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Tobacco paraphernalia regulations mulled

POSTED: January 25, 2013 12:27 a.m.
 

Forsyth County is considering a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco paraphernalia to those younger than 18.

During a work session Tuesday, county commissioners also recommended requiring a license to sell tobacco paraphernalia, sanctions for violations and a provision to put the products behind the counter.

The county attorney will review the legalities and return with more information.

Also on Tuesday, county commissioners:

• Directed parks and recreation staff to do a needs assessment to determine which Forsyth County schools could be involved in a joint venture to share athletic field space.

• Agreed to send a proposed code change to public hearings that would allow anyone with a Residential-3 rezoning prior to the standards changing in November 2007 to be able to build using the previous requirement of 9,000-square-foot lots instead of the current 14,500.

• Instructed planning department staff to prepare the streamlined rezoning process for public hearings. Commissioners asked to include previously discussed changes, as well as reducing the sign requirement from 21 to 15 days prior to a hearing and eliminate the limit on residential applications that can be processed in a month.

• Reviewed modifications to the alcohol code to reduce the amount of commission time spent on revisions to the ordinance, sanctions for those who violate the code and approval or name changes on license.

Commissioenrs asked staff to further research cost and time-savings before renewing discussion at a future work session.

• Approved a resolution updating the scope of the jail and courthouse project, which voters OK’d in the special purpose local option sales tax referendum, to include flexibility in the locations of the buildings presented in concept art prior to the November 2011 vote.

• Appointed Brian Tam to serve as the chairman’s designee on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

• Accepted the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation for about $1.4 million, with a county match of about $426,000. The funds will be used for resurfacing about 30 miles of county roads.

• Renewed the agreement with AECOM for operations and maintenance of the Fowler Wastewater Treatment Facility for about $1.1 million for 2013.

The contract also includes a clause for the county to reimburse the company for installation of membranes if it terminates the agreement early.

• Ratified a memorandum of understanding between the county and Keep Forsyth County Beautiful that will separate the entity as a program rather than a department for purposes of accounting and division of duties.

• Tapped Cindy Jones Mills to serve on the social services committee to fill the two-year term vacated by former commissioner Patrick Bell.

 

Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

 

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