Also during their meeting Tuesday, Forsyth County commissioners approved the following:
* A 10-month lease with West Maple LLC for office space for the procurement department. The agreement, at $1,833 per month, comes with the option to renew for two more years.
* Water & Sewer Director Tim Perkins as the designee to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District when Chairman Pete Amos is unable to attend.
Perkins was also reappointed the county’s designee to the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders group.
* A request by Georgia 400 Industrial Park Inc. to annex into the city of Cumming. The property, located next to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, will otherwise remain unchanged.
* A local maintenance and improvement grant for more than $1.5 million with a required match of nearly $470,000.
All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.
-- Jennifer Sami
CUMMING -- Forsyth will be home to a gold-level softball tournament beginning this summer, following a vote Tuesday by county commissioners to approve a deal with Triple Crown Sports.
The weeklong event likely will draw as many as 150 softball teams from across the nation to compete on county-owned fields.
Signing the contract is “huge” for the community, said Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO James McCoy.
“It will be the largest amateur sporting event we’ve ever hosted as a community,” he said. “An event of that magnitude is really substantial and will have an incredibly positive impact on our community.”
The five-year contract sets a rate of about $225 per field. Estimates are that about 23 fields would be used for a tournament.
In addition, Triple Crown Sports would pay for and provide any improvements, including additional fencing, the company would need to hold tournaments.
It’s estimated the county could receive as much as $31,000 for the events, with an overall local economic impact of up to $2 million.
This year’s tournament — the USA Nationals gold level tournament for girls' age divisions 14, 16 and 18 — will be held July 14-17.
In years the county didn't play host to the national games, it would still be the site of a regional tournament.