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3 things to know from July 2 Cumming City Council meeting
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Trees, bids for a number of city projects and a change to the city’s smoking ordinance were among items discussed at a work session on Tuesday evening.

All items were approved by a unanimous 5-0 vote unless otherwise noted.

Welcome to Tree City USA

Mayor Troy Brumbalow and the city council heard from Nancy Lovingood, of the Georgia Urban Forest Council, about taking part in Tree City USA.

“If Cumming decides to become a Tree City USA, it puts you in a direct line with the Georgia Forestry Commission and then also with Tree City USA’s national organization,” Lovingood said. “We give assistance and technical assistance on tree planting, tree programs. There’s a national recognition. You’ll have a sign as you enter your city.”

Nearby municipalities taking part in the program include Milton, Suwanee, Gainesville and Dawsonville.

To be considered, a city must have a tree board or department, have a tree care ordinance, have a forestry program with a minimum budget of $2 per capita and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

No action was taken during the meeting, but Brumbalow said the city would likely move forward.

Smoking rules relaxed

A new cigar shop is set to open at the historic Sinclair Gas Station in downtown Cumming, and the council adopted new rules that appeared to have a laser focus on the business.

The council approved new rules that would allow smoking tobacco in city buildings if at a retail tobacco establishment, if the product was purchased at the business and if it is smoked at the time of purchase.

“You have to purchase it at the retail establishment and smoke it at the same time,” said City Attorney Molly Anderson.

Bids approved

The city also approved bids for a number of projects.

A bid was approved for MTech Pro Media to make a promotional video for the city for $9,900. Filming will take place over the next few months and will include the Fourth of July Parade, Food Truck Fridays, the Cumming Country Fair & Festival and other festivities in the city.

For streets, a bid for the Pine Lake Drive sidewalk extension project was approved for Construction 57 Inc., of Lilburn, for about $189,000. City Administrator Phil Higgins said the company is currently working on a sidewalk project on Atlanta Highway.

A bid was also approved for the city’s utilities department for the replacement of Kelly Mill Creek Sanitary Sewer and stream restoration for North Georgia Pipeline Inc., for $3.5 million.