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3 things from this week’s city of Cumming work session
City bridge

This week’s Cumming City Council work session featured an update on a new bridge to the Cumming Fairgrounds, new vehicles for the Cumming Police Department and new purchases for Cumming utilities.

All votes were approved 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

 

Bridge building

Though no action was taken, Mayor Troy Brumbalow gave an update to a pedestrian bridge being built from the fairgrounds to a parking lot across Castleberry Road.

The bridge is planned to be installed next week, and Castleberry will be closed for the work.

Brumbalow said the bridge was “raw steel” and would darken within about a month. Those portions would be powder coated to prevent rust getting on pedestrian’s clothing, he said.

Earlier this year, the council approved a total bid of almost $1.75 million with contractors Flex Fab Inc., and Vertical Earth to build the bridge.

Updates on the road closures can be found online at facebook.com/cummingcityhall.

 

Police rides

The Cumming Police Department will soon have five new vehicles: four for pursuing criminals and one to delight youngsters.

The City Council voted to approve to purchase four new Ford Police Interceptors from Chestatee Ford and the purchase of a golf cart to be used by the police department during events held by the city for $8,200.

“The chief came to me asking for a golf cart for the [police department] for all the events at the fairgrounds and having one that’s distinctive. If something happens they can turn the emergency lights on and all of that stuff,” said Brumbalow.

Brumbalow said the golf cart would be purchased from the same firm who produced the city’s existing golf carts made to look like Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen from Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” movie series. 

“The character carts at the fairgrounds are a huge hit with kids,” Brumbalow said. “It felt like if we could do something along that line, the kids would gravitate to it. Having that bond with kids and police and them not being scared of [the officers], I think it’s going to work.”

The cart will have frontend similar to a Chevrolet Camaro, complete with lights and a black and white paint job. Brumbalow said it will take about 45 days from the order until the cart is done, meaning it will likely not be ready in time for the Cumming Country Fair & Festival next month.

For the actual vehicles, Cumming Police Chief David Marsh said they would be similar to those already used by the department.

“We decided to stick with the current police model, which they call the Ford Interceptor, which is an SUV, probably the same one you guys have seen driving around,” said Marsh.

The total price for each will be $35,556.70.

 

Utility uses

Three items were approved for the utilities department during the meeting.

A settlement was approved with Georgia Department of Transportation for the purchase of 0.04 acres of city land on Canton Highway for the road’s upcoming widening for $11,200. Engineering Director Jon Heard said the land is part of property used for two city of Cumming water tanks but would not impact them.

The department will also go forward with repairing and upsizing of the Oakwood Drive storm drain, which will cost about $165,000.

The city’s erosion and sediment control ordinance also got a “very minor change,”  which stipulates that ”construction site operators must control waste such as discarded building materials, concrete truck washout, chemicals, litter, and sanitary waste.”

Heard said the change was required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division