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City moves to annex land on Hutchinson
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Forsyth County News

Cumming’s mayor and city council on Tuesday approved the annexation of about 13 acres along Hutchinson Road.

The property, which is owned by Automation Direct, will be used for a future expansion that will add about 350 new jobs.

Attorney Josh Scoggins, representing the company, said the expansion is scheduled to begin sometime later this year.

According to the city’s planning and zoning director, Scott Morgan, Forsyth County had no objections to the annexation.

Also during their meeting Tuesday night, the mayor and council:

* Approved the purchase of new theater lighting for the Cumming Playhouse.

Linda Heard, the facility’s executive director, said she had applied for grant funding to the cover the cost, which is not expected to exceed $14,000.

* Accepted a rough draft of a traffic study by Jason McCook, a representative of Moreland Altobelli.

The study arose after residents of Ridgecrest Avenue and Brooks Farm Drive asked the city in February to put in speed bumps on the roads.

Their aim was to reduce the number of drivers who use the roads as a cut-through from Pilgrim Mill Road to Dahlonega Highway.

The council will review the findings and make a decision at its meeting next month.

* Announced the city’s July Fourth festivities. The annual fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. July 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds, while the Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade will begin at 10 a.m. the next day.