Lumpkin County facilities will close Monday

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners issued the following press release on Saturday (March 21).

Lumpkin County Facilities will be closed to the public beginning March 23, 2020. If you need to conduct business with the county, please call our offices or email; you will find this information on our website at www.lumpkincounty.gov. We will announce when facilities are reopened to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience as we take the necessary measures to stem the spread of Coronavirus.

Lumpkin Co. Senior Center will close for 2 weeks

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The Lumpkin County Senior Center will be temporarily closed for two weeks beginning Mon. Mar. 16, the Board of Commissioners announced in a press release today.

The press release states: “Out of an abundance of caution and because the senior population seems to be one of the groups most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, the Board of Commissioners has taken the pro-active step of temporarily closing the Senior Center.”

While the center will be closed, the delivery of meals to those who are currently receiving the service will continue. Additionally, the Senior Center staff will be checking on clients daily and will continue the practice of deep-cleaning the entire facility.

During the next few weeks, county officials will re-evaluate the decision as the situation unfolds with an expectation of reopening on April 1.

 

 

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Dist. 2 Commissioner Mayfield will run for re-election

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Commissioner Bobby Mayfield has announced his intent to run for re-election to the Board of Commissioners District 2 Seat. He was elected in 2016 with an agenda of economic development along the highway 400 corridor. Since that time, the county has produced regulations that will ensure that any development on the corridor will reflect the spirit of our community and will provide a very appealing and “pleasing to the eye” experience for all who enter Lumpkin County from the south.

Among some of the accomplishments, he is most proud of during his term is the soon-to-be-built hospital at the end of the 400 corridor, extension of water to the county line, and a sewer system poised to be implemented. Commissioner Mayfield has also been instrumental in getting our new library constructed as well as in seeing the completion of a fire station that was approved by the voters over ten years ago.

During his tenure, Commissioner Mayfield has voted to lower the mill rate every single year and this past year voted to roll property taxes back an entire mil. It has been a goal of Commissioner Mayfield to grow our tax digest and, for the first time in years, the tax digest is indeed growing again.

When asked why he wanted to run again, Commissioner Mayfield was very direct – “Because there is more to do in the service of Lumpkin County, the job is not complete.” Mayfield stated that the Board of Commissioners is currently working on plans to build a swimming pool, expand park and rec facilities, upgrade some of our single lane roads, put more firefighters in more stations, and to continue to cut property taxes as our digest grows.

 

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BOC discusses 2nd Amendment Sanctuary resolution

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners discussed joining a growing number of Georgia counties in adopting a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution during Tuesday’s work session. A vote is expected at the next regular meeting.

The movement to declare sanctuary counties started in Virginia when Gov. Ralph Northam introduced a package of gun-control legislation, including red flag laws, universal background checks and a limit of one gun purchase per month.

That movement quickly spread to Georgia where many counties have already adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions or are considering doing so. But passing any form of gun control would be a lot more difficult in Georgia with a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature.

Lumpkin County commissioners (Chairman Chris Dockery was absent due to an illness) expressed support for the Second Amendment Tuesday, but questioned whether the resolution was necessary of merely symbolic.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard addressed the Board saying, ”I can tell you we have a Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office that is very pro-Second Amendment. We have a skeet shoot every year. I teach hunter safety and firearm safety. We open the gun range to the public. I hold a gun show yearly and a fundraiser. I don’t know how much more pro-gun rights I can actually be.”

Georgia has very specific laws to protect gun owners. “O.C.G.A. 38-3-37 states rules regarding the right to carry will not be changed by declaring a state of emergency,” Jarrard stated. “Any person from the government, including the National Guard, is prohibited from seizing any firearm or ammunition in the possession of a license holder. So what does it really do, becoming a sanctuary county? “If someone came to me and told me I would have to collect people’s firearms that would be the day I would resign. I could not fulfill that obligation and by not fulfilling that obligation, I could be arrested.”

