County’s withdrawal from arbitration sends annexation back to City Council

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — On December 9, 2020, the City of Dawsonville advised Dawson County of its intent to annex and rezone 70.808 acres of Tax Parcel 093 004 001, which is located near the intersection of Perimeter Road and Allen Street in Dawson County (the “Annexation”). After thorough analysis and evaluation by County staff, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to formally object to the Annexation on December 17, 2020. Unfortunately, the County has little ability to stop an annexation and generally has only the option to resort to this land use objection process.

The County objected to the Annexation because, among other things, the Annexation and its intended rezoning would place a substantial financial burden on the County and all taxpayers. The project would result in increased infrastructure demands without the benefit of any developmental impact fees to offset the costs of those demands, including adding additional traffic at the already congested intersection of Perimeter Road and Allen Street.

In accordance with State rules and regulations, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs appointed a panel of arbitrators on January 21, 2021, to conduct an arbitration on the County’s objection. Importantly, the arbitration panel is not legally authorized to stop the annexation. The arbitration panel can only offer conditions to mitigate the effects of the infrastructure burdens and impact the density of the development.

Due to the fact that the arbitration process would end with the Annexation being approved – but just with potential conditions — the Board voted unanimously to withdraw from the arbitration proceedings. The sole reason that the County voted to withdraw from the arbitration proceedings is because annexation is certain to occur under that process. In contrast, by withdrawing from the arbitration proceedings, this matter is remanded back to the City Council for the City Council to vote on the Annexation– which should be a vote to outright deny and reject the Annexation and rezoning. The County is confident that the City Council will do the right thing and make a responsible decision for the community by denying the Annexation.

 

City Council scheduled to meet Monday, viewers can access by teleconference

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville City Council will hold a regular meeting and work session Monday, July 20, at 5 p.m.

Those who would like access to the meeting can do so by teleconference or by phone from your computer tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/309296213 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (669) 224-3412 Access Code: 309-296-213 1.

Under the Consent Agenda, council is expected to approve minutes of the regular meeting and work session held June 14, the executive session held June 1, special called joint meeting with the Board of Commissioners held June 8 the first amendment to the Farmer’s Market Use Agreement.

The amendment grants the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce use of the City Pavilion on Saturdays and Wednesdays from April 18, 2020 until October 17, 2020. The Chamber agrees to pay ten dollars ($10) per month for three (3) months to the CITY beginning April 18, 2020 and fifteen dollars ($15) for four (4) months beginning July 18, 2020.

City Manager Bob Bolz is expected to report on a COVID-19 Update. The city re-closed City Hall on July 9th due to the tremendous uptick in COVID cases to protect or staff and our customers. Staff will continue to work staggered schedules and teleworking. Everyone’s temperature is checked as they come to work, both at City Hall and at the maintenance facilities.

Utility and Public Works staff continue to work staggered schedules and stagger the times they are both within the facility. PPE is available for all personnel. Public Works and Utilities are still asked to ride one to a vehicle. Planning & Zoning customer service that must be provided face-to-face by appointment only. The public is not allowed upstairs, as need Planning & Zoning staff come downstairs to meet them. At the recommendation of the local Manager of the Department of Public Health, our July 10th Food Truck Night was cancelled. We hope the health situation will be safer in time for the August 14th event.

The Amicalola Farmers Market has been very successful, having received the First Place 2020 AGC Build Georgia Award (Associated General Contractors of Georgia). It was presented to Magnum Contracting who will present it to the city.

Also during the meeting, Finance Director Hayden Wiggins will announce the comprehensive annual financial report has qualified for the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement and the Finance Office and staff have earned the A ward of Financial Reporting.

 

 

 

 

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