City of Canton October Update

Georgia Cities Week is an annual celebration of the importance that municipalities play in the State of Georgia. October 4-10, the City of Canton will be celebrating with opportunities for you to learn about our City, Volunteer, and Celebrate. There's too much to fit in 7 days... so we cheated and have fun for the next 10 days:

Friday, Oct 2: First Friday in Downtown Canton (6 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct 3: Canton Farmers Market @ Brown Park (9 a.m.)
Sunday, Oct 4: Ward 2 Town Hall @ Canton Theatre (3 p.m.)
Monday, Oct 5: Virtual Touch a Truck with Canton Police on the PD Facebook page (1:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Oct 6: Noon Tunes--Lunch Concert at Brown Park with Mike Mullet (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Wednesday, Oct 7: Noon Tunes--Lunch Concert at Brown Park with Todd & Marissa (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Thursday, Oct 8: Noon Tunes--Lunch Concert at Brown Park with Amanda Roark (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Friday, Oct 9: Facebook Live with Mayor Bill Grant and City Manager Billy Peppers (11 a.m.)
Saturday, Oct 10: Faith & Blue Food Drive at Cherokee High with Canton PD (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct 11: Kick off to the Fall Mayor and Council Retreat
A Moment with Mayor Bill Grant
Fall Forward!

During the week of October 4-10, 2020, the City of Canton will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. This week was established to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life for their citizens. City government is truly government of, by and for the people – the people who are making the decisions about our community are your neighbors, business owners and local leaders. We are in this together, and we are more determined than ever to make sure Canton thrives – today and for decades to come. The theme for this year’s Georgia Cities Week, “Building the 2020 Vision,” reflects the role cities play in the advancing our economy and culture, and a strategic vision has never been more important for our City.

In a couple of weeks, your Mayor and Council will conduct our second strategic planning retreat of the year. Our first one was held in early February and was very productive, but we had no idea we would be dealing with a global pandemic just a few weeks later. However, amidst the City’s response and rapidly changing circumstances over the past few months, our staff and Council has been working tirelessly on the plans we set in motion at the first retreat. We have completed a citywide housing study and will be reviewing the results in the coming weeks. Our trail expansion is moving forward and on course for the first section to open at the end of the year. Our massive Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion design is complete and going out to bid with construction to begin in January 2021. We passed a new budget that maintains the lowest millage rate in Cherokee County and the lowest for Canton since 1962. We activated a Diversity Task Force and Citizens Public Safety Advisory Group. We added several new restaurants during the pandemic with more new ones on the way. We launched a Citizens Participation Application to identify new candidates for our boards and commissions and so much more.

All of our progress will culminate in a carefully considered and detailed roadmap for our city as we continue to grow over the next couple of decades. In order to achieve our goals and meet the expectations of our citizens, we need to know how to get there and align our resources in a strategic manner. Our fall retreat will focus on tasks and procedures needed to finalize, vet and adopt our roadmap by the end of this year or early January 2021. This is an aggressive timeframe, but we have no time to waste when it comes to creating a strategic path for success. Our plan will incorporate all of the work from our Council committees: Economic Development, Housing, Transportation, Water and Sewer, Community Development and Public Safety. We will create clear and concise metrics to ensure all citizens, staff, elected officials, businesses and development partners understand the quality of community we are building in Canton. More importantly, the roadmap is driven by stakeholder involvement and community feedback. This includes information from interviews with community partners, citizen responses to social media questions, email-directed survey marketing, visioning by professional City staff, planning documents during the past several years, and direct conversations with
Mayor and Council. In other words, the roadmap begins and ends with citizen input, and it is driven by YOUR vision for Canton’s future.

I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished in our city, but the best is yet to come. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are heading.” Our direction is becoming clearer by the day, and we are well on our way to reaching our destination: the Coolest Small Town in America!
Harmon Park Receives GA100 Soccer Grant
Atlanta United Foundation (AUF) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering for GA100, a statewide mini-pitch campaign with the goal of constructing up to 100 mini-pitches across the state, leading up to the 2026 World Cup.

This September, four grants were awarded in Phase One to The Cherokee Youth Foundation, Coastal Outreach Soccer, Sweetwater Mission and The Bainbridge Decatur County Recreation Authority to begin construction on mini-pitches. 

