National Small Business Week in Dawson County

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DAWSONVILLE,, Ga. — There’s never been a better time to celebrate business in Dawson County.

Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously proclaimed May 5-11, 2019 to be National Small Business Week in Dawson County.

To celebrate, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will be spotlighting its business members through its social media and newsletter as well as visiting members with staff and its Ambassador team.

“We are thrilled to use this week as an opportunity to showcase our business members,” Chamber President Christie Moore said. “Since a business is considered small if it has 500 or less employees, all Dawson County businesses technically fall into this category. Dawson County businesses keep our community thriving and we are grateful to all the local entrepreneurs who innovate, inspire and choose to do business here in Dawson County.”

Dawson County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 5-11, 2019  as National Small Business Week at its vote session meeting on May 2.Pictured with the Board of Commissioners are Dawson County Chamber President Christie Moore, Economic Development Director Betsy McGriff and Membership Director Melissa Mayton.

Across the country, there are 30 million small businesses which create two out of every three new jobs in the economy, according to the Small Business Administration. More than half of Americans either work or own a small business. Small businesses are also responsible for 32 percent known export values totaling $440 billion.

“Here at the Chamber we are always seeking new ways to help our businesses thrive and grow,” Chamber Membership Director Melissa Mayton said. “Whether it’s a programming or networking opportunity or offering insurance benefits that employers can pass on to their employees, we are passionate about getting our members the resources they need for their business to succeed.”

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 Dawson County celebrates Manufacturing Appreciation Week

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — April 15-18 is Manufacturing Week in Dawson County. During the week, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Dawson County will celebrate local manufacturers and industrial suppliers with staff visits to show appreciation and spotlight posts on social media. To kick off hte celebration and recognize the positive impact of local manufacturers, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners passes a resolution of support at their April 11 voting session.

Manufacturers and industrial suppliers play a vital role in the local economy. In Dawson County, the average annual wage for manufacturing-based employment is $10,000 more than the overall county average annual wage. Additionally, manufacturing facilities place a low burden on public services, enhance the diversity of the tax base, provide support to local nonprofits and enrich the education of local students through work-based learning initiatives.

“We have a growing cluster of advanced manufacturing and metal working industries in Dawson County, several of whom are expanding and adding new product lines, Chamber Economic Director Betsy McGriff said. “We are excited to place focus on these firms during Manufacturing Appreciation Week.”

The Chamber recognizes that saying “thank you” to business and industry does not end with one week of appreciation. The Chamber staff and board in partnership with the Development Authority continues to work year-round to foster growth in the manufacturing sector to help connect these businesses to the community at large. Manufacturing growth in Dawson County will provide additional opportunities for citizens to work closer to home for a better wage and improved quality of life.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week is an annual event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development and brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes in Georgia’s economic growth. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, more than 9,000 manufacturing facilities exixt in Georgia. These businesses provide 396,339 jobs, generate more than $23.1 million in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Please follow @dawsonchabergram on Instagram and @dawsoncountychamber on Facebook to learn more about local manufacturing firms as they are spotlighted during Manufacturing Appreciation Week.

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce represents more than 490 members in the North Georgia region. The organization exists to fulfill the mission of “cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community.” Located just north of the intersection of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development provides a Welcome Center and visitor, business, and economic development information to visitors, local citizens, and businesses. For additional information about Georgia’s Manufacturing Appreciation week, please visit http://www.georgiamaw.org/.

 

 

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Chairman Thurmond will present proposed 2019 budget in Thursday work session

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Dawson County BOC

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond will present the proposed county budget for 2019 during Thursday’s work session which will begin at 4 p.m. in the Dawson County Government Center Assembly Room.

The Board of Commissioners is required to adopt an annual budget prior to the end of the fiscal year (December 31). As part of the budget process, the Chairman presents his proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the public.

In meetings after the Chairman’s presentation, public hearings for the budget will be held for citizen input.

The BOC will hold 3 public hearings for the 2019 budget on October 4, 11 and 18. The budget may be adopted October 18, following the third public hearing.

Dawson County Parks and Recreation Director Matt Payne will seek board approval to apply for a Department of Natural Resources Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant. The minimum grant that can be awarded is $25,000 and the maximum is $100,000. A 50 percent county match is required.

The grant could be used to repair or replace the fishing pier at War Hill Park. The pier has undergone repair for many years and Payne says it would be more cost and time effective to have it replaced.

District Attorney Lee Darragh will ask board approval to accept a Victims of Crime Act Grant in the amount of $74,088.84. No county match is required.

County Attorney Lynn Frey will ask board approval to hire a legal assistant who can perform legal secretary functions, is familiar with specified job duties and has relevant experience. The position was described and requested in the County Attorney Budget for FY 2019, but Frey said subsequent discussion has led to the conclusion that the need is sufficiently urgent at present to move ahead on the position rather than delay until January.

