Also during their meeting Thursday night, Forsyth County commissioners:
* Approved the 2014 budget of nearly $96 million in the general fund and $226.3 million total. The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Todd Levent opposed.
Levent voiced concerns about the funding for hiring, training and equipping about 73 deputies for the new courthouse and jail. Three months’ of funding in 2014 was set aside for the sheriff to add those positions prior to the opening of the new facilities, expected to open at the start of 2015.
That $1.85 million has been set in a reserve account for next year so the sheriff will have to ask to withdraw it, once the construction nears an end and more accurate totals can be determined.
Levent said if the funding continues, the county will be faced with adding nearly $10 million to the 2015 budget to support a full year of those new deputy positions and he felt the county was “going down a road here that’s going to get us in trouble.”
* Rezoned 88 acres on Chamblee Gap Road for the Ryland Group from agricultural to Res-3. The developer plans to construct 187 homes for a density of about 2.09 units per acre.
Also, a variance for the distance between homes to be a minimum of 15 feet was granted for no more than 50 percent of lots.
* OK’d a rezoning request from H. Gilstrap Development from agricultural to Res-4 with a conditional use permit for senior housing.
The 87-acre site on Old Atlanta Road across from St. Marlo Country Club is slated for 104 quadriplex units and 150 assisted living units.
* Granted a rezoning from agricultural to Res-6 for Howard Carson for 24 acres on Stoney Point Road at Peachtree Parkway. The age-restricted community was approved for 130 residences for property owner 55 and older.
The subdivision is located next to the Orchards at Brannon Oak and will be developed in a similar manner.
* Withdrew without prejudice a rezoning application at the request of the Providence Group of Georgia, which sought a change from commercial to Res-4 for nearly 30 acres on Peachtree Parkway.
The request arrived without a recommendation from the planning board, whose vote on the application ended in a tie Sept. 24. The plan called for 115 lots, with a density of 3.8 units per acre.
Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.
-- Alyssa LaRenzie
Forsyth County commissioners have reopened discussion on purchasing a sewer plant in Johns Creek.
The board on Thursday voted 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff opposed, to reconsider acquiring the Cauley Creek Water Reclamation Facility, a plant on Bell Road just south of the Forsyth line.
Commissioners had voted Sept. 10 to terminate the county’s interest in procuring the plant, which is currently shuttered, but a letter sent Thursday undid that action.
The message invites Cauley Creek owner, Ron Green, to make a presentation to the commission at its work session Tuesday.
The letter was the result of the commission’s nearly 30-minute executive session taken after an open meeting vote to reconsider whether to buy the plant.
Closed session is allowed under Georgia law for discussion of land acquisition, as well as personnel matters or litigation.
When the commission returned to the open meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 to postpone final votes on the construction of the future Shakerag Water Reclamation Facility and a related engineering task order to the Nov. 7 meeting.
The Shakerag plant has been planned to address the growing need for sewer capacity in south Forsyth.
At an Oct. 8 work session, commissioners preliminarily approved a bid for construction of the facility to PC Construction for nearly $29 million from the water and sewer enterprise fund.
Chairman Pete Amos said the commission hopes to get more information first about the Cauley Creek plant.
“In general, the board feels that we have to explore every option for taxpayer money,” Amos said, “and we want to make sure we spend it wisely.”
The Cauley Creek facility had been operating under contract with Fulton County until about a year ago, when that board terminated its agreement.