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Financing for courthouse, jail projects revisited

POSTED: September 14, 2013 1:07 a.m.

Forsyth County commissioners on Tuesday directed staff to convert the financing for the jail and courthouse construction from a variable rate to fixed rate through a swap, which is intended to lock down rising interest rates.

The funding would apply to the next $29.6 million to be borrowed from the bank.

The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff, who favored financing through bonds, opposed.

Also during their work session Tuesday, commissioners:

* Removed the proposed previous metals ordinance from the table, which reopens the topic for discussion. The vote was 3-2, with Commissioner Todd Levent and Boff opposed.

The ordinance would regulate the purchase of certain metals and gems from people or sources other than manufacturers.

* Approved a tower/crane licensing agreement with Turner and Winter Construction allowing the crane’s boom to extend into county air space. The crane is operating at the construction site of the future courthouse.

* Authorized second public hearings for two rezoning applications that had one of several tax parcels omitted in the legal ad due to a county software error.

The hearings will be in front of the county commission, instead of the planning board, on Oct. 3 for ZA3635 on Old Atlanta Road and ZA3637 on Chamblee Gap Road.

The vote was 4-1, with Boff opposed.

* Set in motion the process to modify the county alcohol code to allow for licensing of distilleries. The change will require two public hearings before it could be approved.

* Accepted the 2014 grant recommendations of the social services committee.

Eight local agencies that work with the juvenile justice system will receive funding from the $435,000 budgeted.


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




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