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.


PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Please be advise Cochran's City Hall office is OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON during normal business hours 8:30A.M-4:30P.M. 

 

RICHARD BOYD WATER PUBLIC WORKS 6/2
ROBERT COLSON  PT. HWY. & STREET  6/6
YABSERA ALEMAYRHU PT. FD  6/16
WILLIE FARROW  PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR  6/22
JAMIE ALLEN  SGT. PD 6/25
KING BURNS  PT. FD 6/27
DARREL MILLER  SGT. ANIMAL CONTROL  6/29
 

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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..

 

 

***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 TOWARDS YOUR SEWER BILL. THIS CREDIT MAY GOES 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 SEWER BILL AFTER THE POOL HAS ALREADY BEEN FILLED WEEKS LATER OR WHEN NEXT MONTH BILLING STATEMENT IS DUE. 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME & STAY COOL!!! 

 

 

 
 

 

UTILITY BILL DUE DATE

 
 
All Utility City bills are DUE on Monday, June 10, 2019
10% LATE FEES will be  APPLIED on Tuesday, June 11, 2019
 DEADLINE DATE is scheduled on Wednesday, June 19, 2019
CUT-OFF DAY is scheduled on Thursday, June 20, 2019

 

COUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION

Please be advise the City Council will have a Work Session Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 5:30 P.M.

And a Regular Meeting is also scheduled on Tuesday,  June 11, 2019 7:00 P.M.

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

The public is invited to attend @ 7P.M.

 

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 

 

  

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 MILITARY FLAGS THAT ARE PURCHASED AFTER MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018 WILL FLY OUT ON THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019.
AND ALL FLAGS THAT ARE PURCHASED AFTER SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 WILL FLY OUT ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019.
 
In honor of our Veterans, or Active members, Cochran's City Hall now have Military Service Flags available for our Active/ Veterans City 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)
We only accept CASH, CHECK & MONEY ORDER as a form of Payment.
All flags will fly for approximately 14 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 each 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
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News &Updates

 

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. 

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?

 

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, June 8, 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.
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.
 

OTHER NEWS 

   

 WATER MAIN BREAK  

 

 

 

Please be advised, Cochran City Public workers is currently repairing a water main break located off of 9th & Taylor Drive. 

In order to repair the water main line, our Public workers will have to turn the water off.

This process could possibly take a few hours to repair. 

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

The water main has been repaired.

 

Thank you for your patience!!!!

 

ATTENTION!!!!

 

Please be advised, Advanced Disposal Residental carts & Yard waste service will NOT be picked up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019.

And will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Therefore, next week Residental/Yard Waste Pick up Route will run a day behind.

 

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE !!! 

 

ATTENTION!

 

Norfolk Southern will proceed to close Mendal Lane & Coal Chute Rd on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

If they complete the closing of Mendal, they will start with Coal Chute tomorrow.

If not, they will start with Coal Chute on Thursday, May 23, 2019. 

 

Water Main Break 

 

Please be advised, Cochran Public workers are currently working on repairing the water main break located off 181 Berkley Road.

This process could possibly take a few hours to repair.

 

We thank you for your patience!!!

 

 ATTENTION

 

Water testing are satisfactory and the boil water advisory has been lifted. 

 

We apologize for any inconvenience!!!!

 

Cochran Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 9 A.M. 


SCRAP TIRE AMNESTY EVENT 

 

The City of Cochran will be having a scrap tire amnesty event starting Monday, April 22-26, 2019

All City residents are allowed to bring any size scrap tire to the Public Works Department for disposal located at 128 North 7th Street Cochran, Georgia  31014

This will be at NO cost to the City residents and only tires will be accepted. 

The Public Works Department will ONLY accept tires during normal business hours.
 

 

City of Cochran Celebrates

Visicityofcochran.com or city of cochran 150th Birthday Celebration FB page for more information.

Week Long event Schedule

Monday, March 18 - “Kickoff” “Not Always by the Book” Reception exploring the history of Cochran and Middle Georgia State University

Middle Georgia State University, Roberts Memorial Library 3:00 p.m.

Display open to public through March 31, 2019

Tuesday, March 19 - Tracks Through Time

City Auditorium 6:00 p.m.

Welcome by Mayor Billy Yeomans

History of Railroad and Recognition of Sponsors by Russell Davidson

Ben Dykes as Burrell Dykes Speech

Christopher Phillip Smith as Judge Arthur E. Cochran reading the Proclamation

Essay awards presented to Essay winners

Celebration of Cochran History video

Wednesday, March 20 - Sponsorship Breakfast for Business Sponsors

Community House 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 21 - Community Hymn Sing

First Baptist Church Sanctuary 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 22 - Drop-In Reception and tour of Ebenezer Hall.

