“Where do you see your community in the future?”
The future will be affected by the recently passed SPLOST.
The public will have an updated 911 Dispatch Center using the latest in digital communications equipment. The public safety employees will have better contact with their base of operations and with each other. These improvements will connect Whitfield public safety with the Chattanooga metro area. Employees will deliver safety services with more reliability by the purchase of modern safety equipment and vehicles. Northwestern Whitfield will have better response times due to a new fire station.
The public will travel on safer roads due to paving and repair of our county road system.
More opportunity for family recreation and better health through improved recreational facilities.
Whitfield County will have great public safety services, a good road infrastructure, and family oriented recreation facilities all at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer.
“College town”…Those two words pretty much sum up my vision for Dalton.
We are being invaded and infused with bright, innovative and hopeful young people.
It’s our responsibilitWhitfield County Commissioner Chairman, Mike Babby as leaders to help this growing entity find the best fit possible into our community. The goal is to preserve the many great assets and treasures that are distinctly Dalton while integrating a dynamic, young and energetic economic engine that will continue to move Dalton forward. BEEP BEEP!
Cohutta is the smallest municipality of the four municipalities in our County with a total area of 2.5 miles and a population of about 670 people. Located in the very northwest corner of our County, Cohutta is close to almost anywhere you might want to be. Close to Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton, yet is still a thriving and vibrate rural community. Even though these numbers seem small in comparison to the rest of Whitfield County, you’ll still find a wonderful spirit of community and family. Each year Cohutta has a number of community events including bike rides, the street dance, 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration, the Chicken-Q, just to name a few, that bring the community together.
The vision and the opportunity I have as Mayor is to continue to lay the framework that will foster this same spirit of service and cooperation that has served this area so well for over a century. I plan to do this by continuing to enhance our Recreational facilities including our ballfields, tennis courts, walking tract and by improving the biking and walking opportunities on our main streets and roads. We need to open lines of communication with all our business owners to determine how we can all work together to find opportunities for growth. We need to attract key businesses to our Town that will both enhance and improve the quality of life for the families and individuals in our community.
Much of what was Tunnel Hill’s long term vision has become our short term vision. For years, we’ve pursued Depot renovation and wastewater expansion. With the help of Dalton Utilities, Whitfield County, and the Whitfield
County Board of Education we were able to obtain wastewater services a few years ago. Now, that voters have approved the recent SPLOST, we’re going to expand those services. Also, that same SPLOST is providing funding to renovate our Depot. One of Whitfield County’s Road Projects is the straightening of Highway 201. This, too, has been a project we’ve sought for many years. The straightening will move a state highway from a residential neighborhood, move goods and services through Tunnel Hill and Whitfield County much more efficiently and safely, and provide a new economic corridor. In short, the 2015 SPLOST could very well be a defining vote in our small city’s rich history.
We still have other projects we’ll be pursuing. Sidewalks has been on our list for a long time and we’ll continue to pursue more wastewater expansion. Lastly, we started a conversation with the Tunnel Hill Woman’s Club last year that has led us to start working on a possible Veteran’s Park where the old Post Office stood on Highway 41. We’re going to be working as quickly as possible to make that happen sooner than later.
In the future I see the Varnell community as a place where people would want to move to and raise a family as well as a thriving municipality with growth. Varnell is a small community with a full time police department that operates 24/7 365 days a year. Our goal is to do the best we can to keep the citizens and visitors of Varnell safe. As we move toward the future, I want the community to become more involved and the city to offer more family oriented activities, such as movie nights, etc.. I would also like to see more businesses and restaurants come to the community so that there is more to offer close to home. I see people coming together and interacting with each other more when there is thing for people to do close to home. It is my strong belief that we cannot grow or have a thriving future without the cooperation of the community members and its businesses, as well as the cooperation and efforts of the elected officials in the Varnell community.