Environmental group asks BOC to support HR 158

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Joe Cook, of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, will ask county commissioners to support House Resolution 158 when the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meets in a voting session at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The resolution claims that nearly 40 percent of the $469 million collected for the state’s Hazardous Waste Trust Fund and Solid Waste Trust Fund since 1993 has been diverted to other funds.

HR 158 seeks to have the Georgia General Assembly create a dedicated trust fund for initiatives such as hazard waste cleanups, tire dumps and clean community programs.

Commissioners also will vote on acceptance of a partially state-funded Local Maintenance Improvement Grant that will fund $537,860.97 in road repairs. State funding in the amount of $413,739.21 will be provided by Georgia’s Motor Fuel Tax. If approved, the county will provide a 30 percent match in the amount of $124,121.76.

Public Works Director David McKee said the funds will be used to repair the following roads: A.T. Moore, Mt. Vernon, Biscayne Dr., Keys Court, Sandcastle Ct., Bay Drive, Harbour Drive and Seabreeze Way.

Commissioners also are expected to vote on acceptance of a continuous grant application to provide public transportation for Dawson County citizens. The grant, which is provided through the Federal Transportation Administration, will pay 50 percent of administrative and operating budget for the county’s transportation system if commissioners approve.

Commissioners will also consider new alcohol license permit requests by the Arellano Restaurant Group, LLC, doing business as Senor Fiesta No. 3 (retail consumption on premises of beer, wine & distilled spirits) and Southern Pie, LLC doing business as MOD Pizza (retail consumption on premises of beer only).

 

 

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  1. PUBLIC HEARING 1. Dawson County Soil Erosion Ordinance Revision (2nd of 2 hearings. 1st hearing was held on November 2, 2017) K. NEW BUSINESS
  2. Consideration of FTA/GDOT FY 19 Section 5311 Grant Application
  3. Consideration of 2018 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) Application
  4. Consideration of 2017 Capital Improvement Element (CIE) Update Adoption Resolution

 

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT

 

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SPLOST, LOST Collection Exceed Projection

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County Manager David Headley

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – County Manager David Headley delivered some welcome news during the Dawson County Board of Commissioners work session Thursday. The county has made great gains in collection of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Both have performed above expectations.

Bearden said revenue from both is up 17.6 percent over the same month in 2016 and 12.58 percent for the year. Last month’s collection came in 26.2 percent over projection.

Total SPLOST VI collection for the year is $16,281,296. September SPLOST collection was $682,219 while LOST collection was $600,343.

Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond has stressed the importance of reaching SPLOST and LOST collections during his first year in office. “If we keep on the current pace, we might reach the projected amount of sales tax we put into the 2017 budget,” he said. “That will be the first time that has happened in the last several years. In fact, I’m glad to hear we might actually beat the projections.”

Public Works Director David McKee requested Board approval to apply for the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) from the state Motor Fuel Tax collections. The grant requires a match of 30 percent. This year the amount allotted to Dawson County is $413,739.21. Dawson County’s 30 percent match would total $124,121.76. Total budget for 2018 LMIG projects is $537,860.97.

Sr. Services Director Dawn Pruett

The funds will be utilized to repair the following roads: A.T. Moore, Mt. Vernon, Pelican Court, Biscayne Dr., Keys Court, Sandcastle Ct., Bay Drive, Harbour Drive and Seabreeze Way.

Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett will present a continuous grant application for the Board’s approval. The grant is with the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) to provide public transportation for Dawson County citizens.

If approved, the grant will continue to pay a 50 percent match with federal funding for administrative and operating budget.

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BOC to Discuss Grant for Road Improvement

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David McKee

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Acceptance of a federal grant for road repairs will be a key topic of discussion when the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meets in a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Government Center Assembly Room.

Public Works Director David McKee will ask commissioners for permission to apply for the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) from the State Motor Fuel Tax collections. The grant requires a match of 30 percent. This year the amount allotted to Dawson County is $413,739.21. With Dawson County’s 30 percent match of $124,121.76, the total budget for 2018 LMIG projects is $537,860.97.

McKee said the funds will be utilized to repair the following roads: A.T. Moore, Mt. Vernon, Pelican Court, Biscayne Dr. Keys Court, Sandcastle Ct. Bay Drive, Harbour Drive and Seabreeze Way.

Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett will present a continuous grant application for the Board’s approval. The grant is with the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to provide public transportation for Dawson County citizens.

If approved, the grant will continue to pay a 50 percent match with federal and state funding for administrative and operating budget.

There will be departmental reports, including one by Director of Planning and Development Jason Streetman that shows total building permits issued in October rose by 14.2 percent to 40 over the previous month.   Construction of single-family new homes rose by 5.8 percent increase.

Streetman’s report shows a strong uptick in zoning applications and meetings with developers to discuss large projects. His prediction is that 2018 is going to be extremely busy.

