The Dawson County Board of Commissioners on Thursday will be discussing the partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation to address the traffic issues at the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and Hwy. 53.
Work started a few weeks ago, and the project will install turn lanes on Lumpkin Campground for drivers turning east onto Hwy. 53 and west onto Hwy. 53.
The county will be in charge of demolition and asphalt work and will contract out the concrete work, and will re-stripe the road once the work is completed. GDOT will pay for the asphalt, provide traffic flaggers and retime the traffic lights.
On Dec. 13 Dawson County Public Works Director David McKee will be presenting a request to award a contract for curb and gutter replacement to a contract company upon receipt and review of bid documents, which will not be received until after the work session.
According to the agenda, staff has met with several contractors to receive quotes on the curb and gutter replacement and bids will be received prior to the Dec. 20 voting session.
McKee is asking for a budget of $100,000 to come out of SPLOST VI, the general fund or impact fee collections.
McKee will also be bringing before the board a decision on a grant that was awarded to the county in 2014 for beautification of the Ga. 400 corridor.
The grant, called a GATEway grant, would fund a portion of landscaping on GDOT right of way along Ga. 400. The grant for $46,690 was awarded to the county but staff held off on the project until developers completed improvements in the area.
According to the agenda, in September of this year the project was bid out and Dawson County will need to decide whether to move forward with the project.
The board will also be hearing a presentation from Planning and Development Director Jameson Kinley of the comprehensive plan, which has been approved by the Department of Community Affairs and is ready for the board to adopt.
The plan must be updated every five years in order for the county to maintain its Certified Local Government Status, which makes the county eligible for state grants and programs.
The plan is a roadmap for elected officials to use when planning for the future, and the county began the update process early this year with surveys and public meetings soliciting citizen input on the way they want future growth and development to be handled.
The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in the second floor assembly room at the Dawson County Government Center.
The board unanimously approved appointing Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson the county’s emergency management agency director and appointed Gary Coates to the Development Authority of Dawson County during the Dec. 6 voting session. They also unanimously approved the other items on the agenda.