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Dawsonville City Council sets lease rate for Racing Hall of Fame, discusses zoning amendment request
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At the Feb. 1 meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, council members set the 2021 lease rate for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and heard information about a zoning amendment request. 

Council members first began discussing 2021 lease rates for city owned properties in December 2020, but made no official action. 

According to council members, several factors were taken into account, including the average lease rate for a business in the county and the square footage of the museum. The official vote was tabled until Feb. 1, when the council voted to raise the lease rate in order to fund a director position for the museum. 

“The rent would go from $100 a month to $250 a month plus 15 percent of the gross receipts minus the base rent plus utilities and cost of goods sold,” City Manager Bob Bolz said. “That money would be used to recoup the cost of the director that the city is willing to hire and pay for to the tune of $35,000, and once that $35,000 is reached for that year we’ll stop collecting the 15 percent of those items and go back to the set amount of $250 a month.” 

Council members voted unanimously to approve the new lease rate for the Racing Hall of Fame for 2021. Council members also unanimously approved Cindy Elliott to fill the new director position. 

The council also heard information regarding a zoning amendment request by Tanco Investments, LLC, to rezone 4.09 acres on Hwy. 9 north from Highway Business District (HB) to Multiple-Family Residential District (R6). In a public hearing, council members heard information about the zoning amendment from Rachel Burton on behalf of Tanco. 

“It is for a 24-unit, 2 story townhome development,” Burton said. “Each unit is proposed to be 1260 square feet each and we’ve included concrete driveways, met all the road requirements, and provided the parking and landscaping requirements.” 

No citizens attended the public hearing to speak for or against the zoning amendment request. The council members will vote on the request at its Feb. 15 meeting. 

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