The Cherokee Youth Foundation’s mission is to support the youth of Cherokee County Georgia through opportunities in sports and other character-building activities. In partnership with the City of Canton, the plan to convert an area at Harmon Park into a mini-pitch field and is part of a larger project to allow more use by city residents. The revitalized space will allow for special events, community gathering along with organized and pick up soccer. Approximately 700 youth soccer players in addition to the greater community will use the new soccer pitch. This project is in combination with funds awarded to the City from a Community Development Block Grant with Cherokee County to upgrade lighting, fencing, and facilities at Harmon. The Park was initially created through a Harmon Foundation Grant to the City of Canton in 1925.
The City of Canton Housing & Market Study contracted with Thomas P. Miller and Associates in March will be completed later this month. Watch out for more details at the November City Council meetings.
Property Taxes Due November 15

Property Tax Bills have been mailed to City of Canton residents through a consolidated tax bill from the Cherokee County Tax Commissioner. Each bill will contain both the Cherokee County and City of Canton property taxes. These tax bills are due back to the Cherokee County Tax Commissioner by November 15. The City of Canton property tax millage rate is 5.4, a rate held steady now for the past four years. This is the lowest property tax millage rate in Cherokee County and the lowest rate in Canton since 1967.

For more information or questions about your property tax bill, please visit the Cherokee County Tax Commissioner's website.
Fall/Winter Hours
Canton Roll Off
Sanitation Site

2525 Ridge Road

Monday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More Info at 770-720-7674.
Progress Continues on Etowah River Trail
The City of Canton continues working with contractors to complete a new section of trail along the Etowah River from the large oval at Etowah River Park past the amphitheater, under Interstate 575 and eastward to the City limits just west of the train trestle crossing of the River. The project, funded through sales tax proceeds and recreational impact fees is slated to be completed by the end of 2020.

The City also approved a contract for the re-decking of the Etowah River Trail bridge connecting Etowah River Park to Heritage Park. The project will begin on November 1 and the bridge will be closed during construction.

Lastly, the City Council will hear a contract for approving the construction of the trail and a sewer replacement project between Heritage Park and Boling Park at the October 15 City Council Meeting. The project is $8.2 million and will take 18 months to construct.
Cherokee County Fire & EMS Celebrates Annual
Fire Prevention Week
October 4-10

Holding the Fire Prevention Week banner at Fire Station #16 in Canton are (left to right) Sgt. Eric Stoor, Sgt. Rick Ehlke, Senior Fire Educator, Lisa Grisham, Jey Willis with State Farm Insurance in Canton who donated a Fire Prevention Week kit to the fire department, Heath Weekly, Robert Romao and Fire Marshal, Chad Arp.

We are looking for a creative, ambitious, and innovative Communications & Marketing Specialist to share our story as we continue to position the City of Canton as the #coolestsmalltowninamerica
Click Here for more information.

Musical Happenings in October
Canton River Rock October 17
Join us at Etowah River Park on October 17 for the Canton River Rock Summer Concert featuring Absolute Queen. They hit the stage at 8 p.m. Come out and enjoy Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, a tribute to Sir Elton John at 6 p.m. Concerts include marked spaces to assist in social distancing. Feel free to come and tailgate in the parking lot and enjoy the music. Food and beverage vendors are also on site. Masks are encouraged.

For a sample of Absolute Queen, check out this promo video. For a sample of Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, check out this promo video.

For more event details, visit us on facebook.
Join us at First Friday, TONIGHT

Come and enjoy The Sensational Sounds of Motown in downtown Canton tonight for the next installment of the First Friday series. Food trucks, dine with local restaurants, enjoy cold beverages, shop with local merchants. Masks are encouraged and feel free to spread out with your chairs as you enjoy the music.
The Canton City Council meets twice monthly. The first Thursday of the month is the Work Session and the third Thursday of the month is the Regular Meeting. Council met last night and will meet October 15 this month. For the agenda, minutes and to view livestreaming, visit the meeting site.
Election Day is November 3rd. While the City of Canton does not have a municipal election this year, we encourage you to exercise your vote in other local, state and federal elections.

For more information about the general election, visit Cherokee County Elections.