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Council to condemn land on Pilgrim Mill
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Forsyth County News
From contracts to condemnation, Cumming officials discussed a variety of issues Tuesday night.

Officials have given city attorneys permission to begin the condemnation process on some property along Pilgrim Mill Road.

The land is needed for an acceleration/deceleration lane as part of the entrance to the Department of Driver Services facility.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the city has so far been “unsuccessful in negotiations” to purchase the right of way.

The land is adjacent to the city’s $14 million aquatic center, which is in the early stages of construction.

During their meeting, officials also approved multiple contracts for various portions of the work, including roofing, signs, millwork, landscape and irrigation.

The city opted for the lowest bidder on all projects except mechanical bids, for which Gravitt said the lower bidder didn’t adhere to the city’s request to be bonded.

“We want to make sure the city is protected,” the mayor said.

In other developments from Tuesday night’s council meeting:  

• Cumming officials will send the county a letter in response to its water contract offer, though the content of the reply was not available after an executive session.

The county’s proposal of a wholesale price for treated water at $1.80 per thousand gallons is well below its current contracted rate of about $2.47 per thousand gallons.

Though Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt didn’t comment on the city’s possible response, he has previously said the city has invested about $60 million into its water infrastructure to provide for needs of the county through the next 25 years.
The intergovernmental contract expires in 2012.

• The city’s police department soon will have its own fingerprinting machine.

Per federal and state requirements, the city should have its own machine, Police Chief Scott Burgess said, and no longer share one with the county.

The machine, which will cost nearly $19,000, is included in the department’s equipment budget.

• The police department and Cumming Fairgrounds each will get a new vehicle.

Council approved buying the fairgrounds a 2011 Ford F-450 for about $39,000. The truck has a utility bed and will mount the city’s existing crane. 

The $28,000 patrol car will replace an older vehicle from the department’s fleet, Burgess said.