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Tennis management deal revisited

POSTED: November 15, 2013 12:28 a.m.
 

Forsyth County is weighing the possibility of changing or terminating its agreement with a tennis management firm at the Fowler Park complex.

Based on complaints, the county commission hopes to reclaim two courts for open use by residents instead of paying court fees to the private firm.

The commission plans to revisit the issue Nov. 26.

Also during their work session Tuesday, commissioners:

* Directed the county attorney to begin the process of condemning the defunct Greenleaf subdivision in northeast Forsyth for use as a future park.

The unfinished subdivision was the product of a developer mortgage fraud scheme and can’t be finished in its current state. With several owners of the different lots, the county has been unable to work out a solution.

* Granted a county-initiated variance to Rocklyn Homes for phase three of the Champions Run subdivision off of James Burgess Road.

The 15-foot front yard setback variance will allow the developer to maintain a 50-foot stream buffer instead of the required 35 feet.

The county negotiated other terms with Rocklyn in exchange for the greater stream buffer, which residents said was imperative to maintaining water quality and proper storm water management.

* Decided to proceed with receiving a property donation of nearly 9 acres on a strip along the western edge of Fowler Park.

The property owner has no use for the wetlands site on the other side of Big Creek.

* Approved a three-year lease agreement for office space at 327 Dahlonega St. for the county procurement department starting Jan. 1. The cost is $1,800 per month.

The office will move out of its space in the stone building on Castleberry Road for the larger area with more suitable parking. The stone building will be vacated once the court offices move into the new courthouse in 2015.

* Accepted a bid to renovate the bathrooms at the Sharon Springs Park tennis pavilion from P.E. Structures and Associates for $25,000.

The work should be completed by year’s end, and the funding will come from the parks bond.

 

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

 

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