The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission held a legislative appreciation dinner Thursday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Members of Dawson County's state legislative delegation were joined by more than 100 regional delegates, politicians, representatives and guests.
The Dawsonville City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to approve a $1.38 million budget for fiscal year 2013. The budget, which is up from last year's $1.2 million spending plan, does not call for a city property tax.
Qualifying for the local and state elections ended with at least one surprise in Dawson County. Former District 2 County Commissioner Mike Connor decided to challenge incumbent Mike Berg for commission chairman.
Friends and family gathered Thursday at the Dawson County board of elections office to pay tribute to the board's former chairwoman. Jeannine McGee thought she was attending an end of the year ceremony for her grandson, but later found out the party was being held in her honor.
Candidates seeking local and state office have until Friday to qualify for the July 31 General Primary. Qualifying began this morning and runs until noon Dawson County and state offices.
The remaining vacancy on the Dawsonville City Council was filled Thursday as Angie Smith took office. A lifelong Dawsonville resident, the 36-year-old Smith takes the place of Calvin Byrd, who has resigned to run for mayor.
The Dawsonville City Council has approved two variance requests for a proposed apartment complex. Planned for 15 acres off Perimeter Road near downtown, Farmington Woods will feature 72 units, including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
Days after Dawson County commissioners voted to take legal action against a local hotel, officials with the business said Monday the majority of overdue taxes has been paid. "We're now up to date except for April's taxes," said Shelby Harris, general manager of the Comfort Inn in Dawsonville. "At this point, April, which was due on the 20th, is the only month that is outstanding."
Dawson County's tax commissioner has announced she will seek re-election in the July 31 primary. Linda Townley is the second candidate to say she'll campaign for the seat. In April, political newcomer Karin McKee said she would run.
Sales tax revenue is up, there are no talks of furlough days and commissioners aren't planning a millage increase for 2013. "We're in pretty good shape," Dawson County Commission Chair Mike Berg said last week.
A second member of the Dawsonville City Council has resigned after announcing he would run for mayor in the July 31 special election. Citing state law that requires incumbent councilmen to resign before qualifying to run for mayor, Calvin Byrd stepped down after Monday night's meeting. "While the law would have allowed me to continue to serve until the date of my qualification for mayor, I have chosen to do so ...
Dawsonville's acting mayor has resigned from the city council. "Really and truly it's just one of those things I've been thinking about," James Grogan said during a special called city council meeting Thursday. "I prayed about it and felt that I couldn't serve both positions well.
Commissioners last week said the $84,000 the county contributed to a watershed assessment on Lake Allatoona and the Upper Etowah River is enough. The board received a request last month to contribute between $5,000 and $8,000 to cover additional costs incurred during the assessment.
State Sen. Steve Gooch and State Rep. Amos Amerson highlighted key issues and gave brief updates on the 2012 Legislative Session during the Dawson County Republican Party's April meeting. The state's budget was a hot topic for both April 24 with Gooch pushing for a zero-based budget that he says can save the state billions of dollars.
Councilman James Grogan, who is currently serving as acting mayor for the City of Dawsonville, announced Thursday that he would be resigning as a council member. "Really and truly it's just one of those things I've been thinking about," Grogan said. "I prayed about it and felt that I couldn't serve both positions well. I felt it was best that I resigned from the one and gave my full attention to the other."
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.