City Council approves budget resolution

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DAWSOVILLE, Ga. – In a combined work session and regular meeting Monday, City Council unanimously approved a resolution to adopt the fiscal year 2020-21 budget. The overall budget is set at $5,891,758 and the General Fund budget is $1,879,698.

The largest expenditures in the general fund is projected to be Administration $739,865 and Roads $537,517. Revenue from SPLOST VI is projected at $1,064,750 and combined revenue from the water and sewer enterprise funds is expected to be $1,629,310.

Council approved a resolution to allow Howser Mill Homeowners’ Association to place standardized “No Parking” signs within the subdivision on Millstone Drive. Rivermill Lane and Mill Crossing for one year, unless revoked by City Council. The resolution can be renewed annually by a vote of City Council.

In 2019, council entered into an agreement with NextSite, LLC and Georgia Power to market the city at a cost of $20,000 annually. Georgia Power is responsible for $15,000 annually and the city pays the rest. The annual deadline for the city to terminate the agreement has passed so city council unanimously approved extending it for another year.

During the work session, Mayor Mike Eason said the city needs to consider setting a citywide speed limit within subdivisions. Council then approved a motion to direct the City Attorney to draft a resolution to address that need.

Eason also informed council that Georgia Department of Transportation wants a letter of support for the Perimeter Road extension that commits the city to participate in the lighting project during the design phase. The city would pay to have the lighting turned on and pay the power bills.

“These bypasses are very important to the City of Dawsonville to try to get rid of some of the 18-wheelers and other heavy trucks flying through town,” he said. “Sometimes its 100 per hour that come through the city during the day. If we can get those people out of downtown hopefully we can get some development going to do some downtown improvement.”

Council unanimously approved issuance of the letter of support.

Under the consent agenda, council approved a telecommunications agreement with Airespring for analog telephone service and an agreement with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce to carry on the promotion of existing commercial and industrial businesses and tourism attractions on behalf the city and to publicize and assist these businesses and attractions to their best advantages.

Council also approved a motion to schedule a special session with the Dawson County Board of Commissioners on June 26 at 9 a.m. to discuss participation in SPLOST VII when the current SPLOST expires in 2021.

 

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City Council will look at the impact of COVID-19 on city finances, 2021 budget Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville city residents can get a first look at how much the COVID-19 pandemic has depleted the city’s finances when City Council meets Monday (May 18) in a teleconference starting at 5 pm in City Hall.

To access the meeting via teleconference or by phone from your computer tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/442131157. Or dial +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 442-131-157

With approximately six weeks remaining in FY 2020, General Fund expenditures exceeds revenue by $317,865. The approved budget projected $2,174,484 in revenue but the city has collected only, $1,923,632 or about 88.46 percent of projection. Expenditures have reached 103.08 percent of projection.

Special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue has also suffered. Projected to reach $1,812,912, collections through April have only produced $1,168,375 or about 64.45 percent of projection. Actual SPOST expenditures exceed projected expenditures by $882,922. Council may be forced to make up the difference from city reserves.

Most local governments in Georgia took a major hit when Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in March, forcing a statewide closure of businesses that help fund a major portion of city and county budgets.

Finance Director Hayden Wiggins will also review the proposed FY ‘21 budget for Council.

In other business, Council is expected to approve a contract with Townley Construction Company in the amount of $57,180 for testing the wastewater discharge from a manhole at Gold Creek Foods. Initial testing revealed that Gold Creek is in violation of the City’s high-strength wastewater ordinance and is the main reason the City’s wastewater treatment ponds are causing permit violations that require emergency corrective action.

Gold Creek requested a different type of sampling manhole and the City has designed the sampling manhole to meet that request with the understanding that Gold Creek Foods will pay the cost of the new sampling.

The City accepted bids on the project and Townley Construction submitted the low bid.

Council will hear a request by Howser Mill Subdivision Homeowners Association to install “no parking” signs along the roadways within the subdivision to aid in their enforcement efforts of violations of their community covenants. Howser Mill Subdivision streets are City maintained.

Parking on subdivision streets has been a common problem throughout the City. Parking in streets is a public safety issue as it can prevent emergency service vehicles from accessing all areas of the subdivision.