 

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BOC Considers Contract with Ga. Technical College

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford was the presenter of three of the four items on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners work session Tuesday.

Swafford asked the board to consider approval of a clinical contract with North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville that would allow for EMT and Paramedic students enrolled in such programs at NGT, to engage in clinical opportunities with Dawson County Emergency Services.

NG Tech is only one of two technical colleges in NE Georgia which conduct a paramedic program. DCES has previously had a clinical contract with the school. This opportunity allows for the student to experience field opportunities while in school and allows for DCES to evaluate students and possibly recruit future employees.

Swafford also sought board approval to apply for an Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), something the county has done for many years. Swafford said county emergency management agencies who complete the mandatory activity and reporting requirements for GEMA have been eligible to receive a 50/50 matching grant to support EMA activities such as mitigation, preparation, and response to emergency situations. The funds cover a portion of the cost for Swift Reach (Reverse 911 System), weather siren maintenance, and radar subscription for the EOC.

This year the base award formula for the EMPG grant was modified and Dawson will receive an increase $7,784 in the 2017-‘18 budget year. This is a 50/50 matching grant for a total of $15,568.

The Dawson County Fire Safety and Prevention Ordinance was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in August 2005 and has never been updated. Included in this ordinance were fees to be imposed by the Dawson County Fire Marshal’s Office. Now that changes have been made to the fireworks law and additional services are being offered through the Prevention Office Swafford asked commissioners to consider updating the ordinance.

Swafford said the only major changes the department is requesting include: Align the language of the ordinance to match that of state law concerning firework permits and inspection fees;  Address fees for CPR, First Aid, and Day Care Provider Fire Safety Classes. These fees have never been formally been adopted by the BOC.

Public Works Director David McKee gave commissioners a Phase Two SPLOST VI Road Improvement Project Budget Update. The program included four road rehabilitation projects. (Tanner Road, Kelly Bridge Road, Steve Tate, and Thompson as an alternate).  The original contract with CW Mathews was approved May 4, 2017 for the first three roads, and on Sept 21, 2017 the BOC approved the alternate of Thompson Road.

The cost that was approved at that time was only for the CW Mathews contract which did not include all expenditures needed to complete the project.  When the scope was presented to the BOC for approval, staff discussed that striping would be performed by our standby striping contractor rather than contracted as part of the road rehabilitation contractor, as such the cost needs approval from the BOC.

Striping cost is to be included in each project. Total shall include both temporary striping and permanent high build striping.  The total project cost will not exceed original approved contracted budget.  Budget to include all striping and or expenses related to completion of the project.

 

 

 

 

 

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Board to Vote on Thompson Road Work

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Public Works Director David McKee will ask the commissioners to approve $196,403 to pay for striping and related expenses for Thompson Road when the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meets in a voting session Thursday (Oct. 19) at 6 p.m.

Commissioners approved phase two of the SPLOST VI program in February. At that time the program included four road rehabilitation projects for Tanner Road, Kelly Bridge Road and Steve Tate with Thompson as an alternate.  The original contract with CW Mathews was approved in May for the first three roads. In September, commissioners approved the alternate of Thompson Road. The cost that was approved at that time did not include expenditures for Thompson Road.

Public Works staff wants to use its standby striping contractor for the additional work and that requires approval by the commission. The total project cost will not exceed the original approved contracted budget and will include all striping and or expenses related to completion of the project.

In other business before the Board, Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford will ask commissioners to approve a clinical contract with North Georgia Technical College to allow EMT and Paramedic students enrolled at the college to engage in clinical opportunities with Dawson County Emergency Services.

North Georgia Tech is only one of two technical colleges in northeast Georgia that conducts a paramedic program. DCES has previously had a clinical contract with the school. This opportunity allows for the student to experience field opportunities while in school and allows for DCES to evaluate students and possibly recruit future employees.

Swafford will also seek Board approval to apply for the 2017-2018 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) application. The county has received the 50/50 grant which supports EMA activities such as mitigation, preparation and response to emergency situations. They also cover a portion of the cost for Swift Reach (Reverse 911 System), weather siren maintenance, and radar subscription for the EOC. This year the base award formula for the grant was modified and Dawson will receive increase $7,784 in the 2017-2018 budget year.

The Board is also expected to vote on a recommendation to approve the 2017 Dawson County Emergency Services Inspection, Plan Review, and Prevention Fee updates.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution and ordinance adopting the Dawson County Fire Safety and Prevention Ordinance in 2005 that included fees to be imposed by the Dawson County Fire Marshal’s Office and the fee schedule has not been updated since.

 

 

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County LOST/SPLOST Collections up 18 Percent

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County Mgr. David Headley

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – In his report to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners during Thursday’s work session, County Manager David Headley said SPLOST and LOST collections are up 18.03 percent compared to last year. Revenue collected from the Special Purpose Local Option Tax reached $698,736 in August, about 14 percent over its projection. Local Option Sales Tax revenue reached $614,883.

