Commissioners Approve Canopy Design for Government Center

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Commissioners approved the design for a new canopy to protect visitors to the Government Center during inclement weather, amended the county’s smoking ordinance and adopted a vacant and burned structure ordinance during Thursday’s voting session.

Commissioners chose Option 3 with a revision to be determined later for the canopy that will stretch from the handicap parking area at the rear of the facility to the front entrance. Approval was for the Rosser design only and the bid contract will still need to be approved. The canopy has a price tag between $167,300 to $270,228 depending on the options the Board chooses.

The new ordinance defines vacant commercial structures as those that have been unoccupied for 90 days and requires they be maintained in good repair.

The owner of a partially burned structure has 30 days after the completion of an investigation by the Fire Department and law enforcement or insurer to remove all refuse, debris and charred or partially burned material. If the structure is burned to an extent that can’t be repaired, the owner has 60 days to remove the remaining portion of the building. Penalty for violation of the ordinance is not less than $250 per day nor more than $1,000 per day. Each day that the violation continues after due notice is given is a separate violation.

Commissioners also amended the county smoking ordinance to read: No person shall smoke tobacco products or use electronic cigarettes or vape products on property owned, leased or operated by Dawson County.

In other action, commissioners:
⦁ Approved a request by Casey and Constance Tatum to rezone five acres from Residential Sub-Rural Manufactured/Moved to Residential Agriculture
⦁ Approved the 2016 Arbor Day Proclamation;
⦁ Tabled re-cosideration of a bid to replace the county’s servers until the May 5 meeting;
⦁ Approved a budget amendment for the District Attorney’s office to cover the expense of a murder trial;
⦁ Scheduled public hearings for consideration of the 2016 Land Use Plan for May 17, 2016 and May 19, 2016;
⦁ Approved the surplus list of 2016 vehicles and equipment;
⦁ Approved naming an unnamed county creek Logan Creek;
⦁ Approved an Etowah Water and Sewer agreement to allow residents to grow crops on property owned by that entity;
⦁ Approved a request by the Clerk of Courts Office to allow a budget amendment to cover a legal settlement in the amount of $4,950;
⦁ Appointed Charlie Auvermann to the Joint Development Authority Board.

All votes were 3-0 with Commissioner Sharon Fausett absent.

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