Announcements

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Marion County is closely monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in contact with officials at both the Federal and State levels, who are providing the guidance needed as this pandemic evolves.

Joint Executive Order (3/24/2020):

The Marion County Board of Commissioners, the City of Buena Vista, and the Marion County Emergency Management Director, issued a county wide restriction on gatherings of ten (10) or more people and setting a curfew from 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. for the incorporated area (Buena Vista ONLY) of Marion County in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and under the Authority of the Georgia Emergency Management Act of 1981. This order is in effect until terminated by the Marion County Board of Commissioners, the City of Buena Vista, and the Marion County Emergency Management Director.

Any violation of this resolution shall be punishable by a fine or a misdemeanor, pursuant to Section 22-32 of the Code of Ordinances of Marion County and Section 7.17 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Buena Vista. The Sheriff of Marion County, his lawful deputies, and the Buena Vista Police Department shall be authorized to enforce this Order.

Marion County Administrative offices, including the water and solid waste payment counter, are closed to the public effective March 24, 2020. 

  • Employees are working and will be in the office to answer phones and respond to emails. Public access to the offices, as needed, will be handled by appointment only.
  • At this time, we are waiving our $2.00 processing fee for water and/or solid waste credit card payments made over the phone. Please call (229) 649-3490 or (229) 649-2603 to make your water or solid waste payment.
  • You may also use our payment drop box at 100 E. Burkhalter Avenue in Buena Vista.
  • Water shut-offs for delinquent accounts have been waived for the month of March. This does not waive payments due for water service. Water shut-offs for delinquent accounts will resume in April.
  • If you need to establish new water or solid waste service, please call to make arrangements.

Marion County Tax Commissioner and Tax Assessor offices are closed to the public effective March 24, 2020.

  • Employees are working and will be in the office to answer phones and respond to emails. Public access to the office, as needed, will be handled by appointment only.
  • The Tax Commissioner’s Office will be accepting Motor Vehicle renewals, and Property Tax debit or credit card payments by phone FOR A LIMITED TIME. There is a small fee associated with using a debt or credit card by phone but we will inform you of that fee before we charge your card. We have only one direct line, so please be patient and continue calling us back until you get through. (229) 649-5231.
  • Motor Vehicle Registration Deadlines Extended: The Georgia Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is extending all motor vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020. Those registrations are extended through May 15, 2020. This extension applies to personal passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, and vehicles registered in the Georgia International Registration Plan (IRP).  The extension also applies to Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) (also called “drive-off tags”) issued at the time of a vehicle purchase. Registrations that expired before March 16, 2020 do not qualify for this extension.  For more information, click here.
  • We are waiving all mail fees associated with tag renewals.  You may also use our payment drop box at 100 E. Burkhalter Avenue in Buena Vista.
  • Tax Assessor office employees are available by phone at (229) 649-5504.
  • All filing and renewal deadlines remain the same at this time.

THE COURTHOUSE WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS AS USUAL, BUT WE ARE ASKING THAT OUR RESIDENTS BE FLEXIBLE AND CONTACT US VIA PHONE OR E-MAIL TO KEEP ANY EXPOSURE TO A MINIMUM.

  • Our first responders (EMS, Sheriff, and Fire) are available around the clock and responding to any and all calls.

We are also recommending residents and businesses within Marion County follow the guidelines set by The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

These Recommendations include:

  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
    • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
    • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
    • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
    • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
    • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
    • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

 

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EMS

Our EMS department is operating normally, however, if you are having symptoms commonly associated with the COVID-19 please call your primary care physician or the Marion County Health Department.

Elections

GEORGIA POSTPONES THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY.

  • Primary moved from March 24th to May 19th.
  • Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger will be mailing absentee ballot request forms to every Georgia voter. This extraordinary effort to ensure all Georgians can vote without fear for their health will supplement extra measures to ensure those who rely on in-person voting to access the ballot can do so safely.

 

Recreation

In order to limit exposure to COVID -19 and in conjunction with the closing of the Marion County School System and the stoppage of all GHSA athletic events, all Marion County Recreation activities are hereby suspended from Friday, 3/13/2020 through Friday, 4/24/2020. Further communication will be sent and this page will be updated if an extension on the suspension is determined to be needed.

