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Grants will go toward accountability courts in Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County recently secured four accountability court grants from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

For Drug Court, the county received $223,287 with a required in-kind match not to exceed $24,810.

Also accepted were grants totaling: $179,106 for Mental Health Court, with a $19,901 match; $49,975 for DUI Court, with a match of $5,553; and $62,060 for Juvenile Court, with a match of $6,896.

During their recent work session, the county commission also voted to:

* Replace an all-terrain vehicle that was deemed a total loss after it rolled down Sawnee Mountain during a winter storm earlier this year. The replacement will cost $6,135.

* Accept a grant agreement totalling $355,918 from Legacy Link Aging Services Inc.

* Award a bid to Raker Construction of Dallas to renovate the restrooms at the Central Park playground for $21,800.

* OK a change order with Technical Services Audio Visual of Athens to install low-voltage audio visual equipment on the fourth floor of the new courthouse. The change order will cost an additional $193,053.

* Approve repairs and upgrades to the sewer line inspection system for the water department. The contract went to Adams Equipment of White Plains for $63,719.

* Choose Blount Construction of Cumming to handle the reclamation of two roads. The first bid, for $351,940, is for Church Road in north Forsyth, while the second was Heardsville for about $1.1 million.

* Agree on a nearly $2 million contract with Moreland Altobelli for the preliminary and final engineering plans, including right of way, to widen about 4.6 miles McGinnis Ferry Road from Sargent Hill Road to Union Hill Road and Ronald Regan Boulevard.

* Settle with Fairway Outdoor Advertising for $15,000 after the company improperly lowered a billboard prior to a change to county’s unified development code that allowed such changes.

* Allow a change order for $70,000 with NOVA Engineering and Environmental to provide geotechnical, materials testing and special inspections for the new courthouse and jail.

* OK two task orders with Brown and Caldwell of Atlanta. The first, totaling $59,760, is for a water tank and water and sewer pump station on Jot’em Down Road. The second, totaling $332,536, is for a storage tank replacement and water line extension for the Molly View Storage Tank.

* Correct a bid for about $9.9 million from Vertical Earth for the construction of the first phase of Matt Community Park.

The original bid did not include installing artificial turf on all fields and grading for tennis courts and playgrounds.

The commission also added playground equipment and walking trail to the project for $260,000.

Both measures passed 4-1, with Commissioner Brian Tam against.

* Buy a public safety software solution for about $3.4 million from SunGard Public Sector.

* Select the firm of Hayes James and Associates to develop the Wildcat Creek Park master plan for about $40,000.

Wildcat was the only one of the six sites made available to Forsyth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the county plans to develop.

* Agree to consultation services for a new subarea plan in north Forsyth. Greenburg Farrow will handle the project for $53,000.

* Directed County Attorney Ken Jarrard to look into the potential impact of the proposed city of Sharon Springs in south Forsyth.