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How might Cumming update its alcohol ordinance?
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Photo by Carlos Blanco on Unsplash

The city of Cumming is looking to update its alcohol ordinance, and it’s taking into account the popularity of micro-breweries and mixed-use developments as it considers what measures to take.

At Tuesday’s Cumming City Council work session, councilmembers, with Lewis Ledbetter absent, discussed with City Attorney Kevin Tallant possible items to include in an ordinance draft order to be considered down the road. For example, allowing the consumption of malt beverages and wine in businesses like a cigar shop, or allowing servers not necessarily tied to a restaurant to serve alcohol at the Cumming Recreation Department.

Councilmember Christopher Light brought up recent measures taken by Forsyth County to adjust its alcohol ordinance to be more accommodating to consumer trends.

Indeed, on Thursday, commissioners voted to allow micro-breweries and micro-distilleries to operate in certain commercial and industrial areas in the county. The update paves the way for NoFo Brew Co., a micro-brewery slated to open this summer, and The Stables Motor Condos, a high-end auto storage facility on McFarland Parkway that plans to include a micro-distillery.

And the county continued discussions about allowing alcohol containers that could be carried out of restaurants in certain commercial business district zonings in the same way as Halcyon Forsyth, the mixed-use development opening this summer with an array of restaurants, retail and green space.

“I don’t know that our alcohol ordinance could allow for something like Cherry Street Brewery,” Light said. “I think we’re going to need that. That’s a trendy thing.”

No action was taken, but here were other items discussed during the work sessions, with all votes 4-0 unless otherwise noted:

Bridge to Fairgrounds
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Google Earth image of the site where a pedestrian bridge will go over Castleberry Road and connect the parking lot to the Cumming Fairgrounds at Gate C.

Councilmembers approved a total bid of almost $1.75 million with contractors Flex Fab Inc., and Vertical Earth to build a pedestrian bridge at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The bridge would go over Castleberry Road and connect the parking lot to the Fairgrounds at Gate C.

The project has three major components: the bridge, grading and concrete.

Flex Fab Inc., will do the bridge for $393,552, while Vertical Earth will do the grading and concrete for $422,969.51 and $930.218.65, respectively, bringing the total project to $1,746,740.16.

City officials said they expect the project to be completed before the Cumming Country Fair & Festival begins in early October.

“Everybody pray for no rain,” Mayor Troy Brumbalow said.

Bridge to be moved
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Google Earth image of Settingdown Bridge, which the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to move in an upcoming project.

Councilmembers approved an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to reimburse the city for moving one of its water and sewer lines along Hwy. 369 at Settingdown Creek.

The reimbursement amount is for 100 percent of the cost of the project or $386,080.

The agreement covers the cost of moving water and sewer lines that conflict with a GDOT project to replace Settingdown Bridge near Heardmont Farm Lane.

That’s garbage

Councilmembers approved an agreement with Red Oak Sanitation to continue waste collection services for the city with a bid of $11.25 per customer, down from last year’s price of $11.50 per customer, according to City Administrator Phil Higgins.

Other items

● Councilmembers approved a bid of $4.8 million to Heavy Construction Inc. to replace the chemical feed system at the Potable Water Production Facility.

● Councilmembers approved a total bid of $76,091 between Wade Ford and Ingram Truck Bodies for a new truck with a dump body for the Cumming Street Department, which is responsible for maintaining the city’s roads, streets and exteriors of buildings.

The truck, a 2019 Ford F-750, is $57,901, while the work by Ingram Truck Bodies to install a 16-foot flat dump body is $18,190.

● Councilmembers approved a bid of $27,525 from Mayan Pool & Sports Construction to re-plaster the instructional pool at the Cumming Aquatic Center.

The project is slated for May 29 through April 7 to coincide with the Forsyth County Schools spring break, according to Carla Wilson, director of the aquatic center.