Pickens Co. decision to train volunteer firefighters violates a 10-year agreement with Dawson County

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County Manager David Headley

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – What has been a simmering disagreement between Dawson and Pickens counties for months, erupted into something far more serious Monday when it was learned that Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones plans to violate an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that has existed between the two counties since 2008.

Jones has made it clear Pickens County will take over training for the volunteer firefighters at Station 8 in the Wildcat Community, part of which lies inside both counties.

Dawson County Manager David Headley said Jones’ decision violates Section 5 of the IGA which states: “Dawson County shall provide training, equipment and workers compensation insurance for up to ten volunteer firefighters.”

It could also violate Section 12 of the IGA if Pickens plans to pullout of the agreement completely. Section 12 states: “The terms of the agreement shall be renewed automatically each year unless 180 days written notice of termination is provided by the other party.”

Pickens Co. Chairman Rob Jones

“I’m disappointed with the position (Jones) has taken,” Headley said Monday morning. “Dawson County has always been there for that community. Unfortunately, the Pickens County Chairman has chosen not to adhere to the IGA.”

Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said he has a training class scheduled for the volunteers at Station 8 tomorrow (Dec. 4) at 6 p.m.

Jones decision to violate the IGA places volunteers in the difficult position of deciding whether to attend training provided by Dawson or Pickens counties. Sources have told Fetch Your News the volunteers are being pressured to attend the Pickens training which won’t begin for several more weeks.

Fetch Your News reached out to Chairman Jones but he did not return our phone call.

Station 8 was constructed in 2008. Under the terms of the IGA, Pickens County assumed responsibility for acquiring the land, making improvements to the land, construction of the station, building and contents insurance and LP gas.

Dawson County’s responsibilities include operation of the station, providing fire apparatus, including a fire engine and tanker truck, training and equipping the volunteers as well as administrative support and leadership.

The agreement worked well until recently when a dispute arose over the need for an additional water tank. The existing tank at Station 8 holds only 45,000 gallons of water and once it is drained, it takes several days to refill. The need for an additional water source was driven home last month when a home on Burnt Mountain Ridge Road was destroyed by fire.

In a townhall meeting following that fire — which Headley said was meant to ambush Dawson County officials — Clayton Preble, president of the Wildcat Community, said there was a firm agreement that Dawson County would provide a tank and move it and that Pickens County would construct the foundation.

Headley said that is nonsense. “There was an informal discussion but it never went any further than that,” he said. “Something like that would have to be approved by the Board of Commissioners and the issue was never placed before them.”

Headley said former Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford located a tank the county could have obtained for the price of moving it, which Swafford estimated to be about $10,000. But the actual cost turned out to be much higher — between $50,000 and $60,000. Moreover, no contractor was willing to bid on moving it.

Headley and Thompson spent more than an hour being grilled by the residents of Wildcat Community during the townhall meeting while Jones sat in the back of the room and was never questioned.

“It seems like their refusal to adhere to the IGA is in retaliation for us not giving them what they want with regard to the water tank,” Headley said.

 

 

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County receives health and wellbeing grant

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PRESS RELEASE

For more information:
Kristen Cloud
706-344-3501
kcloud@dawsoncounty.org

Dawsonville, Ga. – Dawson County has been awarded the ACCG – Group Health Benefits Program Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grant by ACCG, Georgia’s County Association. The grant will be used to fund flu shots for county employees.

Dawson County is one of 36 members to receive the Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grant based on its commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

“A successful wellness program is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, which helps to control healthcare coshealth caretribute to a happier, more productive workforce,” said Douglas County Commissioner and president of the ACCG – GHBP Board of Directors, Michael Mulcare. “Wellness programs greatly benefit employees, their families and the employer – everyone benefits.”

The Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grants are awarded statewide to ACCG members that are undertaking health and wellness initiatives to transform their living and working communities into healthier environments.  The grants are to provide assistance in promoting worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.

As part of the grant process, the member designates a Health Promotion Champion to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend the Health Promotion Champion training class offered by Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS). In addition, employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback.

