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8 things from this week’s Cumming City Council meeting
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At a regular meeting for the Cumming City Council on Tuesday, members revised ordinances for metal buildings, public signs and animal control, purchased new vehicles and equipment for the Cumming Police Department and approved the annexation of land for a prominent business.

All votes are 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

Metal buildings

Councilmembers approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance that will restrict the use of metal buildings, like carports and sheds. The amendment makes room for two exceptions: any storage facility that the council has already approved or approves in the future, and any residential-zoned lots.

Here’s your sign

Councilmembers approved an amendment to its sign ordinance, allowing banners to be hung on public property that is used for athletic purposes, and removing a weekend time provision so that all signs are required to comply with the general terms of the city’s sign ordinance no matter what day of the week.

The Chad amendment

Councilmembers revised the city’s nuisance ordinance to create an exemption that wouldn’t make outdoor grilling a violation.

The council had a little fun with the potential source for the revision.

“Is this the (Councilmember) Lewis (Ledbetter) amendment?” Mayor Troy Brumbalow said.

“No,” said City Attorney Kevin Tallant, “this would be the (Councilmember) Chad (Crane) amendment.”

Animal control

Councilmembers approved a revised animal control ordinance that adopts the same recent ordinance change by the county.

Under the new ordinance, the county’s code enforcement would handle animal control for the city from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., then turn over animal control duties to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office after 9 p.m.

The sheriff’s office handled all animal control until recently. The county voted to transfer duties to the Forsyth County Code Enforcement and Animal Shelter and renamed it Animal Services.

Welcome to Cumming

Councilmembers approved the installation of a gateway sign for the downtown area near where Kelly Mill Road and Highway 20 meet. City Manager Phil Higgins requested up to $40,000 in funds to come out of the city’s 2018 Capital Improvement budget for the project, which the council unanimously approved.

New rides

Councilmembers approved the purchase of four 2018 Ford police interceptor utility vehicles and the necessary equipment to outfit them for use for the Cumming Police Department.

Cumming Police Chief Casey Tatum said the new vehicles and equipment were necessary to begin overhauling the city’s aging fleet.

“Vehicles that are 15 years old are still on patrol,” Tatum told councilmembers. “Some with as much as 200,000 miles. It’s a liability and safety issue, not to mention the mechanical upkeep required.”

The council approved $150,164.20 for the purchase of the four vehicles and equipment.

Moving into the city

Councilmembers approved two separate requests by Automation Direct to annex land in the Cumming city limits totaling 2.923 acres on Hutchinson Road at Larry Mulkey Memorial Road.

The Forsyth County board of commissioners approved of the annexation at a previous meeting.

Sean Courtney, a lawyer with Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister Daily & Smith, told councilmembers that the company wants all of its property to be in the city. Automation Direct is an industrial control sales company. 

The council voted 4-0 to approve the annexation, with Councilmember Christopher Light abstained.

Fresh pavement

Councilmembers approved a bid to resurface West Courthouse Square for $42,404.70 to Jasper Grading & Pipeline Inc.