Public Notice – Level 2 Drought

Due to the continuing drought, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has upgraded the Drought Response to a Level 2 Drought declaration for 52 counties in Georgia (See Map). Additional watering restrictions have been issued above those for Level 1.

The City of Calhoun Water System does not have any type of water supply shortage, but must enforce the outdoor water use restrictions under the Drought Response Level 2 guidelines.

GA Drought Response Map Nov 17, 2016
Outdoor Water Use Nov 18, 2016

A Joint Public Safety Announcement By The City of Calhoun and Gordon County Fire Chiefs

Due to the extreme drought, dry conditions, and high winds, City of Calhoun Fire Chief Lenny Nesbitt and Gordon County Fire Chief Doug Ralston declare an immediate county-wide temporary ban on all types of outdoor open burning, including campfires, open cooking fires, warming fires, and bonfires. This shall also include a State of Georgia ban on the use of Consumer fireworks.

This ban on open burning is supported by the Gordon County Board of Commissioners Resolution of November 4th, 2016, officially banning all types of outdoor fires, and the City of Calhoun Code of Ordinances, Section 50-133, prohibiting fires during hazardous conditions. In other words, do not light any outdoor fires or shoot any fireworks while this ban is in effect.

GCFD, CFD and 9-1-1 are getting calls for smoke in all areas of the city and county. This smoke is coming from the many large wildfires burning north and northeast from us.

Call 9-1-1 if you see active fire or columns of smoke from a specific area, but please be aware that smoke is wide spread across the area.

Chief Ralston and Chief Nesbitt want to ensure that the public understands the serious danger associated with open burning during this drought event. Failure to comply with the request of no open burning may result in penalties for the responsible party.

Please also remember to be safe during the upcoming holiday seasons with cooking and decorations in your homes and businesses.


Chief Lenny Nesbitt and Chief Doug Ralston

Help Wanted: Water Treatment Plant Operator

The City of Calhoun is now accepting applications for an operator for the water treatment plant.

Qualifications are high school diploma or equivalent, strong math background and computer skills a plus; must have a valid Georgia driver’s license. If not a state certified operator must have ability to attend training classes and pass state certification exam within six months of hire.

This position works 12 hour shifts, rotating days including weekends and holidays.

Applications are available at City Hall, 226 South Wall Street during normal business hours.


Public Notice – Outdoor Water Use

Due to the persistent drought, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a Level 1 Drought declaration for 53 counties in Georgia (see Map). No additional watering restrictions have been issued above those already in place for the past several years. The City of Calhoun Water System does not have any type of water supply shortage!

Outdoor watering as per the existing guidelines may continue under the Level 1 declaration. The existing outdoor restrictions can be found here:

Outdoor Water Use Information


The Mayor and City Council does hereby announce that the millage rate for the City of Calhoun will be set at a meeting to be held at the Depot Community Room, 109 South King Street, Calhoun, Georgia on Monday September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and pursuant to the requirement of O.C.G.A. 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.

Five Year Tax Digest and M&O Levy History 2016

Recent Phone Scam Targeting Calhoun Utilities Customers

To our Calhoun Utility Customers,

The Utility has recently become the target of a fraudulent phone “scam”. The scam is designed to threaten customers with “service disconnect” or “cut-off” of utilities unless immediate payment through the use of a pre-loaded debit card (found in local retail stores) is paid to a “pay power” phone payment process.

Please note that the Calhoun Utilities only accepts payment at our local billing and customer service office or on Calhoun Utilities On-line, secure, payment site on the City of Calhoun web-site using a customer identification number found on the customer’s bill.

Calhoun Utilities does notify consumers of late payment and disconnect possibility by phone and letter but never makes threatening statements nor solicits immediate on-line or phone payment.

For any questions, contact 706-602-5678 or go to:

Local office:
700 West Line St.
Calhoun Utilities
Calhoun, Ga. 30701

Calhoun Utilities Customer Service

Tower Rescue Class

Reposted from Gordon County Government

In conjunction with OSHA “Safety Stand Down Day”, Midland Communications hosted the Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) Taskforce 6 for a joint training session on communications tower emergencies and rescue procedures at Midland Communication’s site on School House Rd in Gordon County. GSAR Taskforce 6 had twenty members from five agencies including: Gordon County Fire Rescue, Calhoun Fire Department, Dalton Fire Department, Bartow County Fire Department, and Bremen Fire Department. After a brief classroom discussion of the hazards associated with climbing towers, equipment needed to perform tower rescues, and procedures to take in the event of a tower emergency, both Midland Communications and GSAR TF-6 moved to the tower to practice the skills, procedures, and with the equipment each agency would utilize in the event of an emergency. The day was concluded with personnel climbing the tower for familiarization and performing several rescue scenarios to test what they had learned during the day.

GSAR Taskforce 6 would like to extend their gratitude to Midland Communications and their staff for their willingness to share their knowledge and time with the taskforce members.