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Here's how the Cumming City Council wants to get high school students more involved in local government
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A new program that will give students attending high school in the city of Cumming a chance to get involved with local government was among issues discussed in a short regular meeting of the Cumming City Council on Tuesday night.

All votes were 4-0, with Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter absent, unless otherwise noted.

Youth Council

Mayor Troy Brumbalow laid out his vision at the meeting of a new group, the Cumming Youth Council, comprised of nine high school students from the two schools in the city limits – Forsyth Central High School and the Alliance Academy for Innovation.

“There are some other municipalities that are doing this, and the idea is we would have a board of high school juniors and seniors from Forsyth Central High School and Alliance Academy and they would serve a one-year term of June 1-May 31,” Brumbalow said.  “They would get tours of city facilities and basically know all the information that all of [the council does], and they could make recommendations and bring them in front of [the council.]”

Brumbalow said he had spoken with principals for both schools and they supported the project.

The group will elect their own leadership and will meet at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month ahead of the city council’s work session at 6 p.m.

Brumbalow said other cities have given youth councils funds to spend but joked Cumming isn’t “going quite that far.”

Speed breakers

Drivers will soon need to slow down on two Cumming roads as the council approved moving ahead with new speed breakers, a type of speed bump.

City Administrator Phil Higgins said the new breakers will go at on Ridgecrest Avenue – near Hwy. 9 – and on Pirklewood Circle near the intersection with Oakwood Drive.

“They currently have a speed breaker [on Pirklewood]. It’s on the right side of the street,” Higgins said. “According to residents that go out there, people are going right around them and using it as a cut through between Pilgrim Mill and Hwy. 9.”

Resurfacings approved

While some roads are getting new speed breakers, others will get fresh paving.

The council approved funding for paving on four roads within the city.

Bartow Paving Company, Inc. will handle projects on Castleberry Road for $465,000 and Market Place Boulevard for $410,000, and Jasper Grading and Pipeline, Inc. will do work on Allen Street for $143,000 and Kelly Mill Road for $145,000.

“As we do each year, we took a hard look at the streets that need attention,” Higgins said.

All projects will be paid for with SPOLOST VII funds.