Wellness programs have a reliable track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale. ACCG offers wellness services to all members through LGRMS, a not-for-profit agency operated jointly with the Georgia Municipal Association.

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Head-on collision in Dawson County closes Hwy. 53

News, Police & Government

On August 31, 2018 at 08:09, Dawson County Emergency Services (DCFES) responded to a head-on collision in the area of Highway 53/Highway 183. This was a passenger vehicle versus tractor trailer incident; crews found one female victim entrapped in her vehicle. DCFES Company 1 utilized the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the patient from the vehicle at 8:27am.One female was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. DCFES Station 6 responded for manpower to assist with the extrication of the patient.

SFC Curtis W. Bradshaw with Georgia State Patrol, reported that the Toyota Camry was driven by 30 year old Ashley Enyart of Marble Hill, GA.  The tractor trailer was driven by 62 year old Miguel Arrieta-Villarreal of Woodstock, GA. Enyart was traveling West on Highway 53, when she crossed the centerline in the left hand curve. Arrieta-Villarreal was traveling east on Highway 53 and was negotiating a downhill right hand curve; the Toyota Camry struck the left front corner of the Freightliner tractor trailer. After impact, the Camry rotated approximately 180 degrees and came to rest facing east in the westbound lane.  After impact, the Freight-liner continued traveling east and ran off the roadway onto the north shoulder striking a ditch and embankment.

Enyart was transported by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where she was treated for her injuries and released.  Mr. Arrieta-Villarreal had a complaint of injury but declined transport to the hospital.

According to DCFES, the incident closed Highway 53 between the intersection of Hwy 183 and Duck Thurmond Rd, but has since been reopened.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.  Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be involved or a factor.  There was no evidence either driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Enyart was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road.

 

Photos were taken by Danny Thompson, Dawson County Fire & EMS

Chamber Chatter-Ribbon cuttings and Business Luncheon this week!

Community

“Cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community.”
Chamber Chatter

August 7, 2018

Chamber News & Events

In This Issue

Upcoming Chamber Events

Tuesday, August 7, Ribbon Cutting ceremony, A Divine Beauty Boutique and Spa, 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 9, Business Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 10, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Cozy Lil Country Store, 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 16, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Mattress Bliss Outlet, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, August 22, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Atlanta Oral and Facial, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 28, Business After Hours, Amicalola Falls Lodge, 5-7 p.m.

Welcome New Members!
Troncalli Automotive Group
Mandy’s Pet Spa
Trinity Church of Dawsonville
Cozy Lil’ Country Store
Atlanta Communities/Joanie Cullity
Wallis & Associates Professional Counseling Services
Georgia Earth and Pipe
Keegan Wealth Management & Retirement Strategies
4 Seasons Home Inspector, LLC
Chestatee Ford
The Ketone Kraze
Southern Bank & Trust
Flack’s Flooring
Family Heritage
Story Custom Decks
A Divine Beauty Boutique & Spa
Lighthouse Christian Academy
Advocare by Zach Green
Lularoe–Jessica Green
Midgard Armory
Mattress Bliss
Cruise Planners/American Express Travel

Sponsorship Opportunities
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Dawson County Chamber Bid Requests

Dawson County Board of Commissioners Bid Requests

Local Newsletter Links

Informative Presentations
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Dawson County Veterans Services
All Veterans are welcome at the Chapter’s weekly meetings at Billy’s Heavenly Biscuits on Fridays at 8 a.m. For more information call 706-809-2573
Veterans Service Officer

Cindy Hayes visits Dawsonville the third Wednesday of each month at the second floor of Dawsonville City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Military Officers Association of America meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Board of Education Professional Development Building in Dawsonville at 7 p.m.
Post 247 of the American Legion meets the second Tuesday of each month at 50 Campground Center Plaza off Lumpkin Campground Road at 7 p.m.
Veterans Affairs of Dawson County meets monthly at Etowah Water Conference Room off Hwy 53 East at 5:30 p.m.
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Job postings:
Goodwill of North Georgia Career Center
PawSpa Pet Resort

