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9/20/11: City of Darien Curbside Waste Collection Program

The City of Darien and McIntosh County have entered into a contract with Waste Management for countywide weekly, curbside trash collection. [Read More]


8/29/11: FIRST SATURDAY in Darien, Georgia!

If you are looking for a way to begin your month, then join us on the historic Darien Waterfront for a FREE day of fun, food, and festivities. The Darien Waterfront Merchants Association and the Darien Downtown Development Authority recently initiated FIRST SATURDAY, which features Arts and Crafts, handmade items by local artisans, and an outdoor market that includes fresh baked goods, Georgia Wild Caught Shrimp, fruits, vegetables and other locally made or grown items. [Read More]


7/22/11: City of Darien Better Hometown Program Designated a 2011 Accredited National Main Street Program

“We congratulate Darien on this national accreditation”, said Doug Loescher, Director of the National Trust Main Street Center.  “Programs like Darien’s are meeting the challenges of the recession head-on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities viable and sustainable.” [Read More]


6/27/11: Open House at Wastewater Treatment Plant - August 4, 2011

For over a year, the City of Darien's Wastewater Treatment Plant has been undergoing a major renovation and upgrade.  [Read More]

See Video 1 and Video 2


6/22/11:  Community Development Block Grant
The City of Darien has received a Community Development Block grant award under the 2009 Disaster Recovery Competition.

The Multi-Activity award is for $733,466.  The project includes property acquisition, water facilities, sewer facilities, street improvements, housing construction, and flood and drainage facilities.

The City is completing the documentation required by the GA Department of Community Affairs in the General and Special Conditions associated with this grant.


5/26/11:  Sidewalk Grant
The City of Darien will receive $150,000 in Federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding to apply to its Sidewalks, Crosswalks and Access Management Project.

The project calls for extending the sidewalk on the east side of US Hwy 17 from where it ends near Ponsell’s Towing & Recovery at 1216 North Way.  The new sidewalk will go north to the Fred’s store; cross US Hwy 17; follow GA Hwy 251 on its north side to the intersection of Darien Street; cross GA Hwy 251; then follow GA Hwy 251 on the south side to the intersection of Water Tower Road.  However, $312,488 was requested for all this work; so the City will have to find other funding to fill the gap, or scale back on the project.

Extending the sidewalk will provide greater safety for pedestrians, impaired persons, and non-motorized vehicles.  The project includes an access management study for calming traffic and improving safety.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said 276 applications totaling $220 million were received for the 2011 competitive program.  Only $54.6 million in TE funds were available for disbursement.  Many excellent projects weren’t funded, while others were funded at reduced levels.  In allocating the funds, The Honorable Jay Shaw, the Board member representing the 1st Congressional District, was able to share $5,203,803 among 26 applicants.

Darien’s application was the only one approved for McIntosh County.  “We are very grateful for this award; particularly during these difficult economic times,” said Darien Mayor John Cox.  “It will go a long way towards improving the quality of life for our citizens.”

Darien’s 2nd application, rehabilitating the former Darien Motor Company building on US Hwy 17 in downtown Darien as the Coastal Dixie Highway Museum, Visitor & Conference Center, was not funded.

5/25/11: Fresh-Air Farmer's Market
McIntosh SEED will offer a Fresh-Air Farmer's Market on Broad Street in downtown Darien on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th; featuring locally-grown tomatoes, GA peaches, okra, blueberries, local honey, local homemade jams, white & red potatoes, vidalia onions and fresh-cut flowers.  On June 9th, 10th and 11th, the Farmer's Market will feature shelled peas, shelled beans, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, watermelons, corn, squash and zucchini.  Operating hours are 10-2 on Thursdays; 9-2 on Fridays; and 8-12 on Saturdays.

05/24/11:  Home Rehabilitation Assistance
The City of Darien is accepting applications for rehabilitation assistance of owner-occupied substandard homes within the City Limits as part of its Community Home Investment Program (CHIP).