Headley also reported the number of building permits issued in August increased by about 50 percent to 42. There were 22 Single-family permits issued, 11 more than in July. The county also issued 172 business licenses last month and 1,407 for the year.

David McKee, President of KARE for Kids, asked that commissioners once again grant permission to use the county parking areas during the upcoming 50th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival (Oct. 27-29) in order to raise funds for needy children in Dawson County.

McKee proposed charging a $10 parking fee per vehicle as has been done in previous year. McKee said several county organizations have agreed to staff the lots and collect fees. KARE for Kids, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) organization and is fully insured.

McKee, who is also Dawson County Public Works Director, asked the Board to consider amending a contract it made last May for road improvements to Tanner Road, Kelly Bridge Road and Steve Tate Highway as part of the SPLOST VI project list. An alternate project for Thompson Road was not awarded at the time due to a lack of funds. However, McKee said current SPLOST VI revenue allows for the addition of Thompson Road to the project.

McKee said that C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc., is not obligated to complete the amended scope of work, but had agreed to do so at the cost submitted previously ($925,899.20).

Planning and Development Director Jason Streetman asked the board to cancel the contract approved in 2016 to provide development overlay for the Ga. 400 corridor from Hwy. 53 to the Forsyth County line.

The GA. 400 overlay as approved covers a large swath of Hwy. 53 within its boundaries but leaves an area of approximately eight-tenths-of-a-mile out of the overlay. Streetman said his staff had identified several parcels of land that should be included in the overlay.

He said with the Board’s approval his staff is ready to move forward with a timeline of dates for open houses, planning commission meetings, etc.

The cost for the project is expected to be approximately $45,000 and Streetman the cost could be absorbed within his department’s existing budget.

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BOC May Add Fire Hydrants on Kilough Church Rd.

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Lanier Swafford

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Two important contracts will be voted on when the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meet in regular session Thursday at 6 p.m.in the Administration Building.

Dawson County Fire Chief/EMA Director Lanier Swafford has requested that commissioners consider approval of a bid by Townley Construction to install seven fire hydrants as part of an Etowah Water and Sewer Authority project to begin later this month along Kilough Church Road at a cost of $27,755.

Etowah Water and Sewer Authority will begin an upgrade project along Kilough Church Road this month. As a compromise concerning the issue between the Authority and county, EWSA is offering to install seven fire hydrants as part of the project at the bid price of $3,965 each with no long term, binding agreement. EWSA also will waive any connection fees and will not seek line upgrades or administrative fees valued at $14,280.

Commissioners also are expected to vote on renewal of a contract with Deanna Specialty Transportation, Inc., a subcontractor for DHS Senior Transit Rides.  Deanna reimburses the county for all senior rides provided by Dawson County Transit and Dawson County Senior Center.

Also to be considered are special event permits for the Bootlegger Triathlon and the Dawson Chamber of Commerce for an alcohol permit for a Business After Hours event scheduled for Sept. 21.

Milton and Mary Bruce were attempting to buy two lots along Pirkle Leake Road when title work uncovered an old plat making it appear (erroneously) that parts of the lots are in county right of way. However, the lots are not in the right of way and they are seeking a quit claim deed to proceed with the purchase.

Public Works Director David Mckee and County Attorney Lynn Frey reviewed the situation and concluded that a corrected plat and quit claim deed are appropriate to correct the error. McKee has already signed off on the plat but the deed must be approved by the Board and signed by the Chairman.

The Board will also consider the appointment of Gary Coates to the Dawson County Industrial Building Authority and Tara Hardwick, Tony Passarrello and Bill Johnson to the Commissioners’ Compensation Committee.

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County Millage Rate Hearing is Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will hold the first of three public hearings on the proposed FY 2018 budget and the millage rate Thursday at 4 p.m.

The board intends to leave the current millage rate of 8.138 unchanged, which would increase the 2017 property taxes it will levy this year by 4.45% over the rollback millage rate.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $34.70 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 is approximately $27.76.

Additional public hearings are scheduled for Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Citizens are invited to attend and comment.

Other items on Thursday’s agenda include a request by Director of Emergency Services Lanier Swafford for commissioners to consider accepting a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $960,305. The county would be required to provide a match of $596,947.

The grant would help cover the cost of salary and benefits for personnel for three years. The other cost the county would incur would be for uniforms and gear (approximately $2,500.00 per employee per year).

The grant is for three years. At the end of the three years, the grant offers three options – employing agency assumes responsibility of the cost; apply for a hardship extension to the grant if local funding is limited; termination without penalty.

Director of Public Services David McKee will provide an update on the closure of Blacks Mill. The Georgia Department of Transportation declared the bridge unsafe for vehicular traffic and ordered it closed on July 18. McKee will ask the board to consider allowing his staff to continue working with GDOT on one of its bridge maintenance assistant programs.

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