Refinance of 2014 bond could save city taxpayers $200,000

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville City Council has tentatively agreed to re-finance a 2014 bond that was issued at an interest rate of 3.05 percent. The new rate will be 1.76 percent, which will generate a saving of approximately $200,000.

Before final approval, however, council directed the bonding company to provide a final analysis of the exact savings.

Council also approved a series of appointments to various committees. Marcus Sewell, a Lumpkin County Chief Investigator who has announced his campaign for Dawson County Sheriff,  was appointed to the city’s new ethics committee. Susan Thiesen was appointed to the Planning Commission. Perry Bohn was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission and Jamie McCracken was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority.

Council also approved:

A registration application by CSL Georgia Realty/CSL Georgia Systems known collectively as unity to use the public right of way to install, operate and maintain telecommunication devices for public telephones, internet and broadband. In exchange, Unity will pay the city 3.5 percent of its monthly revenue;

A conditional use permit for Atlanta Motorsports Park to build garage condos at its facility on Duck Thurmond Road;

A motion to approve a zoning amendment correction on property located at 86 Hwy. 53 west from Institutional District (ID) to Town Business District (TBD) was approved unanimously;

A budget amendment to spend $8,000 for conceptual design of an amphitheater at Main Street Park;

A contract with Custom Fence of Atlanta in the amount of $127,199 for fencing at Main Street Park, with the stipulation that it is to be built in stages;

A potential change order in the amount of $49,563.30 for Main Street Park. The vote was 3-0. Councilman Caleb Phillps abstained.

Council denied the alcohol amendment ordinance and directed staff to move forward with drafting another ordinance.

Also denied was a request by Atlanta Motorsports Park to expand its teen driver training facility.

 

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City Council to amend ordinances at Monday’s meeting

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council will hold a combined work session and regular meeting Monday (Aug. 19) in the G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers on second floor starting at 5:30 p.m.

During the regular meeting, Council will consider an amendment to Meeting Room Rules and Regulations.

A public hearing will be held to consider a zoning amendment correction from Institutional District (INST) to Town Business District for property located at 86 Hwy. 53 West.

Council will then consider sign options for Main Street Park and Farmer’s Market and adoption of a city ordinance to amend its Zoning Ordinance.

A large portion of the meeting will be to review and amend a number of city ordinances including the Business Regulation Ordinance, the general penalty provisions for violations of city ordinances, repeal of the ordinance as it relates to a fee schedule for violations and the existing alcohol ordinance.

Mayor Mike Eason is expected to present the millage rate certification and request approval to roll back the millage rate and not levy a city tax for FY 2019.

Eason will also announce the city has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting 2018-19

Council will consider a request for a budget amendment from (special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST VI) in the amount of $998,900 for FY 2018-19.

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City approves LED lighting for Main Street Park

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The Dawsonville City Council approved an expenditure of $119.275 for lighting at Main Street Park during Monday’s meeting. Georgia Power will provide 16-foot high LED lights and funding will be from city’s General Fund.

Council unanimously approved road closures for the Moonshine Festival that will be held Oct. 25-27. State roads to be closed include Hwy. 53 east at Jack Heard and Hwy. 9 north at the middle school from 3pm Friday Oct. 25- 8 p.m. Sunday.

City roads that will close from 3p.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday include Academy, Ted Chester, Gober Sosebee, Bernard Long and Bill Elliott. City streets that will close from 7 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday include Allen Street from Hwy. 53 to the library and Memory Lane from Jack Heard to Main Street.

Council unanimously approved an alcohol license for I Love N.Y. Pizza.

City Manager Bob Bolz received approval to authorize change orders should they be necessary up to the limit of his signing authority, $25,000 before bringing it to Council.

Council also approved appointments to the History Museum Board to include Gordon Pirkle, David Sosebeee, Trampas Hansard, Linda Dinsmore, Faye Abercrombie, Cindy Elliott and Scott Adams.

The council also held a number of first readings, to include:

An update of all city ordinances;

A business license for short-term rentals;

A small wireless facilities ordinance;

An amendment to the general penalty for ordinance violations;

Amendment to the fee schedule for ordinance violations.

Second reading will be held during the next council meeting on Aug. 19

Council honored Jacob Barr by naming him Employee of the Month. Planning and Zoning Director Robbie Irvin received the city’s Service Award.

 

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Dawsonville City Council meets Monday at 5:30

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council will hold a regular meeting Monday Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

Public Works Director Trampas Hansard will propose council approve funding for street lighting at Main Street Park in the amount of $119,275. The expenditure is not included in the list of approved special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) projects nor is it provided for in the general fund budget. If approved, it will be funded out of the city reserves.

A public hearing will be held on certain adjustments to the zoning ordinance approved late last year. Staff indicated that since the ordinance has been in use some need for adjustments have been noted and that the proposed adjustments would refine the ordinance for its best use.

Council will also decide on the issuance of a license for retail consumption on the premises for beer, wine and distilled spirits to I Love N.Y. Pizza of Dawsonville, Inc. located at 29 Main Street Suite 140-160.

