The Dawsonville City Council is considering a possible excise tax on energy for manufacturing businesses. Council members voted unanimously Monday night to have the city attorney begin drafting an ordinance that could send the matter to public hearings.
The Dawson County commission expects to save an estimated $5 million in interest by paying off two loans in December. Commissioners voted last week to authorize early payoffs on notes for the detention center and a courthouse parking lot.
The ballots are counted and voters in Dawsonville have re-elected a longtime council member and a political newcomer to two seats on city council. Mike Sosebee, who previously served more than 30 years on the council, and Angie Hammond Smith, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term earlier this year, are expected to be sworn into office next week.
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the commissioner's meeting room in the courthouse/administrative building, 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville. The purpose of the meeting will be to address county policy for submitting applications for certain county positions and for other purposes.
• 6 p.m. Nov. 1 in the assembly room at the government center A. Roll call B. Opening presentations: 1. Dawson Community Chorale 2. 2012 Statewide Fire Safety Essay Contest Winners C. Pledge of Allegiance D. Announcements E. Approval of minutes: Minutes of the Oct. 18 voting session F. Approval of the agenda G. Public comment: None H. Alcohol license hearings: None I. Zoning: None J. Public hearings: None K. Old business: None L. New ...
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to elect the country's next president. In addition to the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the General Election ballot includes congressional races and a referendum on charter schools in Georgia.
Bonuses could be on the horizon for Dawson County government employees. The county com­mission is expected to approve a one-time about $500 net bonus for full-time employees during Thursday's meeting. The board is also considering a stipend for permanent part-time employees.
Candidates vying for two open seats on the Dawsonville City Council fielded questions on several issues during a debate Oct. 16 at the local Republican Party headquarters on the town square. Organized by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, the forum touched on topics ranging from a regional airport and downtown revitalization to plans for moving the city forward.
The Dawson County commission has announced that the county's next chief executive officer will be promoted from within. The commission narrowed its search last week to replace County Manager Kevin Tanner to three internal candidates: Director of Public Works and Community Development David Headley; Director of Administration Bob Ivey; and Director of Emergency Services Billy Thurmond.
• 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Dawson County Government Center Assembly Room A. Roll call B. Opening presentation: None C. Pledge of Allegiance D. Announcements E. Approval of minutes 1. Minutes of the voting session on Oct. 4 2. Minutes of the special called meeting on Oct. 5 F. Approval of the agenda G. Public comment (three minute limit/person, 15 minutes maximum): None H. Alcohol license hearings: None I. Zoning: None J. Public hearings ...
Dawson County is close to securing $350,000 in grant funding to improve signs and striping along 116 miles of local roads. The county commission is expected to approve the plan Thursday, clearing the way to submit it to the state Department of Transportation and begin the process of applying for environmental, utility and right-of-way certifications.
Dawson County's chief financial officer was recently honored by the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association. Cindy Campbell received the President's Award during the group's annual conference in Savannah last week.
A political debate Tuesday evening will give city residents an opportunity to hear from five candidates running for Dawsonville City Council. Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and planned by the chamber's government affairs committee, the forum starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will be held at the Historic Harben Bros. Station in downtown Dawsonville.
An effort to tighten restrictions on restraining dogs is on hold in Dawson County. County commissioners did not discuss the matter Thursday after the president of the local humane society revised her request.
Dawsonville water and sewer customers could see a slight rate increase in the coming months. According to a study presented Monday night by engineer Ben Turnipseed, the city "needs to adjust water and sewer rates" to "meet revenue needs."
All but one of the subdivisions in Dawsonville has cleaned up its retention pond over the past month at the request of the city, officials said, with the lone holdout possibly requiring further action. "We've had reported to our street department and to the mayor numerous problems with the retention pond at the Howser Mill subdivision," City Attorney Dana Miles told council members during their meeting Monday night.
County commissioners voted last week to officially close two roads that were impacted by summer flooding until a time when funds are available to make repairs. In separate unanimous actions, commissioners agreed that it would better serve the county to close Etowah River Road and Hubbardsville Circle than to legally abandon the two.
Dawson County has a new assistant registrar to help out with elections. Chief Registrar Glenda Ferguson announced that, starting Monday, long-time county employee Rachelle Thurmond would be taking the place left by former Assistant Registrar Karen Armstrong.