Thurmond Wins Joe Lane Cox EMS Excellence Award


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency Dawson County Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond was selected to receive the Joe Lane Cox Excellence in EMS Award at its Region 2 banquet held at Unicoi State Park recently. Current EMS Director Lanier Swafford was on hand at Thursday’s County Commission meeting to present the award.

“I’ve been blessed my entire career here in Dawson County to work with excellent people,” Thurmond said. “There are a lot of people who deserve this award more than me but I totally appreciate it. Success in anything you do s about the people you have around you and so I accept this award on behalf of the entire group.”

Commissioners recently voted to replace county-owned vehicles that were at least 10 years old or had exceeded 150,000 miles. Thursday, they approved purchase orders totaling $242,798 to replace those vehicles.

The Board approved one purchase order to Alan Vigil Ford Lincoln for two Ford vehicles in the amount of $50,188 and another to IKO Business Group for $192,610 to purchase eight Dodge vehicles.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to hold public hearings on May 18 and June 1 on an updated Environmental Health fee schedule. The department that issues permits in many areas, including sewage management, food services, tourist accommodations, water testing, pools and spas and body art has not adjusted its fees since 2009.

The Board voted 4-0 to approve Public Works Director David McKee’s request to use the remaining SPLOST V funds to repair the wing wall on Dawson Forest Road, which will require a county match of $49,000, and the parking lot at Veterans Memorial Park at a cost of $400,000.

Repairs to Tanner Road, Kelly Bridge Road and Steve Tate were approved as SPLOST VI projects. McKee recommended the Board accept the low bid of C.W. Matthews in the amount of $4,663,404.16 to perform the work.

Thomson Road was included as an add alternate on the SPLOST VI project list but the recommendation was to not move forward with that work at this time. Commissioners unanimously approved the recommendation.

The Board granted a special use business license application for LaHacienda’s Cinco deMaya celebration and approved the appointment of James (Jim) Perdue to replace Mike Wenson to the county Board of assessors through Dec. 2018.

Following the meeting, the Board held a reception for new County Attorney M. Lynn Frey III.







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