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Transportation bond remains a possibility

BOC reviews list of potential projects

POSTED: December 14, 2013 12:03 a.m.

Forsyth County commissioners plan to continue their discussion on a possible referendum for a transportation bond.

During work session Tuesday, the commission reviewed a staff-compiled list of possible projects and considered increasing an amount that could provide a county contribution to state road projects.

Discussion on a possible parks and recreation bond was postponed to Jan. 7.

Also during their work session, commissioners:

* Renewed an agreement with Subsidium LLC for consulting services in 2014.

The $60,000 deal funds a lobbyist on the county’s behalf at the state level for transportation needs. The vote was 3-2, with Jim Boff and Cindy Jones Mills opposed.

* Tabled discussion on Castleberry Road, a 1-cent sales tax project that has been delayed several years. Members disagree on whether the road should be widened to four lanes.

The vote was 3-2, with Pete Amos and Brian Tam opposed. Commissioner Todd Levent first requested to postpone the matter for one year and require the county engineering department to do an additional traffic count, but that vote failed 2-3, with just him and Boff in favor.

* Postponed possible approval of a settlement agreement with the Garmon family regarding the Georgia Model Aviators lease at Eagle’s Beak Park to Jan. 7.

* Directed staff to begin working with Cumming on an intergovernmental agreement to buy and maintain an emergency raw water intake generator, which was approved as part of the latest 1-cent sales tax referendum. The generator will allow for treatment of water in case of a power outage.

* Awarded counseling services for accountability courts to New Leaf Counseling and Recovery and drug screening to six individuals for 2014.

The county terminated its existing contract for counseling and screening with New Hope Counseling in September as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation opened a case into its use of grant money.


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


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