Howser Mill Subdivision has requested the City install no parking signs along the roadways within the subdivision to aid enforcement efforts of violations of their community covenants. Howser Mill Subdivision streets are City maintained. Parking on subdivision streets has been a common problem throughout the City. Parking in streets is a public safety issue as it can prevent emergency service vehicles from accessing all areas of the subdivision.

City Manager Bob Bolz will ask Council to consider an extension of the temporary accommodations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utility late fees have been waived and utility disconnections delayed until June 1. City rental properties were reduced by 50 percent in March, April and May.

 

 

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City officials hope to reopen City Hall May 18

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – City officials hope to reopen City Hall to the public by May 18. City Manager Bob Bolz made that recommendation during Monday’s City Council meeting.

“Assuming there are no additional restrictions from the governor’s office, we recommend opening City Hall with certain stipulations,” Bolz said.

Those stipulations included, but are not limited to:

Placing distancing marks on the floor six feet apart for people queued up at the customer service window.

Limiting the number of people who come into City Hall.

Keeping the public restrooms closed.

Requiring staff to wear masks during face-to-face transactions with customers

Encouraging customers to wear masks.

Conducting planning and zoning transactions by appointment only.

Council unanimously agreed to apply for a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) matching fund grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Bolz told council he would seek guidance from GDOT officials about which three of six potential projects would have the best chance for approval for the 50-50 matching grant. Much of the city’s share of the grant would come from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

The projects included upgrading the city’s pedestrian crossing, connectivity between City Hall, Farmers’ Market and City Park and a sidewalk from Allen Street in front of Robinson Elementary School to Hwy. 9 then left into town.

Following an executive session, council emerged to unanimously approve Stephen Tolson’s motion to ratify the notification of consideration for a declaration of default for Everlast Construction Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawsonville City Council meeting Monday

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga.  — The Dawsonville City Council will hold a combined regular meeting and work session Monday (March 16) at 5 P.M. on the second floor in Dawsonville City Hall, 415 Hwy. 53 East

Commissioners are expected to approve Planning Commission training for Susan Theisen in the amount of $350 and a resolution to donate $1,245.72 for the purchase of specialty equipment for Georgia State Patrol Post 37 in recognition of the substantial benefit the GSP and its officers provide to the citizens of the City of Dawsonville.

David Pickleseimer

An award will be presented to David Pickleseimer, the City’s Employee of the Month. Cody Mason will receive a two-years’ service award.

Council will hold the second reading of the following:

An ordinance to eliminate term limits for members of the City Of Dawsonville Historic Preservation Commission and to clarify the Certificate of Appropriateness;

Cody Mason

An ordinance to define the composition of the Animal Control Board, provide a method of appointment and staggered terms of Board Members.

Council will hold the first reading of the following:

An Ordinance To amend Subpart B, Chapter 109 Of The Code Of The City Of Dawsonville related to zoning districts for unpaved and/or gravel roadways within the city limits and to the gravel road specifications related to paving and stormwater;

An Ordinance to amend Section 2-110 to provide for revised utilities fees and water and sewer rates;

Council will consider the appointment of Clint Harper to Planning Commission Post 2 and Carrie Falstrom to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Personnel Policy updates pertaining to hunting on city property will also be under consideration.

 

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Council amends ordinance to allow gravel roads into city road maintenance program

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council approved a pair of ordinance amendments during a 30-minute meeting Monday. The first will allow gravel roads to be adopted into the city’s road maintenance program under special circumstances. The second provides penalties for violations of the city’s water and sewer ordinance.

Council also unanimously approved a Farmer’s Market Pavilion rental fee schedule and a 2020 lease for the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery during the combined work session and regular meeting. The fee for rental of the pavilion is $225 with tables and chairs and $150 without plus a $100 refundable deposit.

A request by Cross Bridge Community Church Pastor Timothy Bennett to forgive a portion of the church’s $589.54 water/sewer bill for the month of December was tabled. The bill was much higher than the church’s average monthly bill and Bennett said it was caused by a leaky toilet.

