St. Marys Press Release

Hurricane Irma Update

St Marys, GA - September 18, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  PLEASE, contact DNR at the following numbers with regards to boating related issues. 912.264.7218.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GA DNR/CRD) recognizes the need for local communities and residents to begin the process of returning to life as we know it. In response, we have activated a call center that started on Monday, September 18, 2017 to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands, or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of the State’s Shore Protection Act (SPA) and/or Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA). The call center number is (912) 264-7218 and will operate between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM until further notice.  

Downtown Docking Facilities
The City is working on plans to restore its downtown public docking and boating facilities.  This will be a two phase process, with temporary improvements to allow some boating activity and a full restoration and betterment project to provide long term facilities. We will continue to update all citizens on the status of this work and anticipate starting with temporary repairs and stabilization of the Gilman Boat House Dock and berthing facilities. 

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on storm debris removal throughout the City with City staff and Advance Disposal.  Each day we are seeing improvement, but it will take some time to bring all our roads and walkways to their pre-storm levels.

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront. No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters.

Damage Assessments
Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

If you need further information or assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

City Facilities
City Hall is open normal business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The St. Marys Library will reopen at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  The City is hoping to open the Senior Center  by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017. The City will be accepting payments for water and sewer bills beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.

City Council Meetings
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, are cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM in the City Council chambers.

Call Center
The City will continue operating the call center on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to help answer citizen questions. If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.