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Council OKs annexation requests
Official: County didn't object
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Other business

Also during its meeting Tuesday, Cumming’s mayor and city council approved the following:

• Master water and wastewater plans. Utilities Director Jon Heard said the plans address water and sewer needs in the city’s service area through the year 2050. They are mandated by the state.

• A $69,150 bid from Control Concepts Inc. for a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system for City Hall.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the heating and air conditioning system had been failing for the past couple of years.

Payment for the new system will come from the city’s contingency fund.

Wade Hughes, a project manager with CCI, said the project would take about 60 days to complete.

• Bid from the Graphic Edge for $6,400 to produce the 2012 spring and summer Cumming Recreation and Parks brochure.

Greg Little, director of the department, said the brochure will be 24 pages and include listings of all spring and summer programs.

Little noted that one page would be dedicated to the Cumming Aquatic Center, although an additional brochure focusing solely on the center would be produced later.

• Distilled spirits alcohol license for Taco Mexico and the city’s first growler alcohol license for Old Towne Bottle Shop.

• Change in the city’s insurance carrier from QBE to Selective, since QBE recently stopped providing plans to municipalities.

• Proclamation recognizing April as Confederate History Month. Also recognized were members of the Hiram Parks Bell chapter of the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy.

• Also: Announced the "Mountain Music and Medicine Show" will be at the Cumming Playhouse at 8 p.m. March 24.


Crystal Ledford

Cumming city leaders approved two annexations Tuesday.

During their regular monthly meeting, city council members unanimously approved the additions of nearly 3 acres at 544 Atlanta Road and Tri-County Plaza Shopping Center and outparcels, also on Atlanta Road.

Scott Morgan, director of the city’s planning and zoning department, said both requests were heard by the city’s planning board during a meeting Feb. 21.

"The board recommended approval of the annexation for both properties," he said.

A public hearing for each annexation was also held Tuesday.

No one spoke for or against the moves at either of the hearings.

Morgan presented Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and council members with the annexation requests, which came from Wheeler Family LLP for the 544 Atlanta Road property and from several of the merchants in the shopping center.

He also presented letters from Forsyth County.

"The county has no concern with either of these annexations," he said.

In other planning and zoning business, the council also voted unanimously to approve a draft of the city’s comprehensive plan.

Morgan said the proposal will be sent to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

"They’ll make suggestions for revisions and send it back to us," Morgan said. "I’ll be back in June for you all to approve the final adoption."

The plan is mandated by the state.