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City gives GDOT nod to review Elliott airfield for FAA
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The Dawsonville City Council on Monday voted to give the Georgia Department of Transportation its blessing to update a review of Elliott Airfield for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mayor James Grogan said the letter is nothing out of the ordinary.

"They've sent a letter in to ask us if we have any objections to them to move forward with that study again," he said.

The FAA and GDOT entered into negotiations about a decade ago to conduct a feasibility study on the privately owned airport on Elliott Family Parkway.

The airfield is owned by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, according to FAA records.

As part of that inquiry, it was determined that a planning study would be required of the transportation department.

Since the airport is within the city limits, the council must authorize the planning study, according to Grogan.

"This is an update they do every five years, no matter what," he said. "They review all the airports within the state of Georgia and determine what they are, what use they are ... it's just a determination of what our airports have and what their utilization is and what they are looking for."

The council also approved the following agenda items during the April 4 meeting:

• A 15 percent water and sewer rate increase. The last increase was in 2012. The new rate will take effect July 1;

• Zoning map updates to reflect city properties that were rezoned in the last year;

• A resolution proclaiming April 17-23 Georgia Cities Week in Dawsonville;

• BJ Farley, Pam Bragg and Stan Worley's re-appointments to the Dawsonville Planning Commission;

• A $107,000 change order for waterline improvements on Maple Street to Mills Ford Road;

• An increase in purchasing limits to $25,000 for the city manager and $5,000 for department heads;

• Approval to accept low bidder Terry Tools for the purchase of lawn mowers;

• The annexation and rezoning of 79.98 acres located on Hwy. 53 West into the city. The property is adjacent to Atlanta Motorsports Park. Owners John R. and Yvette F. Daniel say they have no plans to develop the property;

• The rezoning of 2.72 acres at 21 Church Street to expand for daycare facilities at the church.

 

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