County officials cut ribbon on new pool house


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A number of county officials were on hand when Dawson County Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Henson cut the ribbon on the beautiful new pool house at Veterans Memorial Park Friday (June 15) morning.

The $450,000 facility was paid for entirely with voter-approved funds from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). The new facility replaces an old structure that was built in the early 1970s.

“I’m really excited about this,” Henson said. “This has been our vision for quite some time. Even through the lean years from 2008-2015 when we were struggling to get by, we were working on the pool area in phase.”

County officials cut the ribbon on the county’s new pool house.

Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond said, “This is a very nice facility and one of the many improvements the commission is trying to make throughout the county. I remember working out of the old building when I started working for the county in 1978.This is something we really did need. The citizens, I’m sure, will enjoy the new facility and we look forward to them doing so.”




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Commissioners End County Funding for Development Authority


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –The Board of Commissioners approved the $24.2 million FY 2017 budget Thursday, but not until adopting several amendments proposed by District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby, one of which was to withhold a  $154,000 in county funding for the Development Authority.

Hamby proposed removing $150,000 from agency’s budget plus another $4,000 in the form of a meeting stipend.

The Board’s action comes after the Authority entered an agreement with Kroger last year that grants the company tax relief.

Authority Executive Director Charlie Auvermann said without the relief, Kroger would have moved its existing store to a site outside Dawson County.

“Keeping Kroger in Dawson County and making sure Kroger built one of their new flagship Marketplace facilities was considered to be of the utmost importance,” he said.

Kroger has since announced it will relocate the Dawsonville store to the new retail development going in at the southwest corner of Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road.

Other budget amendments approved include the elimination of one new position in the Human Resources Department, removal of a supplement for the Public Defenders office and meeting stipends for the Parks and Recreation and Library Boards.

The amendments resulted in a budget reduction of $168,251.23.

In other business, Tammy Wood read a proclamation declaring Nov. 18-24 Farm-City Week in Dawson County.

Commissioners also heard:

A request from Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Henson to approve a standard services contract in the amount of $44,400 annually with Amicalola Officials Association to provide umpires and referees for Parks and Rec games;

A request from Transit Director Dawn Pruett for approval of a FTA Section 5311 grant to provide operating and capital funds for the Transit Department in the amount of $118,644.29 to be matched by the same amount from the county;

A request from Purchasing Director Davida Simpson to approve updates to the county’s Bid Ordinance and Purchasing Policy adopted in 2007 and move to schedule two public hearings.

Items discussed during the work session can be voted on by the Board at the next regular meeting.


BOC to consider new lights for Rock Creek Park


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –The Dawson County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation by Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Henson Thursday requesting new lights for the soccer fields at Rock Creek Park.

Henson said the only lights at the park now are on the track and parking lot. The work would include installation of 10 galvanized steel poles, lighting, service panel and warranty. The cost would be $396 770 for LED outdoor lighting option plus a 10% contingency of $36,070. The work could be completed by the end of the year and would be paid from the voter-approved SPLOST VI.

Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford asked commissioners to consider an amended fee schedule for ambulance services, something that hasn’t been done in 10 years.  The amended rate would set the fees for basic life-saving non-emergency transportation at $350, basic life-saving emergency transportation at $400, advanced non-life saving emergency at $350, advanced level 1 emergency at $500, advanced level 2 emergency at $675 and mileage at $13 per mile.

Swafford also requested a renewal of the county’s contract with Chestatee Regional HospitaI for the purpose of clinical learning opportunities for students and employees of Dawson County Emergency Services.

Cameron Burt presented a contract with North Georgia Network (NGN) to provide backup internet services at the Dawson County Government Center and asked commissioners to consider approval at a cost of $6,000 per year.

The contract, Burt said, would allow for a true backup internet system and the NGN circuit would be used for future offsite data backup transmission. The size of the circuit is larger than current infrastructure and will allow transmission of data to the cloud for offsite storage and replication. This will give the County the redundancy that it has needed for disaster recovery. Furthermore, this will allow IT to provision certain data traffic at the Government Center and Sheriff’s Office for the use of large amounts of data that needs to be transferred to other facilities and agencies. NGN will be installing a 1GB circuit for a one-time charge of $100. This fee is at a greatly reduced rate compared to original terms.

These items are expected to be voted on at the regular meeting Sept. 22.

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