BOC reviews county Hazardous Mitigation Plan


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson presented the county’s updated Hazardous Mitigation Plan at the Board of Commissioners work session Thursday.

The plan is a revision of the 2012 version and ensures Dawson County is in compliance with the regulations of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 that allows the county to maintain eligibility and qualify to secure federal funding from disastrous events.

During the plan development, the Dawson County Hazard Plan Committee identified five goals:

  • Protect public health and safety;
  • Reduce and eliminate exposure to natural/manmade hazard events;
  • Reduce the loss and damage to private property/public infrastructure resulting from these various disasters;
  • Maintain continuity of public/private sector operations during disasters;
  • Respond promptly, appropriately and efficiently in the time of an event.

The plan was awarded a $24,000 Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) which requires a 25 percent match.

Thompson also asked Board approval to move money from the contingency fund to provide a 10 percent match for the Georgia Fireworks Tax Monies Grant to pay for the purchase of ten sets of firefighter personal protective ensemble (PPE) that cost $3,000 each.

Commissioners discussed three options for replacing some of the county’s aging photocopiers. The options included purchasing copiers, leasing copiers or a combination of a lease/purchase agreement. Staff recommended the county utilize the Georgia Department of Administrative Services contract to leverage the state’s purchasing power.

Public Works Director David McKee informed the Board of a safety concern created by increased traffic along Red Rider Road due to commercial development. The road is very narrow and pavement edges are significantly worn from the heavy through truck traffic. There is not enough right-of-way to widen the road to accommodate two traffic lanes.

McKee said staff is trying to work through short- and long-term solutions but heavy truck traffic, and through traffic continues to degrade the crumbling roadway. He recommended temporarily closing the road to through traffic from the intersection of Lumpkin Campground and Red Rider to a point approximately 1300’ from the intersection and added that his staff will continue to work with local property owners on a solution for long-term intersection improvements.

Items discussed during work sessions can be voted on at the next voting session of the Board of Commissioners.


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