Council unanimously approved a request by Amanda Cagle, community development manager for the American Cancer Society, to hold the 23rd annual Relay for Life event at the Farmer’s Market on April 17 from 3:30 pm. until 11 p.m

Cagle also asked council to approve the closure of Allen Street during the event, a variance to the sound ordinance which prohibits the use of loudspeakers and sound amplifiers between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and waiver of the rental fee for pavilion. The road closure was approved. Based on the rental fee council adopted earlier in the meeting, council could not approve a waiver, but did allow a 20 percent discount.

Kare for Kids Executive Director Tiffany Buchan’s request for Kare for Kids to hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Main Street Park on April 11 was approved unanimously.

Council also approved the appointment of Dwight Gilleland and Marsha Martel to the Dawsonville Development Authority through 2024.

 

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Dawsonville City Council meets Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council is expected to approve a Farmer’s Market Pavilion rental fee schedule and a 2020 lease for the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery during a combined work session and regular meeting at 5 p.m. Mon. Feb. 17 in the G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers on the second floor at City Hall.

Cross Bridge Community Church Pastor Timothy Bennett will ask council to forgive a portion of the church’s $589.54 water/sewer bill for the month of December. The bill was much higher than the church’s average monthly bill and Bennett said it was caused by a leaky toilet.

The Dawson County Relay for Life will ask council to approve its annual Relay for Life event planned for Fri., April 17 at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion. The event will require the closing of a portion of Hwy. 53 at Allen Street to where Hwy. 53 turns into the Food Lion parking lot for about seven hours, starting after school lets out.

Kare for Kids Executive Director Tiffany Buchan will present a request for Kare for Kids  to hold the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Main Street Park on April 11.

Council will hold second readings of ordinances to amend a code in the City Charter to provide construction specifications for unpaved and/or gravel roadways and the acceptance of such roadways into the city’s roadway system.

There will also be a second reading of an ordinance to provide updates to existing ordinances on water and sewer services.

 

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City, county officials call for $45 million TSPLOST

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — In a special joint called meeting Tuesday, the Dawsonville City Council and Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution calling for a voter-approved referendum on collection of a $45 million transportation special purpose local option sales tax (T-SPLOST).

The question to be placed before voters on the May 19 general primary election ballot would read:

“Shall a one percent sales and use tax be imposed in the special district consisting of Dawson County for a period of time not to exceed five years and for the raising of not more than an estimated amount of $45 million (forty-five million) for transportation purposes.”

City and county officials submitted separate lists of road projects they will include in the TSPLOST if it is approved.

Dawson County Public Works Director David McKee said, “Staff spent the better part of a year-and-a-half looking at various projects to be included in the respective lists.

The most expensive is an on-going, every-day road improvement program with a cost of approximately $10,500,000. Next most expensive is the storm water culvert rehabilitation project with an estimated cost of$7,000,000.

McKee said, “We maintain about 91 miles of storm water culverts. Of those 91 miles, you can imagine a lot of them are failing. This will allow us to start a program to align those pipes so when it does rain, we don’t have roads to collapse.”

The county would receive approximately 91 percent of the tax collected, or $40,950,000. The city would receive nine percent, or $4,050,000.

Road projects the city would like to include in the TSLPOST with estimated costs in parenthesis are:

Main Street from Hwy. 53 to Main Street Park repair ($162,000)

Maple Street repair ($360,000)

Pearl Chambers Drive, Court and Way repair   ($250,000)

Richmond Drive repair ($95,000)

Jack Heard repair ($91,000)

Memory Lane repair ($105,000)

Stegall Place repair ($98,000)

Stonewall subdivision repair ($200,000)

Rain Hill subdivision repair ($40S0,000)

Existing Asset Road Improvement Program ($29,000)

Burt’s Crossing Drive, Winding Court, Ridgewater repair (($260,000)

** SR 53 at Allen Street intersection improvement ($1,000,000)

** Intersection improvement SR 9N at Perimeter Road ($500,000)

**Intersection Improvement SR 9S at Perimeter Road ($500,000)

Total of city projects $4,050,000

 

Road projects the county would like to include in the TSLPOST with estimated costs in parenthesis are:

Shoal Creek Rd. rewiden and rehabilitate ($1,300,000)

