Welcome to the City of Cochran!

The City of Cochran is a uniquely progressive rural community built upon efficient and effective service delivery with an organizational culture that strives to embrace change and diversity. The City also strives to ensure a high level of innovation and sustainable development while maintaining and enhancing a quality educational system, with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure environment to live, raise families, work, conduct business, and play.


News & Updates

Please be advised Cochran's City Hall office is OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

during normal business hours 8:30A.M-4:30P.M

 

Addendum No. 1 - Cochran CDBG 2016 - Storm Sewer and Roadway Improvements

 

 

 

 

RICHARD NEWBERN CITY MANAGER 11/7

CONNIE DUPREE ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CLERK  11/15 

CHRIS COLEY CHIEF OF POLICE  11/15

BILLY YEOMANS  CITY MAYOR  11/16

HEATHER BOLLINGER  CITY HALL-CSC  11/21

HEATH WILLIAMS LT. PD  11/22

ANDREW LEMMON CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT THREE, POST ONE  11/24

STEVEN MCDUFFIE   PT. FD  11/29

BILLY HILL  SGT. PD  11/30

JIMMY JONES CITY COUNCILMAN DISTRICT THREE, POST TWO  11/30 

UTILITY BILL DUE DATE

UTILITY CITY BILLS are DUE on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

10% LATE FEES will be  APPLIED on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DEADLINE DATE is SCHEDULED on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

CUT-OFF DAY is SCHEDULED on Thursday, November 21, 2019

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

BID FOR ROOF REPAIR/REPLACEMENT 

The City of Cochran is Soliciting competitive sealed bids for roof repair/replacement at City Hall and the Municipal Building. City Hall is located at 112 West Dykes Street, and the Municipal Building is located at 102 N. Second Street in Cochran. The deadline for sealed bids is Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 2:00 at City Hall in Cochran, at which time the bids will be opened. Bid specifications are available at City Hall, located at 112 West Dykes Street in Cochran. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and waive technicalities.  

 

ZONING COMMITTEE 

The City of Cochran Zoning Committee will meet on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community House at 192 Third Street in Cochran, Ga.

The following items are on the Agenda:

1.       Public Hearing on recommending a zoning designation for seven (7) parcels located on or near Tenth Street proposed for annexation.

2.      Public Hearing on recommending rezoning the property at 169 West Dykes Street from C-2 to R-2 --Kathy D. Wood, Owner

3.      Public Hearing on recommending the addition of Solar Farms as a permitted use in C-2 zoning districts, with conditions.

4.      Continued work session on Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map update.

The public is invited to attend.

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INVITATION TO BID 

Please click here, to review the Invitation To Bid Notice. 

 

 

COUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION

Please be advised the City Council will have a Work Session Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 5:30 P.M.

And a Regular Meeting is also scheduled on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:00 P.M.

This meeting is located at the Community House off 192 South Third Street Cochran, GA 31014

 

 

Christmas Parade Entry Application

 

                                                                                     

Conserving water with the City of Cochran-Ga. EPD declares a "Level One" Drought Response

 After weeks of dry conditions. The City of Cochran and Bleckley County are one of 103 counties in a Level One drought response. This means public water utilities, including the City of Cochran, will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought , its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

Public Works Director, Willie Farrow describes what that means and how you can help conserve water.

"The City is served by four wells that pump from the Upper Floridan Aquifer. Ga. EPD is concerned enough about the recent drought to declare Bleckley County one of 103 Level One counties. This means we are on a drought watch. Basically, customers can use water as normal, but they should use water wisely. 

By conserving water, customers can save a lot of water and reduce their bills. This will help assure Ga. EPD that we are committed to being good stewards of our water supply."

Farrow advises several ways to save water during this drought watch, including:

  • Filling up the dishwasher completely before starting it.
  • Turning off the water before you shave or brush your teeth.
  • When doing your laundry, completely fill-up the washing machine before starting.
  • Outdoors, use a hose with a nozzle, and don't over-water.
  • Don't water outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is recommended by Ga. EPD.
  • Mulch your landscape to keep moisture in.

The City encourages everyone to scale back their water usage during the Level 1 drought watch. Hopefully, Ga. EPD will lift the Level 1 for Bleckley County. However, if drought conditions persist, the City of Cochran may have to comply with other water conservation requirements. The City appreciates the cooperation of all water customers during the Level 1 drought watch period. 

