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Council OKs Costco-related projects
Include lines for water, sewer
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Forsyth County News


Also during their meeting Tuesday night, Cumming’s mayor and city council approved the following:

• Entering into pre-trial services with bonding companies in order to monitor non-violent offenders who can’t afford bail.

City attorney Kevin Tallant explained that the resolution allows the city to work with companies that would provide services such as GPS monitoring of offenders outside of jail in order to save the costs of keeping them jailed for up to 45 days.

• Renewing the city’s annual offender services agreement with Georgia Probation Management that has been in place since 1994.

• Clarifying the city’s road and bridges intergovernmental agreement with the county for 2013, and an amendment to the Cumming Fair Authority, which takes that board from seven to eight members.

Council also signed off an amendment to the city’s personnel and procedures manual to prohibit sexual abuse after a request from the city’s insurance carrier.

• Buying a new patrol car for the police department for about $24,000 from Brannen Ford in Unadilla under a state contract.

• An alcohol license for Central Ford Mart.

• An intergovernmental agreement with the county to install a new stormwater line as part of the new courthouse project. The county will pay for the line. Once finished, the city would own the infrastructure.

• Authorized Mayor H. Ford Gravitt to sign a contractual agreement with the Georgia Municipal Association, which allows it to help the city obtain certain fees from service providers if needed.

• Signed a proclamation recognizing the Cumming Garden Club and declaring June 2-8 as garden week.

• Announced the “The Sound of Music” will run June 6-30 at the Cumming Playhouse.

— Crystal Ledford

A future wholesale shopping club is off to a good start in Cumming.

The city council approved a conditional use permit for Costco during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The permit will allow the big box retailer to sell alcohol by the package.

In addition, council awarded two bids for utility projects needed to support the new facility.

Ronnie D. Jones Enterprises will install a 12-inch water line along Market Place Boulevard for about $734,000.

Strack Inc. will be responsible for putting in a force main gravity sewer system along Bald Ridge Marina Road at a cost of more than $1.6 million.

Scott Morgan, the city’s director of planning and zoning, said the new Costco will be located where Market Place meets Bald Ridge, near Ga. 400 at Exit 15.

He said Costco representatives have begun “clearing and grubbing” the site in preparation for the new store, which will total about 148,000 square feet with more than 650 parking spaces.

“They should be starting the land disturbance really soon,” Morgan said. “They’re planning to be open by around Thanksgiving, by the end of November.”

The project will also include some road improvements, including additional turn lanes on Bald Ridge and a continuation of Market Place at the current red light into the store’s parking lot.

“It’s going to be a great project because everyone in this area and north all use the [Costco] in Alpharetta, so there will be plenty of business for them,” Morgan said.