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Forsyth County, model aviators reach property agreement
Forsyth County

As the lease on a model airplane flying field in north Forsyth comes to an end, the organization that used it and Forsyth County have reached an agreement on what to do with remaining items on the property.

At a recent work session, Forsyth County Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with Georgia Model Aviators concerning an airfield on land at the new Eagles Beak Park on Old Federal Road.

The group had a lease with the previous owner that carried over when Forsyth County purchased the land. It is set to expire at the end of the year.

The agreement dealt with who would remove certain items from the airfield.

“It’s very clear,” said County Attorney Ken Jarrard. “It says these are the items that are going to remain and these are the items that [GMA is] going to take.”

The model aviator group will remove prep tables for planes, seating, flag poles and windsocks, picnic tables, signage and other items.

The main building unit, an asphalt runway, the entrance gate and light fixtures are among the items that will be left at the property.

The county purchased the 225-acre property in 2009 with funding from the $100 million bond referendum for parks, green space and recreation that voters approved in 2008.

District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, who represents the area, said the airfield would have impact bonds used to pay for the park. 

Mills said the bonds were for a park with a passive use — meaning amenities like nature trails and a river than active uses like gyms and ballfields — and the airfield would have been an active use. 

Eagles Beak Park opened in August.

GMA President Chris Meeks said the group had used the airfield for more than a decade and has not yet been able to find a new facility. 

“We were just trying to minimize the impact on us financially when it comes to the cost of relocating once we find another site,” Meeks said. 

Meeks said the items to be removed were purchased by the group and some were brought from a former facility. He said the group is looking at properties not too far from the current field, and he described moving as “an unfortunate set of circumstances.”

“What happens to that property in the future will be interesting to see as it happens,” he said.