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GMA Designation - City of Ethics

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The City of Milledgeville was recognized as a City of Ethics during special ceremonies at the Georgia Municipal Association Convention which was held in June of 2012.


Certification under this program is a way to recognize cities that have adopted principles and procedures that offer guidance on ethical issues, along with a mechanism to resolve complaints at the local level. 

Before beginning a discussion of  ethics in municipal government, we must understand what ethics entails... for ethics is an area in which difficult distinctions between good and bad must be made. The public rightfully expects its elected officials to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity while working for the common good and representative democracy demands such action if it is to function effectively. Therefore, in order to instill confidence in the electorate, it is imperative that local governments establish a  mechanism to ensure that elected officials observe a prescribed set of ethical guidelines in performing the duties of office.  

For a local government to properly function, it requires that public officers and employees act impartially and responsibly to the communities they serve.  The City of Milledgeville is proud to be designated as a City of Ethics and will strive at every juncture to adhere to these Five Principles of Ethical Behavior.  

Keeping you informed........

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
Department: Public Works
City of Milledgeville Storm Recovery Efforts
Officials with the City of Milledgeville Public Works Department are informing citizens about storm recovery measures the City has been actively performing in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
As a result of the tropical storm, many residents now have to deal with an increased amount of yard debris such as broken tree limbs, heavy brush and vegetation, as well as fallen trees. Frank Baugh, Public Works Director, says the effects of the tropical storm that hit Milledgeville has caused Public Works to momentarily depart from routine yard debris collection. “Please note that city crews are departing from normal curbside yard debris collection schedules while storm recovery is in progress. Clearing of public roads will continue to have priority; however, every effort is being made to augment our crews and maintain frequent pickup rotations,” he stated. City crews will be adhering to modified guidelines for curb-side collection of tree removal debris while the storm recovery is in progress. Due to the storm, all tree debris will be collected. “We will be collecting any tree debris the storm has created which includes trees, tree trunks, tree branches, and any by-products of tree removal,” Baugh said. Storm debris will be collected on an ongoing basis until the end of the month, according to Baugh. “For city residents, all residential tree debris placed at curb-side will be collected while storm recovery is on-going until approximately the end of September.” Also during this period, city residents may deposit tree debris at the city convenience center located at the end of West Thomas Street, during normal convenience center hours. “The posted hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; however, we’re keeping it open every day Monday-Saturday as we have staff available.” After Sept. 30, city workers will adhere to the regular curb-side collection of yard debris guidelines and will no longer pick up by-products of tree debris. City rules for curb-side collection of yard debris states the following:  What city will collect at curbside: o Residential refuse such as leaves, grass clippings, straw, small yard and garden clippings and other similar materials.  What city will-not collect at curbside:


o Trees and by-products of tree removal or trimming services. Once again, modified tree debris collection will last only till Sept. 30. City residents are also reminded to heed all traffic control measures and to stay away from downed power lines. “Our city crews are fully engaged on storm recovery activities with current priority given to opening streets in tandem with Georgia Power as they complete repairs.” The Oconee River Greenway will remain closed until city crews are able to clear debris and render the trails safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. “We will issue an updated notice when the trails are again safe to use.” If you have any additional questions, contact the Public Works Department at 478-414-4037.




Health concerns related to the quality of water the City of Milledgeville provides to its customers has surfaced recently within the community.

These concerns derive from an article that discusses contaminants found in water supplies of 30 Georgia towns or water utilities.

Findings in the article come from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tap water database.

The EWG is a non-profit organization unaffiliated with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EWG website, the group specializes in research and advocacy of public health and makes use of public information to achieve this mission.

The most recent study that the EWG organization has done compares the presence of certain contaminants in water on a local, state, and national level.

For example, EWG’s data compares the presence of Trihalomethanes (TTHMA’s), a contaminant that forms during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants, in its study.

The legal limit set forth by the EPA for TTHMA’s is 80 ppb (parts per billion).

EWG’s study shows that the state average is 11.8 ppb, national average is 23.2 ppb, and Milledgeville’s is 45.7.

Regardless of the range of the percentage, all three averages do not exceed EPA’s 80 ppb set limit.

TTHMA is a chemical that EPA has established a set upper limit for in a community’s water supply.

The test results will vary from place to place, based on different variables, such as the quality of your raw water source, treatment plant capacity, and the environment you live in.

When it comes to other contaminants, EPA uses the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) to collect data for contaminants that are suspected to be present in drinking water and do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

EPA’s selection of contaminants for a particular UCMR cycle is largely based on a review of the Contaminant Candidate List(CCL).

EPA reviews contaminants that have been evaluated through existing prioritization processes, including previous UCMR contaminants and the CCL.

The procedures for evaluating health effects were developed to support the ranking of contaminants for future CCLs.

According to state and federal guidelines set forth by state and federal government, The City of Milledgeville Water Department meets regulations.

 “We have always been diligent in notifying the public when there is a problem and all our CCR’s are available to the public on our website,” said City of Milledgeville Water Department official Robert Hadden.

CCR’s (Consumer Confidence Reports), also known as Annual Water Quality Reports, are available on the City’s website at as well as in EPD’s database on their website.

Reports listed on Milledgeville’s website date back to 2012.

The City of Milledgeville’s water laboratory continuously monitors water quality to be sure it is properly treated to EPA and EPD standards.

In addition, over 22 water samples throughout Milledgeville’s distribution system are taken randomly each month and tested, according to the 2016 CCR. 


* Home street addresses ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) water outdoors on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday.

*Home street addresses ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) water outdoors on Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday.

* No watering is allowed on Friday. 

* Watering is permitted only during hours of Midnight to 10:00AM.

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yesIf you are a person with a disability or handicap and would like to attend a City Council Meeting, our facilities are accessible to you. If further assistance is required, please call 478 414-4021 or 478 414-4094 and we will make every effort to accommodate you.  

The City of Milledgeville Water Quality Report for 2016 is now available.

Annual Water Quality Report January 2015-December 2015

Annual Water Quality Report January 2014-December 2014

Annual Water Quality Report January 2013-December 2013

Annual Water Quality Report January 2012-December 2012

View and pay your City Water bill or Property Tax bill or Occupation Tax bill online by choosing the PAY ONLINE tab on our website and following the instructions.

Receive your City Water bill electronically, as well as via US Mail! Simply email, provide your email address, and we will take care of the rest!!

Your City Water bill can be deducted via automatic draft.  If interested, visit the FORMS section of our Website and scroll down to Automatic Deduction Form.