Also during its meeting Tuesday, the Cumming City Council:
• Granted Mayor H. Ford Gravitt the authority to sign off on a proposed energy excise tax agreement with Forsyth County.
• Received a report on the success of the 2012 Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which ran Oct. 4-14, from Fairgrounds Director Dave Horton.
According to Horton, this year’s fair set a new attendance record of more than 141,000 people.
The previous record was set in 2006 at about 127,500.
In other news:
• City offices will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving
• The Cumming Christmas Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on Market Place Boulevard
• The city’s 2012 Christmas ornament will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 3 at the Cumming Playhouse office.
The ornament features the historic Sinclair gas station the city renovated last year.
— Crystal Ledford
The Cumming City Council decided to table a vote on utility service areas during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
City Attorney Dana Miles recommended delaying the matter, which outlines service delivery strategies for the city and Forsyth County’s water and sewer departments, until the governments have finished their mediation sessions.
The two sides met behind closed doors Monday and Tuesday for mediation regarding the division of local option sales tax funds and an ongoing water contract dispute.
Miles said the current service delivery strategy, which is renewed every 10 years per state requirements, expires at the end of October.
“The county has requested an extension through February of next year [on the delivery strategy] and in light of the ongoing mediation over water, LOST and other service delivery strategy issues, I would recommend that you table this item in the hopes that in the next few days we’ll be able to complete that mediation and arrive at an agreement,” Miles told council. “If we’re able to that, then we won’t need an extension.”
Council voted 5-0 to table the strategy extension.