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Facilities authority makes it official
Earlier sessions were scrapped
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Forsyth County News

The third time was a charm for the Forsyth County Public Facilities Authority, which completed its official assembly requirements Wednesday after two failed attempts.

The five-person group had tried to meet twice before, but couldn’t conduct an official meeting without at least four members present to make a quorum.

In both of the previous sessions, two members were either out of town or attending to family emergencies.

The authority needed to register with the state Department of Community Affairs and approve bylaws to be prepared to conduct business.

Though the group doesn’t have a specific purpose, its primary function is to act as a funding and financing tool for public facilities, said County Attorney Ken Jarrard.

The authority can also enter leases, contracts or other agreements, as well as issue bonds for county building purposes.

The state legislature and Gov. Sonny Perdue approved the authority’s creation in 2008. Commissioners appointed the members earlier this year.

"It’s a little bit of unchartered territory. This is a new board," Jarrard said. "This particular set of enabling legislation has not been used before in Forsyth County, and we’ll see where it goes."

Authority members discussed their scope of operations, noting that without a funding source, they have no business.