Much was accomplished on Thursday’s regular meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, including suspending the nontraditional tobacco license of a local business, a request for a new, optional mailing address for county residents and the approval of several alcohol licenses.
All votes were 4-0, with District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills absent, unless otherwise noted.
Mailing to Forsyth County
In recent weeks, Forsyth County Commissioners have discussed a potential change that would allow county residents to use Forsyth County as their mailing address instead of cities outside the county, such as Gainesville, Alpharetta or Suwanee.
On Thursday, commissioners approved a resolution requesting the U.S. Postal Service recognize Forsyth County as a postal code identifier and asked for assistance from the U.S. Congress, which will have to approve the change.
County resident Kirk Wintersteen said he believes the change will add some uniformity to county addresses.
“I think it would be better if everybody in Forsyth County has a Forsyth County address because it is kind of funny when you talk to people that live in Suwanee but they live in Forsyth County,” he said. “I ask myself, ‘What do they have in common with Suwanee.’”
County Attorney Ken Jarrard pointed out that if approved by Congress, using the Forsyth County address would be optional and residents could still use the current address.
Following a sale to vape juice to an underage customer sent by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Hotbox Smoke Shop and Lounge, located at 6225 Atlanta Highway Ste. 105, received a five-day license suspension starting on Monday.
Jennifer Ray, an attorney representing the business, said an employee made the sale on May 18 and the employee was suspended without pay for three weeks.
The business had no citations in the previous 24 months.
Commission Chairman Todd Levent said warnings aren’t typically given out for violations of the ordinance – unlike the county’s alcohol code, which commissioners usually give a warning letter on a first violation – and the commission had the option to revoke the license if there was a second violation.
Alcohol licenses granted
Commissioners also approved alcohol licenses for three county businesses.
At 2950 Buford Highway Stes.100-120, a license to sell beer, wine and spirits for consumption on the premises was approved for Quanto Basta Italian Bistro. The applicant said the license was requested due to a change of ownership at the business.
A license was approved for beer, wine and spirits by the package at 4310 Settendown Village Road for Red Barn Package, Inc.
A final license was approved for Quick Stop at 2775 Antioch Road to sell beer and wine by the package.
Rezonings and permits
Commissioners signed off on a few projects during the meeting through rezonings and conditional-use permits.
A county-initiated rezoning was approved by commissioners for 1.95 acres on 3125 Dahlonega Highway from single-family residential district R1 to office residential district OR for a house on the property of Mountain Lake Church.
Attorney Christopher Light said the church has used the house as an office previously but might want to lease the property for the same use in the future and needed the zoning.
At 5000 Research Court, commissioners approved a conditional-use permit to allow a medical office to operate around the hour.
The facility will offer outpatient dialysis services.
Commissioners approved rezoning 10.1 acres from agricultural district A1 and commercial business district CBD to single-family residential district Res3 for 16 residential lots with a density of 1.59 units per acre.