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Tanner named Champion of Cities
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Justin Kirnon, government relations associate with the Georgia Municipal Association, presented Rep. Kevin Tanner with the groups 2014 Champion of Georgias Cities award during the Dahlonega City Councils meeting on Aug. 4. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

The award is given at the end of every two-year legislative term to lawmakers whose work to pass legislation directly and positively impacts cities.

"I was so appreciative of the recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association having worked in local government from 24 years," Tanner said. "I have a deep understanding of the value that cities and counties provide to the citizens.

"I look forward to working closely with organizations such as GMA to improve the quality of life for our citizens."

Justin Kirnon, the association's government relation's associate, presented the award during the Dahlonega City Council's Aug. 4 meeting.

"We greatly appreciate Rep. Tanner's strong support for city government and his willingness to always listen to our issues and concerns," said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. "Due to his strong leadership, the citizens of all Georgia's cities will benefit."

Tanner, R-Dawsonville, represents Lumpkin, most of Dawson and part of Forsyth in the Georgia House of Representatives.

The association recognized Tanner for supporting House Bill 741, which gives local governments and residents a say in where sludge (partially treated wastewater) can be placed in their communities. It also requires any public hearings on matters of sludge application to be held in the county where the land is located, contrary to prior law that did not regulate such a criteria.

The debate over sludge application started nearly three years ago when developer Ken Curren filed an application with the state Environmental Protection Division to amend the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility sludge management plan.

According to the application, he planned to spread partially treated liquid waste from the Forsyth County plant on about 65 acres at Lumpkin Campground and Harry Sosebee roads in Dawson County.

The site is about one mile away from the busy Ga. 400 corridor, which includes the North Georgia Premium Outlets, the county's largest source of sales tax revenue.