DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – At the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Jan. 20, the Public Works Department requested a recycling budget increase as well as direction in repairing the transfer station.
Denise Farr, the director of the Public Works Department, explains the county currently uses the single-stream recycling process. This process handles cardboard, paper products, plastics, glass, aluminum and metal cans.
The county budgets $13,000 for recycling but spent $18,090.70 in 2021. With waste management significantly increasing its costs, Public Works estimates a yearly recycling cost of $57,222.
In her presentation, Farr outlines the current recycling process’s positives and negatives for the Board to consider an increased budget or economical alternative.
The single-stream system encourages recycling since people do not have to separate materials. It also gives municipalities lower upfront costs.
However, the quality and number of useable recyclables are lower because of contamination and issues separating materials. And although the system offers lower upfront costs, the sorting and processing rates lead to higher costs.
Farr elaborated on issues with the current system saying, “Sometimes in the compaction, especially with the metals, they can’t get everything apart so some of that is ending up in the landfill that really shouldn’t be.”
After listening to her presentation, the Board asks Farr to return with alternative recycling processes which could be more beneficial and financially effective.
In addition to recycling budget, transfer station requires examination
The Public Works director also presented to the Board the structural issues of the county’s transfer station. The station can no longer accept construction or commercial debris.
Farr explained how the impact force and positioning of construction, commercial dumping and packing equipment have caused damage to parts of the building, including the loading area’s steel plates and beams.
Replacing and installing additional steel beams, along with the steel plate flooring, is estimated to cost $120,000. To replace siding and siding supports, the estimated cost is $25,000.
When considering the facility’s future with construction and commercial dumping, Farr states, “If we’re going to continue with that, then we’re going to have to have a whole different design in mind.”
The Board agrees with Farr’s analysis that the station requires repairs for safety and efficiency. During the voting session, the commissioners decide to send out a bid for an engineer to inspect the site.
To access the agenda and voting session packets, visit https://www.dawsoncounty.org/meetings?date_filter%5Bvalue%5D%5Bmonth%5D=1&date_filter%5Bvalue%5D%5Bday%5D=1&date_filter%5Bvalue%5D%5Byear%5D=2015&date_filter_1%5Bvalue%5D%5Bmonth%5D=3&date_filter_1%5Bvalue%5D%5Bday%5D=20&date_filter_1%5Bvalue%5D%5Byear%5D=2022&field_microsite_tid=All&field_microsite_tid_1=All
To view the sessions, visit https://www.facebook.com/DawsonCountyGovernment
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Reconvening for the first time since December, the Dawson County Planning Commission addressed a new application for rezoning.
Michelle Lipham voiced her intentions regarding her request after the approval of minutes from the previous meeting held on Dec. 21, 2021. She wants to rezone the land from RSRMM (Residential Sub Rural Manufactured Moved) to R-A (Residential Agricultural).
Concerning the agricultural purposes, Lipham wishes to sell flowers, shrubs and perennials to landscapers and florists as well as other interested parties.
As part of the application process, the applicant must include a list of adjacent property owners who have property touching the applicant’s or directly across the street. Lipham’s application affects six properties.
The surrounding properties to the North, South, East and West are classified R-A, RSRMM, RSRMM and RSRMM, respectively.
Staff analysis and impacts of rezoning application
When considering the possible effects on property values, the staff analysis concluded the land use classification should not negatively impact the area.
The nearby area and the size of Lipham’s land allow for the pursuit of agricultural activities, which the Planning Commission sees as a relative gain rather than a hardship to the public.
While the Planning Commission encourages the conservation of agricultural land, Lipham must consider soil and erosion control and natural buffer maintenance along property lines.
Lipham will also need to observe Best Management Practices, which the Environmental Protection Agency defines as effective techniques to control nonpoint source pollutants, when clearing and grading the site.
The observation of these practices concerns the containment of stormwater run-off and soil erosion in this case.
If any work on the land will impact the existing water main, then Lipham will need to contact the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority.
Lipham may need to contact more public facilities regarding her rezoning efforts. Any additional structures with restrooms require a septic system permit and all proposed structures require a building permit.
The Planning Commission will hold its next meeting on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
PRESS RELEASE – As an update to the Entering Autos and stolen vehicles from earlier in the week – this is an ongoing investigation and we will update as we are able. Currently we have one suspect in custody and 2 of the 4 stolen vehicles have been recovered. Please continue to forward any footage or report information you have regarding this investigation.
Previously, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office advised residents to ensure they locked vehicles and removed valuables from cars.
PRESS RELEASE – Dawson County Government posted on social media that due to road work, citizens should expect delays through the end of the week:
GDOT will have lanes closed December 7 – December 10 on Hwy 400 North Bound – Carlisle Road to Dawson Forest Road and Hwy. 400 South Bound – Dawson Forest Road to Whitmire Drive.
Also, possible delays on Lumpkin Campground road at the new roundabout as crews finish paving.
PRESS RELEASE – In a post issued by Dawson County Government’s Facebook, the county remembers all those who made sacrifices to protect Americans and their freedoms.
Thank you to ALL the men, women and their families for your service to our country that provides the FREEDOMS we all enjoy today!
Please be sure to thank a veteran, not just today, but everyday.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Dawson County Government Offices will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day!
To see a list of events for Veterans Day, please visit The Veterans Affairs of Dawson County’s Facebook page for more information.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County is preparing for the 33rd annual Lake Lanier Shore Sweep to take place this Saturday, on Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1p.m.
The Shore Sweep, which is put on by Lake Lanier Association, is expected to help collect and properly dispose of tons of trash.
In fact, “over 32 years of Shore Sweep cleanups have removed 2.16 million pounds of trash and debris from Lake Lanier’s shorelines”, according to Lake Lanier Association.
This year, there are 13 locations spread across Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Dawson Counties, where the shore sweep will be taking place.
Dawson County sites are located at Toto Creek and War Hill Park.
Billy Thurmond, Chairman for the Dawson County Commissioners, spoke about the importance of the event at the last Commissioners meeting held last week.
“This is something that we have helped with every year for as long as I can remember, trying to clean up the shore of Lake Lanier,” Thurmond said.
Thurmond said that this year he spoke with Lake Lanier Association President John Barker about allowing an extra dumpster to be put at the Toto Creek site for easier disposal of trash for volunteers.
“Normally they have to bring all the trash they get from [Toto creek] to War Hill Park. It makes more sense to put an extra bin there when they pick it up,” Thurmond said.
Thurmond addressed the board to see if there would be any issues or if they could move forward with the request as he said he believed that cleaning up is a good thing.
Fellow Commissioner Sharon Fausett enthusiastically agreed and said, “lets help them and not hinder them.”