Qualifying for May 22 General Primary ends Friday at noon

Election 2018

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — UPDATE: Mark Zeller was the only candidate to add his name to the list of qualifiers for the May 22 General Primary Thursday.

Zeller will campaign for Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners in District 4.

Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Rhett Stringer qualified late Tuesday afternoon and four more candidates tossed their hats into the ring in Wednesday qualifying.

Dennis Hoover (D) and Jeff Moran (R) qualified to run in the District 4 Board of Commissioners race. Also, incumbent Board of Education Chairman Bobby Self (R) qualified along with Craig Poore (R), the incumbent Board of Education member in District 2.

There is also an important race for Georgia House of Representatives District 9 where incumbent Kevin Tanner (R), of Dawsonville, and Mark Hajduk (R), of Cumming, have qualified.

Other county commission candidates who qualified earlier in the week include Peri Lynn Gordon (D) in District 3 and Teresa Gay (D) in District 4. Incumbent Lynn Sylvester (R) qualified to run in the District 4 Board of Education race.

The May General Primary will be held May 22, 2018, with a voter registration deadline of April 23.

Qualifying will continue through this week, ending March 9 at noon. All persons wishing to participate as a candidate in the 2018 election will need to qualify by this time.

Rhett Stringer (I)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Poore (I)

Peri Lynn Gordon

Teresa Gay

Lynn Sylvester

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City/County Officials Host GMRC at Camp Merrill

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City/county officials from all across north Georgia attended the GMRC meeting at Camp Frank D. Merrill last week.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners and the City of Dahlonega hosted the monthly meeting of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) Thursday in the dining facility at Camp Frank D. Merrill, the US Army Ranger facility.

The GMRC serves local governments of the Georgia mountains region by improving the quality of life through economic development, community planning, information technology, and workforce development to support and enhance the region’s prosperity.

Named for the famous Ranger General of World War II in the Burma Campaign, Camp Merrill is the home of the US Army’s 5th Ranger Training Battalion, where Ranger candidates receive mountain warfare training.

Lumpkin County staff and elected officials attend GMRC meeting.

Lumpkin County Commission Chairman Chris Dockery welcomed city and county officials from all across north Georgia. County Manager Stan Kelley, a former Army Ranger, Commissioners Bob Pullen, David Miller, Rhett Stringer and Bobby Mayfield attended along with Fire Chief David Wimpy and Public Works Director Larry Reiter.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Michael Hack briefed the audience on the rigorous training regimen ranger candidates undergo in order to accomplish their mission of providing logistical support, training, mobilization, deployment, supporting, sustaining and reconstituting forces.

Roseann Kent, director of the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia, explained how the center provides students with a unique opportunity to discover the arts, history, music and nature of southern Appalachia through community engagement, service learning, undergraduate research and creative activities. The center is located on the Dahlonega campus across the street from Price Memorial Hall in the Historic Vickery House.

Lumpkin County Mayoral candidate Sam Norton (right) receives recognition during Small Business Week for his Picnic Cafe.

Dahlonega City Councilman Sam Norton, who is running for mayor in the Nov. 7 election, was given special recognition by Congressman Doug Collins’ office for during Small Business Week for the small business he started in Dahlonega called Picnic Café.

The GMRC also held a Workforce Development Board Meeting in the second floor conference room of the Lumpkin County Administrative Building in Dahlonega.

 

 

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Lumpkin Commissioners Table Tree Ordinance

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners was prepared to pass a Timber Ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting until property owners Kathy Norris and Kenneth Beasley raised a few questions about who the ordinance would impact.

Their public comments demonstrated the importance of citizens attending commission meetings and the commissioners’ decision to table the issue until the ordinance could be more clearly defined demonstrated their willingness to listen to the citizens.

Commissioner Bobby Mayfield thanked Norris and Beasley for their comments and Commissioner Rhett Stringer’s motion to table the issue until the next meeting was unanimously approved.then Chairman Chris Dockery said he would work with City Manager Stan Kelley on a clarification.

The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public, roads and environment from companies engaged in timber operations in the unincorporated area of Lumpkin County. It is specifically aimed at timber operators engaged in buying, harvesting or hauling timber in the county for commercial or profit-making purposes.

The Board honored the Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation 12 and under girls basketball team which became the first Lumpkin County in history team to win the state championship.

April was proclaimed to be LifeLink Donate Life month and Child Abuse Awareness month.

The Board also approved:

⦁ The 2017 Comprehensive Plan and dissolved the Comprehensive Plan Committee;
⦁ Appointment of Steven Ferguson and Jim Curtis to the Development Authority;
⦁ Appointment of John Gerheim to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee;
⦁ A low bid of $679,175.78 by Colditz Trucking to resurface 6.55 miles of county roads under the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG);
⦁ A low bid by Townley Construction for tree removal project at Wimpy Airport;
⦁ A low bid of $390,000 by Mobil Communications to install a digital radio system for the Sheriff’s Office and Public Safety;
⦁ The submission of a Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Application;
⦁ An agreement with Greg Amos to operate the Parks and Recreation Concession Program;
⦁ Starting the process of the abandonment of Wimpy Road;
⦁ Execution of a Quit Claim or Abandonment of Wilson Drive;
⦁ A Hazardous Waste Trust Fund;
⦁ A letter of support to Georgia Department of Transportation for the replacement of the Roy Grindle Bridge;
⦁ Revenue Audits;
⦁ A bid by Quinn Design and Concepts of $21,000 to design plans for Fire Station 7 at Frogtown;
⦁ The work plan for the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST);
⦁ Issuance of an alcohol beverage license to Robert Warner, doing business as White Oaks Bistro.

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County Honors Marie Satterfield, Employees of the Year

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The early portion of Tuesday’s Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners meeting was dedicated to honoring county employees whose service to the community has been above and beyond the call of duty.

First among the honorees was Marie Satterfield, a senior records technician in the Sheriff’s Office, who was the recipient of the 40-year Service Award.

Satterfield has dedicated half her life to serving the residents of Lumpkin County. Nine U.S. Presidents have moved into and out of the White House since she began her tenure.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said, “Marie is one of the hardest working people in the world. She has been a blessing to me and will continue to be a blessing to me for many years. She has so much knowledge. She cannot be replaced. It would take multiple people to replace her.”

Tim Foster was honored as the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year, Gabriel Hernandez was named Emergency Services Employee of the Year and Ashley Peck, the county’s Elections Superintendent was named Employee of the Year.

Malone Harrell was appointed to the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council and Patrick Wood was appointed to the Park and Recreation Citizens Advisory Panel.

The board approved resolutions authorizing:

Tax Commissioner to accept checks and debit and credit cards for all taxes, fees and licenses due;

The Community Healthcare Partnership Grant application;

Local legislation to create Lumpkin County Airport Authority;

The City of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County to make improvements to Auraria Road.

The board also awarded a series of contracts, including:

The dates of June 3 & 4, 10 &17 & 18, 24 & 25 be reserved for the 16th annual Three Sisters Vineyards Georgia Wine Country Festival.

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