Adoption of Revised Design Guidelines

DSC 0063The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) adopted revised Dahlonega Design Guidlines at the March 19th meeting. The revised guidelines comply with the Department of Interior regulations (36 CFR Part 67, Historic Preservation Certifications).

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City of Dahlonega Mayor & Council Participate in 2014 Mayors’ Day

MayorsDay2014City of Dahlonega Mayor, Council and staff were among nearly 800 city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta January 24-27. The annual conference provides city officials with an opportunity to learn more about legislation under consideration at the Georgia Capitol, attend training sessions and hear from state leaders. This year's conference also included a United States Senate candidates forum.

Two special training classes were held on Friday afternoon. One dealt with fair housing and land use standards, while the other covered public policy development and implementation.

Representing Dahlonega were Mayor Gary McCullough, Councilman Sam Norton, Councilman Mitchell Ridley, Councilman Michael Clemons, Councilman Bruce Hoffman, Councilman Terry Peters, Councilman Roman Gaddis, City Attorney Doug Parks and City Manager Bruce Georgia. "Attending Mayors' Day gives us an opportunity to hear about legislation affecting our cities and gives us a voice in shaping GMA's future legislative policies," said Mayor Gary McCullough.

During the conference officials had the choice of attending concurrent sessions on creating a downtown vision, developing technology and small business incubators and the economic impact of education. They also participated in GMA's six policy committees and heard from the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house on their plans for the legislative session.

For more information on GMA, visit them at http://www.gmanet.com/.

 
City's Inclement Weather Procedures

befunky artwork.jpgThe development and implementation of the City of Dahlonega's severe weather plan has ensured less adverse effects by the recent unusually cold temperatures. Severe weather may impact a localized area, or as in the case of ice, be widespread. City Engineer, Ricky Stewart, says, "When ice is forecasted, we go ahead and prep the vehicles for the distribution of salt/gravel and for plowing." These precautions allow the on call staff to simply load the truck and begin working if necessary. All of the City's street construction, street maintenance and sanitation employees are trained on the weather equipment. For unpredictable weather conditions and emergencies, there are always at least three Public Works Department employees on call. 911 dispatchers contact these employees at the point when ice has been seen; no matter what time of day or night the bad weather hits the community.

Once a crew is called, road maintenance is prioritized. The crew address problems accessing the hospital, bridges within the city limits, primary roads owned by the city, and higher elevation roads. Beyond these priorities the city will then begin working in neighborhoods and shoveling sidewalks around town.

The salt/gravel mixture used to lower the freeze point on roads clumps easily with moisture and humidity. Therefore, only between 10 and 15 tons are ordered once every two years. When possible, the mixture is spread around town before any precipitation. Ricky Stewart says, "The mixture can be put on top of frozen ground, but it works better as a preventative measure."

With the City's Public Works Department working day and night, the established action plan lessens the threat to public safety, health, the environment, property and the economy. Even when City Hall is closed, the Public Works Department is always working to ensure the safety and well-being of Dahlonega residents.

Photo: City of Dahlonega Street Construction crew members, Ron Simmons & Vince Hunsinger.

 
'Tis the Season

collageIn appreciation for another year of dedication and hard work, City Council members and spouses celebrated Christmas with City employees and their families. The annual celebration was held at The Smith House and was a great time of food, fun and fellowship!!

 
Streetscape Planning

befunky img 5443.jpgThe team responsible for guiding the design, construction and maintenance of downtown's streetscape project met to walk Phase 1 and discuss the current construction timeline. Downtown's streetscape project focuses on improvements to pedestrian safety and landscaping. This includes enhancements to sidewalks, trees, medians, lighting and street furniture. The City has been awarded state and federal grant money to fund 80% of the project's design and engineering. Construction for three blocks of West Main and South Chestatee is scheduled to begin Winter 2015.

 
City Employees Participate in Career Day

photoThird, fourth, and fifth grade students met with the City of Dahlonega's Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, John Jarrard, and Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, Allan McCallister, during Blackburn Elementary School's Career Day. Career Day provides the opportunity for students to visualize future career options by engaging in conversations with local professionals. Dahlonega City Manager, Bruce Georgia, stated, "Any opportunity our employees have to talk with our community's youth is important to us as an organization." Mr. Jarrard and Mr. McCallister spoke to the students about the City's management process to provide safe, quality drinking water for Dahlonega residents.

Blackburn Elementary School Assistant Principal, Dr. Linda Parr, said, "We are always very appreciative that local city employees take the time to speak with our students." Throughout the day, students participated in many activities that taught them about different types of careers. Dr. Parr continued to speak on how Career Day benefits Dahlonega-Lumpkin County by helping students "learn new possibilities for them to become as adults while having fun!"

Blackburn Elementary will hold a career day for kindergarten through second grade in March 2014.

 
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