Shoal Creek bridge replacement ($3,500,000)

Dogwood/Nightfire rehabilitation ($1,000,000)

Lumpkin Campground Rd. corridor improvement ($5,000,000)

Elliott Road widening ($1,000,000)

Cowart Rd. rehabilitation SR 53 to county line ($1,500,000)

Grizzle Rd. widen and rehabilitate ($1,200,000)

Frank Bruce Rd./Seed Tick Rd. ($1,500,000)

Old Henry Grady rehabilitate ($800,000)

Gold Mine Road improvements ($1,400,000)

Hubbard Road Improvements ($1,200,000)

SR 53 at Dawson Forest Rd. intersection improvements ($1,500,000)

Country Crossing Subdivision rehabilitation ($550,000)

Existing asset stormwater culvert rehabilitation ($7,000,000)

Existing asset road improvement program ($10,500,000)

*SR 53 at Allen Street intersection improvements ($1,000,000)

*Intersection improvement SR 9N at Perimeter Rd. ($500,000)

*Intersection improvement SR 9S at Perimeter Rd. ($500,000)

TOTAL $40,950,000

 

 

 

 

 

Walden replaces Jason Power on City Council

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council started the New Year by welcoming its newest member, John Walden, to the Monday meeting. Walden replaces former Post 3 Councilman Jason Power who did not run for reelection.

Council unanimously approved Sachinkumar Patel’s has petitioned to annex into the city limits of Dawsonville 5 Acres located at 60 Hwy 136 East and to rezone from County Zoning of Residential Exurban/Agricultural to City Zoning of Highway Business.

A motion by Councilman Caleb Phillips to postpone a decision on the Fall Leaf Residential, LLC request to rezone 25.7 acres on Hwy.53 East across from City Hall, from Restricted Industrial to Multi Family Residential and one acre at the same location from Restricted Industrial to Central Business District was unanimously approved until a called meeting Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. Fall Leaf Residential withdrew its appeal of a Planning Commission decision to deny a request for a variance to the minimum lot width from 28 to 20 feet.

Council then held a first reading of an ordinance to provide a method of adopting and enacting rules and regulations concerning conduct and activities at all City Public Parks and facilities and penalties for violations of the ordinance.

City Attorney Dana Miles provided a review of a proposed Gravel Road Development Ordinance that he said, “Allows a different option for a potential development of mid- to large size lots that we don’t have in the downtown area.”

Under the Consent Agenda, Council approved:

Minutes of the work session and regular meeting of Dec. 6;

Minute of the executive session of Dec. 6, 2019;

Renewal of the IT service contract for 2020;

Amendment to the agreement for construction of Farmer’s Market;

Bid selection of Perimeter Road sidewalk construction.

Former Councilman Jason Power was honored for his eight years’ service on city council.

Sara Beacham was selected Employer of the month, quarter and year.

 

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Dawsonville City Council meets Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council will kick off the New Year with a series of public hearings during a regular session Monday (Jan. 6) in G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers starting at 6 p.m.

A request by Sachinkumar Patel will begin the public hearings. Patel has petitioned for annex into the city limits of Dawsonville five acres located at 60 Hwy 136 East. The applicant has also requested to rezone the property from Residential Exurban/Agricultural to City Zoning of Highway Business.

Council is expected to hold three public hearings on requests by Fall Leaf Residential LLC. The first is a request for a zoning amendment for a portion 25.7 acres on Hwy 53 East from Restricted Industrial to Multi Family Residential.

Fall Leaf Residential has also requested rezoning of one acre at the same location from Restricted Industrial to Central Business District.

The third public hearing for Fall Leaf Residential is an appeal of the decision of the Planning Commission for a variance to the minimum lot width of 28 feet to 20 feet for a portion of the property on Hwy. 53 East.

Council will hold a first reading of a proposed ordinance to provide a method of adopting and enacting rules and regulations concerning conduct activities at all City Public Parks and Facilities and to provide for penalties for violations.

Under the Consent Agenda, Council is expected to approve renewal of an IT Service Contract, an amendment to the agreement for Farmer’s Market construction contract and a bid for Perimeter Road sidewalk construction.

