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How Forsyth County plans to replace old courthouse trees
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Most of the trees around the old courthouse, which now serves as Sheriff's Headquarters and the Probate Court, have been cut down as part of a new landscaping plan for the space. The project also includes adding brick pavers around the gazebo. - photo by Jim Dean

As those traveling through downtown Cumming may have noticed, the trees surrounding the old Forsyth County Courthouse have been taken down, but a Forsyth County commissioner said they were removed for good reason.

On Tuesday, District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills told Forsyth County News that both county arborists and developers with a new landscaping plan at the courthouse determined the trees would have to come down due to declining health.

“They did an evaluation of them and saw they were just diseased or either declining,” Mills said, later adding, “They made the determination that it was becoming dangerous. They were afraid it might fall on somebody.”

Mills said county officials were aware the trees were coming down and could have done a better job of alerting the public.

She said she has heard a lot from county residents who felt the courthouse looked bare, but Mills said that new trees would be planted at the courthouse as part of a project that will include work at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

“It’s a complete overhaul beautification project that is all-encompassing,” she said. “It’s a place for the employees to be able to go outside and eat.”

Once the work is done, Mills said she hopes it is better than what was there before.

“It’s sad to see things change,” she said. “But, hopefully at the end of the day when it’s complete, everybody will be happy and excited about it then.”