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Fee to sell non-traditional tobacco items aired
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County commissioners voted Thursday to set the proposed annual fee for a non-traditional tobacco paraphernalia sales license at $1,000 following a second public hearing on the new regulatory ordinance.

Commissioner Jim Boff voted against the fee in a 4-1 vote, stating he was comfortable with the staff recommendation of $750.

A third public hearing will be held July 2 before a final vote on the ordinance, which will require licenses for businesses selling non-traditional tobacco paraphernalia and that those items be shielded from public view.

Also during their meeting Thursday, commissioners:

* Postponed to July 2 a vote on proposed changes to ramp up regulations in the pawn shop ordinance.

The new requirements are intended to deter thieves and increase recovery of stolen items.

At the fourth public hearing, officials heard from a final speaker who asked them to reconsider singling out a specific type of resale business for extra scrutiny.

* Agreed to a county-initiated conditional use permit for Solvay Specialty Polymers to allow for a research laboratory and ancillary manufacturing at the McGinnis Ferry Road business.

The company operates from this location in an industrial zoning. But due to county code changes since its start in 1988, those uses would no longer be allowed if the facility expanded or was destroyed.

* Granted a county-initiated variance for Gilbert Road LLC to allow for lots in the Avonleigh Park subdivision to have 12 feet between structures instead of the required 20 feet.

The change will allow the developer to use the county code requirements from when the property was bought in 2007. The vote was 3-2, with Boff and Todd Levent opposed.

* Approved a letter of intent to accept Patriot Way into the Forsyth County road maintenance system. The road is proposed as an access to the planned Walmart on Peachtree Parkway.

* Suspended the alcohol license of the Chevron at Hwys. 306 and 369 for 25 days due to a second underage sales violation in 24 months. The suspension starts Monday.


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