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City to sell tracts for Bethelview project
Extension of Lanier Parkway also nearing
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING — Cumming leaders discussed several projects related to roads, including a land deal with Forsyth County, during a meeting Tuesday night.

City council voted 5-0 to accept the county’s proposal to buy what Mayor H. Ford Gravitt described as “a little postage stamp piece of land” that is needed as the county widens Bethelview Road.

According to Gravitt, the proposal involves the county buying two tracts near the entrance to the city’s waste water treatment facility on Bethelview.

“The first one is $2,200 and the second one is $500,” Gravitt said. “I recommend that we accept the proposal so [the county] can move forward with the widening project.”

Also Tuesday, council unanimously approved a change order for about $22,500 to resurface Elm Street, a project it reviewed last month.

Jason McCook of Moreland-Altobelli, an engineering firm that works with the city on road projects, said the change order was needed since “deterioration of that road” was “more advanced” than first thought.

In other road-related business, council also approved advertising for bids to expand Lanier Parkway and abandon a small portion of Veterans Memorial Highway adjacent to Sawnee Electric Membership Corp.

McCook said council would likely be able to select a contractor for Lanier Parkway project, which will extend that road between Bald Ridge Marina and Pilgrim Mill roads, by June.

City Attorney Dana Miles said the Veterans Memorial Highway tract is “an unusable remnant” of the right of way of Old Buford Road, the former name of the route before it was widened to become Veterans Memorial.

The tract will then be able to be sold to Sawnee EMC at fair market value, Miles said.