Middle Georgia State University, Ebenezer Hall 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday Event Schedule

Saturday, March 23

Pancake Breakfast 7:00-10:00 a.m. - Cochran Masonic Lodge

Founders’ Day Festival 2:00-6:00 p.m. - Behind Chamber of Commerce

Historical Costume Contest with judging from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Street Dance 6:00-8:30 p.m. - Featuring the Gage Harrelson Band from Milan

Fireworks Finale 8:30-8:45 p.m. - To be conducted from downtown (Weather permitting)

A Huge Thanks to the Following Sponsors of the City’s 150th Celebration:

Turpentine

ComSouth powered by Hargray

Middle Georgia State University

The Cochran Journal

Paulk Landscaping

Pine Tree

Cochran Bank & Trust

The Citizens Bank of Cochran

State Bank of Cochran

Hardcase Survival

Two Nine Productions

Bleckley County High School-Royal Print

Bleckley Christian Learning Center

Purser Oil Company

Giddens, Bennett & Company, P.C.

Pine Cone

Cochran Woman’s Club

Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce

M & C Dental Center

La Cabana Mexican Restaurant

Dykes Pharmacy

R. Larry Sumner, CPA, P.C.

Pine Needle

State Farm-Agent Lindsey Dykes

West Apartments- Jerry Sapp

Heartland EMS, Inc.

Stevie’s Collision Center

Middle Georgia Signs-Designeffex, Inc.

Scott’s Barbecue, Inc

Needle N/A Haystack

Hon’s Automotive

Way Brothers

150th Anniversary of Cochran - Welcome Video

 

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.

Cochran 150th Birthday Writing Contest

Primary School K-2
Elementary School 3-5
Middle School 6-8
High School 9-12

Cochran 150th Birthday Historic Picture Collection


&
 
150TH ANNIVERSARY ORNAMENTS 
 
 
The City of Cochran-City Hall front office also has ornaments available for purchase. 
Each ornament is $20.00.
Please stop by Cochran's City Hall office and help us celebrate Cochran's 150th Anniversary!
City of Cochran Urban Redevelopment Plan

Downtown Merchants and Businesses

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Community House

The City of Cochran invites Downtown Business Merchants to attend a Public Hearing on the Urban Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Community House at 190 Third Street.

Downtown businesses are invited to discuss the planning process for upgrading downtown. Downtown parking, building vacancies, façade improvements and crosswalks are topics for discussion. Downtown businesses are encouraged to provide input at the Public Hearing. The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (HOGARC) is assisting the City with development of the Urban Redevelopment Plan. At the Thursday, January 17 Public Hearing at 5:00 p.m., representatives from HOGARC will receive public input on downtown issues that can benefit from reinvestment.

The public is encouraged to attend!



 

Public Hearing Notice

 
RESULTS OF CITY COUNCIL ELECTION
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 
 
CARLA COLEY      TOTAL= 166 VOTES 

 

 
Invitation To Bid Cochran Housing Survey scheduled for August and September 2018
Fire Fee and Stormwater Fee Summary

Cochran Bypass Set to Reopen June 21 - View More

 The City of Cochran is soliciting sealed bids from qualified equipment suppliers for a jetter trailer machine, with camera, for the purpose of cleaning public sewer and stormsewer lines. Specifications are available at City Hall at 112 West Dykes Street and must be met as a minimum. The City is open to considering sealed bids that offer an equivalent approach to meeting the minimum specifications. The City prefers sealed bids that meet the listed specifications. Non-collusion affidavits are required in the bid packet. An affidavit certifying that the bid has been signed by a principal in the firm is required. E-Verify documentation required. A thorough description of the total product warranty is required.


 

Recommended Budget Available for Review

The FY 2018-19 recommended city budget is available for public review during normal office hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall at 112 West Dykes Street.

 

Public Hearing on FY 2018-19 Budget/Adoption

The next Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. during the regular meeting of the City Council at the Community House located at 192 South Third Street.
This will be followed by consideration of budget adoption.

 

Dykes Street getting smoother ride

Cochran- Today Everett Dykes Grassing Company began major construction activities on the $2 million resurfacing project on State route (SR) 26/Dykes Street from Julian Simpson Road to SR 87.


CBRD UPDATES

Please be advised Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department website has been changed.


5 YEAR HISTORY MILLAGE OF LEVY

The City of Cochran does hereby announce that the millage rate for 2018 will be set at a Public Hearing to be held at the Cochran Community House at 192 South Third Street on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00p.m
This is the time of September Regular City Council Meeting. This is pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32. The City does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year's tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.


EXCESS FLOW VALVE NOTICE

(Posted on 4/14/2017)
Excess Flow Valves (EFV's ) are mechanical shut-off devices that can be installed in the natural gas pipe running to the gas meter at your property (the service line).
An EFV is designed to shut off most of the flow of natural gas automatically if the service line breaks, for example, by an excavation accident.
Stopping the flow of gas from a broken service line significantly reduces the risk of natural gas fire, explosion, personal injury and/or property damage.


CONGRATULATIONS

The City of Cochran would like to congratulate the Fire & the Emergency Services Department on receiving their New Lower ratings and Class 5 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

 

Please contact the following personnel at Cochran's City Hall to discuss your Utility bill or to set up an appointment:
 
Front Desk Customer Service Clerks: 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.




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