The salary for a mid-October commencement of the job would be approximately $6,956.20 for five pay periods through the end of December. Eligibility for benefits would not occur until January. Annual salary for this grade 11 position, using entry level figures, is $30,547.

 

 

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BOC holds public hearing on millage rate Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County citizens are invited to express their opinions when the Board of Commissioners holds the first of three public hearings on setting the millage rate Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building at 25 Justice Way.

Commissioners have publicly announced their intention to leave the current millage

rate unchanged at 8.138 mills, or 0.745 mills above the rollback rate which would have allowed he county to generate the same tax revenue as last year. Setting the millage rate above the rollback rate requires commissioners to hold three public hearings. The second hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. The third and final hearing is set for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $74.50 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 is approximately $59.60.

Commissioners are expected to approve a request by the sheriff’s office to purchase two 2019 Chevrolet Tahoes from Hardy Chevrolet for a total of $72,870, one 2018 Dodge Charger from Akin Ford Corp. for $23,178 and one 2018 F150 from Allan Vigil Ford for $29,515. The total expenditure for all vehicles is $125,563.

The Board is also expected to approve Phase 1 of the three phase county wide computer replacement program. The total estimated cost for 2018 is $145,000 with funds coming from SPLOST VI. The total estimated cost for the three-year period is $435,000.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking commissioners to approve a new professional services contract that will extend the number of years the contract for  can be extended from two one-year renewals to four one-year renewals.

Former Keep Dawson County Beautiful Executive Director Robbie Irvin has asked that Kara Wilkins be appointed as the new executive director with an annual salary of $5,000 to supplement to her current salary.

 

 

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Commissioner Hamby will not seek re-election

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Comm. Jimmy Hamby

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby will not seek a third term on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

“I’ve done two terms and that is enough,” Hamby said Tuesday. “I lost my son a year and a half ago, and I want to try to spend more time with my family.”

Hamby, who has built a reputation for keeping a tight rein on taxpayer dollars, said, “I’ve tried to keep the people I represent in mind, and I hope whoever takes my place does the same. I’ve always felt like it was the people’s money I was in charge of and not mine.”

Hamby said he would miss helping to shape the future of the county but added he plans to stay active and involved in county affairs.

“I’ll definitely miss it, but people can still call me and I’ll do my best to help them if I can,” Hamby stated.

Asked about the future of Dawson County, Hamby said, “Here’s the way I look at it: You can’t get much better than Dawson County and the quality of life we have here. I think we’re in good shape as far as our leadership. We have a good board of commissioners and good people working for the county.”

As far as the growth that is headed for Dawson County, Hamby said. “I don’t want to stop the growth, but I want to see it done to the benefit of everybody who lives here.”

District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes-Nix said she would miss Hamby.

“Jimmy always works to provide the very best service possible to the citizens of Dawson,” Hughes-Nix said. “He has been a great steward of taxpayer dollars and has earned the respect of the community and local officials. His commitment to protecting our quality of life is beneficial for the future of Dawson County. It has been a privilege to work beside him.”

 

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Headley: Sheriff’s budget increase close to $1 million

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County Manager David Headley

DAWSONVILLE Ga. – A report issued by Dawson County Manager David Headley during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting indicates first-term Sheriff Jeff Johnson, who is threatening to sue the county for a bigger 2018 budget, received an increase of close to $1 million over the 2017 budget.

The sheriff’s budget for the current year is $6,822,566. The approved budget for 2018 is $7,365,547, an increase of $542,981. But Headley points out the sheriff’s office also will receive an increase of nearly half a million dollars in SPLOST funding and an additional $300,000 in capital funding.

Headley’s report indicated the sheriff’s office has received a budget increase in each of the last four years, including next year’s increase of $985,277.

The county manager took exception to a statement made by attorney Joey Homans, who represents the sheriff’s office, at a recent town hall meeting. Homans said commissioners refused to “sit down at the table” to negotiate a budget resolution.

“The notion that we have refused to meet over these matters is just wrong,” Headley said in his report. “The sheriff made his request for a large budget back in July. Since then, we have had several public meetings and hearings and the sheriff and his attorney were allowed to speak as much as they wanted. One of those meetings was a special called meeting held specifically for discussion of the sheriff’s budget.”

He added that the county has repeatedly reached out to the sheriff to offer assistance in matters such as human resources, finance and purchasing, grants and maintenance. “We have a well-trained staff and policies in place which can help with compliance with the law and doing things in the most efficient and economical way,” Headley said. “Our offers have frequently been ignored or declined.”

Headley said he chose to issue his report to clear up much of the confusion and misinformation that exists regarding the dispute between the county and the sheriff.

Johnson has often stated that he needs more officers on patrol, but Headley countered by saying, “Of the sheriff’s position requirements, none are for patrol. He asked for four detention officers for the jail (his top priority), a school resource officer, a communications officer, an investigator, accreditation manager and court services deputy.”

 

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