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BOC to accept grant for senior center, potentially pass budget
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Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett presented the board of commissioners with a check for $750,000 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Pictured from left are Commissioner Sharon Fausett, Pruett and commissioners Julie Hughes Nix, Billy Thurmond, Jimmy Hamby and Chris Gaines. - photo by Allie Dean
Dawson County Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett showed up to the board of commissioners work session on Thursday with a giant check in her hands. Pruett received notice in August that the county was awarded a $750,000 Georgia Community Development Block Grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to build a new senior center at Veterans Memorial Park. The center will be in addition to the current Margie Weaver Senior Center and Pruett expects to break ground in 2019. She presented the check to the board on Oct. 25, with formal acceptance of the grant expected at the Nov. 1 voting session. The county has 30 days to accept the grant and will receive the funds after the board votes to accept. Also during the voting session Nov. 1, the board will consider the 2019 proposed budget, which the board tabled Oct. 18, as well as a proposal from the Dawson County Library board to retrofit the lights at the building and in the parking lot with LED lighting.