Former Council member Jason Power, who resigned last month, will be recognized for his service to the city.

Items that appear on the Consent Agenda have already been discussed during a public meeting and may be approved without further discussion.

 

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John Walden sworn in as city council member

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — John Walden was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Dawsonville City Council. Walden has 20 years’ experience as a design and civil engineer. He ran unopposed to represent Post 3 and will take his seat on the council on Jan 6.

Council approved several issues under the consent agenda, including:

  • Newly elected officials training in the amount of $1,100 for John Walden;
  • 2020 staff appointments of Bob Bolz (City Manager), Beverly Bannister (City Clerk) and Tracy Smith (Deputy City Clerk);
  • 2020 mayor and council board designations and compensation;
  • A budget amendment in the amount of $6,115 to bring City Hall into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • A GEFA loan modification with debt forgiveness that increases the amount of forgiveness the city will receive from $112,200.77 to $134,640.92. The loan was utilized to finance the 2017 water meter replacement program.

A number of professional services contracts were renewed under the consent agenda. But Councilman Mark French requested the contract with City Attorney Dana Miles be voted on separately.

Miles will be a witness in Friday’s Ethics Board hearing in which French is accused of having violated provisions of the city’s Ethics Ordinance. French voted against renewal of Miles’ contract but was outvoted 2-1.

Earlier in the meeting, French also made a motion to remove the executive session from the agenda, stating, “The mayor failed to notify me of what would be discussed. I asked a week ago and have heard nothing.”

In a phone conversation with Fetch Your News Wednesday, Mayor Mike Eason confirmed he did not tell French what would be discussed. “I did not,” he said. “I could have but we don’t always do that. If he would have asked me, I would have told him, but he didn’t ask.”

Council unanimously approved the appointment of Alexa Serrano to the Planning Commission.

A public hearing was held on the request by Sachinkumar Patel that a portion of the five acres located at 60 Hwy at Hwy. 136 be annexed into the city limits. There were no objections and the Board of Commissioners has signaled the city that it will have no objections.

 

 

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City Council to wrap up year-end business Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawsonville City Council will have some year-end business to take care of when it meets in a combined work session and regular meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the G.L. Gilleland Council Chambers.

John Walden will take the oath of office as the new Post 3 council member, replacing Jason Power who did not run for reelection. Council is expected to approve $1,100 for newly-elected official training for Walden which will take place at UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens in March.

Under the Consent Agenda Council will approve:

Staff appointments of Bob Bolz (City Manager), Beverly Bannister (City Clerk) and Tracy Smith (Deputy City Clerk);

Renewal of professional services for City Attorney, Auditor, Engineer, Municipal Court Judge, Testing of Wastewater, Geologist, Repair-Installation Water-Sewer Infrastructure, Airport Consultant Engineer Services and Engineer;

Appointment of mayor and council board designations and authorize payment of one meeting per month if attended;

A budget amendment in the amount of $6,115 to bring City Hall into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act;

GEFA loan modification with an increase in the amount of forgiveness the city was to receive from $112,200.77 to $134,640.92. The loan was utilized to finance the 2017 water meter replacement program;

The appointment of Alexa Serrano to fill the unexpired term of Ken Goines on the Planning Commission through Dec. 31, 2021.

There will also be a public hearing to hear a request by Sachinkumar Patel to annex into the city limits a portion of five acres located at 60 Hwy. 136 East.

Dawsonville Councilman Mark French responds to ethics complaint: “I will fight it with every fiber of my being”

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawsonville City Councilman Mark French said Tuesday he has obtained legal counsel to defend against a complaint that he violated the city’s Ethics Ordinance.

“I believe this is completely frivolous and I will fight it with every fiber of my being,” French said Tuesday in a phone interview with Fetch Your News. “I did not ask for anything improper. I asked the city manager to coordinate with the county attorney to draft a proper response to a citizen’s inquiry.”

The inquiry French referred to was an email sent from Steve Sanvi to City Manager Bob Bolz on Nov. 7 that asked, “How is residency (of an elected official) determined? If you own a home in the district elected and another outside the district, how is the primary residence determined?”

In a Nov. 7 email response to Sanvi, Bolz wrote, “I believe those are legal questions that are outside my expertise.”

