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City buys land near aquatic center
Could be used for future utility projects
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Forsyth County News

The Cumming City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of 77 acres off Pilgrim Mill Road.

The land, which is adjacent to the site of the Cumming Aquatic Center and future National Guard Armory, likely will serve for future utility department projects.

The land will cost $25,500 per acre, according to city officials. The money will come from the city’s water and sewer fund.

Utilities Director Jon Heard said no definite plans have been made for the property, but it could include a water or wastewater treatment facility.

Also during a meeting Tuesday night, the mayor and city council:

• Heard a 2011 audit report from the firm Charles Cole of Le Roy, Cole and Stephens.
Cole said the audit findings were positive, with total general fund revenues of $11.8 million and expenditures of $11.7 million and all departments coming in under budget.

• Accepted a bid of about $4,425 from Graphic Edge to print 60,000 full-color brochures for the Cumming Aquatic Center.

• Agreed to Mobile Communications of Motorola’s bid of about $9,260 for new police sirens and radios. Police Chief Casey Tatum said the funds were needed due to federal mandates requiring all law enforcement offices to switch to a “narrow band” radio wave system.

• Approved a bid for $10,500 from Westside Testing for new heating and air conditioning equipment for city hall.

• Recognized Cumming Police officer Daniel Hesters for completing field training, and Jay Hendrix for his volunteer service in beekeeping.

• Signed proclamations announcing: April 15-21 as garden week; May as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, awareness month; and May as water safety month.

• Announced the following Cumming Playhouse shows: Georgia Senior Follies, Friday through May 6; Musical Mirth, May 8; The Tapestry Maker, May 11-13; Dalena Ditto, May 19; and Johnny Cash Now, May 20.