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3 things to know from Tuesday's Cumming City Council meeting
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Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow speaks during the city council's regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. - photo by Brian Paglia

The Cumming City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday was short and sweet, with a few actions taken and even more proclamations made.

All votes are 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

Bid for water booster station awarded

The city council moved forward with getting a neighborhood on Sawnee Mountain some updated water infrastructure.

Councilmembers voted to award Legacy Water Group LLC the bid in the amount of $1,984,350 for the installation of a water booster station, new water lines and a storage tank at Tower Road.

The council previously discussed the bid at an August meeting but voted to postpone taking any action at the time until getting an easement from Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for use of the land.

The project will benefit residents of the Mountainside subdivision, which is on Sawnee Drive but backs up to Tower Road, and will replace leaky water lines and provide fire protection with a fire pump and a 250,000-gallon storage tank.

Permit restrictions on vape shops, convenient stores

City officials want to have more oversight for allowing certain kinds of businesses.

Councilmembers voted to change the city’s zoning ordinance to require prospective owners of automobile sales and services, car washes, convenient stores, massage parlors and vape shops to apply for a conditional-use permit before obtaining a business license in highway business and planned shopping center districts.

Additionally, convenient stores and vape shops will also be required to apply for conditional-use permits in the central business and neighborhood shopping districts. The other types of businesses are not permitted in those districts.

“(The city council) do want more input into allowing these uses on a case by case basis,” said Scott Morgan, director of planning and zoning for the city.

Permit restrictions on temporary structures

The city council approved a measure aimed at curtailing temporary construction field office structures that may linger.

Previously, permits for a temporary structure were good for six months and could be renewed for an additional six months. If the permit holder needed to renew again, they could go before the city council for consideration.

Now, a temporary structure permit can only be renewed for one six-month period and will require proof of construction delays.