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Dawson County Manager David Headley’s pending resignation among the topics for this week’s Board of Commissioners meetings
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After his resignation announcement last week, the Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on Dawson County Manager David Headley’s retirement agreement this Thursday.

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The vote is scheduled for the BOC’s Nov. 3 voting session

Headley has served as the county’s manager since 2016, before which he served as Dawsonville’s city manager. 

“I feel that the time has come for me to pursue another opportunity that is more aligned with my new aspirations,” Headley said in an Oct. 27 press release. 

The BOC holds meetings every first and third Thursday, with work sessions starting at 4 p.m. and voting sessions that immediately follow (except for millage rate hearings). People can attend the meetings in person at the Dawson County Government Center’s second-floor assembly room or online by watching live streams on the Dawson County Government Facebook page. 


Peaks of Dawsonville

Forthcoming apartment complex the Peaks of Dawsonville has requested an additional $2 million in bonds to cover overages incurred during their building process, according to the Nov. 3 work session agenda. 

The Development Authority of Dawson County is asking for the board to approve the issuance of these additional bonds and adopt the related resolution.

Last September, the BOC and DADC voted to issue $10 million in bonds for the workforce housing project. 

“We are pleased to report that construction is approximately 40% complete and we continue to expect to open the Peaks at Dawsonville community (the “Project”) in May, 2023,” said Chase Northcutt with RHG GP Management that’s been working with the project developer, Landbridge Development. 

Because of how low-income housing tax credits work, they’re required to finance at least 50% of the apartment project’s total development costs “with the proceeds of tax-exempt,” Northcutt stated. 

“We have experienced certain unexpected and unbudgeted site work and development costs as well as price increases from our general contractor,” Northcutt said. “We need more debt, and in particular tax-exempt debt, to pay for these increased costs and to satisfy the aforementioned described rules relating to the Tax Credits.”

He elaborated that failing to satisfy this requirement could “invalidate” the tax credits’ issuance.

Neither the county nor the DADC are liable for the debt at any time, according to the meeting agenda. 


Budget and federal parks

In other county news, the board will also host the third and final FY2023 budget hearing at the Nov. 3 voting session. After that hearing, county commissioners are expected to pass the tentative budgets. 

Additionally, the board will have the chance to vote on whether to give Parks and Recreation the go-ahead to pursue lease agreements for the Nix Bridge, Thompson Creek and Toto Creek federal parks in Dawson County.


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