Dawson County officials marked the final payment on the local jail last week with the age-old tradition of burning the security deed. The county paid off the jail loan Dec. 3, the same day it also made the final payment on the courthouse parking lot.
A Dawson County native has been selected as the county's next chief operating officer. Cindy Gilleland Campbell was named county manager, replacing Kevin Tanner, Thursday night following a unanimous vote by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.
A celebration is planned Thursday to burn the paid-in-full security deed on the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center. The 4 p.m. ceremony, which will include several speakers, will be held in front of the jail. The community is invited.
The county's newest elected officials will be sworn into office Thursday at the Dawson County Government Center. Probate Judge Jennifer Burt will administer the oaths of office for three county commissioners, three school board members, tax commissioner, sheriff, clerk of courts, chief magistrate and surveyor beginning at 11 a.m. in the assembly room on the second floor.
The city of Dawsonville voted Monday night to allow a tax on energy consumed by manufacturing businesses. Georgia repealed its sales and use taxes, but allowed local governments, both county and city, to set up their own in its place.
Commissioners are expected on Thursday to name Dawson County's next manager from a panel of internal candidates. The agenda is set for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners to discuss the finalists for the position in closed session during Thursday night's meeting.
The Rotary Club of Dawson County continued a long standing tradition last week of honoring the county government's top employees. The club recognized the county's employees of the year Dec. 6 during an annual Christmas celebration.
Dawsonville water and sewer customers will see higher bills come January. In a 4-0 vote, council members on Monday approved a nearly 15 percent increase intended to offset declining revenue due to the struggling economy.
Two more names have been added to the list of internal candidates being considered for the Dawson County manager position. County commissioners voted on Thursday to expand the list to include Cindy Campbell and David McKee.
Dawson County Emergency Services recently named its top employees for 2012 and paid tribute to several pioneers whose contributions over the past three decades set the foundation for saving lives in Dawson County. Fire Inspector Jody Holland, who also serves as fire and safety educator, was named Employee of the Year, while Lt. Ricky Rexroat was selected Officer of the Year.
Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines is the newest Georgia Academy for Economic Development graduate from the 2012 Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 13 counties in north Georgia.
Emergency management in Dawson County was recognized last week as the best in the state by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. In addition to Dawson County Emergency Services being named Emergency Management Agency of the Year, Billy Thurmond was selected EMA Director of the Year for 2012.
The city of Dawsonville has been awarded $300,000 in federal funding to upgrade its sewer system. Dawsonville City Council learned earlier this month that the Appalachian Regional Commission had approved the grant, which is intended to meet current and future wastewater needs of the city's largest employer.
Dawson County commissioners voted last week to extend the application period for internal candidates wanting to be considered for the county manager position. In a surprise move Thursday, commissioners came out of an executive session during their special called meeting and unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Gary Pichon to reopen the application period for seven days.
Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley was recently elected to lead District 2 for the Georgia Association of Tax Officials. District 2 includes Dawson, Cherokee, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens and Union counties. It is one of 19 districts across the state.
All but one of the subdivisions in Dawsonville has cleaned up its retention pond over the past month at the request of the city, officials said, with the lone holdout possibly requiring further action. "We've had reported to our street department and to the mayor numerous problems with the retention pond at the Howser Mill subdivision," City Attorney Dana Miles told council members during their meeting Monday night.
County commissioners voted last week to officially close two roads that were impacted by summer flooding until a time when funds are available to make repairs. In separate unanimous actions, commissioners agreed that it would better serve the county to close Etowah River Road and Hubbardsville Circle than to legally abandon the two.
Dawson County has a new assistant registrar to help out with elections. Chief Registrar Glenda Ferguson announced that, starting Monday, long-time county employee Rachelle Thurmond would be taking the place left by former Assistant Registrar Karen Armstrong.