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Land annexed by Cumming for expansion of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
Involves 13 acres southwest of campus
Northside construction

Though construction remains ongoing and upward at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, three Forsyth County properties were recently approved for annexation by the city of Cumming for the campus’s next phase of growth.

Forsyth County commissioners approved last week the annexations – totaling about 13 acres – following a discussion on the matter the week prior.

Two smaller parcels, which are located to the southwest of the hospital’s campus off Buford Highway/Exit 14 of Ga. 400, were approved without objection by a 5-0 vote.

The third, larger parcel was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Todd Levent of District 3 and Jim Boff of District 5 opposed.

The property is southeast of the hospital and split by Ronald Reagan Boulevard, and the city will take control of the small portion of road between the properties.

Following a discussion on the matter during a work session last week, commissioners directed County Attorney Ken Jarrard to send an agreement on road maintenance in such situations.

That agreement was discussed before the annexations but has not yet been adopted by the city.

“The feedback we have received from the city is that this is an [agreement] that makes sense and that needs to occur, but they do want to run it by their staff and take some time to establish it from their staff perspective and also work on reviewing how we have set the boundaries,” Jarrard said.

Jarrard recommended that the county give the city time to go over those issues and address it at their next regular meeting.

During the meeting, Levent expressed concerns that without the agreement, the county and city could have another situation similar to that of Sanders Road, a county road with a small portion owned by the city.

The road washed out after a dam collapsed during a period of heavy rain in May 2013 and became a source of strife between the two governments on who was responsible for its repair.

Sanders Roads reopened this May.

Prior to the passing vote, Levent made a motion that was seconded by Boff to object to the annexation until an agreement with the city on road maintenance was reached.