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City unveils planned voting districts
City district posts map
The city of Dawsonville has commissioned the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to create district posts for city council members. The GMRC presented the proposed posts on Monday during a city council meeting.

At the bequest of the Dawsonville city council, the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission has created a proposal mapping out four district posts for city council seats.

A spokesperson for the GMRC presented the proposal at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Currently, council members are elected at large and run to fill any open seat. Establishing districts means that a council member must live in the district that they are running for and must declare to run for that seat, just like the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

The mayor would continue to be elected at large.

The district posts were drawn up based on the 2010 census, which determined the population of the city to be 2,612 people.

Those numbers are the only data that can be used to create the district posts until the 2020 census data is recorded.

The way the map is drawn up now, council member Caleb Phillips would be in Post 1, which consists of 619 people; council member Stephen Tolson would be in Post 2, which consists of 671 people; council member Jason Power would be in Post 3, which consists of 664 people; and council member Mark French would be in Post 4, which consists of 658 people.

The next step in the process would be for the council to accept the proposal and send it to the Capitol for review and passage as a local amendment, but with Crossover Day nearing on Feb. 28, the city does not have enough time to get the legislation through this year.

The council did not take any action on the proposal on Monday, as acting Mayor Mike Eason said that the city will have to wait until next legislative session.


In other business:

●     The council approved a GMRC sidewalk mapping contract to prepare maps of the city’s sidewalk system at the cost of $3,000.

●     The council also heard an update on plans for a sewage treatment expansion study. City Manager Bob Bolz said he has secured one bid from C&E out of Cumming for a 30-year sewage plan for an hourly rate not to exceed $8,000. Bolz said the study will include an evaluation of the city’s existing system, specification books for how the system is now, what it needs at each point as it grows and a tertiary plant so that sewage can be treated and returned, as well as a guideline for the next 30 years.