BOC to vote on amendment to language access plan Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Commissioners are expected to approve an updated Language Access Plan required to receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant when they meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Government Building Assembly Room.

Commissioners approved a Language Access Plan for the Community Development Block Grant project on Dec. 6 and the plan was then forwarded to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for its approval.

But Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett received an email from DCA with updated statistical data in regards to the non-English speaking citizens of Dawson County. The LAP has been updated and this version has been approved by DCA. The BOC now needs to adopt this updated plan.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, requires states to take timely and reasonable steps to provide Limited English Proficient persons with meaningful access to programs and activities funded by the federal government.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Element annual update.

Other agenda items commissioners are expected to vote on Thursday include:

  • An amendment to the Legacy Link Contract that includes an additional $615 from federal/state funds from $106,918 to $107,533;
  • A request by the county manager to approve a professional services exemption for interim legal firm of Jarrard & Davis to fulfill its scope of services agreement and approve a budget for said services;
  • Appointment of members of the Joint Development Authority;
  • Appointment of the County Clerk tabled from the Jan. 17 meeting.

 

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Board approves comprehensive plan with future land use map

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the county’s comprehensive plan during Thursday’s work session that includes the future land use map.

Commissioner Chris Gaines’ motion to approve included directions to Planning and Development Director Jameson Kinley and Terri Tragesser, chairwoman of the Long Range Planning Committee to meet in the next 30 days to develop a plan on how to move forward and create a Hwy. 53 overlay. “That overlay is critical,” Gaines said.

The comprehensive plan is the road map commissioners use to plan for future growth. The state requires counties update the plan every five years and submit it to the Department of Community Affairs in order to attain Certified Local Government status and to be eligible to receive state grants.

The county has held numerous public information meetings and conducted an online survey to keep citizens in the loop about the proposed plan.

Commissioners also discussed whether it would be more cost effective to contract with a law firm for legal representation or hire an in-house attorney.

County Attorney Lynn Frey retired in December, citing health issues. Since then the county contracted with Cumming-based Jarrard & Davis to handle legal issues for a 60-day period.

Commissioner Julie Hughes-Nix pointed out that department heads had communicated their satisfaction with the firm and Gaines and Chairman Billy Thurmond expressed support for contracting with a firm.

“I think we find efficiencies in a firm that brings a depth of knowledge in various areas that we have to go through,” Gaines said.  “Whether it be zoning, HR, litigation or whatever it may be that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every issue I want it to be a firm that represents other communities and has already been there, done that type of thing.”

Other issues discussed include:

  • Presentation of the Capital Improvement Element annual update;
  • Presentation of the FY 2019 Legacy Link Nutrition Program Services Addendum
  • Presentation of the Community Development Block Grant Language Access Plan;
  • Presentation of the professional exemption request for the interim county attorney;
  • Appointment of Christie Haynes Moore, John Drew and Betsy McGriff to the Joint Development Authority;
  • Discussion of grant application procedures.

Items discussed during work sessions are not generally voted on, but placed on the agenda for the next voting session.

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Dawson County attorney resigns due to ill health, Jarrard and Davis receives interim contract

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –The law firm of Jarrard and Davis has contracted with Dawson County to provide legal services after County Attorney Lynn Frey announced his resignation on Dec. 20 due to ill health.

In a letter to the Board of Commissioners, Frey, who was Dawson County’s first staff attorney, said, “After a great deal of thought I have realized that I am unable to continue to serve as county attorney for the wonderful community that is Dawson County,” the letter reads. “My health has deteriorated to a degree that prevents me from providing the level of service the county deserves…I will miss a great many folks, too many to name here, and will leave with gratitude for the welcome I was given, for the many kindnesses I have been shown over the last couple of years and for the opportunity you gave me to be part of something that matters.”

Frey will be return to his former home in Darien where he served as city attorney for 13 years. He will be paid compensation of $25,000 according to an agreement ratified by the board.

The Jarrard and Davis firm serves many municipalities in Georgia, including Forsyth County where Ken Jarrard has represented the Board of Commissioners for approximately 15 years. The board ratified an interim retention agreement with the firm for a period of 60 days until permanent legal representation can be obtained.

Jarrard said “The board of commissioners has been emphatic that they want a seamless transition while they consider what next steps to take with respect to representation and we have been honored to provide that interim representation.”

Frey’s salary was $90,000 in 2018. The board recently approved a new legal assistant position with an annual salary of $30,547, though the position was never filled.

 

 

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