Commissioners will hold work session Tuesday

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – During Tuesday’s 4 p.m. work session, the Board of Commissioners will consider contracting with Total Cost Advocates to conduct an audit of all utility and telecommunications accounts to determine if the county can realize some cost savings on its bills.

In 2013, the county retained the services of a third-party vendor to conduct a similar audit but no viable savings were achieved therefore, there was no cost to the county. In January of 2020, the county was approached by TCA, a firm located in North Georgia, regarding an opportunity to reduce operational costs. Total Cost Advocates presented their material and stated that their experience shows 80% of entities overpay on their invoices.

Should the board decide to approve the audit, the county has to provide data to TCA, and the audit should be completed in 6-8 weeks. Similar to the previous agreement, this firm will be paid 50% of any rebates/refunds which are created by their efforts. This share of savings would last 60 months. Expected savings are limited given the nature of the county’s processes regarding utilities and phone service but there is no harm in having an outside firm review the statements.

Staff recommends approval of the contract since it provides a third-party review of all accounts by a firm that is very familiar with these types of accounts and any associated rebates or tiered ratings available to institutional entities that are unknown to the staff. There could be operational savings at no additional cost to the county.

Senior Center Director Linda Kirkpatrick will ask commissioners to consider renewal of a contract with Legacy Link for the Lumpkin County Senior Center to provide nutrition and wellness services, nutrition screening and support services for senior adults in Lumpkin County. The Senior Center is contracting to provide 6,500 congregate meals, 24,300 home delivered meals, 6,000 units of transportation and a total of 1,527 wellness units (wellness units to include 739 units of Lifestyle Management services, 27 units of Nutrition Education services, 728 units of Physical Activity services and 33 units of Program Awareness/Prevention services).

Lumpkin County’s senior program was created over 25 years ago. The Center has been operating for many years with services that are centered on traditional programming such as nutrition which includes home delivered and congregate meals, social activities, and transportation. These programs were created for older adults to age in place in their communities. Clients receiving meal services tend to be older adults, are isolated, often experiencing chronic health and mobility issues, and do not have access to transportation. These programs will always remain the core of the Center as the population continues to “age up” at a rapid rate and particularly for those who are most at-risk due to their socioeconomic status.

If approved, the services will be provided to senior residents of Lumpkin County for the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Federal and state funding will provide $156,579 and the county will provide a match if $8,232. Staff recommends approval of the contract.

Commissioners will also consider ratification of a new and expanded memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UGA Board of Regents regarding Lumpkin County’s extension service program which started in the 1920s. The new MOU calls for employees to be paid directly by UGA.

Other items on the menu include a presentation by Tourism Director Sam McDuffie and the reappointment of Tony Nunley to the Lumpkin County Planning Commission.

BOC will review proposed FY 2021 budget during Tuesday work session

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Finance Director Abby Branan will present the proposed FY 2021 budget when the Board of Commissioners meets in a work session Tuesday (June 1) at 4 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Commissioners will also consider several resolutions, including:

The approval of the Enotah Judicial Circuit Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget;

An amendment to the county Animal Ordinance:

Adoption of annual updates to the Civil Service Plan/Employee Handbook;

The appointment of a Personnel Hearing Officer and a Civil Service Clerk;

Appointment of a member to Airport Authority;

Contracts and agreements to be considered include;

Carroll Daniel Construction Company Aquatic Center contract;

Architecture Unlimited, PLLC Aquatic Center Architecture and Design Contract;

Enotah Public Defender Indigent Defense Contract – City;

Enotah Public Defender Indigent Defense Contract – Four Counties;

Medical Director – Emergency Services – Dr. Jack Freeman;

ACC Property & Liability Insurance Renewal;

Transit CARES Act Supplemental Funding;

Charles Black Construction Company – Old Library Renovation Design Build Contract;

Historic Jail Window Replacement Contract;

Other items to be considered during the work session include:

Recycling Program Options;

Plans for Lumpkin County Park;

Temporary Special Event Permit for Iron Mountain Park;

Water and Sewer Authority Letter of Support to request assistance from GMRC;

NGO County Facility Use Committee Report;

Road Maintenance & Improvement Tax Work Plan 2020 Amendment.

The purpose of work sessions is to discuss issues that will appear on a future agenda.

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County commissioners agree to extend term of Yahoola Creek Reservoir group

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners gave new life to the Yahoola Creek Reservoir Property Study Committee during Tuesday’s work session.

The seven-member committee was appointed for one year to study potential and future uses for the property. That year was scheduled to end next week, but commissioners agreed to extend the committee for 18 months.

Chairman Chris Dockery said, “I think we need to extend it for a period of 18 months.” He noted that things have changed since the committee was first appointed.

“When we first started, we talked about the Aquatic Center going over there,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen now. So they need to go back now and see how they are going to plan that and come up with some short-term, intermediate and long-term goals for that property. I’d like to have something in place for the next SPLOST cycle.”

Another top commissioners discussed was the use of county facilities by non-governmental organizations (NGO).

Dockery pointed out that there are some NGOs that have been using county facilities for decades and that some pay rent and some don’t.

“I personally think the thing for us to do as a Board is to come up with some standardization for NGOs in county facilities.” He suggested giving staff a chance to draft a policy for the Board to review.

Commissioner David Miller agreed and suggested, “It’s probably wise to evaluate the way citizens of Lumpkin County are getting a good return for the use of county space.”

