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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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BOC honors first responders for Clay Creek rescue

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –Tuesday’s Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners meeting started with a heartfelt tribute to the county’s first responders who saved the lives of a woman and her baby in a dramatic swift-water rescue from the flood-swollen waters of Clay Creek in December.

Commission Chairman Chris Dockery read a resolution in honor of their professionalism and bravery of EMS employees David McWhorter, Daniel Morris, Chris Maloney, Jason Edwards, Derrick Haynie, Josh Hunter, Keith Gilreath, Ryan Leach, Laura Coleman, Lola Gipson and Ransom Ash and Sheriff’s Office employees Danny Rider, Mark Sutton, Kyle Nix, Alex Blaisdell, Isaac Fortner, Jacob Wise and Dianne Kimmel.

Their action attracted national attention. The woman’s Ford Ranger splashed into Clay Creek and rising flood water nearly submerged the vehicle but first responders worked together to extend a ladder to the bed of the truck and bring the woman and her child to safety.

Each commissioner offered their personal appreciation.

Commissioner Jeff Moran, a retired U.S. Army major and combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, said, “I want to publicly thank you for the incredible service you provide each and every day. I’m retired military and really the military receives glory when we are overseas but you are in harm’s way every single day when you respond to a fire or pull a car over. You never know what you are going to come upon. You did a great job. It was incredible watching the video and incredible that it made national news. You made us all proud.”

In other business, the Board:

  • Appointed Elizabeth Curley, Allen Storey, R. Ridge Rairigh Jr., Lewis Houser Bruce Hoffman and Damien Vanlaningham to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee;
  • Appointed Melanie Taylor to the Board of Health;
  • Approved a resolution authorizing the TSPLOST General Obligation Debt Intergovernmental Agreement;
  • Accepted Hannah’s Crossing Subdivision Road into county maintenance program;
  • Approved a resolution revising and adopting the Land Use Code;
  • Approved a contract with North Georgia Network (NGN) to provide phone and internet service to county government;
  • Approved a revision to the State Fire Marshal agreement;
  • Renewed the lease agreement with Canoe Georgia (Commissioner Rhett Stringer recused);
  • Elected Commissioner Stringer vice chairman;
  • Approved an alcohol beverage license application for VAHO Enterprise, LLC;
  • Approved the naming of certain library facility rooms the David and JoAnn Luke Tutor Room.

 

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Thankful Hearts hosts sixth-annual Take & Bake

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LUMPKIN, CO

Thankful Hearts Lumpkin held their sixth-annual “Take & Bake” on Tuesday, where they handed out thanksgiving groceries to local families in need of assistance this holiday season. Founding member, Amberly Enich, explained to Fetch Your News that the charity started seven years ago, with a single idea on how to help Dahlonega families who could not afford groceries for Thanksgiving.

Photo courtesy of Thankful Hearts Lumpkin

Photo courtesy of Thankful Hearts Lumpkin

In the spring of 2012, Enich and James, along with founding members, Stephanie Jones, Molly Jackson, Bridget Barker, and Michele Grainger, hosted their first annual Thankful Hearts charity event; their goal was to raise enough money to feed at least 10 Lumpkin County families, but they surpassed that goal, and they were able to feed 29 families. Each year since, they have exceeded their goal, and 2018 was their highest year so far, providing groceries to 78 local families. 

Throughout the past six years, Thankful Hearts has earned support from local businesses such as, Walmart, Dahlonega Funeral Home, and Refrigiwear, through monetary donations, food donations, and even food storage.

Take & Bake is the event held each year, in which the receiving families are able to pick up their groceries from Thankful Hearts. Enich expressed her gratitude for the people and businesses who help feed locals each Thanksgiving, “This was just an idea that started, and I truly never imagined that it would turn into this. We’ve never had to beg for money or be stressed over nominations. There’s a true need in LC & we’re just so thankful that we are able to help fill that need”

Thankful Hearts is a division of Lumpkin County Family Connections, and everyone is welcome to volunteer or donate.

 

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Stringer and Moran discuss goals for upcoming term

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LUMPKIN, GA

Rhett Stringer is re-elected for a second term in the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat, beating his opponent, Peri Lynn Gordon, and Jeff Moran wins the Lumpkin County BOC District 4 seat over Teresa Gay in Tuesday’s election.

Stringer told Fetch Your News that his main goal for the upcoming term is, “To see the board effectively and efficiently manage the growth coming our way while also being able to answer increased demand for county services, without raising property taxes.” He also explained that he plans to do what he can to “better the employees of the county, while not hitting the landowners anymore on property tax.”

Jeff Moran

Moran told FYN, that the most important goal he hopes to achieve during his term is, “To increase the economic development within the county.” He further explained that, “When we [LC citizens] are successful in increasing commercial and industrial growth in focused areas, we can create a sustainable, long term, revenue source, which will help in offsetting the demand for property taxes.”

Stringer is currently serving as the BOC representative on the Water Authority Committee, which he plans to continue. Moran stated he is, “Willing to serve in whatever capacity the Chairman feels I would be best suited for, based on my background, education, and interests…I would be very interested in serving one of the committees  that have to do with planning, development, or building, because it directly relates to my desire to effectively manage this County’s inevitable growth and increase economic development.”

“I really enjoy being a Commissioner and appreciate the citizens of Lumpkin County “hiring” me to do the job. I promise to give my all and follow my conscience and convictions to do the best job for our entire community.”

-R.Stringer 

With the effective management and planning of our inevitable growth, we can achieve economic development while still maintaining the charm of Dahlonega and preserving what is great about Lumpkin County.”

-J.Moran

 

Community Helping Place receives #Lumpkinmatters Initiative

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

Jessica Dudley, Executive Director of the Community Helping Place, gave a presentation on the 2GA Initiative, through the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,during the City Hall meeting on Thursday, September 20.

Dudley explained that the CHP has been apart of the 2GA Initiative Grant since 2016, which is a grant that allows and their local initiative is called #Lumpkinmatters. Through this, they work with the city, county, other local non-profit organizations, and anyone else who wants to be involved. The 2GA states on their website that they are a, “statewide, private independent foundation located in Atlanta, GA,” that, “supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia.”

With this grant, CHP provides community navigation events that encourage community outreach and educational services, such as: increasing literacy by pairing with the Lumpkin County Library, providing fresh produce to those in the community who do not have access, and also increasing healthcare access to uninsured patients.

CHP has to apply for this community-wide grant yearly; Dudley explained during the presentation that, “we were one of eleven communities in the state of Georgia [to be awarded the grant].” They received $65,000 from June 17-18, and another $100,000 from June 18-19.

For more information on volunteering with the Community Helping Place, click here.

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