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Forsyth commissioners OK sidewalk/intersection projects

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County commission voted 5-0 on Tuesday to spend more than $1 million on design and engineering services for various intersection and sidewalk projects.

Donna Kukarola, the county’s procurement director, said there were three basic needs.

“One is, of course, the sidewalks,” she said. “One is the intersections that are on the Forsyth County roadways, and then the [last] one is [intersections] on state routes.”

American Engineers Inc. was awarded both the county and state intersection improvements bids totaling $883,000. The bid for sidewalk improvements went to Wolverton and Associates of Duluth for $198,180.

The exact roads and crossing could not immediately be confirmed.

The money will come from the 1-cent sales tax program, as well as the $200 million transportation bond voters approved last fall.

Also during their work session Tuesday, the commissioners:

* Reached an $118,814 deal with Constantine Engineering for an update of the wastewater master plan. The last update was in 2009.

* Approved the purchase of nine Bullard Eclipse LDX Thermal Image Cameras from Georgia Fire and Rescue Supply for the fire department. The total cost was $82,000.

* Agreed to buy 11 trucks — two Ford F-250s, four Ford F-450s and five Ford F-150s — for the water and sewer, tax assessors and parks and recreation departments. All of the vehicles will come from Billy Howell Ford in Cumming at a total cost of $358,376.