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Council reviews plans for July Fourth
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Forsyth County News

City leaders are gearing up for Cumming’s annual Fourth of July festivities.

During a meeting of the city council Tuesday night, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt announced that Independence Day festivities would begin at 6 p.m. July 3 with vendors at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m.

“If you’re going to tailgate, you need to get there early and find a spot because it fills up quick after the sun goes down,” Gravitt said.

The 55th Annual Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade will begin at 10 a.m. July 4.

“It’ll be the same parade route we’ve always used, which will line up on Tribble Gap Road right here,” Gravitt said.

Also at their meeting Tuesday night, mayor and council unanimously approved the following:

• The city’s comprehensive plan, which Planning Director Scott Morgan said is required by the state in order to be eligible for various grants and funding.

“This is the master vision plan for the city that incorporates things like housing, transportation, population, economic development, historical information — all those elements,” Morgan said, noting that the plan will need to be updated every five years.

• Medicus Property’s request to annex a 1.14-acre site on Samples Road. The request had been postponed during the May meeting until Forsyth County could approve it.

• The county and city’s hazard mitigation plan. Lorraine Morris, coordinator of the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency, said the plan must be updated every four years to be eligible for federal disaster funding.

• A zoning change for a 0.34-acre tract at 202 Patterson St. The property went from single family to institutional for development of an office space.

• A conditional use request for 1.37-acre tract on Hwy. 20. The request was made so the land could be used as a storage area.

Approval was granted with the following conditions: a minimum 40-foot vegetative buffer along the eastern property line; security lighting, if used, must be covered and face inward; the area must be fenced; and grass and gravel only may be used.

• The purchase of a truck for the utilities department. Director Jon Heard said the truck was in the 2012 budget and will replace one used by meter readers.

The vehicle will be bought through the state’s contract bid program for a cost of $16,900 from Akin Ford in Winder.

• Approved two alcohol license requests for Citgo Food Mart on Castleberry Road and Tacos and Tequila, a Mexican restaurant opening in the former Firewater Chophouse site on Market Place Boulevard.