May 2022, Vol.16 , No.5
Registration for the summer policy committee meetings will open soon. ACCG's seven standing Policy Committees will meet this summer to discuss key issues and to recommend policy objectives for the 2023 ACCG Policy Agenda. The issues will guide the Association's efforts before the Georgia General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies.
The photographs from the 2022 ACCG Annual Conference are now available for county officials to review and download! Relive the exciting moments from Chatham, Savannah County.
Join ACCG on Wednesday, May 11 for a webinar on the $5,000 COLA/raise for many county officials resulting from action of the General Assembly during the 2022 legislative session. The $5,000 raise was included in the Amended Budget for FY 2022 and includes an annual raise for most state employees. Because of existing state law, this will have trickle-down effects on the compensation of many county-level officials. Attend the webinar to learn more about this forthcoming change and to receive answers to commonly asked questions.
May is shining bright on New Mexico State University graduate Dystinee Barris and her internship with Augusta-Richmond County. Barris majored in Finance and worked as a Management Fellow in the Administrator’s Office. 
LGRMS has released the April edition of the Safety Health and Risk E-connect (SHARE) newsletter. Access the newsletter to learn how deadly fatigue at work and on the road can be.
Now, more than ever, counties are celebrated for their tireless work on behalf of their communities. Help ACCG highlight those efforts by sending in your photos for Georgia's Local Lens, the newsletter that provides a weekly snapshot of Georgia's counties. Visit the ACCG website for more information.
Mauldin & Jenkins
State News
Make plans to attend the Georgia Outdoor Recreation & Trail Summit on May 15-16 in Augusta-Richmond County, GA. Join outdoor experts and advocates as they envision an accelerated and ambitious approach to improving Georgia’s trails and outdoor recreation venues. 
What's in your wallet? What's in your tank? Attend the upcoming GTEC Fuels Issues Seminar on May 19 to discover problems with your tank and how to treat them. The seminar will also cover renewable fuels, electric vehicle charging stations, and provide an update on alternative fuels. ACCG members may attend this seminar at the discounted fee of $80, which includes lunch.
On May 1, an outdoor burn ban began in 54 Georgia counties and will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. Affected residents are asked to refrain from burning yard and land clearing debris, whose smoke can negatively impact the state's air quality during the hot summer months by contributing to high ozone levels. These conditions have been linked to lung and heart disease in humans. 
Bo Phillips Company
Federal News
The USDA Rural Development Georgia Team is ready to work with your rural community for infrastructure, community facilities, business, and housing needs  Call us at 706-546-2162 to see if we can help with your upcoming projects to improve the quality of life for your city, town, county, or organization. Together, America Prospers.
Georgia DOT partners with the Federal Highway Administration in facilitating and providing an opportunity for local governments to pursue non-traditional transportation related activities such as pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities, and pedestrian streetscaping projects. The TAP call for projects is limited to areas of the state with populations less than or equal to 200,000. The deadline for applications is June 17, 2022.