

Keeping the power on

The electric department answers all calls of power outages within the city and often works alongside with City of LaFayette Public Works and various other departments to resolve varying issues.
For example, if inclement weather knocks out power lines within the area, you’ll see the City of LaFayette Electric Department out on the scene, whether day or night, working to restore power to its customers.
This commitment correlates to immediate response involving anything from minor issues to widespread power outages reported in the area.

There are a variety of categories the Electric Department responds to which include customer related problems, equipment failures, residential fires, weather related responses (such as flooding, lightening, downed trees, ice or snow events), planned outages and theft of power.

Reporting a power outage

The department receives calls for power outages during office hours at the electric department. If a problem occurs after hours, the caller would be transferred to the Walker County 911 center. A two person trouble crew—on call 24/7—will be sent to the area of concern to assess the damage and handle the situation to the best of their abilities. If more man power is needed, additional crew members are called out to the scene to restore power to the area. 
“Our crew is dedicated to keeping the lights on,” Servicemen Vernon Barnett said. “These guys are proud of their electrical system. When the lights are out, we want them on, because it impacts us all.”

To report a power outage Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, call (706) 639-1561 or after 4:30 PM and on weekends and holidays call Walker County 911 on the non-emergency number at (706) 375-7810.

—> If you see downed power lines CALL-911 and STAY AWAY! <—



Contact Information

Auto Attendant  706.639.1500
Airport 706.639.1530
Business License 706.639.1509
City Clerk 706.639.1507
City Manager 706.639.1501
Codes, Building Inspector & Engineering      706.639.1509
Electric, Gas, Water & Sewer Dept. 706.639.1561
Fire Department & Burn Permits 706.639.1555
Golf Course 706.639.1580
Police Department & Animal Control 706.639.1540
Property Taxes 706.639.1518
Recreation Department 706.639.1590
Streets, Sanitation, Cemetery & Recycling 706.639.1509
Utility Billing  
     Automated Phone Payments 833.273.7456
     Online Bill Payments https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/lafayettega
     Questions About Your Bill 706.639.1503
     Cashier 706.639.1518

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Department Hours

Airport  141 Gasque Drive Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  
City Hall 207 S Duke St Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fire (office) 208 N Main St Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Police (office) 208 N Main St Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Utility Maintenance      2776 Hwy 27 By-Pass Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Recreation  638 S Main St  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday       8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Saturday  12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Golf Course 1 Fred Henry Dr Monday-Sunday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 

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