City appoints Jonah Howell solicitor


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — During an abbreviated 30-regular meeting and work session, the Dawsonville City Council unanimously appointed Jonah Howell city solicitor Monday.

The appointment followed an executive session an agenda amendment. Howell has served as acting attorney for the City Council on several occasions and is currently the solicitor for the City of Cumming.

Council postponed taking action on a request by Allen Street Properties, LLC and B & K Turner Family for annexation into the city limits.

The property consists of 74.865 acres located at Perimeter Road. The applicant also requested rezoning from County Zoning of RSR (Residential Sub Rural) and RA (Restricted Agriculture) to City Zoning of R3 (Single Family Residential.

Because the applicant has not submitted the request to the county, council voted to postpone any decision until Jan. 19. “We didn’t feel it is appropriate to deal with this matter until it is approved or disapproved by the county,” said Mayor Mike Eason.

Utilities Director Gary Barr was honored for his 30 years of service to the City of Dawsonville. “We appreciate Gary for all he has done for the city,” Eason said. “He’s going to be missed. We’re still using him to consult on some stuff that no one else knows about this city.”

Finance Director presented some good news to council, reporting that collections from Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax are approximately 10 percent above than the amount budgeted despite the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy.


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