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Hearings set on parks and rec change
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County commissioners have scheduled public hearings to air a possible change to the local parks and recreation ordinance.


The proposal would give commissioners the ability to reconsider decisions on facility use made by the appointed parks and recreation board.


The two hearings are expected at commission meetings early next year.


The plan came about during discussion about youth travel football teams leasing fields at county parks.


Also during their work session Tuesday, county commissioners:



• Reviewed possible overlays for thoroughfare roads in commission District 3.


Four overlays could affect material requirements, aesthetics and designs for new development along certain roads.


Commissioners directed planning department staff to bring back a specific proposal for amending the unified development code.


• Approved a policy framework allowing third parties to perform inspections.


Commissioner Jim Boff opposed the 4-1 vote, which will reappear for discussion at the Dec. 15 meeting.


• Postponed a discussion of the Castleberry Road widening project, which was included for funding in the recent voter-approved 1•cent sales tax extension. Commissioner Todd Levent was absent for the 4-0 vote.


• Granted a proposal from Tax Management Associates to audit homestead tax exemptions. The firm will receive 25 percent of the funds the county collects as a result, with a 2 percent discount for invoices paid on time.


• Awarded a proposal from AMEC to provide the construction documents for four planned parks or park expansions north of Cumming for about $294,000.


The documents will get the parks ready for development and provide construction cost estimates. The sites include: Eagles Beak, Lanierland, the third phase of Sawnee Mountain and Wallace Tatum.


The commission also approved a master plan change to include equestrian activities at Lanierland.


• Added the social services committee to the county’s list of annual appointments, making it an ongoing panel.


• Accepted a bid from CorrectHealth Forsyth to provide inmate medical care in 2012 for about $383,000.


• Renewed its agreement with Advanced Ambulance for service in 2012 for about $957,000. Also approved was a five-year extension of the service contract.


Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.