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Fees to be raised at Dawson transfer station
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The fee per ton for weighed trash at the Dawson County transfer station could increase by $9 and new limits could be placed elsewhere due to a potential fee re-assessment by the county.

Public Works Director David McKee presented a new fee schedule to the board of commissioners on Jan. 26 and the board voted on Feb. 2 to proceed with two public hearings before a final vote could take place.

If the new fee schedule is approved, trash by the bag will still cost $0.50, but there will be a new 10-bag limit per customer.

Trash weighed by the ton would be $44 a ton as opposed to $35 a ton. There would also be a new restriction of a $5 minimum payment on trash that is weighed.

The first public hearing will be on Feb. 16 during the board's voting session, and the second will be held on March 2. The board could vote to adopt the new fee schedule at that time.

In other business:

SPLOST V addendum
The commission on Feb. 2 approved an addendum that will effectively end the county's battle with the city of Dawsonville over the allocation of funds from SPLOST V.

According to attorney Joey Homans, the amount of money that it would take to continue the dispute and litigation would be more than the difference in question.

"We have presented to you an addendum to the SPLOST V agreement that would provide for payment to the county and the city so we can go ahead and disburse the remaining SPLOST V proceeds," Homans told the board.

The county and city entered into an agreement in 2007 about the distribution of the proceeds, after the city filed litigation to enjoin the referendum and after a hearing before a senior judge.

The agreement required that 10 percent of proceeds be disbursed to the city after payment of the bond for the courthouse and before the completion of level one projects. After that, 14 percent would be paid until the city had been paid $4,160,000.

The referendum resolves the dispute between the city and county about whether certain projects constitute expenses for level one projects, whether 10 percent or 14 percent should have been disbursed at certain times, and other disputes, Homans said.

Letter of roundabout support
The commission also approved a letter of roundabout support that was asked for by the Georgia Department of Transportation. They wish to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 136, Bailey Waters Road and Keith Evans Road.

"This intersection, much like those at 183 and 53, and Dawson Forest and Hwy. 9, those intersections were triggered from someone sitting at a desk in Atlanta looking at crash data," McKee said.

After receiving that data, GDOT came to the county to ask for support in putting something in at that intersection to mitigate wrecks.

"It doesn't mean it's going to be a roundabout, while we were there they talked about a number of different scenarios," McKee said. "The thing to note with the crash data is that they are serious crashes- they're head-on collisions, they're side-swipes, it's not just knock a mirror off the car. This just allows GDOT to start the process and take a look at the intersection to improve the safety."