CUMMING — It appears Forsyth County and the city of Cumming could share the cost for repairs to reopen a section of Sanders Road that has been closed for months.
During a work session Tuesday, county commissioners directed County Attorney Ken Jarrard to send a letter to the city offering a compromise with one major condition.
“In exchange for the 50 percent of the cost of the repairs, the county will receive a complete release by the city for any liability associated with the Lake Alice breach,” Jarrard said.
Sanders has been closed to through traffic between Buford Dam and Mary Alice Park roads, a heavily wooded residential area east of Cumming, since June.
It was first damaged May 19 when the dam containing nearby Lake Alice was breached, sending torrents of water and sediment across the road and into a cove of Lake Lanier.
After the incident, the two governments agreed to share the costs of an interim fix. However, additional heavy rains caused further damage to the road.
The Sanders Road issue is separate from the ongoing effort to restore and clean up the area affected by the breach, including the Lanier cove.
A public hearing on the proposed remediation plan is set for 6 tonight at Cumming City Hall.
The plan involves the Mashburn family, which owns a large portion of the dam, and the city, which owned a large part of the lake’s water. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has signed off on it.
As for the impasse over road repairs, the city threatened to file suit against the county in December.
According to Jarrard, Forsyth will offer to contribute 50 percent of the estimated $173,000 repair cost.
If that price were to change, the county would consider a different figure once further information is provided.
Under the county proposal, the roadwork would be a city contract, with Forsyth granting the necessary right-of-way access and cooperating on any necessary permitting or easements.
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