Commissioners to hear department budget requests Friday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Government will kick off the 2020 budgeting process Friday (June 28) at 9 a.m. when department directors present their budget requests to county commissioners.

The departments that will present on Friday include the Airport Authority, Coroner, Animal Shelter, Elections, Parks and Recreation, Tax Assessor, Planning Department, County Manager and Extension Office.

Elections and Voter Registrations, Tax Assessors and Animal Control offices will request commissioners to approve the hiring of new employees.

The first public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Aug. 6. If a tax increase above the rollback rate is anticipated, additional public hearings will be held on Aug. 8 and Aug. 20.

 

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Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners meets today

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Larmon Forks Road Abandonment today (June 18) at 5:15 p.m. in the County Administration Building, followed by a work session at 5:30 and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

Items on the work session agenda include:

Yahoola Creek Reservoir Property Study Committee Term Extension;

Georgia Heritage Grant Program;

Update Purchasing Policy;

Abandonment of Larmon Forks Road ;

Revision to Chapter 26, Land Development – Lumpkin County Code of Ordinances;

Intergovernmental agreement agreement to Secure Payment of Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds for the StruXure Outdoor, Inc. Project;

Short-Term Moratorium on Development within the Gateway Corridor.

Contracts and agreements to be discussed include:

Enotah Public Defender Indigent Defense Contract – City;

Enotah Public Defender Indigent Defense Contract – Four Counties;

Medical Director – Emergency Services – Dr. Jack Freeman;

ACCG-IRMA Property & Liability Insurance Renewal;

Judicial Center/Library Lighting.

Items on the regular meeting agenda include:

Yahoola Creek Reservoir Property Study Committee Term Extension;

Georgia Heritage Grant Program;

Update Purchasing Policy;

Abandonment of Larmon Forks Road (Public Works Director Larry Reiter);

Revision to Chapter 26, Land Development – Lumpkin County Code of Ordinances;

Intergovernmental agreement to secure payment of taxable industrial revenue bonds for the StruXure Outdoor, Inc.;

Short-Term Moratorium on Development within the Gateway Corridor;

 

Other items on the regular meeting agenda include:

Special Event Permit request for letter – Community Helping Place Annual Gold Party Fundraiser;

Consideration of Termination of Etowah Water Authority & Lumpkin County Agreement;

Consideration of Enotah Judicial Circuit Budget.

 

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Lumpkin County BOC work session scheduled Tuesday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Finance Director Allison Martin will present the proposed 2020 budget when the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners meets in a work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday (June 4) in the Lumpkin County Administration Building.

A representative from Mauldin and Jenkins will present the 2018 audit to commissioners who need to approve the audit so that staff can begin the process of filing of required state and federal reports.

Among the resolutions to be considered are the following:

  • Reappointments of members of the Yahoola Creek Reservoir Property Study Committee and State Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) as chairman;
  • Approval of acceptance of the Georgia Heritage Grant Program for rehabilitation of the historic Dahlonega jail. The grant requires a 60/40 match. Anticipated cost for the update is $125,000, thus the county would be responsible for about $50,000;
  • An Update of the county purchasing policy to account for other changes that have been adopted and changes to work flow;
  • Abandonment of Larmon Forks Road;
  • Revision to Chapter 26, Land Development – Lumpkin County Code of Ordinances;

Contracts and agreements to be considered include:

  • Enotah Public Defender Indigent Defense Contract;
  • Enotah Public Defender Indigent Defense Contract – Four counties ;
  • Renewal of the contract with Medical Director Dr. Jack Freeman (Emergenocy Services Director David Wimpy);
  • ACCG-IRMA Property & Liability Insurance Renewal (Community & Employee Services Director Alicia Davis).

OTHER items on Tuesday’s agends include:

  • Special Event Permit Request for Community Helping Place Annual Gold Party Fundraiser;
  • Consideration of Termination of Etowah Water Authority & Lumpkin County Consideration of Enotah Judicial Circuit Budget (Finance Director Allison Martin).

 

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Commissioners table vote on Iron Mountain Park

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Following a marathon four-hour public hearing in front of a standing-room-only audience, the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners decided to table a decision on a special land use application for Iron Mountain Park Tuesday.

Owner Craig Stansberry outlined his plans for the 4,300-acre project that spans two counties and, if approved, will include 1,000 treehouse-style rental cabins, a music venue to accommodate between 50,000 and 400,000 visitors, ATV trails, motorcross area and equestrian center. Approximately 1,000 acres would extend into Dawson County where a sporting clay shooting range and firearm training center are in the plans.

Half a dozen area residents spoke in favor of the project, but there was overwhelming opposition. Those who did not want the project cited many reasons, including watershed issues, traffic, insufficient law enforcement, damage to property values, environmental impact. But the most common objection was the project would destroy the quality of life.

A man who spoke in opposition seemed to sum up the issue when he said, “I like what we’ve got here. I don’t want to lose it.”

An attorney, who said she represented area homeowners raised several procedural issues and said if the project was approved, it would likely be overturned in court.

 

 

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners took a deep dive into the future last week engaged in a discussion about planning the Hwy. 400 Gateway Corridor. But that was just the start of a process that is expected to continue for many months.

Tuesday, that discussion continues when commissioners hold a work session starting at 4 p.m. in the Lumpkin County Administration Building.

