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Improvement district status possible for parkway

POSTED: October 12, 2013 12:22 a.m.
 

The Forsyth County commission has approved the concept of a Peachtree Parkway Improvement District.

The district would allow a nonprofit organization to maintain the medians and landscaping on the south Forsyth portion of the state corridor.

Under an agreement, the Georgia Department of Transportation would give the $15,000 budgeted for maintenance to the group.

The group, which hopes to improve the aesthetics of the highway, would also raise funds through membership of businesses and homeowners associations along the corridor.

The county hopes to remove its involvement as a sponsor that acts as a conduit for the money.

Also during their work session this week, commissioners:

* Awarded the construction of the Shakerag Water Reclamation facility to PC Construction for nearly $29 million from the water and sewer enterprise fund.

The south Forsyth sewer plant will take about two years to complete.

* Entered into an interest rate swap agreement with United Community Bank to fix the rate on $29.6 million in bonds for the jail and courthouse project.

The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff opposed.

* Voted down a request to add an agenda item to reconsider the acquisition of the Cauley Creek sewer facility in Johns Creek.

The commission previously directed the county attorney to abandon the project in executive session.

The vote to add the topic to the agenda was 2-3, with Commissioners Pete Amos and Brian Tam in favor.

* Chose American Coach Lines of Atlanta to provide juror shuttle service during the construction of the parking deck on Castleberry Road.

On Mondays of jury selection, the bus will run every 10 minutes from the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot to the Forsyth County Administration Building. The cost is $1,300 per day.

The bus is anticipated to be needed five days this year and 10 days next year until the parking lot construction is complete.

* Authorized the purchase of 21 security cameras for the three county recreation centers for about $52,000.

 

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

 

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