Also, on Nov. 7, French emailed Bolz to request that he consult with legal to provide a response to Sanvi’s questions.

Sanvi, a resident of the City of Dawsonville, who – the city council points out in its complaint — is also French’s boss. He was attempting to determine if Councilman Jason Power lived outside the district he was elected to represent. Eleven days after Sanvi raised that question, Power announced his resignation, saying he is building a home outside his district that would be ready for occupancy soon.

The ethics complaint, which was signed by Councilmen Power, Stephen Tolson and Jacob Phillips was filed Nov. 25. It lists nine provisions of the Ethics Code French is alleged to have violated. Every alleged violation is stems from French’s attempt to have city government answer a citizen’s question.

The Ethics Board is empowered to dismiss the complaint if it is found to be unjust, frivolous, patently unfounded or fails to state facts sufficient to invoke the disciplinary jurisdiction of the city council.

Fetch Your News reached out to Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason for comment Wednesday, but declined our request.

 

 

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150-unit towhhome development on city council agenda

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Dawsonville, Ga. — The Dawsonville City Council will hear a rezoning request from Fall Leaf Residential, LLC when it meets Monday that could add 140 new townhomes to the city along Hwy. 53.

Fall Leaf Residential, LLC has requested 25.7 acres be rezoned from Restricted Industrial to Multi Family Residential to accommodate the townhome development. The request includes a variance that would reduce the minimum lot size from 28 feet to 20 feet.

Fall Leaf has also submitted a companion request to rezone one acre from Restricted Industrial to Central Business District for a small business on the site.

Ray Strychalski will present information to the council on the amphitheater at Main Street Park.

Under the Consent Agenda, council is expected to approve a contract with Johnson Paving for paving Maple Heights Subdivision at a cost of $153,251.

Council is also expected to approve an agreement with Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) for developing city design guidelines. GMRC will hold several public information meetings, create a GIS map and conduct an electronic survey to gather public input.

Council will hold a second reading of an ordinance to provide a method for approving training opportunities for members of all boards, authorities and commissions. The ordinance would also provide for payment of reimbursement of actual expenses incurred for training opportunities and attendance at meetings.

 

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City Council approves Main Street Park change order for $42,361

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville City Council unanimously approved a change order in the amount of $42,361 for sod and irrigation alternates at Main Street Park for TriScapes during Monday’s council meeting.

City Manager Bob Bolz explained the additional funding would be used to pay for additional sodding and irrigation and would be paid out of General Fund reserves then paid back out of SPLOST VI funds when available.

Bolz said the additional funding would “include taking the original two-foot strip in the original contract and widening to five feet, sodding the smaller portion of the amphitheater, the larger portion of the amphitheater and sodding from the bottom of the grand stairway to the intersection of the sidewalk slope by the retention pond. The change order will take the contract amount from $125,775.51 to $168,137.33.

Council removed a request for approval of a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) for milling, paving and striping 4,150 feet of Perimeter Road from the agenda for further discussion. If approved, the city would be responsible for a 30 percent match in the amount of $9,381.91.

Council also tabled a request by Sachinkumar Patel for a five acre parcel located at 60 Hwy. 136 East near the intersection of Hwy. 9 be annexed into the city. Sachinkumar has not closed on the land yet. He told council members that the closing will take place before the city’s next council meeting in November. But City Attorney Dana Miles recommended council wait until the land legally belongs to the applicant before acting.

Council unanimously approved Financial Administrator Hayden Wiggins request to renew an annual software maintenance agreement with Edmunds GovTech in the amount of $10,345. The city has utilized the company since 2015 and the agreement will expire on Dec. 31.

Mayor Mike Eason asked for and received council approval that Clint Harper and Laura Barr be appointed to the city’s Design Guideline Committee.

Council also presented service certificates to John Davis (1-year service award), Clay Moss (1-year service award), Donna Blanton (2-year service award), Hayden Wiggins (2-year service award), Tracy Smith (Sept. Employee of the Month), John Davis (Summer Employee of the Quarter), Clay Moss (for successfully passing the National Recreation and Parks Association Certified Playground Safety Inspector exam.

 

 

 

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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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