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.
The Dawsonville City Council is considering a possible excise tax on energy for manufacturing businesses. Council members voted unanimously Monday night to have the city attorney begin drafting an ordinance that could send the matter to public hearings.
The Dawson County commission expects to save an estimated $5 million in interest by paying off two loans in December. Commissioners voted last week to authorize early payoffs on notes for the detention center and a courthouse parking lot.
The ballots are counted and voters in Dawsonville have re-elected a longtime council member and a political newcomer to two seats on city council. Mike Sosebee, who previously served more than 30 years on the council, and Angie Hammond Smith, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term earlier this year, are expected to be sworn into office next week.
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the commissioner's meeting room in the courthouse/administrative building, 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville. The purpose of the meeting will be to address county policy for submitting applications for certain county positions and for other purposes.
• 6 p.m. Nov. 1 in the assembly room at the government center A. Roll call B. Opening presentations: 1. Dawson Community Chorale 2. 2012 Statewide Fire Safety Essay Contest Winners C. Pledge of Allegiance D. Announcements E. Approval of minutes: Minutes of the Oct. 18 voting session F. Approval of the agenda G. Public comment: None H. Alcohol license hearings: None I. Zoning: None J. Public hearings: None K. Old business: None L. New ...
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to elect the country's next president. In addition to the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the General Election ballot includes congressional races and a referendum on charter schools in Georgia.
Bonuses could be on the horizon for Dawson County government employees. The county com­mission is expected to approve a one-time about $500 net bonus for full-time employees during Thursday's meeting. The board is also considering a stipend for permanent part-time employees.
Candidates vying for two open seats on the Dawsonville City Council fielded questions on several issues during a debate Oct. 16 at the local Republican Party headquarters on the town square. Organized by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, the forum touched on topics ranging from a regional airport and downtown revitalization to plans for moving the city forward.
The Dawson County commission has announced that the county's next chief executive officer will be promoted from within. The commission narrowed its search last week to replace County Manager Kevin Tanner to three internal candidates: Director of Public Works and Community Development David Headley; Director of Administration Bob Ivey; and Director of Emergency Services Billy Thurmond.
The proposed digital, illuminated sign for the city of Dawsonville has cleared another step in the process to becoming a reality. As part of the Dawsonville Planning Commission meeting on March 18, the city had requested a variance to its own ordinance regulating the size and luminosity of digital signs.
The Dawson County Republican Party met March. 9 to discuss the coming year. Clint Bearden, chairman of the 2012-13 board led the Republican Party in its annual meeting.