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Dawson BOC to hear presentations on broadband and alcohol ordinances
Dawson County Commissioners 2021

At the Dawson County Board of Commissioners work session on Thursday, commissioners are scheduled to hear presentations on several ordinances and policies, including an update to the county’s alcohol ordinance and a program that would certify Dawson County as a “Broadband Ready Community.” 

According to an agenda for the work session, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, commissioners will first hear from Dawson County Public Works Director David McKee on the proposed “Broadband Ready Community Ordinance.” 

This ordinance is part of a 2018 program started by the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative (GBDI), meant to assist the deployment of broadband throughout Georgia. 

The certification of becoming a “Broadband Ready Community” reportedly allows communities to receive grant funding through GBDI and the United States Department of Agriculture. 

“Eleven cities and counties in the state have received the designation,” the agenda packet’s supporting documents states.

To receive the distinction, Dawson County will need to approve an ordinance showing that broadband is covered within its comprehensive plan and that broadband infrastructure is permitted within the county. 

During the work session, commissioners are also expected to hear from Planning and Development Director Jameson Kinley on an update to the county’s alcohol ordinance. 

According to the agenda packet, updates to the alcohol ordinance were previously approved by the board in July 2020, allowing alcohol to be served within Residential Agriculture (RA) zoning districts at wedding and event venues. Further updates to the ordinance will expand upon that. 

“Updates to the ordinance will not only allow wedding and event venues within the county to come into compliance if criteria are met, which has been an ongoing issue, but also includes several state-regulated updates,” the packet states. 

Other items set to be discussed at the work session and the commissioners voting session, which will follow the work session, include the following

  • Presentation of drug and alcohol program manager policy update by Dawson County Human Resources Director Brad Gould

  • Presentation on naming the main room of the Pauline Stephens Ivey Senior Center for Betty Anne Looper Bagley by District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett

  • Recognition of Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites 

  • Consideration of Georgia Forestry Commission Cooperative Purchasing Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding 

  • Consideration of Staggered Terms and Appointment of Members to the Industrial Building Authority of Dawson County

Dawson County Board of Commissioners meetings are held in person at the Dawson County Government Center, 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville, and can be streamed live online by visiting the Dawson County Government Facebook page.