Schools

While awaiting state approval to feed as well as deliveries from suppliers, Marion County Schools continue to care for students by collaborating with Heart to Heart and fiscally support its efforts in providing meals to our children during this time. Those who would like to join in supporting Heart to Heart, please contact Alex Hadley at (229) 314-9331. Those students needing a meal, you are asked to make contact via Facebook Messenger (Alexandra Hadley). Lunches may be picked up at Heart to Heart located at 115 East 5th Avenue anytime 10:30 AM until 11:00 AM. Lunches may also be picked up at the following locations: Oakland IGA at 11 AM, Tazewell Store at 12 Noon, and Rogers Street 10:30 AM until 11:00 AM. You must have made contact and be on the list prior to delivery.

City of Buena Vista

A curfew is imposed in the incorporated area of Marion County from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. effective immediately. Residents, unless “exempt individuals” as defined herein, shall remain in their homes or on their property during the curfew period. Exempt individuals include those individuals engaged in the provision of designated, essential services, such as (1) fire; (2) law enforcement; (3) medical and hospital services, including veterinary services; (4) military services; (5) utility emergency repairs; (6) persons seeking emergency medical services or hospital services; (7) individuals traveling to and from their jobs with appropriate identification and persons traveling to medical facilities; (8) individuals engaged in the delivery of food, medicine, medical supplies, fuel including, but not limited to, the re-stocking of grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores; (9) news media employees; (10) designated employees or agents of businesses designated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as “essential” pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-58; (11) persons providing necessary care of companion animals in the custody and care of an animal shelter, boarding facility, or kennel and persons walking personal animals; and (12) critical infrastructure businesses and employees as designated by the Governor or identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The City of Buena Vista City Hall is closed to public access. All city residents are encouraged to pay utility bills and other city-related bills by mail and the after-hours drop box located next to the back door of city hall.

  • For elderly residents, arrangements can be made to be picked up.
  • To make appointments with Police Chief Wendell Faulk, please call the city clerk’s office at 229-649-7888.
  • To make appointments with Zoning Administrator Jason Keyt, please call 1-478-662-8244.

Anyone with any questions or special needs, please call the City of Buena Vista at 229-649-7888.

Local Businesses

Local Business Relief

Note: The following information is subject to change daily.  For updates check the following: www.marioncountyga.org, the Marion County Georgia Chamber of Commerce FB page or website www.buenavistaga.org,  or call the business directly if you have questions.

The following are a few members of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and others who have shared their plan to continue to serve the community as well as keep their staff members and clients safe.  In an effort to post this information quickly, this is not a complete list. It will be updated as needed.  Contact Debby Ford, Chamber President, for additions and updates.

These businesses have reported they are taking measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The following practices that are in place include, but are not limited to, sanitizing counters and surfaces, door handles, restrooms, floors, sanitizing hands or wearing gloves between customers and handling money, encouraging social distancing, limiting number of individuals in facility at one time, spacing chairs apart where applicable, encouraging good health practices from their employees and customers, and offering face masks for employees if desired.  A few are offering drive-up/pick-up service and some offer delivery on a limited basis.  Some are placing signs in view showing requirements and recommendations.

Your understanding and continued support of our local businesses is appreciated.  In these challenging days, we all do what we can to stay safe as we help each other.

Financial Services
(Banking, Accounting, Investments)

Peoples Bank of GA

Conducting business by appointment only until further notice
Drive Thru Services open during normal business hours

Ameris Bank

Drive Thru Services open during normal business hours

Hometown Service, LCC, (Accounting)

Not accepting appointments.
Phone calls and drop-offs only.

 

Childcare and Personal Services:

The Eagle’s Nest Daycare and Learning Center
Closed until further notice.

Food & Lodging:

Las Aztecas Mexican Restaurant

Open normal business hours

Dining room (Open with limited seating of 10 at a time)

Call-in Orders

Inside Pickup or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

Sign of the Dove Restaurant and Inn

Dining Room (Open with limited seating of 10 or less – Cal ahead to schedule)

FOOD2YOU Delivery Service starts Wed March 25th
Delivering to all addresses within Buena Vista city
limits ($2 convenience fee.) No order minimums
Credit/Debit Card payment via phone at time of order
preferred – Cash accepted upon delivery; exact
change required

Call-in/Pick up orders available during normal business hours (Call: 229-314-1682)

Inside Pickup or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

The Inn and SQS B&B (Accepting bookings after March 28th)

*Community discount: 25% of on all handheld food orders

J&L Pizzeria

Open normal business hours

Dining Room (Open with limited seating of 10 at a time)

Call in Orders accepted

Inside Pickup

Home Delivery

Annie D’s Restaurant 

Open normal business hours

Dining Room Closed

Call-in Orders and Curbside Orders (Call-in preferred)

New online ordering page at https://www.toasttab.com/annie-d-s-123-n-broad-st (you may get a call about your order)

Inside Pickup or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

A&R BBQ

Open normal business hours (No more than 5 inside at a time)

Call-in Orders accepted

Pick up inside or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

Eagle Foods

Open normal business hours

Call-in orders and/or Drive-up (give order from car) (Call ahead to let Eagle Foods know you are coming.)

