Lumpkin County commissioners will meet in work session today

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners will have a number of new or renewable contracts to discuss when it meets in a work session at 5:30 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in the County Administration Building.

The Board will consider an agreement with the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley to represent the county in potential litigation against contributors to the opioid addiction crisis. If there is no recovery, there is no cost to the county.

Finance Director Allison Martin will recommend the county renew its agreement with Mauldin and Jenkins to perform the county audit.

Allison will also recommend the county contract with Capital Accounts to collect approximately $23,700 in unpaid fees due the Parks and Recreation Department. Capital Accounts charges a percentage of what it collects, so there is no cost to the county.

Senior Center Manager Linda Kirkpatrick will ask the Board to consider approval of an addendum to the  Legacy Link contract for senior center operations and the Meals on Wheels Program.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard will seek a renewal of a contract with Agape Food Service & Catering, Inc. which has provided an inmate catering service for prisoners at the Lumpkin County Detention Center since 2009.

Other items to be considered include:

  • The appointment of reappointment of members to the Audit Committee, Development Authority and Water and Sewer Authority;
  • Approval of a list of no-longer needed or used items recommended for surplus sale on GovDeals.com;
  • A request to include three county roads – Nimblecrest Way, West Woods Drive and West Woods Way — for acceptance into the county’s road maintenance system;
  • Two requests by property owners for annexation into the City of Dahlonega;
  • A Building Modification Request by EMA Director David Wimpy to close one bay of Fire Station No. 1 to enlarge the Emergency Operations Center;
  • A tax refund request filed by Kingwood Dahlonega International Resort.

 

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Senator Steve Gooch Honors City of Dahlonega

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ATLANTA (January 29, 2018) | Senator Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) is pleased to announce Monday, January 29, 2018, as Dahlonega Day at the state Capitol with Senate Resolution 590.

“Dahlonega is the gateway to North Georgia and I am grateful to be able to share my home with the rest of my colleagues,” said Sen. Gooch. “This year marks the 60th anniversary of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County citizens delivering gold, by wagon, for the installation of the state Capitol building’s gold dome. I could not be more proud to have representatives from our local community here today to celebrate this honor.”

The City of Dahlonega is a small city in northern Georgia founded in 1832. Dahlonega was the site of the first major U.S. gold rush and now is commonly referred to as the ‘Gold City’. The city sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by many natural elements. Dahlonega is the county seat of Lumpkin County. In addition to its history of gold mining, the city of Dahlonega is also known as the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, with six wineries and nine winery tasting rooms.

 

BOC Decides on Road Resurfacing Projects Tuesday

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Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Old Dahlonega Highway, Seabolt Stancil Road and Lakeview Drive are among the roads Lumpkin County Commissioners are expected to approve for inclusion in the 2018 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) Road Resurfacing list when they meet in a work session and special called meeting Tuesday starting at 4 p.m.

County staff has proposed funding seven additional roads with the LMIG grant and two additional roads that would be completed with in-house labor. The total cost for resurfacing all 12 roads is $1,347,335.The list must be approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Once approved, GDOT would provide $549,041.72 in funding and the county would be required to provide a 30 percent match.

The county is nearing completion of its fueling station on Barlow Road and commissioners will vote on an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the City of Dahlonega that would allow the city to use the station.

Commissioners also will vote on a request by the Finance Department to be allowed to invest county funds in the highest yield financial instruments prior to approval by the board then report back to the board with the results rather than trying to call special meetings or time opportunities to regularly scheduled meetings. The process of investing and reporting back has been used by the county in the past and has historically produced high return on the investments.

In a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that would make access to the Lumpkin County Administration Building ADA compliant, commissioners agreed to a fund a parking and sidewalk project. Bids on the project were due on Aug. 28. The only bidder was North Georgia Concrete for $165,066.85.Commissioners will vote on that project Tuesday.

September 29 marks the 85th anniversary of the Dahlonega Lions Club. Commissioners will honor the non-profit organization for its dedicated service to the county with a proclamation declaring Sept. 29 as Dahlonega Lions Club Day.

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Qualifying for City Election Begins Monday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Qualifying for the City of Dahlonega’s Nov. 7 municipal election will begin Monday, August 21 and continue through Friday, Aug. 25 at Dahlonega’s City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Qualifying hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily.

