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Forsyth commission districts funded for beautification of roadways
Up to $50k for each district annually
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Also during their work session on Tuesday, July 26, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners:

• Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Lake Lanier Association to contribute $5,000 for the removal of a derelict and abandoned boat from the shore of the lake
• Appointed Laura Skinner, a case manager for CASA of Forsyth County, to serve as the District 3 Department of Family and Children Services board member to fill the unexpired term of Janet Walden, effective immediately and expiring June 30, 2020.

FORSYTH COUNTY -- A new policy approved by Forsyth County commissioners will focus on the making roadways more pleasing to the eye of passing motorists.

The Roadway Beautification Policy will allocate up to $50,000 annually to each of the five commission district for public road maintenance, landscaping and overall beautification.

Approved unanimously during a work session on July 26, the available funds are unused monies in the Forsyth County Solid Waste Fund, and the fund can roll over each calendar year to accrue over time.

There is no limit to how much funding can rollover, so the commission can save money up for a larger project if they deem it necessary.

“Should a particular commission district not undertake any roadway beautification projects until 2020, then the amount of funds available for roadway beautification in that district would be $250,000,” according to Larry Ramsey, an attorney who represents Forsyth’s government for planning and development cases.

No single project may cost more than $19,999.99, Ramsey said.

Public road right of way is eligible for improvements under this policy is the “road is designated as an arterial or collector on the county’s official road map,” according to meeting agenda documents.

State highways are eligible as long an “appropriate agreement is on file or secured with the Georgia Department of Transportation to allow entry onto state property.”

Any project that uses these funds must be approved by the Board of Commissioners.