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City of Dawsonville recognizes employees with September service awards, receives $6000 safety grant
City employees award Sept. 2021
Photo from left to right top row: Councilmember William Illg, Councilmember John Walden, Mayor Mike Eason, Councilmember Caleb Phillips, Councilmember Mark French From left to right bottom row: GMA Claims Manager and Services Coordinator Brenda Eckman, Finance Administrator Robin Gazaway. (Photo courtesy of the City of Dawsonville)

During the Sept. 20 meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, council members recognized several city employees and departments for their service to the city and received a $6000 grant to use to purchase safety equipment for city employees. 

During the meeting, the council recognized Utilities Operation Manager Jacob Barr as the July 2021 Employee of the Month and Public Works Roads Equipment Operator Tony Seabolt as the August 2021 Employee of the Month. According to a release by the city, Barr was nominated for the July employee of the month title by not only one of his coworkers, but also one of the citizens he serves. 

“[Barr] always goes above and beyond and was nominated by a citizen as well as a teammate,” the release said. “He has repeatedly been recognized for his attitude toward customers and his customer service skills.” 

The release said that Seabolt, who joined the city’s staff earlier this year, was named as the August employee of the month because of his attitude and hard work in his position.

“His hard work, dedication and superlative attitude are commendable,” the release said. ‘Tony joined our team in March 2021 and hit the ground running with a great attitude.” 

The June 2021 employee of the month, Custodian Jonathan Davis, was recognized at an earlier meeting. According to the release, Davis was given the title because of the many duties he fills every day to keep the city grounds looking good. 

“Jon works tirelessly taking care of a multitude of tasks and is responsible for maintaining the inside and outside of City Hall, the Farmer’s Market and Main Street Park,” the release said. “Jon is always willing to help, has a can-do attitude, and does whatever it takes to get the job done.” 

Also on Sept. 20, the mayor and city council recognized three longtime employees for their service to the city and presented them with their September service awards. The employees recognized were Planning and Zoning Permit Technician Stanislav Zaverukha and Public Works Operations Foreman Steven McNeal, both for their three years of service to the city, and Utilities Operation Manager Jacob Bar for his ten years of service to the city.

The mayor and council also recognized the city’s finance department for receiving the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2020 fiscal year and the Financial Reporting Achievement Award for the 2020 fiscal year. According to the release, the city has received this honor every year since 2014 and getting this award is a big accomplishment. 

“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting,” the release said. 

Finally, during the meeting the city council was presented with the 2021 Georgia Municipal Association Safety and Liability Management Grant for $6000 by GMA Claims Manager and Services Coordinator Brenda Eckman. The grant will be used to purchase safety equipment for use by the city’s employees. 

“Some of the safety equipment items purchased were flashlights, table carts, safe-grip gloves, as well as safety gear,” the release said. “The grant is a great resource in helping to supply the safety equipment needed for the city staff.”