Commissioner Bobby Mayfield proposed passing a “pro-Constitution county proclamation” rather than the Second Amendment resolution. “Fortunately, we live in a state where our Second Amendment rights are not at risk,” he said. “Many of our other rights are being challenged as well – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, freedom of life. If we are going to do something, I suggest doing something similar to what our friends in Floyd and Hart counties have done and that is to pass a pro-Constitution proclamation. That really makes a statement about our commitment to uphold our Second Amendment rights but also the rest of the Constitution and its amendments.”

During the public comment period, two speakers rose in support of the resolution. Zane Doles said, “This is about being proactive and getting ahead of the rash of bills that will be introduced. Let’s make it clear that the representatives of Lumpkin County stand with the citizens, side-by-side in their intent to make Lumpkin County a Second Amendment Sanctuary county.”

Other issues discussed during the work session that will be voted on during the regular meeting include the following:

RESOLUTIONS

Veteran’s Affairs Advisory Committee name change request

Reappoint members to Development Authority

Reappoint Member to Public Building Authority

Reappoint Members to Hospital Authority

Identity Theft Prevention Program Update (Finance Director Abby Branan)

2020 – 09 – Georgia Fund 1 – General Fund Account (Finance Director Abby Branan)

2020 – 10 – Georgia Fund 1 – 2020 SPLOST Account (Finance Director Abby Branan)

2020 – 11 – Georgia Fund 1 – 2019 TSPLOST Account (Finance Director Abby Branan) •

CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

GMRC Addendum to the CDBG Senior Center Expansion Project Contract (Finance Director Abby Branan)

GMRC Regional Pay Study Agreement (Community and Employee Services Director Alicia Davis)

GEMA Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement (EMA Director David Wimpy)

LMIG Road Resurfacing Contract Award (Public Works Director Larry Reiter)

TSPLOST Road Resurfacing Contract Award (Public Works Director Larry Reiter)

UGA Cooperative Extension and Lumpkin County MOU (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Community Center Gymnasium Goal Lift System Bid Award (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Ratify Contract for Land Purchase (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Contract Extension – North GA Consulting Group LLC (EMS Director David Wimpy)

OTHER ITEMS

2020 SPLOST Work Plan (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

2020 SPLOST Work Plan (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Road Maintenance & Improvement Tax 2020 Work Plan (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

TSPLOST Bond (Trey Monroe)

Abandonment of George Avery Road (Public Works Director Larry Reiter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOC to set qualifying fees for candidates Tuesday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County commissioners will elect a new vice chairman and set qualifying fees for candidates who plan to run in the 2020 election when they meet in the first work session of the New Year Tuesday (Jan. 7) at 4 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 99 Courthouse Hill.

Every election year, the governing authority of each county must fix and publish the qualifying fee for each county office to be filled in the upcoming primary or general election. Commissioners will consider four options that will be presented.

Commissioners will also consider approval of the audit engagement letter for Mauldin & Jenkins. The letter identifies the applicable financial reporting framework, single audit standards and the expected form and content of auditor’s report. The fee for 2019 is $50,000 for the base audit and $1,500 for a single audit since the county’s federal awards exceeded $75,000. The amount is included in the 2020 budget and represents a savings of $22,500 to the county.

The adoption of the county’s short-term rental program has created a need for a compliance monitoring service. Staff has recommended commissioners contract with Host Compliance, LLC at a cost of $21,470.

The Georgia Broadband Initiative supports programs aimed at delivering the community improvement projects extending reliable, high-speed internet access to even the most difficult-to-serve citizens, schools, and businesses. In order to become eligible for broadband grant funding, commissioners will consider adoption of the Broadband Ready Community Ordinance.

Other agenda items to be considered include:

A joint proclamation between the City of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County regarding the Chamber of Commerce outgoing Board Chairman Brandy Thomas;

Appointment of a member to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee;

A letter from the Lumpkin County Water & Sewerage Authority requesting the Board of Commissioners reinstitute standards for water supply systems previously adopted in 2002.

 

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Commissioners have a busy slate of meetings set for Tuesday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Sandwiched in between a 3:30 p.m. special called meeting to discuss a special event alcohol license request by Iron Mountain Park to accommodate a New Year’s Eve celebration and a 5 p.m. public hearing to consider land use regulations applicable to the Gateway Corridor, the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session starting at  4p.m.

Items discussed during work sessions are not generally voted on until the regular meeting.

