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Future E911 center will be key topic at next Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting
Separate meeting set for this congested county corridor
County preview April 20 1
One of the proposed sites for the future emergency operations and E911 center is next to Dawson County’s Fire Station no. 2, located at 145 Liberty Drive. File photo.

Talks on Dawson County’s forthcoming E911 and emergency operations center are scheduled to continue during the Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting.

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The board’s April 20 work session meeting will start at 4 p.m., and a voting session will promptly follow. These meetings will be held in the second-floor assembly room of the Dawson County Government Center, located at 25 Justice Way in Dawsonville.

People can also watch the meetings online through live streams on the Dawson County Government's Facebook page or videos on the county’s YouTube channel.

Development consultant Jim King will present the BOC with further pros and cons to help them decide whether to place the E911 center off of Ga. 53 West in Dawsonville or next to Fire Station 2 at 145 Liberty Drive, according to the board’s April 20 work session agenda. 

The EOC and E911 center is one of several projects voters approved as part of a Dawson County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in 2021. That SPLOST VII measure included a planned $5.5 million for the EOC and E911 center and $3 million for a radio system upgrade, a total of $8.5 million.

During their April 20 voting session, Development Authority of Dawson County chair Brian Trapnell will present a quarterly economic update to the board. 

At the voting session, the board will also have the opportunity to decide whether to add another employee to the county’s human resources department. 

HR Director Kristi Finley presented the request to the board during their April 6 work session. This follows a pattern of other county departments requesting more employees near the end of Q1 2023. 

County preview April 20 2
A forthcoming study of Dawson County’s Lumpkin Campground Road will look at its southern and northern segments, which includes the route’s intersection with Ga. 53. File photo.

Meeting set for this congested county corridor

Dawson County will soon host a public meeting to gather input as part of a study for portions of Lumpkin Campground Road, according to an April 12 Facebook post. 

The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 2. Since there will be no formal presentation, attendees can drop in at any time during the meeting. 

For the study, consulting firm KCI is looking at Lumpkin Campground Road’s southernmost segment from the Forsyth County line to the Dawson Forest Road roundabout and from its intersection with Ga. 53 north to Ga. 400.

“We want your feedback to improve traffic, transportation and infrastructure in the Lumpkin Campground Road Corridor in Dawson County,” the county’s April 12 post stated. “Please drop in for the public meeting on May 3 to share your thoughts.”

People can provide input by attending the meeting in person or by commenting on the original Dawson County Government Facebook post about the drop-in meeting. Comments will be included in the discussion.

The public input session marks just the start of the study, as no specific projects have been identified yet, the post’s flyer stated. 

Other upcoming Dawson County public meetings include:

  • Planning Commission: Tuesday, April 18 starting at 6 p.m.; second-floor assembly room of the Dawson County Government Center in Dawsonville. 

  • Board of Elections and Voter Registration: Thursday, April 20, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the elections office, located at 96 Academy Ave. in Dawsonville.

  • Long Range Planning Committee: Wednesday, April 26, starting at 11 a.m. in the Dawson County Government Center’s second-floor administrative training room

  • Development Authority of Dawson County: Tuesday, May 2, starting at 6 p.m. in the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, located at 44 Commerce Drive off of Ga. 400