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Commissioners to discuss COVID-19 vaccination site at work session Thursday
FB DCN Government County

At its meetings on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is set to discuss a number of important topics, including possible locations for a COVID-19 vaccination site, the county’s agreement with the Georgia Forestry Commission and several proposed rezonings. 

According to Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond, the board is considering several possible locations for the Dawson County Health Department to set up a secondary vaccination site so that large numbers of people can be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

In January, Dawson County held a vaccination event at Rock Creek Park that distributed over 800 vaccines to community members and first responders in a single day. 

Following the success of that event and others like it in the region, the Georgia Department of Health District 2 announced multiple new COVID-19 secondary vaccination sites across its 13 county area, including a proposed location in Dawson County. DPH later removed the Dawson County location from its listing, stating that the new site had been postponed and that vaccinations would continue at the local health department. 

Thurmond said that if a location for the vaccination site is found, it will expand the health department’s capabilities to give COVID-19 vaccines, while also freeing up the health department building in Dawsonville to continue regular operations. 

“We just want to help them have the facilities they need to do what needs to be done,” Thurmond said.

But even with a dedicated location for vaccines, Thurmond said it all still comes down to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is reportedly still only coming in small batches to the local area. 

Thurmond said that if vaccines are ever released to Dawson County in larger quantities, he’s confident that the community could be vaccinated fairly quickly. 

Commissioners are also set to hear a presentation from Dawson County Fire Chief and EMA Director Danny Thompson on renewing a cooperative agreement with the Georgia Forestry Commission. 

According to an agenda packet for Thursday’s meeting, the agreement addresses the responses to “urban-wildland” fires located in Dawson County and will be renewed until 2022.

Commissioners will also hear a presentation on the terms of board members appointed to the Industrial Building Authority of Dawson County. 

During their voting session immediately following the work session, the commissioners are set to discuss an alcohol license transfer and several rezoning requests. Rezoning requests include the following: 

  • George Butler as agent for owners requests to rezone TMP 097-099 from RA (Residential Agriculture) to RS2 (Residential Suburban 2) for the purpose of developing a 194-residential-lot subdivision (Dawson Forest Road East). 

  • Mincey Land Management requests to rezone TMP 113-017 from RA (Residential Agriculture) to CHB (Commercial Highway Business) for the purpose of constructing an indoor gun range (Hwy. 53 E). 

  • Fall Leaf Residential requests to rezone TMP 085-016 from RSR (Residential Sub-Rural) to RS3 (Residential Suburban 3) for the purpose of developing a 141- residential-lot subdivision (Hwy. 9 S). 

  • Jim King on behalf of Jackie and Jerry Townley requests to rezone TMP 115- 044 from RA (Residential Agriculture) to RSR (Residential Sub-Rural) for the purpose of subdividing the parcel (Blue Ridge Overlook).

  • Dawson County requests to rezone TMP 113-011 and 113-092 from CHB (Commercial Highway Business) to RMF (Residential Multi-Family) and CHB for the purpose of developing a commercial component and multi-family dwellings.

New business items scheduled for Thursday’s voting session include a request from Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson to increase sheriff’s office staffing, consideration of an update to the county’s emergency operations plan, consideration of an amendment to the county’s purchasing policy and ratification of an emergency repair road repair request for Liberty Church Road.