Forsyth County commissioners on Tuesday directed staff to convert the financing for the jail and courthouse construction from a variable rate to fixed rate through a swap, which is intended to lock down rising interest rates.
The funding would apply to the next $29.6 million to be borrowed from the bank.
The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff, who favored financing through bonds, opposed.
Also during their work session Tuesday, commissioners:
* Removed the proposed previous metals ordinance from the table, which reopens the topic for discussion. The vote was 3-2, with Commissioner Todd Levent and Boff opposed.
The ordinance would regulate the purchase of certain metals and gems from people or sources other than manufacturers.
* Approved a tower/crane licensing agreement with Turner and Winter Construction allowing the crane’s boom to extend into county air space. The crane is operating at the construction site of the future courthouse.
* Authorized second public hearings for two rezoning applications that had one of several tax parcels omitted in the legal ad due to a county software error.
The hearings will be in front of the county commission, instead of the planning board, on Oct. 3 for ZA3635 on Old Atlanta Road and ZA3637 on Chamblee Gap Road.
The vote was 4-1, with Boff opposed.
* Set in motion the process to modify the county alcohol code to allow for licensing of distilleries. The change will require two public hearings before it could be approved.
* Accepted the 2014 grant recommendations of the social services committee.
Eight local agencies that work with the juvenile justice system will receive funding from the $435,000 budgeted.
Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.