Issues to be considered include:

Reappoint of members to the Park & Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee;

Reappoint of members to the Lumpkin County Board of Health;

An update to the Civil Service Plan;

The December Surplus Property list;

An amendment to the comprehensive plan regarding the Broadband Ready Community Assessment

Consideration of an ordinance for Broadband Ready Gateway Corridor Regulations and Design.

Year-end contract that will be discussed include:

A canoe Launch sublease renewal for Chestatee River Adventures

The 2020 lease with Classic Cleaners;

A tourism development services agreement with the Chamber of Commerce;

Winter Weather Road Treatment Assistance;

Disaster Debris Monitoring Contract;

Disaster Debris Monitoring Secondary Contract.

The Board also will discuss an interior recognition plaque and signage for the new library in addition to a long list of alcoholic beverage license renewals for 2020.

 

 

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BOC set to adopt Broadband Ready amendment to comp plan

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A public hearing on the county’s 2017 comprehensive plan including a Broadband Ready Community Assessment and the 2019 character area map will be on the agenda when the Board of Commissioners meets Tuesday (Nov. 19) at 5:15 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 99 Courthouse Hill.

Adopting the comprehensive plan amendment will allow the county to qualify for broadband grant funding.

The public hearing will be followed by a work session at 5:30 and regular meeting at 6 p.m.

County Manager Stan Kelley will read a proclamation declaring September as Veterans Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month.

Under Resolutions portion of the meeting, the Board will consider the 2020 Calendar for meetings of the  Board of Commissioners, 2020 county government holiday schedule, 2020 budget calendar for FY 2021 Budget and a resolution calling for an election on the Brunch Bill.

Contracts to be considered during the work session include:

Mark Robinson Hauling, Inc. transfer station lease agreement;

Water and Sewerage Authority memorandum of understanding;

Reservoir Master Plan Proposal from Lose Designs;

Contract with Peachtree Recovery Services, Inc.;

Legacy Link Addendum number 2;

GDOT approval of Lumpkin County’s Title VI/Nondiscrimination Policy;

Transit Operating & Capital Assistance Application;

Amendment to Calhoun Mine Road Paving Project Contract.

Other items to be discussed during the work session include:

Tourism Board Bylaws;

Benefield land donation;

Window treatment for the new library;

Signage and wayfinding for the new library;

A dedication plaque for the new library;

Transportation special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) bond.

During the voting session, the Board will vote on items discussed during the work session.

 

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Lumpkin County Commission work session set Tuesday 4 p.m.

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Planning Director Bruce Georgia will present an update on the draft Gateway Corridor Regulations and Design Guidelines during the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners work session Tuesday (Nov. 5) at 4 p.m.

County Manager Stan Kelley will read a proclamation designating September as Veterans Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month in Georgia.

Commissioners will consider a recommendation by the Yahoola Creek Reservoir Property Study Committee to contract with Lose Design to create a master plan for useage of the 200 acres surrounding Yahoola Creek/Lake Zwerne that will appeal to a wide range of users. The amount of the contract is $65,000.

Commissioners will also consider a number of resolutions, including:

The 2020 schedule of Board of Commissioners meetings;

The 2020 county holiday schedule;

The 2020 Budget Calendar for the FY 2021 Budget;

Election on the proposed Brunch Bill;

November Surplus Property list;

Contracts to be considered include:

A transfer station lease agreement with Mark Robinson Hauling, Inc.;

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lumpkin County Water and Sewer Authority regarding use of the county fueling station;

Peachtree Recovery Services, Inc.;

Legacy Link Addendum #2 (Senior Center Manager Linda Kirkpatrick)

Lumpkin County’s Title VI/Nondiscrimination Policy with Georgia Department of Transportation;

Transit Operating & Capital Assistance Application;

Other Items to be discussed include:

Tourism Board Bylaws;

Benefield Land Donation;

Window Treatment for the new library;

Signage and Wayfinding;

Dedication plaque for the new library;

Transit special purpose local option sales tax bond.

 

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Lumpkin BOC hears from disgruntled McDonalds Mills residents

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved spending $438,093 for shelving and furniture for the new library during Tuesday’s voting session.

