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Cumming, Forsyth County reach deal on new jail
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THE GRIND: Forsyth Central's Taliyah Manning

Shot by Micah Green Edited by Paul Dybas

CUMMING — Whenever it opens, the new Forsyth County Jail will also house inmates for the city of Cumming.

Under an arrangement approved last week, the city will pay the county a yearly minimum of $25,000.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper will update the county commission on the costs in about six months.

Commissioners approved the measure in a 4-1 vote, with Jim Boff opposed. The jail has not opened yet.

Also during their meeting Thursday night, the commissioners:

* Moved forward with a public hearing on potential changes to the route of the fifth phase of the Big Creek Greenway.

The vote was 3-1 with Boff opposed and Pete Amos recused as the route may pass through property his family owns.

* Deferred until next year any decision on whether to become a new entitlement grantee for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

County staff will look into the benefits and drawbacks of the situation before the matter is revisited. The vote was 4-1 with Brian Tam against.

* Updated the county’s speed zone ordinance to allow the use of speed detection devices on some new roads and longer stretches of certain roads already covered.

The changes, approved in a 5-0 vote, mostly affect state routes and roads near Forsyth County schools. They still required the approval of the Georgia Department of Transportation.