During last week’s meeting, it was determined that staff should contact the Carl Vincent Institute to help develop a questionnaire for commissioners to complete. There also will be public hearings to schedule so citizens can ask questions and offer suggestions.

There is no money budgeted in Planning’s 2019 operating budget to cover the expense of a consultant to revise the land use code. Should the Board decide to proceed with this project, there are several options.

The Board could choose to fund this expense from the fund balance. It could choose to loan the money from the general fund to the planning fund and levy the taxes in the 2020 budget to repay the general fund. Or, the Board could direct staff to pay directly from the planning fund and utilize fund balance from the Planning Fund. There are sufficient reserves to cover this expense.

Items to be considered under the Resolutions portion of the agenda, include:

  • The Cannery Building Resolution;
  • The reappointment of members to the Park and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board;
  • Revisions to Chapter 10 – Buildings and Building Regulations;
  • Revisions to Chapter 30 – Manufactured & Mobile Homes Regulations;
  • Revisions to Chapter 40 – Planning & Development Regulations;
  • Revisions to Chapter 26 – Parking & Loading Requirements;
  • Senate Bill 371 Resolution (Finance Director Allison Martin);
  • Resolution to Revise Road Acceptance Application Procedure for Existing Roads.

Items to be discussed under Contracts/Agreements, include:

  • Veterans Affairs Loan of Revolutionary War Prints;
  • Disaster Debris Removal & Disposal Contract;

Items to be discussed under Other Items include:

  • Recycle Agreement;
  • Alcoholic Beverage License;
  • John Davis Property Lease – Recycling Bins;
  • LMIG Asphalt Resurfacing Bid Award.

 

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BOC presents awards to those who have made a positive contribution to Lumpkin County

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners presented  a number of awards during the regular meeting Wednesday to people who have made a significant, positive difference within their community.

Commission Chairman Chris Dockery read a resolution to honor the Fowler family for the donation of a Lund Hospital Cardiac Arrest System (LUCAS). Rob Fowler presented the gift to Lumpkin County on behalf of his late father Bob Fowler, Sr. The LUCAS device provides external cardiac compression to patients suffering cardiac arrest.

In accepting the award, Fowler said, “That device can make a huge difference in cardiac survival while transporting someone from Lumpkin County to an area hospital so we’re proud to be a part of that.”

Commissioners also recognized Employees of the Year in three departments. James Lord was chosen for his work in Emergency Services. Lord has worked for Lumpkin County for 30 years. Gabriel Castillo was selected for his work in the Sheriff’s Office and Wayne Marshall was chosen for his effort in Animal Control.

The Board then approved contracts to the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley to represent the county in a potential class action law suit against contributors to the opioid addiction crisis, Mauldin and Jenkins to perform the county audit and Capital Accounts to collect unpaid fees due the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Board also approved:

  • An addendum to the Legacy Link contract for senior center operations and the Meals on Wheels Program;
  • 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;
  • The appointment of reappointment of members to the Audit Committee
  • The appointment of Donna Minnich and John Gaston to the Development Authority;
  • The appointment of John Gaston to the Water and Sewer Authority;
  • The surplus of no-longer needed or used items recommended for 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;
  • 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.

Commissioners tabled a request by James G. Cambron for annexation of his property into the City of Dahlonega.

(Photo front row from left: Michael Joiner, Colton Seckinger, Rob Fowler, Leslie Fowler and Bridget Rigby. Back row Commissioners Jeff Moran, Bob Mayfield, David Miller, Chairman Chris Dockery and Rhett Stringer).

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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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Lumpkin BOC replaces Windstream with NGN

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Government is done with Windstream. Following complaints that ranged from high charges to internet connectivity issues, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to replace Windstream as its phone and DSL service provider with North Georgia Network.

Commissioners say the county’s contract IT administrator has worked with Windstream and has conducted numerous tests based upon the information provided by Windstream and has discovered that even during the night or early in the morning when there is limited usage of the county’s network, there is an issue with the bandwidth and the ability to have a stable connection.

There are also severe issues with the services on Red Oak Flats Road that cause the phone and internet connectivity to drop as much as eight times a day.

In December 2018, the county received a bill for over $11,000 in long distance charges for calls routed through AT&T for long distance.  This same issue occurred in July and Windstream provided a credit for those charges but failed to issue a credit for the December charges.

In searching for a solution to the network and phone issues being faced by the county, staff asked its IT administrator to reach out to NGN to see if they could provide services to the county.  After several meetings it was determined that NGN could provide not only internet service to the county but PRI/phone service to the majority of our facilities.

Lumpkin County currently pays Windstream $8,500 a month for phone service, (ten thousand minutes of long distance) and internet service. NGN can provide more dedicated internet, the dedicated IP addresses needed, the PRI functions for the phone and ninety-two thousand long distance minutes for $5,550 a month.

There is a one-time cost of $5,140.  This would be recouped in approximately two months.  The county would not be able to move every phone line as NGN is not in all areas but would be able to move the bulk and save approximately $3,000 a month. The project would be completed in a three-phase approach.  The internet connection would be upgraded at the Justice Center and Administration Building.

Next, the phone system would be migrated followed by the off-site locations that could be served by NGN.

The upgrade in the internet to a more stable platform is also expected to provide some relief to operations on Red Oak Flats until such time the phone system can be fully migrated.

 

 

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