The $4.7 million dollar facility is expected to open in January and is under budget. Denson Martin, of the Lumpkin County Library Foundation presented commissioners with a check for $26,000 and pledged to raise $24,000 more to donate to library operations.

Commissioners sailed through the remainder of the meeting with ease until they hit a speed bump during public comments.

One-by-one, nine residents of McDonalds Mills subdivision stepped up to complain about the existence of short-term rental homes in their community, which they say violated their community’s restricted covenants.

Complaints ranged from loud music and parties lasting until 1 or 2 a.m., trash being discarded in the street and private property disappearing.

Mary Thompson said, “Our neighborhood has protective covenants and one of the covenants states ‘no commercial operations of any kind.’ We’ve been told by Lumpkin County this is a civil matter, but governmental approval of something that is legally registered zoning or covenants is not a civil matter. It is a governmental matter. Approval of this (short-term rental) application is a mistake that Lumpkin County made and we are suffering with.”

Commissioners took the complaints seriously. Chairman Chris Dockery said “I feel like you all have some valid concerns It looks like there have been some violations of our ordinance.”

Commissioner Jeff Moran, who represents the community, asked to exchange contact information with Thompson to gather more information.

The Board unanimously approved:

  • A Banking Services Contract;
  • County and City Fueling Station IGA;
  • Calhoun Mine Road Bid Proposal;
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Union County to Acquire Blue Recycle Bins;
  • Memorandum of Understanding between GEMA Homeland Security and Lumpkin County Emergency Management;
  • Radio Frequency Memorandum of Understanding between Lumpkin County Emergency Services and Dawson County Emergency Services;
  • Secure Rural Schools Act – Title III Money Certification on Use of Funds;
  • Merit increase for Non-Civil Service departments;
  • 2014 SPLOST – 2019 Work Plan Amendment 1;
  • Community Development Block Grant extension request;

 

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Commissioners to approve roads to be resurfaced in 2020 Tuesday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners is expected to review and approve the list of roads to be resurfaced for the FY 2020 paving season when they meet in a voting session Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Each year staff scores several roads to rank the roads for resurfacing. The higher a road scores, the more in need of resurfacing it is. For 2020, staff scored 42 roads. Of the roads scored 33 scored above 20 and a cost was estimated on these roads. The total cost to resurface all the roads is estimated at $2,903,149.

Roads rated to be in the most need of resurfacing include Winters Mountain Road from SR 52 to end of asphalt, Jim Grizzle from SR 52 to Nimblewill Church Road, Chester Road from Wesley Chapel to the county line and Ben West from Mill Creek Road to the bridge.

Commissioners are also expected to appoint a voting delegate to cast the county’s vote on matters coming before the business session of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Legislative Leadership Conference. and a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Other appointments commissioners will consider include Peter Regan and Dennis Hoover to the Dahlonega Lumpkin County Chamber and Visitors Bureau Interim Tourism Board and Eddy Harris to the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Commissioners will also consider updating the speed zone ordinance.

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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

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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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Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner announces retirement in 2020

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner, Rachel Pruitt, has announced that she will retire from her position as Tax Commissioner once the 2019 term has ended. 

After working in the Tax Commissioner’s office for 30 years, and serving as the Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner since 2009, Pruitt told Fetch Your News that it was “time to turn the reins over;” she also expressed her gratitude towards Lumpkin County for electing her to serve as their tax commissioner for the past decade in an interview with FYN, ” I have really enjoyed serving Lumpkin County as their Tax Commissioner and I hope I have made them proud and are leaving them with a good legacy. Helping taxpayers with payment plans to pay their property taxes or helping them with their complex registrations issues makes me feel that I have served them well, with a true Servants Heart.”

Pruitt said her most important accomplishment since being elected tax commissioner was succeeding in increasing the tax collection rate up, “We succeeded and we have kept the yearly collection rate in all future years at a 99 % rate or better.”

So far, there is at least one candidate who plans on running for Pruitt’s position in 2020 – Mike Young. He currently works in the tax commissioner’s office and he has Pruitt’s full support, ”I have been training him in all aspects of the office, and there is a lot to learn. He has my full support [running for tax commissioner] and I wish him well.”

 

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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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