City of Canton November Update

November Update
"We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." -- John F. Kennedy
A Moment with the Mayor...

Even after a very challenging year, November is a month for giving thanks, and I am so grateful for your support and goodwill over the past eight months. In calls with other mayors and leaders from Georgia and across the country, I am reminded daily how fortunate we are to live in the City of Canton. I also want to take this opportunity to share my sincere appreciation for my fellow Council members who continue to work tirelessly to move Canton forward. I am fortunate to serve with such caring and dedicated public servants: Will Carlan, Nick Estes, Sandy McGrew, Brooke Schmidt, Shawn Tolan and JoEllen Wilson. We certainly couldn’t be successful without our outstanding team at City Hall especially our City Manager, Billy Peppers and Assistant City Manager, Nathan Ingram. You may see the work these leaders do at Council meetings and other official city events, but you’d be surprised to know how much time they spend on nights, weekends, holidays, and other personal occasions to respond to citizens, study development plans, and prepare for meetings.

Recently, we spent some weekend and additional time at our strategic fall retreat that I mentioned last month. Most of our efforts were focused on finalizing the guiding principles of our roadmap for Canton’s future. Based on citizen input and previous studies, we developed seven key tenets, and each will have their own measurable goals and tactics to guide our decisions over the next 15 years.

Seven Tenets for Canton’s Roadmap for Success:

  • Creating Great Neighborhoods
  • Celebrating the Diversity of Our Community
  • Advancing Regional Economic Success
  • Enhancing Historic Downtown Canton
  • Sustaining Our Natural Environment
  • Connecting Citizens to Parks and Recreation
  • Leading with Excellence

We will be finalizing the draft of our roadmap in the next 30 days or so, and we look forward to citizen input before its adoption by the end of the year. After all, it’s YOUR plan, and its goal is to ensure Canton grows in a way that is consistent with our citizens’ vision as we work together to create the Coolest Small Town in America!

With thanksgiving for today and great expectations for our future,
Mayor Bill Grant 
Canton City Council meetings are November 5 at 6 p.m. and November 19 at 6 p.m. For the agendas and to watch the meeting live, please visit our meeting page.
Canton Secures Three Grants for Recreation, Arts, & Fitness Projects
Harmon Park is the recipient of a $75K grant to assist in building a mini-pitch soccer field through the Atlanta United Foundation.
Railroad Street will benefit from a $5K grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts Vibrant Communities Fund to assist with a mural project.
A $30K grant from the National Fitness Center will add an outdoor plyometric fitness court to the City's park system for resident use.
Trail Bridge Closure
The trail bridge between Heritage Park and Etowah River Park will be closed November 2 through November 30 for repairs and maintenance.
Election Day, Nov. 3
State and Federal Elections will occur on November 3 for Canton residents. You will vote at your normal polling precinct. For more information, please visit
Did you know the water that enters the storm drains flows into the local creeks and eventually the Etowah River? It's important to remember that these catch basins are not for capturing leaves, dumping grease or chemicals. Click here for more information.
Congratulations to Mark Crosby, Canton's Director of Building & Safety Services. Mark retired last week following 20+ years of service to Canton. Thank you!
City Launches New Software Platform for Development
Canton's new online plan submission, permitting, licensing and inspection software is up and running. LAMA is a one-source online source for all applications related to development and allows for real time inspection reports. The system is designed to cut down on paper submission, allows for online payments, and is integrated with the tablets used by field staff.

A regional builder noted last week that of the 50 systems she deals with in the region, this was by far the easiest and simplest. To view the system, CLICK HERE or view the new register video to the right.
Registering as a New User
Upcoming Events and Happenings in Canton
November 6 First Friday
Downtown Canton with
Electric Avenue, The 80s MTV Experience
Saturdays in November (7, 14, & 21) from 10 -5
Canton Tree Lighting
November 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Cannon Park, Downtown
Small Business Saturday
November 28
Beer & Wine Walk
Downtown Canton
Christmas In Canton
December 4, 6-9 p.m.
Shopping, Activities, & Christmas Parade
Save the Date!
New Year's Eve
Celebrate in Downtown
Canton with
Rupert's Orchestra
7 p.m. to Midnight
Save the Date!
City of Canton Staff Spotlights:
Congratulations to Charles Perry and Don Manus for receiving their Residential Combination Building Inspection Certifications! Congratulations to Eric Fortner for being named Interim Director of Building & Safety Services!

Happy November Work Anniversaries to Sgt. Jesse Hamilton ( Police, 8 years), Mary Butler (Utilities, 7 years), Karen Murphy (Police, 17 years), Melissa Forrester (Finance Director, 12 years), Officer Ben Johnson (Police, 1 year), David Hancock (Public Works, 14 years) and Sgt. Tiffanie Cromer (Police, 5 years).
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