The annual Kare for Kids Moonshine festival is set for Oct. 25-27 which requires city council to approve street closings. Georgia Department of Transportation has approved closing Hwy. 53 at Jack Heard and Hwy. 9 at the Middle School from 3 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday.

Council is expected to vote on closing Academy St., Gober Sosebee St., Bernard Long St., and Bill Elliot St. from 3 p.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday and Allen Street from Hwy. 53 east to the library and Memory Lane from Jack Heard to Main Street from 7 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

There will also be three first readings Monday, including:

  • Business license/short-term rental regulations;
  • Small wireless facilities ordinance;
  • An ordinance to amend general penalties for violations of city ordinances and fees for city services.

Council will also consider:

  • Approval to grant City Manager Bob Bolz the authority to approve change orders should they be needed for Farmers’ Market up to the amount of his signing limit;
  • Appointment of members to the Board of Directors for the Dawsonville Historic Museum.

Council has postponed a hearing on the appointment of an Ethics Board.

 

 

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City Council adopts FY 2019-20 budget

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville City Council adopted the $7,006,090 FY 2019-2020 budget during the Monday’s regular meeting.

The general fund revenue and expenditures are balanced at $2,174,484. SPLOST VI revenue is projected to be raise $1,812,812, an increase of approximately $425,000 from last year’s budget. The council held the first public hearing on May 20.

Council also unanimously approved the bid of $825,380 by Jasper-based Magnum Contracting, LLC to build the new 7,500-square foot farmer’s market that will include a pavilion, 34 parking spaces, picnic area, playground and restrooms. Funding was approved in SPLOST VI.

Councilman Mark French made a motion to table a decision on contracting with an audit firm to conduct the next city audit. French said he believes council needs more time to review the proposals. Jason Power seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.

Councilman Jacob Phillips made a motion to eliminate the construction management position that was supported by a unanimous vote.

Annexation and zoning requests council approved include:

  • A request by James E. Bottoms to annex into the city the 80-acre tract located at 0 Cleve Wright Road and rezoning from County Zoning of RA (Residential Exurban/Agriculture) to City Zoning of RA (Restricted Agriculture). Council held a public hearing on May 20;
  • A request by Ensite Civil Consulting LLC for rezoning 38.58 acres located at 592 Hwy 53 West, from R-3 (Single Family) to RPC (Residential Planned Community) with eight stipulations;
  • A request by Jamie McCracken to annex into the city limits of Dawsonville the property located at 551 Gold Bullion Drive West and a request to rezone from County Zoning of RPC (Residential Planned Community) to City Zoning of PUD (Planned Unit Development);
  • A request by Anthony Tarnacki  to annex into the city limits of Dawsonville the property located at 143 Gold Bullion Drive West and a request to rezone from County Zoning of RPC (Residential Planned Community) to City Zoning of PUD (Planned Unit Development);
  • A request by Larry Lowman for a zoning amendment for a 5 acre portion of property located at Reece Road and Elliott Family Parkway, from R1 (Single Family Residential) to LI (Light Industrial).

Annexation and zoning requests council denied include:

  • A request by Dan S. and Vanita L. Anderson to annex into the city limits a portion of the 12.19-acre tract at 378 Shoal Creek Road and rezoning from County Zoning RA (Residential Exurban/Agriculture) to City Zoning of R1 (Single Family Residential). Council attorney said the annexation is prohibited under state law because it would create an island in the city;
  • A request by Mostafa Elahy to amend the zoning stipulations for 9.14 acres located at 280 Maple Street South.
  • An appeal of a Planning Commission recommendation to deny a density variance for Ensite Civil Consulting for property located at 592 Hwy 53 West.

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City council set to adopt FY 2019-20 budget

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –Dawsonville City Council is set to approve a resolution to adopt the $7,006,090 FY 2019-2020 budget during the regular meeting Monday (June 3) at 5:30 p.m. in the G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers.

The general fund revenue and expenditures are balanced at $2,174,484. SPLOST VI revenue is projected to be $1,812,812, an increase of approximately $425,000 from last year. The council held the first public hearing on May 20.

Plans for the city’s proposed farmer’s market are expected to take a giant step forward if council approve Magnum Contracting, LLC’s bid to build the facility. Magnum submitted the low bid of $852,380 to construct the 7,500 square foot facility that includes a pavilion 34 parking spaces, picnic area, playground and restrooms.

The property is located between the city municipal complex and Dawson County Junior High School.

In other business, council will consider approval of:

An agreement with the Amicalola Farmer’s Market;

An agreement with the Chamber of Commerce for FY 2019-2020;

A request to waive the permit fees for the Dawsonville Annual Fireworks Event;

Postponement of appointments to the Ethics Board until August 5.