The positions being contested this year include, Mayor, which is held by Gary McCullough, Post 1, held by Roman Gaddis, Post 2, held by Michael Clemmons, Post 3, held by Mitchell Ridley. There also will be a special election to fill the seat of Post 5 Councilman Sam Norton.

Each position requires a qualifying fee. Qualifying for mayor is $270. Qualifying fee for Posts 1, 2, 3 and 5 is $144.

Election Day is Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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UNG Student Arrested for Filing False Claim of Rape at Reservoir

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UNG Student Rebekah Lim

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies today  charged University of North Georgia student Rebekah Lim with filing a false  police report, claiming she had been raped on a hiking trail near the Dahonega reservoir.

On May 24th, Lim called Lumpkin County 911 and claimed she had been raped. After meeting with Lim several officers, a K9 unit, and an investigator responded to the Reservoir Trail, searching for evidence and suspects.  The following day, they searched the trail again but no evidence was discovered.

Investigators continued to work on the case over the next several days and could not locate any evidence suspects or witnesses to indicate the crime had taken place.

On the contrary, evidence showed that the crime could not possibly have taken place as Lim alleged. Out of an abundance of caution and public safety, Investigators continued working on the case for the following week, approaching the case from all possible angles. During the investigation, video surveillance cameras on the square of the City of Dahlonega and UNG campus were viewed, as well as Lim’s cell phone logs.

All evidence gained during the investigation showed that Ms. Lim had falsely reported that she had been raped on the Reservoir Trails and further indicated she was never at or on the trail during the time she alleged the crime had occurred.

Investigators presented the evidence before the Magistrate Court Judge and a warrant for Lim’s arrest was signed. Subsequently, Lim was arrested at her apartment and charged with False Statements (Felony). She is currently at Lumpkin County Detention Center and a bond has not been set at this time.

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Commissioners to Meet in Work Session Tuesday

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DAHLONEGA — Sheriff Stacy Jarrard will request the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners approve a budget amendment of $36,700 for his office due to the disbandment of the Special Services Division when the Board meets in a work session Tuesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building Boardroom, 99 Courthouse Hill.

Special Services, which is comprised of the K-9 unit, school resource officers, drug agents, victims services, records and community relations programs, was disbanded earlier this year to allow consolidation and a reduction in the number of divisions and command structure. The services provided by the unit will not go away. The 14 employees who worked in Special Services have been reassigned to other Divisions.

Commissioners are also expected to discuss:
⦁ The appointment of a representative to the Upper Etowah Alliance;
⦁ The appointment of a representative to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Planning Board;
⦁ The appoint of a member to the Planning Commission;
⦁ Abandonment of Shadowstone Subdivision Road;
⦁ An amendment to the Animal Control Ordinance;
⦁ Recommendations for Hospital Authority Board appointment;

Commissioners will also review a number of contracts and agreements, including:
⦁ The intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the City of Dahlonega & Lumpkin County regarding municipal elections;
⦁ The Senior Center Operating Contract;
⦁ Georgia EPD Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Program Contract;
⦁ An addendum to the Legacy Link Nutrition Program Services agreement;
⦁ GDOT Wimpy Airport Tree Removal Reimbursement contract County Administration.

Other items to be discussed include:
⦁ A bond for Window Renovation Project Bid;
⦁ Plans for Fire Station Property Agreement
⦁ Legion Field Rehabilitation;
⦁ A Quit Claim Deed for Ralph Dodd Property, 575 Roy Grindle Road.

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Applicant Withdraws Permit for Controversial Sign

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — City of Dahlonega Zoning Administrator Patricia Head confirmed Tuesday that Roberta Green-Garrett has withdrawn the permit for a controversial sign that hung above property she owns at 24 East Main Street.

The 4-foot by 6-foot sign that read “Historic Ku Klux Klan Meeting Place” sparked angry protests from local citizens, business owners and students and was quickly removed because Green-Garret did not have a permit at the time.

After the sign was removed, Green-Garrett did apply for a permit and apparently planned to put the sign back up but dozens of people, many of them students at the University of North Georgia, began to organize a boycott of businesses she owns and, on Friday, the city received word that she was withdrawing her request for a permit.

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