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Funding for new library branch OK'd
Post Road facility could open in 2013
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Forsyth County News

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By: Jim Dean

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Forsyth County commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-0 to release $5.94 million in funding from the current 1-cent sales tax for construction of the Post Road library.


The amount was reduced due to lower than projected tax collections, but the local public library system has also received a $2 million grant from the state to build the facility.


Library officials anticipate opening the branch, the system’s fourth, in July 2013.


Also during their work session Tuesday, Forsyth County commissioners:


* Withdrew the pending U.S. Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, Section 108 loan application at the request of developer Almquist Hansen.


* Discussed a resolution regarding the seventh round of the special purpose local option sales tax, which voters approved last month.


Commissioners Patrick Bell and Todd Levent proposed the resolution as a way to express that the county will adhere to its promises, including fiscal responsibility, project priorities and transparency.


The commission postponed the matter to its Jan. 10 work session to review the wording.


* Approved amending the Forsyth County Ethics Board code to remove specific dates for the biannual meeting and include only the months.


Also, changes allow the chairman to set the time for a special called meeting.


* Ratified an agreement made between the sheriff and the school system to provide two more resource officers and to place a mounted patrol facility at Chestatee Elementary School.


The commission also asked that the two entities notify the county before making agreements that could affect it.


* Awarded a proposal for providing inmate meals in 2012 to ABL Management for about $1.02 per meal.


Based on historical inmate counts, the cost is estimated to be about $250,000 for the year.



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