Celebrate one of our newest members!
Who: A Divine Beauty Boutique & Spa
When: Tuesday, August 7 at 11 a.m.
Where: 5 Highway 9 South

Celebrate one of our newest members!
Who: Cozy Lil Country Store
When: Friday, August 10 at 11 a.m.
Where: 86 Highway 53

Celebrate one of our newest members!
Who: Mattress Bliss
When: Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m.
Where: 800 Highway 400 S. Unit 115

Save the date and golf with us!
Monday, September 17, 2018

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Share your business news with us!
Have you hired new staff members? Or made updates to your storefront? Maybe someone in the office won an industry award–we want to hear about it! Email news and updates about your business to m.mayton@dawson.org to be featured in an upcoming issue of Dawson County Chamber Connection newsletter.
Upcoming Community Events

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:

Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship tournament
set for Saturday, September 8
     On June 27, 2015 a tragic auto accident while leaving Chestatee Golf Club led to the death of promising young golf standout, Joe Dumphy.  After a month of trying to recover, young Dumphy passed away on July 26, 2015, donating five vital organs so others could live.
     Joe’s parents, Charley and Deb Dumphy, along with his sister Olivia, started The Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship (JDMGS) 501(c)(3) charity which recognizes local college-bound high school seniors that emulate Joe’s character, citizenship, faith-based attitude and sense of giving.  In the three years of existence, the foundation has awarded more than $32,000.00 in scholarships.  JDMGS is able to provide the scholarships due to the generosity of the community, fundraising efforts, family donations and the success of the memorial golf tournament held at Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville each year.
     Year after year the golf tournament has grown from an original field of approximately 60 golfers to almost 80 the second year to over 90 last year and hopefully a full field of 144 players this year, making this one of the major charitable tournaments in the area.  The scramble format tournament will be held at Chestatee Golf Club on Saturday September 8, 2018.  The $125.00 tournament fee includes greens and cart fees, breakfast, lunch and frozen custard desert bar provided by Freddy’s Hamburgers & Custard.  Beyond that, players receive raffle tickets for dozens of outstanding prizes donated by local merchants as well as the chance for the Grand Prize of a Big Green Egg.  A separate 50/50 raffle will also be conducted at the end of the luncheon.  On the golf course, players will compete for Closest to the Pin prizes on all five par 3 holes, longest drive for men and women and this year, for the first time, a hole-in-one on #17 (where Little Joe had a hole-in-one) will win the player a 2-year lease on a Cadillac from Atlanta Classic Cadillac/Subaru.
     Anyone interested in playing in this charity event that helps local college-bound high school seniors, please call Chestatee Golf Club at 706-216-7336 to register yourself or your foursome.   Your support can make the difference in the future education of a local high school graduate!

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Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 07/30 to 08/04

Arrest Reports

Arrest report provided by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Dawson County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

July Public Health Inspection Scores

Health
  • TACO BELL

  • 295 MARKETPLACE BLVD DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (770) 251-9600
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-23-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • CAPTAIN D’S

  • 39 NORTHSIDE DAWSON DR DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (706) 216-5246
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 83
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-17-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • MCDONALD’S #31922

  • 156 POWER CENTER DR DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (706) 216-8032
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • OLD TOWNE PIZZA

  • 10 TED CHESTER ST DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (706) 265-1520
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 75
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-12-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • LITTLE CAESAR’S

  • 6222 HWY 53 E STE B100 DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (888) 334-5105 ext.
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 88
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-09-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • TAKOZ EXPRESS

  • 30 INDUSTRIAL PARK RD STE 100 DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (404) 310-6041
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-09-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • LEN FOOTE HIKE INN

  • 240 AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (706) 864-4020
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 95
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • EL RIOS MEXICAN CAFE

  • 69 HIGHWAY 9 S DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (706) 265-6091
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-05-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930
  • A PERFECT GATHERING CATERING

  • 2115 HWY 9 S DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
  • Phone Number: (678) 516-2405
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-03-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 265-2930

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 07/23 to 07/29

Arrest Reports

Arrest report provided by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Dawson County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 07/16 to 07/23

Arrest Reports

Arrest report provided by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Dawson County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

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