Council to vote on a resolution to maintain self-determination relating to local design standards

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Dahlonega City Council will vote on a resolution proposed by Councilwiman JoAnne Taylor that expresses opposition to bills now in the Georgia General Assembly when it meets Monday March 2 at 6 p.m. City Hall,465 Riley Road.

The bills prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing ordinances that regulate building design elements as applied to one or two-family dwellings.

Taylor’s resolution states: “Appropriate local design standards and land use policies, established by local citizens in each community, create a diverse, stable, profitable, and sustainable residential development landscape” It further states: “State legislation eliminating locally-tailored approaches to design standards would harm self-determination of citizens to establish community standards.”

If approved, a copy of the resolution will be delivered to each member of the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate representing the City of Dahlonega and be made available for distribution to the public and the press.

Council is expected address the following:

Ordinance 2020-19: Squaretail, LLC Rezoning to R-2 (Multi Family Residential

Ordinance 2020-07: An Ordinance to include Regulations and Procedures for Mobile Food Service;

Public Notice Meeting Dates for work sessions;

Contract Award Recommendation for Project #2020-005 Asphalt Leveling and Resurfacing City Streets;

Contract Award Recommendation for Project #2020-010 Barlow Road Improvements;

LMIG Project #2020-001 Asphalt Leveling and Resurfacing City Streets.

 

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Ariemma elected to Dahlonega city council, Larson reelected

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – John Ariemma defeated John Anthony “Tony” Owens by a narrow of margin, 387-371 to win the Post 4 seat on the Dahlonega City Council Tuesday.

In the only other contested city council race, incumbent Ron Larson outpolled Dewey Moye 457 to 300 to retain his Post 6 seat on the council.

Incumbent Post 5 City Councilwoman JoAnne Taylor ran unopposed.

Dahlonega also voters approved the Sunday Brunch bill that allows for the rollback of Sunday on-premise alcohol consumption sales from 12:30p.m. to 11 a.m. by a vote of 584-200.

 

 

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Early voting for Dahlonega City Council underway until Nov. 1

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Early voting is underway for the City of Dahlonega Nov. 5 General/Special Election. Registered voters may cast their ballot Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Nov. 1 at the Lumpkin Couunty Elections and Voter Registration Office at 56 Short Street in Dahlonega..

Tony Owens and Johnny Ariemma are competing for the Post 4 seat on the City Council currently held by Bruce Hoffman who will not run for reelection.

Dewey Moye is challenging incumbent Ron Larson for the Post 6 seat while incumbent JoAnne Taylor is unopposed for the Post 5 seat.

There is also a referendum question: Shall the governing authority of the City of Dahlonega be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverates for beverage purposes by the drink from 11 a.m. until 12:30 am.

Qualifying is under way in Dahlonega city council races

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Qualifying for Posts 4, 5 and 6 on the Dahlonega City Council started Monday and will continue through Friday.

First-day qualifiers include incumbent Post 5 Councilwoman JoAnne Taylor and Tony Owens who qualified in Post 4. Ron Larson qualified for reelection to Post 6.

To qualify to run for city council in Post 4, 5 and 6, the qualifying fee is $144. Qualifying will continue at City Hall, 465 Riley Road, until Friday. The hours are 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

 

 

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Taylor announces plans to run for re-election in 2020

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Current Post 5 councilwoman, JoAnne Taylor, has confirmed that she will run for re-election for Dahlonega City Council in 2020.

Taylor told FYN that her most important accomplishment during her current term was, “Tax reduction of 5.14% for the proposed 2020 budget.” She further explained that the City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 15, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a City Council meeting on September 3 at 6:00 p.m., “to adopt the budget resolution.”

According to Taylor, water, sewer, sanitation, and recycling costs for in-city residential customers will not increase, “We will continue a high level of service, make needed infrastructure improvements, and deliver new amenities to our community within the proposed budget.”

Taylor credits the tax reduction to the “teamwork and focus by the Mayor, City Council, and dedicated Staff on reducing costs,” and she also explained that her main focus item was reducing costs, “I have participated in all budget meetings. I also lent my business expertise to the staff in evaluating much-needed new financial application software…The new application, when fully implemented, will increase overall efficiency and improved citizen communication.”

Taylor also expressed to FYN her appreciation for being voted into the City Council, “I have been enormously privileged to be a public servant to Dahlonega. My $400 salary, net taxes, has been donated to local not-for-profits. I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to serve.”

If re-elected, Taylor said her main focus would be, “Containing costs and managing growth while preserving the very special place we call home, Dahlonega.” Taylor further explained that she would focus on continuing to add amenities to Dahlonega, such as the Gold Adventures All-Abilities Playground in Hancock Park, the Farmers Market, and the Wimpy Mill picnic area, “We need to balance the significant costs of infrastructure, such as stormwater management, with providing improved amenities…I will continue to welcome feedback from our citizens, a vital form of government. Thanks in advance for your support!”

Gold Adventure All-Abilities Playground in Hancock Park.

City Council votes in favor for Occupational Tax amendment

Community, Police & Government

DAHLONEGA, GA

The Dahlonega City Council voted in favor, 6-0, of the amendment to “increase occupation tax rates to defray general fund expenses,” after a public hearing held on Monday. City Councilman, Bruce Hoffman, motioned for the proposed ordinance, and Councilwoman, JoAnne Taylor, seconded the motion.

The cost of a business license in Dahlonega is based on the number of people employed by the business. Taylor explained to FYN that, “The City’s fee structures are all being examined since some have not been changed in over 15 years. This fee change does not affect businesses with one employee. The change puts Dahlonega in the average for cities our size. We expect a small impact to our General Fund revenues.” 

A public hearing was held on Monday, August 5, before the City Council meeting to, “accept comments on the proposed new occupation tax schedule to be incorporated into the City’s code pertaining to occupation taxes.” According to Taylor, “We held a  public hearing on this topic [proposed Occupational Tax amendment] but to date have received no feedback.”

According to the ordinance outline, the tax increase is expected to bring in an additional $13,900 in revenue to help alleviate the “increased cost for general fund operations.” Changes went into effect on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

 

 

 

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13 Candidates Qualify for Dahlonega City Elections

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Dahlonega voters will have a large field of candidates to choose from in the November 7 municipal general election as 13 candidates qualified to run for 5 seats on city council.

Sam Norton, Michael Glenn Clemons and Rajpal Sagoo will compete for mayor. Current Mayor Gary McCullough, who has been dealing with health issues, announced earlier this year he will not seek another term.

In Post 1, the candidates are John Blaze Ariemma and incumbent Roman Gabriel Gaddis. Helen Fincher Hardman and Penelope Sharp will challenge for the Post 2 seat.

Lining up for the Post 3 seat are Wesley Barron, Dewey Moye and incumbent Mitchell Floyd Ridley.

Three candidates will compete in Post 5 where Sam Norton is stepping down to run for mayor. That field of candidates includes Alan Roach, Noah Steinberg and JoAnne Taylor.

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