Also during their meeting Tuesday night, Cumming’s mayor and city council:
• Amended the 2013 budget to use $175,000 from the contingency fund to cover the costs of federal income tax changes that went into effect in January.
Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the move would allow all city employees to retain a 2-percent raise.
• Approved rezoning requests for nearly 28 acres between Kelly Mill Road and Industrial Way from single family to restricted industrial, and for about 72 acres off Lanier 400 Parkway and Bald Ridge Marina Road from highway business and office commercial multi-story to multiple use zoning. The city owns both properties and has no specific plans for either.
• Heard a request from Ridgecrest Avenue and Brooks Farm Drive residents Frank Huggins and Steve Aune for speed bumps to be installed to reduce the number of drivers who use them as a cut-through from Pilgrim Mill Road to Dahlonega Street.
Gravitt said a traffic study would have to be conducted before any specific plans could be determined.
• Accepted the following bids: $25,000 from Strickland Construction to install 47 new skylights at the Dobbs Creek Gym for the Recreation and Parks Department; about $42,000 from Southeast Sales for a new wood chipper for the Street Department; and about $6,000 from Ingram Truck Body to buy a dump truck bed for the Utilities Department.
• Granted alcohol licenses to Gasthaus Le Café and Laguna Mexican Grill.
• Considered a proposal from Boy Scout Samuel Belnap of Troop 423 who wants to make repairs and improvements at the Cumming Veterans War Memorial for his Eagle Scout project.
Belnap said the project would include repairs to cracks, tiles and lights at the site, as well as adding new signs, seats and an additional pedestal recognizing veterans who have served in the War on Terror.
Gravitt said the council would look into the project with other groups associated with the memorial and get back in touch.
• Signed proclamations recognizing Feb. 12 as Georgia Day and April as Confederate Heritage and History Month.
• Announced a city staff meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at City Hall.
Cumming Utilities Department soon will begin work on a new sewer pump station to benefit businesses and residents along Bald Ridge Marina Road.
During their regular meeting Tuesday night, Cumming’s mayor and council approved advertising for bids to build the station.
Utilities director Jon Heard said the department would advertise over the next couple months and return in April with the proposals for the council to approve.
Heard said the area, which is near Market Place Boulevard, currently has water service through the city, but not sewer.
“We’ve had several requests for sewer service in the Bald Ridge Marina drain space and … we have a design for a pump station, a force main and gravity sewer line for that basin,” Heard said.
The council also approved buying one-third of an acre on which the pump station would sit for about $6,700.
Heard said the Edge Water at Lanier home owners association currently owns the land.
“We have real estate professionals who have looked at it and believe that’s a very fair price,” Heard said.
Heard also asked council to approve advertising bids for a 12-inch water line along Market Place Boulevard.
Heard said the larger line is needed to increase water pressure and flow due to the number of businesses.
He said the new line would extend from Mary Alice Park Road, along Market Place Boulevard and end at Bald Ridge Marina Road.
Heard also presented the mayor and council with a commercial sewer rate study, which he said indicates the city is well below the area average for commercial sewer rates.
He said a proposal to possibly raise those rates will be presented during next month’s council meeting March 19.