Miller also stated that some non-governmental organizations provide an important service that the county might otherwise have to pay for. “So the offset of us having to pay for it might be worth it.”

The Board then discussed a request by a resident to lease the house on Rock House Road. It was suggested that the house needed electrical repair that might cost up to $20,000. Commissioner Bobby Mayfield said, “I really don’t think $20,000 to update the electrical is huge expense if we plan on leasing it long term.”

It was ultimately agreed to let the Yahoola Creek Reservoir Property Study Committee recommend a plan to the Board about how the house will be used.

Commissioners also discussed reappointing Sandra Smith to seat 3 and David Luke to seat 5 on the Board of Tax Assessors and Brigette Barker to seat 2 on the Department of Family and Children Services Board.

Before the meeting adjourned, County Manager Stan Kelley reminded the Board the Tax Commissioners office will open Thursday (May 14) and the plan is to open the entire facility on May 15. The number of people who can enter the building at one time will be limited and each department has an operational plan in place for the reopening.

Items discussed during a work session are generally voted on at the next regular meeting.

 

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BOC to consider Big Green Sign Co. request for planned unit development

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.LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session Tuesday (May 5) at 4 p.m via video/teleconference. The purpose of the work session is to discuss agenda items for the Regular Meeting.

Commissioners are expected to discuss Big Green Sign Company’s request for a planned unit development (PUD) on 9.3 acres located at 1382 Lumpkin County Parkway. The company is one of the leading traffic-control manufacturers in the U.S. and has operated at that site for five years with five employees.  The purpose of the PUD is to allow for the construction of a 30,000 square foot facility and addition of 20-25 employees.

Commissioners will also discuss the reappointment of Sandra Smith to Seat 3 and David Luke to Seat 5 on the Board of Tax Assessors, the appointment of Brigette Barker to  Seat 2 on the Department of Family and Children Services Board and the appointment of Denson Martin to Seat 3 and Laura LaTourette to Seat 7 on the Library Board.

Other items to be discussed include:

  • The possible lease a house at 1 Rock House Road which the county purchased this year to a county employee. Currently there is no formal plan for the property and historically, the County has chosen to lease properties that do not have a formal use plan.
  • Use of County Facilities by Non-County Functions.

 

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COVID-19 will have a major impact on Board of Commissioners agenda items

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – The COVID-19 pandemic will impact a number of issues the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners will decide when they meet in a voting session Tuesday (April 21) at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building.

That meeting will be preceded by a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on abandonment of George Avery Road and a work session at 5:30 p.m. The public can view the meetings via teleconference by calling 1 929 436 2866. The ID to access the public hearing is 937 8088 2957. ID for the work session is 912 0787 2266. ID for the voting session is 927 2337 3831.

Agenda items affected by the virus range from renewal of county employees’ health insurance plan to the expansion of the county’s senior center.

A new county employee health insurance plan with a small premium increase to both employer and employee was scheduled to go into effect July 1. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lincoln Financial has made a decision to assist with certain premiums by keeping the rates at their current level through Jan. 2021.

In 2017, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs granted the county’s request for a community development block grant to expand the senior center with a deadline of Nov. 2019. County commissioners were subsequently granted an extension through May 15, 2020. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the county is unable to meet the second deadline and commissioners will have to vote Monday on requesting a second extension.

The virus has also made a significant impact on the Park and Recreation Spring Sports program. None of the sports have had any games or meets this year and the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) has cancelled all district and state tournaments. The county has already purchased uniforms for the spring sports teams. Commissioners must decide whether to cancel the season and issue full refunds or account credits, cancel the season and issue refunds, minus the cost of uniforms, choose a start date for an in-house season for the age groups able to form an in-house league for baseball/softball or issue full refunds for Track & Field.

Another agenda item impacted by the virus is the county’s Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP).  Staff has been directed to prepare operational plans that detail how essential services will continue to be provided to citizens, given the spread of the virus. The plans will then be incorporated into a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that would become an annex to the LEOP.

Finally, the Board must vote on a request by Classic Cleaners to have its rent reduced or suspended due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. Classic Cleaners is under contract with Lumpkin County to rent the building in which the business is located. The specific request is to defer May’s payment, and divide it evenly throughout the remainder of 2020.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • A resolution that the city and county proclaim the month of April 2020 to be Child Abuse Prevention Month, and urge all citizens to recognize this month by dedicating themselves to the task of improving the quality of life for all children and families.
  • Revision of the Lumpkin County Building Committee that includes the addition of four new members.
  • Abandonment of George Avery Road.
  • An update of the Hotel/Motel Ordinance that reflects the role of Host Compliance to manage complaints, renewals, and tax collections.
  • A bond resolution for county recreation projects and refinancing of the Justice Center bond.
  • Development Authority request for an intergovernmental agreement for full-time staff to be added to the county’s financial services and insurance. There would be no impact to the Lumpkin County budget for adding the services as the Authority agrees to pay the Finance Department $350/month for the financial services and add on costs for insurance.
  • Approve a contract with Chattahoochee Group in the amount of $67,325 for the restoration, drainage and improvements of baseball fields at Yahoola Creek Park.
  • Abandonment of a portion of Lawrence Road.
  • Request to sell county-owned right-of-way off Cavender’s Creek Road.

 

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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

News

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

Election, Politics

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.

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