Inside Pickup or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

 

Insurance Agencies:

Buena Vista Insurance Realty

Open normal business hours

Payments: Accepting checks, car/curbside pickup, credit/debit cards over phone

(No one will be turned away if needing to enter office.)

Farm Bureau Insurance

Open normal business hours

Most business may be handled via the phone.

If necessary, business may be handled in parking lot or by home visits.

(No one will be turned away if needing to enter office.)

Payment methods: Phone, Online, Pick-up payments at car/curbside (upon request)

 

Retail Stores / Gas Stations & Convenience Stores:

Dime Store

Open normal business hours

Store limited to 8 clients at a time

Shop in store and Call-in orders accepted

Inside Pickup or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

B&G Thrift Store

Open Random Business Hours

Store limited to 8 clients at a time

Tyler Automotive

Open normal business hours

Call-in ordering available

Will bring order to the car as needed

Perry’s Gas N’ Go

Open normal business hours

Food – Carryout only

Morgan Grocery (Tazewell)

Open 6:00 am Mon-Sat; 7:30 am Sunday

Close:  6:00 pm Sun – Thurs; 7:00 pm Fri-Sat

Kitchen open for breakfast and lunch – Carryout only

 

Medical (Physicians, Drug Stores, Nursing Homes)

Becky’s Drug Store

Open normal business hours

Do not bring in old medicine bottles to place your order.

Call in prescription numbers and then pick up.

Inside Pickup or Delivery to the Car (upon request)

Catrett Clinic (Dr. Frank Catrett)

Open normal business hours

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Phoebe Primary Care of Buena Vista (Dr. Dan Singleton)

Open normal business hours

Mon-Wed (7:30am-5:00pm) Thurs (7:30am-7:00pm)

Fri (8:00am-5:00pm)

Call: before you come – Wait at door for temperature check

Staff will come to car for temperature check if requested.

Magnolia Manor of Marion County

Following CDC guidelines to protect residents

No visitors allowed at this time

Currently no symptoms or suspicions of COVID-19 virus


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Marion County and Buena Vista are initiating an update to their joint comprehensive plan. This effort is an attempt to identify overall community and economic development needs and opportunities, establish community goals, identify preferred land uses and develop a five-year work program to address the issues. A town hall meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, in the commissioners meeting room of the courthouse annex, 100 East Burkhalter Avenue, Buena Vista, to begin the process of gathering public input for the updated plan.


FIVE YEAR HISTORY & DIGEST – 2019

Census Day is April 1, 2020!

  • Make sure you are counted!
  • The Census is a questionnaire that asks about the number of people living in the United States. Knowing the number of people in a city, county, or the whole state allows for the planning of day-to-day operations, the future, and even emergencies.
  • The personal information that you provide on the Census form is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. It sets the fines and prison penalties (up to a fine of $250,000 and 5 years in federal prison) for the illegal taking, sharing, or use of private information. In addition, “The 72-Year Rule” was set under Public Law 95-416. The rule states that after 72 years, the Census information can be released to the general public. Records from the 2020 Census will be released in the year 2092.
  • The questions on the 2020 Census will ask how many people live in the residence; if the home is rented, owned, or other; and a phone number to contact you only in the case of official Census Bureau business.
  • To view the sample 2020 Census questionnaire, click HERE. To view the online 2020 Census questionnaire, watch the U.S. Census Bureau’s video to the left.
  • For more information on the 2020 Census visit https://census.georgia.gov/

For Local Area News: http://www.tjournal.com/

2020 Announcements

  • In order to limit exposure to COVID -19 and in conjunction with the closing of the Marion County School System and the stoppage of all GHSA athletic events, all Marion County Recreation activities are hereby suspended from Friday, 3/13/2020 through Friday, 4/03/2020. Further communication will be sent and this page will be updated if an extension on the suspension is determined to be needed.
  • Baseball and Softball Opening Day will be on April 11, 2020 at 9:00 am.
  • If you are interested in Umpiring or Sponsoring please contact the phone number or email address below.