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Fowler Park work given go-ahead
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County commission on Tuesday voted to move forward with construction at Fowler Park.

Commissioners agreed to bid out the $19 million recreation project, which could include sports fields, a skate park, playground and walking trails.

The Fowler site, at Hwy. 9 and Castleberry Road, also is one of three sites in the running for the south Forsyth recreation center.

Commissioners have not been able to agree on where to build the bond-funded recreation center, but have hired an architect to design the facility.

The other two sites are the Buice property, 43 acres of Nichols Road, and a church building and surrounding 11 acres off Sharon Road the county.

Also at Tuesday's work session, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the following:

• An addendum to the fiscal year 2009 area plan agreement between Legacy Link and Forsyth County for senior services. Deal now allows additional funding from the state, and requires a match of $26,225 from the county.

• Request by the parks and recreation department to set aside $154,762 to fill seasonal positions.

• A $132,000 bid from Write Mitchell to expand the Central Park Recreation Center to include conference rooms and restrooms.

• Request to declare 575 cell phones as surplus and sell them to the highest bidder. The board previously authorized the transfer of cell service from Nextel/Sprint to AT&T.

• Renewal of a $35,145 contract with Utilities Protection Center for locating underground utilities for the county.

In addition, the board voted 4-1 to rescind an $80,055 bid with JKH Architects for architectural designs for a driver's license facility.

Last fall, the county backed out of the project with the state, which then inked a deal with the city of Cumming to build the facility off Pilgrim Mill Road.

It could not be determined how much, if any, money the county had already paid JKH for the project.