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Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city
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A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

The county plans to use funds from a Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant to resurface the road.

At issue, according to County Attorney Joey Homans, is a stretch of the road that sits inside the Dawsonville city limits.

"In order to submit the [LMIG] application, we had to certify that these roads were county roads, and in reviewing that, we realized ... that the city had annexed both sides of the road that then becomes a city road," he said.

While both the city and county each received transportation grant funding, county officials have said they have been notified that the city does not plan to use its part for the Burt Creek Road repaving.

A service delivery agreement between the two governments states the county will pave or maintain one mile of city road per year.

"We sent a letter over to the city suggesting that the distance that is within the city should just be removed from the service delivery with the city for 2015, no money, just with agreeing to pave or maintain one mile of road, this distance would be subtracted from that," Homans said.

"...they agreed we can move forward with the improvements under the LMIG program but specifically stated that this distance would not be removed from the one mile in 2015."

Following months of ongoing contention with the city over annexations, several members of the county commission have been vocal regarding their feelings toward the city's governing body.

Commissioners Gary Pichon and Jimmy Hamby both showed their discontent by voting to approve a motion by Pichon to move forward with the roadwork on the county's portion of Burt Creek Road, leaving the city's road in need of repair.

"The city has money ... I think if they want to deed those roads back to us and we take them and it becomes part of our property, then we should maintain them. Short of that, I don't believe we should pave those roads," Pichon said.

Pichon's motion did not receive the required third vote to move forward.

Commissioner James Swafford was absent from the meeting.

Without a second motion, the board is expected to revisit the matter at its next work session when the full commission is present.

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan on Monday said there have been no formal conversations with the county about paving the road, which stretches from Shoal Creek Road north to Hwy. 136 and is a high traffic route for 18-wheelers and school buses.

"I have not been contacted by anyone from the county," he said. "We are in the process of resolving this issue."