 

CITY OF COCHRAN, GEORGIA

NOTICE OF OPENING AND CLOSING DAYS FOR CANDIDATES TO QUALIFY

FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION TAKING PLACE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 

 

Qualifying for City Council districts

(District One-Post Two. District Two-Post Two, District Three-Post Two)

will begin Monday, August 19, 2019

and will end Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

This event will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day.

Qualifying fee is set at 

$126.00 for 

Councilmember Candidates.

All persons desiring to run for office shall qualify in the office of

The City Clerk located at 112 West Dykes Street, Cochran, GA 31014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2019 is the deadline to register to vote or to

complete a change of name or address

to vote in the upcoming election.

Advance voting will begin on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and will end on

Friday, November 1, 2019.

 

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019.

COCHRAN-BLECKLEY RECREATION DEPARTMENT!

POLLS WILL OPEN AT 7:00AM AND WILL CLOSE AT 7:00PM. 

 

 

NEEDING CITY SERVICES?

CONNECT POLICY 

We will need a copy of the following documents to connect customer/s for City services:

A copy of a notarized Warrenty Deed or a typed & signed Lease/Rental Agreement.

A copy of a completed Registration form, 911 is located at 153 N. 8th Street  Cochran, GA 31014

(Across the street from Bleckley County Health Dept.)

A copy of a Government ID, Driver's License or State ID. 

FEES 

OWNERS:

Connect Fee for WATER Service $35

Connect Fee for GAS Service $35

***No deposit is collected from Owners***

TENTANTS:

Connect Fee for WATER Service $35

Connect Fee for GAS Service $35

&

Deposit Fee for WATER Service $50

Deposit Fee for GAS Service $150

 

 DO YOU HAVE UNWANTED CARDBOARD BOXES?

 

Great News!

 

 

Cochran's City Hall now has a dumpster available for all City residents. 

This dumpster is for CARDBOARD BOXES ONLY.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cochran's City Hall office at (478) 934-6346.

 

NEW PAYMENT POLICY

The City Hall-Customer Service Clerks will no longer accept payments placed in the Drop box after the Deadline Date by 4:30p.m.

Nor will we be accepting Online payments that was submitted on the following morning of CUT-OFF DAY.

If you fail to make a payment by the deadline, then as a result, on CUT OFF DAY, all City Services will be discontinued and all City customers are required to pay an extra $25 Re-Connect Fee, plus current past due balance.

Again, all City customers have until the Deadline Date depending on which date the 20th falls on each following month to make a payment in full by 4:30p.m.

However, we're still accepting online payments made before or by the Deadline Date at 11:59p.m.

The City Hall New Payment Policy became effective on  Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cochran's City Hall office at (478) 934-6346.

 

NEW PAYMENT AGREEMENT POLICY

Please be advised, starting Monday, July 2, 2018, all Payment Agreements MUST be approved & processed in person BEFORE the 10th of each month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cochran City Hall office at (478) 934-6346.

 

MILITARY SERVICE FLAGS

 

ALL FLAGS THAT ARE PURCHASED AFTER SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 WILL FLY OUT ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019, VETERANS DAY.

 

Cochran's City Hall now have Military Service Flags available for our Active/ Veterans or deceased residents. The cost of each flag is $100.00, this is a one-time fee and they will be presented twice a year, once on July 4th (Independence Day) & on November 11th (Veterans Day)CASH, CHECK or MONEY ORDER are accepted. All flags will fly out for approximately 14 business days per holiday. The City of Cochran will handle the purchase of all Supplies.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Each member must have lived in Cochran-Bleckley County for at least 1 day

& must be serving or have served in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines or Reserves & National Guard. Placement of all flags is the responsibility of the City of Cochran.The Placement deadline will be June 1st & October 1st of every year.For more information, please call Cochran's City Hall office at(478) 934-6346.

If you're interested, stop by Cochran's City Hall office to apply for a Military Service Flag or click here.

 

 

Due to weather (heavy rainfall and high winds) in the area Saturday, Country Fest has been postponed.

Country Fest

 

 Zoning Ordinance Committee:

Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 P.M at the Chamber Conference Room

 

 

 

 

WATER LEAK HAS BEEN REPAIRED 

Please be advised, Cochran City Public Workers will be repairing a water leak located off of East Peter Street.

If you have any questions, please contact Cochran City Hall office at (478) 934-6346.

Thank you for your patience! 

 

 

ZONING COMMITTEE & COUNCIL ZONING ORDINANCE COMMITTEE: 

Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:30 P.M in the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber Conference Room. 

