BOC meets in special called session Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will meet in a special called session/public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) in the Government Center Assembly Room. That meeting will be followed at 6 p.m. by a regular voting session.

The county is required to hold a public hearing to meet the requirements for acceptance of a $750,000 community development block grant (CDBG) to assist with the construction of the new Margie Weaver Senior Center on Recreation Road. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program.

During the 6 p.m. voting session, the sheriff’s office will seek ratification of a request to apply for $112,204 in grant funding for the 2019 North Georgia K9 Task Force. Dawson County has received this funding in the past.

The Fire/EMS is also asking approval to accept a Georgia Emergency Management Agency K9 Grant Fund in the amount of $14,000 with no matching funds required. The department has received this grant for several years. It runs from Oct. 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.

Danny Thompson was appointed as the interim EMA director in July 2018 and provided 90 days by the Board of Commissioners to obtain his Certified Emergency Manager credentials. Thompson has received that certification and is asking the Board to appoint him as EMA Director.

The Dawson County Fleet Maintenance Department performs repairs and maintenance on the Public Works’ Road Department’s equipment that are capable of being completed in-house. Other work is outsourced for performance. An IFB was released on Oct. 25 for the aforementioned service. Two bids were received on Nov. 9. The lowest, most responsive bid was offered by Townley Construction.

Legacy Link receives an increase or decrease in funding during the contract year that changes the original contract amounts. The organization is asking for an addendum that makes the following change: includes an additional $16,258 for respite care to be used during the last six months of the FY 2019 contract (January-June 2019).

Commissioners are expected to vote on ratification of the FY 2020 Georgia Department of Transportation / Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 Transit Contract for providing public transportation for Dawson County citizens. Grant will continue to pay a 50 percent match with federal and state funding for administrative and operating budget.

The Board will also choose its representative on the Development Authority of Dawson County.

 

 

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Commissioners hold work session Thanksgiving Eve

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DAWSONVILLE Ga. – On Thanksgiving Eve, Dawson County Commissioners were asked to consider a number of grant applications during the work session.

Dawson County Chief Deputy Greg Rowan presented a request for a K-9 grant extension for the Sheriff’s Office. The county has received this grant for several years. The current K-9 grant ended June 30, 2018, and a sub-grant extension was granted through the end of the year in the amount of $56,102. It is used to cover the salary and benefits of two K-9 employees. There is no match required. Approval and signatures are all that is needed to activate.

Rowan also asked the commission for approval to apply for grant funding for the North Georgia K-9 Task Force. The sheriff’s office has received this funding in the past and is requesting approval to apply for $112,204 in 2019.

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Fire and Emergency Services Interim Director Danny Thompson requested the commission accept the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) K-9 Grant Funds. This is a grant through GEMA and the Department of Homeland Security for expenses related to the K-9 program in the Fire/EMS department. The department has received this grant for several years.

The grant year runs from Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019, in the amount of $14,000 with no local match required.

Thompson was appointed as interim EMA director in July 2018 and provided 90 days by the Board of Commissioners to obtain his Certified Emergency Manager credentials. He received the credentials on Sept. 28 and Wednesday, he requested commissioners appoint him EMA director.

Fleet Maintenance Director Shannon Harben asked commissioners to approve a contract with Townley Construction for repair and maintenance of the Public Works Road Department equipment. Fleet Maintenance performs all repairs and maintenance capable of being completed in-house. Other work is outsourced for performance. The invitation for bids (IFB) was released on Oct. 25, 2018. Two bids were received on Nov. 9. The lowest, most responsive bid was offered by Townley Construction. The rates are $145 per hour in shop, $155 in field plus $180 travel fee for field repair and 2 percent markup on parts.

Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett asked for an addendum to increase funding for the Respite Care agreement with Legacy Link. Legacy Link receives an increase or decrease in funding during the contract year that changes original contract amounts. The addendum would include an additional $16,258 for respite care to be used during the last six months of the FY 2019 contract

Pruett also sought approval of a the continuous grant with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for providing public transportation for Dawson County citizens. The grant requires the county to pay a 50% match with federal and state funding for administrative and operating budget.

Issues discussed in a work session are generally voted on at the next voting session of the Board of Commissioners.

 

 

 

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BOC to Vote on Changes to Soil Erosion Ordinance at Thursday’s Meeting

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will hold the first of two public hearings regarding changes to the Soil Erosion Ordinance required to ensure compliance to state regulations when they hold a regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Dawson County Government Center, 25 Justice Way in Dawsonville.

A second public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 16. The changes are mostly in the wording of the ordinance and will have minimal impact on the current ordinance.

There will also be a public hearing on an update to the Dawson County Emergency Services Prevention Fee Schedule. The fee schedule imposed by the Fire Marshal’s Office has not been updated since it was approved in 2005. Changes in the fireworks law and additional services now being offered through the Prevention Office require updates.

Commissioners are also expected to vote on:

  • A request to apply for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) K-9 Grant at no cost to the county;
  • A SPLOST VI Apparatus Replacement Proposal to approve the lease purchase of fire and emergency equipment, with a maximum annual payment for seven years, not to exceed $75,035.00 at an interest rate of 2.44 percent;
  • A second Surplus Asset Disposal List for county vehicles identified as exceeding service life;
  • A request by Fleet Maintenance to approve the bid of $70,500 to replace tires on count vehicles and equipment from four individual vendors;
  • A request to approve a contract with Indent Electrical Services to provide on-call electrical services;
  • A request to approve a contract with Townley Construction Company to provide on-call plumbing services;
  • An addendum to the FY18 Legacy Link agreement;
  • A county-wide Phone Replacement System;
  • The 2018 Payroll and Holiday Calendar;
  • The 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule;
  • A special event alcohol permit application for the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Nov. 14;
  • Consideration of County Manager Contract Renewal.

 

 

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