Public Defender Office Requests Additional Salary Supplement

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Board of Commissioner is considering a request to increase its share of the salary supplement for an attorney in the Public Defender’s office by $12,000 annually.

H. Bradford Morris made he request during Thursday’s work session. The current salary is $60,000 , part of which is paid by Hall County. The $12,000 supplement would bring the total to $72,000.

The work session included a presentation by Purchasing Director Davida Simpson explaining that five county vehicles have met or exceeded the county’s Vehicle Replacement Policy which targets vehicles older than 10 years or which have exceeded 100,000 miles to be replaced. Staff requested replacement bids on five but only three bid requests were responsive. Staff recommend the three responsive bids be awarded to Jacky Jones Ford in Cleveland, Ga. The bid for two Fords is $$49,425. The bid for one Dodge is $28,000.

Commissioners discussed approval of FY17 Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Program Contract The expenses for the 2017 budget from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2017 will be $48,755 from federal/state funds and $120,174 from a county match.

There was also a lengthy discussion of a SR400/SR 53 street lighting agreement.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is constructing a continuous flow intersection at SR 400/SR 53 utilizing federal funds. Utilization of federal funds requires the project to be designed to meet Federal Highway Standards. Previous lighting plans submitted by county staff have been altered in an attempt to cut energy and maintenance cost. The agreement is only for the SR 400 mainline overhead lighting from Beartooth Parkway to the Chamber of Commerce office.

GDOT has submitted an agreement to the county to install 33 LED light poles on SR 400 from Beartooth Parkway to the Chamber of Commerce office. GDOT will provide the materials and installation. The county will provide repair and maintenance and pay for the energy usage of the lighting system upon completion which is expected to later this year. Staff anticipates monthly energy costs to be approximately $400 for the 33 poles or about $4,800 per year beginning January 2017. Staff further anticipates an annual budget of $2,000 for property repairs and maintenance of the structures.

The Board also heard a recommendation from County Attorney Joey Homans to accept a request by Linda Youngman that the county accept the gift of Lot 33 in Hidden horizons Subdivision to use as a drainage easement.

Finally, commissioners considering the appointment of Tom Harter to the Dawson County Library Board of Trustees, Joan Gilleland to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and Lori Grant to the Board of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.

These items are expected to be voted on during the regular voting session next Thursday.

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