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Cochran DDA

Business meeting

is scheduled for

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 

Location: Police Dept. Conference Room

 

Zoning Committee Work Session

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 6:30 P.M

Chamber Conference Room, 102 N. Second St. 

 

***POOL FILL-UP CHARGE*** 

 

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING: 

PLEASE BE COURTEOUS AND GIVE US A CALL BEFORE FILLING UP YOUR POOL. SO WE CAN FIRST SEND OUR PUBLIC WORKERS OUT TO GET READINGS. AFTER YOU'RE DONE FILLING UP YOUR POOL, PLEASE CALL US AGAIN TO GET A FINAL READING. THIS PROCESS IS DONE, SO WE CAN GIVE YOU A CREDIT UP TO $100.00. THIS DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF GALLONS THAT WERE USED. IF YOU FAIL TO CONTACT US, THEN EXPECT TO SEE AN INCREASE ON YOUR BILL. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT PROVIDE A CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR BILL AFTER THE POOL HAS ALREADY BEEN FILLED WEEKS LATER OR WHEN THE NEXT MONTH BILLING STATEMENT IS DUE. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME & STAY COOL!!! 

 

ATTENTION

The water supply has been connected for these areas. 

Peacock St.

Peter St.

Lewis St.

Third St.

Sixth St.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  

 

WATER MAIN BREAK

Both Water Main Breaks located off 

Lakeview Church Road

 &

187 Vernon Road

has been repaired.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

 

Please be advised, Advanced Disposal Residental garbage route will be 1 day behind due to labor day holiday. Therefore, if your Garbage route is scheduled on Monday's then your garbage can will be picked up on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 

ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING 

The City of Cochran Zoning Committee will meet on Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 6:30 P.M located at the Community House at 192 South Third Street.

The following items are on the Zoning Committee Agenda:

The Zoning Committee has four items on the Agenda:

1) Public Hearing to consider recommending an amendment to the existing City Zoning Ordinance to add an Article 1X for "Conditional Uses", and to provide for a conditional use for a Day Care Center in the R-2 Zoning District. 

2) Public Hearing to consider recommending a "conditional use" application from Mrs.Vanessa Lawson to allow a day care at 199 Marin Luther King Jr. Drive.

3) Public Hearing to consider recommending an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to add a permitted use to the C-2 zoning district to allow for solar panel installations.

     4) Discussion of Zoning Ordinance Update. 

THANK YOU!!!

 

Please be advised, City of Cochran public workers will temporarily closed off

Peter Street segment from 4th to 5th Streets on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The segment is expected to reopen Monday evening.

The closure is to allow the construction contractor to prep for the pipe replacement project. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cochran City Hall office (478) 934-6346.

 

ROAD CLOSED

The Porter Road – Westside School Road intersection will be closed starting July 22, 2019

This work should be complete by the August 2nd school opening date

 

PUBLIC NOTICE 

The scheduled Cochran Zoning Committee Meeting location has changed. The Zoning Committee Public Hearing and Meeting will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. at the CHAMBER of COMMERCE CONFERENCE ROOM at 102 North Second Street in Cochran, Georgia. 

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Cochran Downtown Development Authority (DDA) members earn certification- Cochran DDA members earned their certifications at an all-day training session in Cochran (l-r) Michael Bryant, Dani Dykes, Dianne Lester, Richard Newbern, City Manager, Debra Cox, Scott Cox, Ga. Power Co., and Glenn Sawyer..

 

The City of Cochran Housing Team recently attended the Spring Conference of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta.

GICH Housing Team

Pictured (L-R) Willie Farrow, Cochran Public Works Director, James Smith, Code Enforcement Officer, Sandra Watkins, Cochran-Bleckley NAACP Chapter, Dani Dykes, Owner of Needle-in-a-Haystack, Carla Coley, City Council Member, Regina Gooch (in rear), City Council Member, Pearl Floyd, Cochran Housing Team, Diane Lester, Cochran Housing Team, Richard Newbern, City Manager, Deborah Turner, Housing Authority Member, Chris Coley, Police Chief, Andrew Lemmon, City Council Member, Linda Ates, Cochran Housing Team, Keith Martin, Housing Authority Director, Brock Wilcher, Cochran Fire Chief

Representatives from the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, Cochran-Bleckley County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the City of Cochran visited the State Capitol on February 12 to help market Cochran and Bleckley County. The City received a Proclamation from Governor Kemp and the Georgia State Senate commemorating the City’s upcoming 150th Birthday on March 19, 2019.

