ENGINEERING In 2017, the Floyd County Engineering Department continued to provide essential services that make Floyd County a place where people are healthy, safe, and connected to their community. Some of their projects included Coordinating with the local Georgia Department of Driver Services and Floyd County Public Works for resurfacing and other improvements to the new commercial driving testing site Closing of the grade railroad on Oreburg Road and installation of cul-de-sacs Realigning of Blacks Bluff Road Design for new recycle facility on Lavender Drive Design for Rail Viewing Site on Maple Road in Lindale 24 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT
EXTENSION SERVICES Did You Know Floyd County produced approximately $86 million in crops and livestock in 2017 The Floyd County Cooperative Extension is a branch of the University of Georgia Extension Services. The office works to extend lifelong learning to the people of Floyd County through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth, and families. The year 2017 brought accolades to the department while furthering their mission. Abbie Salmon was nominated and selected to present at the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in April 2018. Floyd County 4-H hosted the 2017 Cloverleaf District Project Achievement at Georgia Highlands with over 1,000 people in attendance. 4-H leaders taught career paths to all Floyd County schools fifth grade classrooms. Participation exceeded 800 students. Four Floyd County 4-Hers developed their own unique food product for state competition where they placed third in the state. Continued work with the Chieftains Museum in advancing the Major Ridge Demonstration Garden including an arbor built by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers and the building of steps from the upper garden toward the Oostanaula River. Extension Coordinator Keith Mickler gave 26 presentations reaching 499 individuals, published 34 newspaper articles, 9 radio shows, and 3 electronic newsletters. He served over 9500 people via technical services through phone, email, and one-on-one visits. Mickler was also awarded the Communicator of the Year award from the Georgia Green Industry Association in 2017. 26 25 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT 4-H Extension Agent Abbie Salmon held 143 specialty 4-H Club Meetings reaching 2,169 youth, supervised 80 4-H Club Meetings reaching 531 youth, held 62 events reaching 1,323 youth, produced four newsletters, four press releases, four radio programs, three fair exhibits, and one national 4-H newsletter.