There are also a number of annexation requests on the council agenda, including:

A request by Dan S. and Vanita L. Anderson to annex into the city limits a portion of the 12.19-acre tract at 378 Shoal Creek Road, with a request to rezone from County Zoning of RA (Residential Exurban/Agriculture) to City Zoning of R1 (Single Family Residential). Council held a public on March 18;

A request by James E. Bottoms to annex into the city the 80-acre tract located at Cleve Wright Road, with a request to rezone from County Zoning of RA (Residential Exurban/Agriculture) to City Zoning of RA (Restricted Agriculture). Council held a public hearing on May 20;

A petition to annex property located at 551 Gold Bullion Drive West into the city, with a request to rezone from County Zoning of RPC (Residential Planned Community) to City Zoning of PUD (Planned Unit Development). Council held a public hearing on 20;

There are also several rezoning requests on the agenda, including:

Ensite Civil Consulting LLC’s request for a zoning amendment on 38.58 acres located at 592 Hwy 53 West, from R-3 (Single Family) to RPC (Residential Planned Community). Council held a public hearing on April 22. A decision was postponed at the applicant’s request until June 3.

Ensite Civil Consulting LLC’s appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision to deny a density variance for property located at 592 Hwy 53 West;

Mostafa Elahy’s request for an amendment to the zoning stipulations for 9.14 acres located at 280 Maple Street South;

Larry Lowman’s request for a zoning amendment on a 5-acre portion of property located at Reece Road and Elliott Family Parkway, from R1 (Single Family Residential) to LI (Light Industrial). Council held a public hearing on May 20.

Council will also vote on rules and regulations governing the use of city hall meeting rooms. The cost to rent council chambers for half a day is proposed at $150. The smaller Joe Lane Cox room is expected to be set at $125 for half a day.

 

 

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City residents voice strong opposition to Ensite development

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville residents packed the city hall meeting room during Monday’s City Council meeting to voice their opposition to a proposed development that would add 172 new residences on a 38.58 acre tract at 592 Hwy. 53 West.

The developer, Ensite Civil Consulting, LLC, has asked for the property to be rezoned from R-3 to Residential Planned Community to be marketed to senior citizens. However, before the meeting, Ensite asked for and received a postponement until the April 22 meeting.

Council did go ahead with the public hearing and seven area residents marched to the podium to explain why they don’t believe the development is in the best interests of the city. No one spoke in favor of the project.

Dava Hudgins spoke first to say the area is already heavily congested. “Add in this many more units they are requesting and this is going to be a dangerous intersection,” she said. “I don’t want another child in this county to wreck or be injured or killed because of poor planning where this road is concerned.”

Jeff Chastain, whose property is adjacent to the proposed development, expressed concern about an underground stream that crosses the property and flows into a branch which then feeds into Shoal Creek. Chastain said the runoff will damage the water quality and threaten endangered species.

“There is no way you can put 170 homes with two or three vehicles per home and keep the oil and gas and everything you’re going to get from that out of the waterway,” he said. “I don’t see how that is environmentally possible. This is beyond ridiculous. That is some of the cleanest water you will find around here.”

The planning commission unanimously recommended that council deny the request to rezone the property.

Councilman Mark French said, “I believe we should uphold the planning commission’s decision.”

He pointed out that if the residents are required to be 55-and older in a few years, many of the residents would be eligible for a senior tax exemption and sales tax generated by the development would be insufficient to pay for the additional services the city would have to provide. “I’m just concerned we would not be able to do that.”

While some opponents pointed out that the developer could not legally limit the sale of the units to non-senior citizens, City Attorney Dana Miles explained that under federal law, the City could do so.

“Under the Housing for Older Persons Act, there can be a requirement that (council) can put in by ordinance as a stipulation if you see fit to rezone this property,” he said. “It allows (government) to discriminate in the sale of housing units to people under 55. At least 80 percent of the residences must be owned by and lived in by someone 55 and older.”

 

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Dawsonville City Council meeting at 5:30 Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council will hold a combined work session and regular meeting Monday (March 18) at 5:30 p.m. in the G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers.

Council will hold a second reading of a proposed amendment to the city’s Ethics Ordinance aimed at clarifying and better defining the scope of the ordinance and clarifying, defining and restricting conflicts of interest and penalties applicable for elected officials and employees. The amendment also provides for defining qualification of members of the Ethics Board that will hear complaints from citizens.

Ensite Civil Consulting, LLC will ask Council to rezone 38.58 acres at 592 Hwy. 53 West from Single Family Residential (R-3) to Residential Planned Community (RPC) for the purpose of building a 172-home subdivision targeted for seniors. The subdivision would consist of quad homes and townhomes and would require a density of 4.5 units per acre. Planning Commission has recommended council deny the request based on density, no age restrictions and traffic concerns.

Mayor Mike Eason will read a proclamation declaring March 18 as Tigers Day in honor of the Dawson County High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. The boys team posted a 27-5 record, won the Region 7-AAA championship and advanced to the State Tournament’s Final Four, farther than any DCHS team ever.

The girls team posted an impressive 22-9 record and advanced to the State Tournament’s  Elite 8.

Dan and Venita Anderson will request Council annex a 12.19 acre tract at 378 Shoal Creek Road into the City of Dawsonville.

Council is also expected to vote on a resolution of recertification as City of Ethics status with the Georgia Municipal Association.

Council will also consider a recommendation by Christopher Poje to adjust water and sewer rates and water and sewer tap fees.

 

 

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