Front Row (L-R) Regina Gooch, City Council, Carla Hon, IDA Board Member, Ashley Berryhill, Chamber Member, Lindsay Dykes, Chamber Member, Mary Brooks, IDA Board Member, Adam Holloway, IDA Board Member

Back Row (L-R) Scott Cox, Chamber Member, Nicole Ward, Chamber President, Billy Yeomans, Mayor, Jackie Bowen, IDA Board Member, Richard Newbern, City Manager, Andrew Lemmon, City Council

 

Members of the City of Cochran and the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce visited the Georgia State Capitol when the Georgia Senate adopted a Resolution honoring the City of Cochran on the City’s 150th Birthday to be celebrated on March 19, 2019.

(Left-to-Right) Council Member Regina Gooch, State Senator Larry Walker, Chamber President Nicole Ward, Mayor Billy Yeomans, City Manager Richard Newbern, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Council Member Andrew Lemmon

 

CITY OF COCHRAN'S DOWNTOWN SURVEY 

 

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT COCHRAN'S DOWNTOWN AREA?

 

Cochran's City Hall front office now have surveys for Cochran's downtown available for residents.

If you're interested in completing a survey, please click here.

Once completed, you can drop your response off at Cochran's City Hall front office.

Or you can place your response into the drop box located outside of our office.

Also, you can either mail, fax, or email us your response as well. 

City of Cochran’s 150th Birthday

You and your family can commemorate the City of Cochran’s 150th Birthday through the dedication of a Brick Paver to honor a loved one! The City will install commemorative brick pavers in front of the Municipal Building at the flagpole at 102 N. Second Street. Please reserve your brick paver today! Brick pavers are scheduled to be installed in time for the City’s 150th Birthday Celebration scheduled for March 18-to-March 23, 2019. 

Attached is an order form. A brick paver honoring an individual is $35.00, and one honoring a business is $50.00. Checks should be made out to the City of Cochran and paid at Cochran City Hall at 112 West Dykes Street. Use the form to write the person’s name that you would like to be placed on the brick paver. If you should have a question, please call City Hall at 478-934-6346.

 

REPORTING A PROBLEM

The City of Cochran now has a REPORT A PROBLEM, LEAVE A COMPLAINT or COMPLIMENT SECTION.

This link is located on the left side of our website below the City Links section. TRY it out and let us know what you think.

 

Did you know Fats, Oils & Grease, (F.O.G.) are one of the main causes in some plumbing & sewer systems?

For more information, please view the F.O.G. Flyer.

 

SEWER LINE REPAIRS

The City has contracted with American Infrastructure Technologies Corporation, (AITC) to repair sewer lines and manholes.

Residents may see AITC equipment or vehicles in their neighborhood working on sewer improvements.

If your residence has a sewer back-up resulting from AITC's work, or if you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Cochran's City Hall Office at (478) 934-6346.

 

BULK WASTE, GARBAGE & YARD WASTE SERVICES

Bulk waste pick-up schedule is held on every 2nd Saturday of each month with the first pick-up on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Advanced Disposal accepts no more than 3 household items, such as furniture, will be picked up. Bulk waste is limited up to 75 lbs per household.

City residents should NOT place bulk waste at the curb until the following morning of pick-up, this is to prevent the bulk waste from becoming a nuisance.

For more information about Bulk Waste, please CLICK HERE.

Residental Garbage service /Yard Waste service are scheduled by each City district.

If you have any questions or requests, please contact Cochran's City Hall Office at (478) 934-6346.

Garbage Waste schedule

Yard Waste Services

If you have any requests for a new trash can, limb pick-up, or bulk waste pick-up, please contact Cochran's City Hall office at (478) 934-6346.If you have questions, concerning your utility bill, please contact or visit Cochran's City Hall at 112 West Dykes Street or(478) 934-6346.

 

Lorna Hyde, Billing Clerk: 478-934-6346
Connie Dupree, Accounts Payable Clerk:478-934-6346
Bonnie Raffield, Finance Administrator: 478-934-6346
Tracy Jones, City Clerk: 478-934-6346
Richard Newbern, City Manager: 478-934-6346

BUSINESS HOURS

MONDAY 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
TUESDAY- 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
WEDNESDAY- 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
THURSDAY- 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
FRIDAY- 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
SATURDAY- CLOSED
SUNDAY- CLOSED

The City of Cochran welcomes inquiries or concerns from utility customers.