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Jail and courthouse committee wraps up
The Forsyth County Jail in downtown Cumming.

The team that oversaw the construction of the county’s new courthouse and jail has decided its work is done.

On Monday, the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team held its final meeting at the Forsyth County Administration Building. Members of the committee gave updates on the financial status and a few remaining projects to be completed before voting to disband. 

The group had previously made planning and construction decisions for the two facilities. Sheriff Ron Freeman, a group member, said it was time to return oversight to Forsyth County Government.

“I think it’s back to the county for repair and maintenance [of the facilities],” Freeman said. “I don’t see any need to continue this side of it.”

Forsyth County Chief Financial Officer Dave Gruen said the $100 million dollar project ended up about $169,000 under budget. 

Project manager Joe Lee said there were still about six minor projects that needed to be completed totaling about $70,000. He said the projects were expected to be paid for out of the amount owed to the project’s contractor. 

Among those projects were issues with elevators, materials used and leaks. 

The committee oversaw the construction of the new Forsyth County Jail and Forsyth County Courthouse, which both opened in 2015.

At a Forsyth County Commission work session the next day, Deputy County manager Tim Merritt said he felt the group had completed its task.

“The second recommendation that came from the group was very simple,” Merritt said. “It was simply their job had been done and it was a recommendation to disband the jail/courthouse team.”

Commissioners approved 5-0 to disband the group and another motion for County Attorney Ken Jarrard to draft a settlement agreement with the contractor for the repairs.

District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos, a member of the group, praised the committee for its work.

“I will say I truly enjoyed serving on that jail/courthouse committee,” he said. “They did a great job.”