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Improvements coming to several crossings
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Forsyth County News

During a work session Tuesday, the Forsyth County commission awarded bids for three intersection improvement projects.


Reid & Reid Contractors will handle the work for: Post Road at both Evans and Bentley roads  ($506,000); Hwy. 306 at Mayfield Drive  ($391,000); and Hwy. 9 at Fowler Road ($290,000).


The county will pay for the roadwork with funds from 1-cent sales tax revenue.


The completion deadline for all three projects is Oct. 31.


Also Tuesday, the commission:


• Instituted a proposed water and sewer connection fee payment installment program, which will allow a payment plan for residents tapping on to county sewer. The tap fee ranges from about $5,000 to $6,000.


• Renamed the Buice property “Old Atlanta Park” at the recommendation of the parks and recreation board. The recreation center planned for the site at Old Atlanta and Nichols Road has not been named.


• Approved additional spending of $405,500 with Medallion Athletic Products to install an artificial turf field at Sharon Springs Park. In May, the company secured the bid for one turf field each at Central and Sawnee Mountain parks, at a cost of $772,000.


• Accepted a bid from C.W. Matthews Contracting to resurface more than 56 miles of county roads, many of which are in subdivisions. Funds for the $3.6 million project will come primarily from 1-cent sales tax collections, as well as a state Department of Transportation reimbursement and performance bonds.


• Authorized a public hearing on Aug. 4 for the possible removal of a four-way stop at North Old Atlanta Road and Werrington Drive.


• Added Jerry Bowman as the fifth and final member to the Public Facilities Authority.


• Signed a resolution to impose a 75-cent charge for 911 calls on prepaid wireless phones, following a new state law that allows counties to do so. The fees will go into the emergency telephone system fund.


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