6 p.m. Aug. 2, Government Center Assembly Room A. Roll call B. Opening presentation: Valerie Winship, Muscular Dystrophy Association C. Pledge of Allegiance D. Announcements E. Approval of minutes 1. Minutes of the planning commission retreat and training held on June 15. 2. Minutes of the voting session on July 5. F. Approval of the agenda G. Public comment: None H. Alcohol license hearings: None I. Zoning: None J. Public hearings: None K. Old business: ...
The returns from the primary election were slow coming in Tuesday night. But with all votes counted from each precinct, it was clear Billy Carlisle would remain Dawson County's sheriff and Kevin Tanner would represent District 9 in the state House of Representatives.
A judge on Friday denied a motion for emergency injunction in the pending civil case against a candidate for Dawson County tax commissioner. Attorney Chris Conowal filed the application July 17 on behalf of Shelly Townley Martin after Karin McKee refused to heed a cease-and-desist letter.
The executive committee of the Dawson County Republican Party has approved a list of seven people to observe Tuesday's election process. Republican candidates Mike Connor, who is running for county commission chairman, and District 9 state House hopeful Clint Smith each presented a list of nominees to serve as poll watchers.
Two candidates vying for local elected office want poll watchers appointed to monitor precincts in the upcoming July 31 general primary. Last week, Mike Connor, who is running for county commission chairman, and 9th District State House candidate Clint Smith each presented a list of individuals they want appointed as official poll watchers to observe the election process.
Meetings continue this week to determine the county's spending plan for 2013 following the county commission's vote on July 5 to adopt the tax digest without raising the millage rate. This is the eighth year the board hasn't raised the county's portion of the millage rate, which remains at 8.138 mills.
A mix up at the polls in which seven county voters cast ballots in the city's special election for mayor has been resolved. Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson said she learned of the mistake shortly before noon July 9, the first day of early voting for the July 31 general primary.
Top leaders in county and city government hope mediation will help them resolve negotiations over the 1-cent local option sales tax, or LOST. According to Cindy Campbell, chief financial officer and interim Dawson County manager, LOST funds go into the county's general fund to pay for government services "to keep property taxes down."
A political newcomer plans to continue her run to be Dawson County's next tax commissioner despite the threat of a lawsuit from her opponent's daughter over statements in her campaign literature. "It was just an intimidation tactic. It's a ploy to try to intimidate and threaten me and it's not going to work," said Karin McKee, who is challenging incumbent Linda Townley for the post.
Dawson County commissioners are expected Thursday to adopt the tax digest on which the 2013 budget will be based without raising the millage rate. Cindy Campbell, the county's chief financial officer, presented the commission with a digest last week that would amount to an estimated about $8.9 million in tax revenue.
The Dawsonville City Council voted unanimously on Monday to change the date for the special election to fill the unexpired terms of two council posts. The special election has been moved from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6.
Dawson County government is considering a land swap that could mean more soccer fields for the Rock Creek Sports Complex. The deal would exchange about 50 acres the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority owns on Dawson Forest Road for 33.5 acres on Bannister Road. That property, owned by Jackie and Jerry Townley, is next to the park.
After reviewing a study measuring sound volumes at a controversial gun club, the Dawson County commission last week voted to erect some barriers near the noisiest areas. The sound study, which began in January and lasted about four months, included eight locations around Etowah Valley Sporting Clays in southeastern Dawson.
Larry Taffar has more than just a little vested interest in Dawson County's Lumpkin Campground Road. He is chairman of Lumpkin Campground Trustees, attends Bethel United Methodist Church across the road and tends to the church cemetery that faces the road. He also lives off the road.
A capacity crowd filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School on Monday night to hear from local candidates running for office in the July 31 primary. Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the county's Republican and tea parties, the forum featured the hopefuls in contested city, county and state races.
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.