This program is designed to address the needs of low and moderate income persons.  It is described in the CHIP Application; which is available at City Hall or the McIntosh SEED office.  Eligible applicants will be served on a first-come basis, and up to four (4) homes may be rehabilitated under this program.

5/20/11:  City to Manage Plantation House
The City of Darien has taken over management of the Huston Plantation House and 18-acres of Butler Island.  Located southwest of the US Hwy 17 Bridge over the Butler River, the plantation house is a fine example of Southern Colonial Revival Architecture and a prominent historic landmark.  Also located on the 18-acres is a tall brick chimney.  This is the remains of Pierce Butler’s Steam Driven Rice Mill, which featured the most advanced technology of the plantation era.

Butler Island was acquired in 1927 at a sheriff’s sale by Colonel Tillinghast Huston; a half-owner of the New York Yankees.  He then built the plantation house and the dairy barn; raising champion Guernsey milk cows and operating a highly successful truck farm.

In April, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board approved a change to its Inter-Governmental Agreement with the City; adding this property to the 50-year lease; which includes Williamson Park and the Boat Launch on the Champney River, plus the Dairy Barn.  The Nature Conservancy has its offices in the plantation house, and a new agreement will be negotiated with them.

04/02/11:  Butler Dairy Barn Charrette
The City will host a public planning session, or charrette, on Tuesday, May 10th from 6-8 p.m. in the Trailhead Center at 104 First St. W in downtown Darien.  This charrette will unveil plans to restore the 1929 Dairy Barn adjacent to US Hwy 17 on Butler Island as a Coastal Interpretive Center and Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway Pull-Off.  Light refreshments will be served.  Public participation and comments are encouraged.

03/22/11:  U.S. Census Releases 2010 Data
According to the U.S. census, the population of Darien has increased from 1,719 in 2000 to 1,975 in 2010.  The population of McIntosh County increased from 10,847 in 2000 to 14,333 in 2010.  The Census Bureau is in the process of releasing more detailed demographic data on the State of Georgia, its Counties and Municipalities.


Darien Business Featured on the Cover of SOUTHERN LIVING Magazine
As part of a two-day road trip from Savannah to Jekyll Island, the travel feature highlights Open Gates B & B overlooking Vernon Square in the heart of Darien. Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, The Purple Pickle, and other Darien businesses are showcased. [Read More]


04/08/10: Dr. Otis Johnson, Mayor of Savannah, To Visit Darien
The Blue Ribbon Tour is being hosted by McIntosh SEED. The tour includes visits to historic sites in Darien, and exploring the rich history of the residents and descendants of Harris Neck and their links to a Mende community in Sierra Leone, West Africa. [Read More]


01/29/10: Jan 2010 Talk of the Town (video)
Featuring Darien Mayor Kelly Spratt with special guest, historian Buddy Sullivan, talking about his latest book, High Water on the Bar, a view into the fascinating history of Darien, from the perspective of the town of Darien. [Watch video online now]


06/24/09: Department of Justice approved the City of Darien’s Annexation of 1,976.7 Acres
The announcement was made in a June 18, 2009 letter to Darien City Attorney Gary Moore. City officials expressed their appreciation to those who contacted the Department of Justice to express their concerns; noting they were impressed with their demonstration of civic responsibility. [Read more]


06/24/09: The City of Darien Invites Public to an Independence Day Flag-Raising Ceremony on Saturday, July 4th
The flag that will be raised was first flown over U.S. Military Camp Cedar II in An Nasiriyah, Iraq in honor of the City of Darien. [Read more]


06/18/09: City of Darien and McIntosh County Joint Public Hearing Notice
The City of Darien and McIntosh County are considering applying to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) grant of up to ,803,500. These funds must be used to benefit low, moderate and medium income persons. The city and county intend to apply for the funds through a regional application submitted by various communities jointly. [Read more]


04/01/09: Open House - Darien's New Waterfront Park and Multi-Use Trail Master Plan to be Unveiled on Tuesday, April 7th
On April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Darien Trailhead Center on 1st Street West in Darien, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the city's new and exciting plan. The program includes a presentation on the history of the Darien Waterfront by local historian Buddy Sullivan. [Download the Flier - Adobe PDF]


