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Commission questions coffee, water service
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Forsyth County News
The Forsyth County commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to renew multiple service agreements for 2010.

The 52 contracts cover a variety of services, including counseling, auto paint and body repair and guardrail repair as needed.

Prior to the vote, Commissioner Jim Boff noted the list also includes coffee service for $6,000, the same as was approved for 2009, and bottled water, which costs $12,000.

Donna Kukarola, procurement director, explained that coffee and water are provided only for elected officials and locations required by the state if they have state funding.

“None of the other departments have water or coffee [service],” she said.

Though the cost for most of the items stayed the same, the contract with GroSouth for grass seed dropped by 18.9 percent, to $10,000. The contract with Harp Ink for NCR, or carbonless, forms reflected a 4 percent increase to $7,654.86.

In an unrelated matter, the commission directed County Attorney Ken Jarrard to research a request by Lamar Suddeth and Jasper Grading and Pipeline to dredge a portion of Big Creek for sand.

“Apparently, this is something they have done before and it’s not occurred for a while,” Jarrard said. “Obviously, we own a lot of this now.”

Jarrard said the Environmental Protection Division and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could have some concerns, but that Suddeth has a surface mine permit that allows him to dredge.

Tim Perkins, the county’s director of water and sewer, said the process is “fairly invasive” and he thinks dredging the creek would be prohibited because of conservation areas.

But if Suddeth were allowed to proceed, Perkins said, it could help with flooding. The process uses a system of pipes that suck water and sand out and separate them.

Tim Allen, assistant director of engineering, said the biggest problem with dredging the creek would be access, because of the new Big Creek Greenway.

“There’s no way to get on and off state route 9,” Allen said.

A driveway that was once there is gone.

“You’d have to drive down the concrete trail to get to this area,” he said. “... I believe that what the county has agreed to, to get the sewer line through, we barely got the Big Creek trail built under the corps permit. I don’t think the corps will ever let anybody dredge that creek again.”