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
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.
• 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Dawson County Government Center Assembly Room
A. Roll call
Dawson County is close to securing $350,000 in grant funding to improve signs and striping along 116 miles of local roads.
The county commission is expected to approve the plan Thursday, clearing the way to submit it to the state Department of Transportation and begin the process of applying for environmental, utility and right-of-way certifications.
Dawson County's chief financial officer was recently honored by the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association.
Cindy Campbell received the President's Award during the group's annual conference in Savannah last week.
A political debate Tuesday evening will give city residents an opportunity to hear from five candidates running for Dawsonville City Council.
Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and planned by the chamber's government affairs committee, the forum starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will be held at the Historic Harben Bros. Station in downtown Dawsonville.
An effort to tighten restrictions on restraining dogs is on hold in Dawson County.
County commissioners did not discuss the matter Thursday after the president of the local humane society revised her request.
Dawsonville water and sewer customers could see a slight rate increase in the coming months.
According to a study presented Monday night by engineer Ben Turnipseed, the city "needs to adjust water and sewer rates" to "meet revenue needs."
The Dawson County commission voted last week to use 1-cent sales tax funds to improve the public safety radio system.
According to officials, the upgrade will extend portable radio coverage to meet a federal mandate that requires narrow banding for all public safety radio frequencies by Jan. 1.
Plans have been finalized to move forward with developing a vision to help stir economic development in downtown Dawsonville.
Members of the Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority on Sept. 19 formalized a partnership with the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia.
Commissioners last week approved an ordinance that bans the application of Class B sewage sludge in Dawson County, despite a state law that regulates sludge and trumps local policy.
"I don't want to give the impression that we're throwing our hands up and saying there you go, do what you want to do," said commissioner Jimmy Hamby, who made the motion to approve the measure. "I want to fight it to the end.
News that Gov. Nathan Deal has pledged to restore more than $500 million in education funding cut in recent years is a relief to local school officials.
The watchdog agency of the state's child welfare system has a new director.
When the Easons moved into the Gold Creek subdivision in 2012, the couple thought they were buying a house in the Dawsonville city limits.
The issue of sludge application is expected to go before state lawmakers this week.
A political newcomer has announced plans to run for the Dawson County commission District 1 post.
In one of his first public appearances of the new year, Gov. Nathan Deal addressed area Republicans during a fireside chat Thursday in Dahlonega.