Rabun County SPLOST Agreement Likely

Chip Durpo Sky Valley City Council

Rabun County SPLOST Likely to Receive Council Approval

This week the cities in Rabun County will vote to approve, or disapprove, the current proposed SPLOST Agreement  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT

It’s great reading, especially for those who inspire to sit on the Sky Valley City Council one day. Being a sideline council member is much like an armchair quarterbacking. You critique the plays after they happen, but YOU had no involvement.  

Feral Pigs Invade Sky Valley

At the rate the Feral Pigs are invading Sky Valley, this is what SV might look like.

Pigs Destroy Southeast Shoulder of Alex Mtn. Dr.
Video May 9, 2018

Pigs Move onto Both Sides of North Alex Mtn. Dr
Video Shot June 2, 2018

Caught in the act, Feral Pig Tears up my new pine straw,
6:45 AM June 2, 2018

Feral hogs (also called wild hogs; Sus scrofa) are characterized by high reproductive potential, with a young age at puberty, large litters, and frequent breeding. 

Female feral hogs can reach sexual maturity as young as 3-4 months of age; however, most wild sows reach puberty by the time they are one year old.  Females of this species are polyestrous, being able to come into estrus every 18-24 days if they are not successfully bred.  The ovulation rate typically averages 7-8 shed ova but can range from 3-15. 

The feral hog’s gestation period averages 112-120 days and can vary from 100-140 days. (This equates to as many as 3 litters per year) 

 The newborn or neonatal litters in feral hogs average 4-6 piglets and (but) can range from 1-12.  Similar to the newborn litter size, the number of lactating teats per sow averages 4-6 and varies from 1-12.  As such, the number of lactating teats is highly correlated with the number of piglets in the sow’s litter.(Source)


Our Pet Owning Citizens who must take their pet(s) outside are in danger of a confrontation.

I recommend we obtain the necessary wavers, city, state, and DNR to take care of this issue QUICKLY!!!

Sky Valley Officer, David Edwards, has been observing  this issue intensify over the past couple of years. Citizen Milt Gillespie had two hogs trapped last year weighing in at approx. 300 LBS after noticing they were in danger while walking their dog.

Officer Edwards has provided us with the the following documents.

SV Ordinance 87-10
SV Ordinace 96-20 Dischargew of Firearms
Gainesville Times
The Epidemic
Reproduction and Termination
Willow Fork Country Club Damage
Golf Course Hog Damage
Wild Boar Digs Up Greens
Chattahoochee Nation Forest See Page 2
GA Hunting Regulations See Page 6
OCGA 16-11-103 Discharge of Gun Near a Highway 

Bob Fink Sets the Record Straight, I Commend You Bob!

Commissioner Bob Fink I Commend you for your Honesty!

Attached you will find an article from the March 29, 2018 Clayton Tribune. I commend County Commissioner Bob Fink for his honesty by indicating the five Rabun County Commissioners sought to punish the five-member city Council Members of Clayton using SPLOST Funds. (Keep in mind, I don’t know which if any commissioners voted against withholding SPLOST funds from the City of Clayton) While it might have been the intent of the five Rabun County Commissioners to punish only the five City of Clayton council members, the fact is it was the taxpayers who reside within the City Limits of Clayton that were hurt. Furthermore, this indicates the board of commissioners action was punitive in nature, and further indicates the Rabun County Board of Commissioners used SPLOST funds as a weapon, rather than allocating SPLOST funds via the rule of law. The Commissions decision caused the City of Clayton and its taxpayers to lose approx. $2,000,000 in SPLOST funds.  (See attached SPLOST worksheet) My hope is the Rabun County Board of Commissioners will remember they were individually, elected to serve ALL taxpayers in Rabun County, this includes those taxpayers living within the limits of any city in Rabun County just as they do the unincorporated service districts of Rabun County.