03/30/09: City of Darien Public Notice
The City of Darien has been awarded a Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as part of a regional application involving 4 counties and 3 municipalities. Darien’s portion of this NSP grant is ,240. These funds must be used to benefit low, moderate, and medium income persons. [Read more]

03/30/09: SBA Website, Recovery.gov
The City of Darien provides this link to the "Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)," with excellent information to help small businesses. The Frequently Asked Questions and Free On-Line Training Courses are outstanding. [Outside link]


02/24/09: Annexation Has Darien Thinking Big
New businesses and more jobs are envisioned for a tract along I-95. [Read more]


03/18/09: Public Hearing for Rezoning Application (video)
A public hearing moderated by Mayor Kelly Spratt on the annexation of the land parcel between Darien and International Paper for the City of Darien. [Watch video online now]


03/11/09: March 2009 Talk of the Town (video)
Featuring Darien Mayor Kelly Spratt with special guest William Burgstiner of International Paper talking about the exciting annexing of property for the City of Darien. [Watch video online now]

02/1/09: February 2009 Talk of the Town
Darien Mayor Kelly Spratt presents "Talk of the Town" for February 2009 with special guest Steve Watson of Watson Construction and Development. [Watch video online now]


City of Darien Designated as Opportunity Zone

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty has approved the City of Darien’s application for Opportunity Zone Tax Credits.

[Read more]

11/11/08: DDA Docks Dedication Ceremony (video)
Watch the DDA Docks Dedication Ceremony that took place in November 2008. [Watch video online now]


10/02/08: City of Darien Public Hearing Notices
The City of Darien will hold a public hearing on October 15, 2008, at 3:00 PM, at the Darien City Hall Meeting Room, Darien, GA for the purpose of discussing the approved activities of the City’s Community Home Investment Program Grant (CHIP), CHIP RAS and CDBG Grant. [Read more]


08/22/08: Darien BUSINESS UPDATE Newsletter Launch
Topics include the DDA update, Darien Sidewalk Project, Merchant Happenings, Broad Street Revitalization, Darien Better Home Town, and more. Subscribe to future issues and receive them by email. See subscription form below, left. [Adobe PDF file, 2.6 MB - Download now]


08/15/08: Darien Receives $1 .3 Million in Grant Awards
“We are thrilled that Darien has been awarded these grants,” said Darien Mayor Kelly Spratt. “We have all been praying that this would happen, but we never dreamed the City would end up with more grant money than any other municipality in the state.” [Read more]


08/1/08: August 2008 Talk of the Town
Darien Mayor Kelly Spratt presents "Talk of the Town" for August 2008. [Watch video online now]



07/31/08: Darien Mayor Appointed to Governor’s 9-1-1 Advisory Council
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue today announced the executive appointment of Darien Mayor Kelly S. Spratt to the Governor’s 9-1-1 Advisory Council. [Read more]

07/22/08: Georgia Gazette - Darien Segment
Georgia Public Broadcasting segment features an interview with City Manager Brett Cook. Scroll to the July 22 show, and fast forward the player to the 19:00 mark to hear this broadcast. [Listen now]

07/01/08: Program for Independence Day 2008 Ceremony

The City of Darien invites the public to an Independence Day flag-raising ceremony on Friday, July 4th at 9:00 a.m. in front of the City Hall... [Read more]

06/28/08: City of Darien Public Hearing Notice

The City of Darien is preparing a Partial Update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan in accordance with Chapter 110-12-1 of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Rules. [Read more]

06/11/08: Shrimp Boat Model Unveiled at the Darien Downtown Development Authority
Unveiled at the Darien Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting on June 10, 2008, the Captain Jackie Baxley honors the memory of a great Georgia fisherman. This unique model is designed after a 92' long shrimp boat and was hand-crafted by David Baxley using wood and layers of fiberglass just like a commercial vessel. [Read more]

06/1/08: June 2008 Talk of the Town
Darien Mayor Kelly Spratt presents "Talk of the Town" for June 2008. [Watch video online now]

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