Also during their work session Thursday, Forsyth County commissioners:
* Accepted a Department of Justice 2015 Edward Bryne Grant award totaling $17,336 for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
* Received the 2015 Deanna Inc. Coordinated Transportation Grant award for up to $90,000, with no match from the county, for transportation of senior citizens.
* Agreed to replace a Chevrolet Tahoe used by the sheriff’s office. The vehicle was declared a total loss after a wreck in May. The county will replace it with a 2015 Dodge Charger for about $42,125.
* Awarded a $3.3 million contract to ESG Operations Inc. to provide operations and maintenance for the county’s water treatment and waste water treatment facilities for 2016.
* Authorized reimbursement of $3.4 million plus future change orders to the Georgia Department of Transportation for relocating water lines on Bethelview Road from Castleberry Road to Hwy. 20.
* Moved forward with a public hearing on an overlay at The Collection, an outdoor mall in south Forsyth. The overlay is required to proceed with plans to expand it into a mixed use development. The vote passed 3-1-1, with Commissioners Todd Levent against and Brian Tam absent.
-- Kelly Whitmire
NORTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County plans to work with an area engineering firm to test bacteria levels and improve water quality in a tributary of Lake Lanier
The Forsyth County commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to authorize C2HM Hill to submit a grant application to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
If the application is accepted, the grant would pay $120,002 with a county cash match of $79,846 and a county in-kind match of $18,000.
The funding would go towards looking into the levels of fecal coliform- bacteria found in the digestive tracks of warm-blooded animals that commonly contaminate natural waters within a portion of the Four Mile Creek watershed in northeast Forsyth.
“The county’s required to try to improve water quality through watershed improvement projects,” said county engineer Renee Hoge. “This time, we’re doing something a little bit different. We’re calling it source tracing and monitoring.
“What we have is a segment of Four Mile Creek that is … impacted for fecal coliform, and has some of the highest levels of any stream segment in the county.”
The study will try to determine the source of the bacteria, which Hoge said could include several possibilities.
“It is a relatively undeveloped agricultural area, and what we want to do with this grant is to do monitoring and testing to try to determine the source,” she said. “Is it human? Is it poultry? Is it cattle?”
The boundaries of the study would be Jot Em Down Road to the north, Keith Bridge Road to the south, Westbrook Road to the east and Grindle Road to the west
Per the grant application, award recipients will be announced in April. If the county is selected, the estimated project start date would be May 2016 with a completion date of December 2018.