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Open containers could be allowed in future mixed-use developments in Cumming
City Hall

The city of Cumming revised its alcohol ordinance at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the City Council to potentially allow for open containers in the future.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance, which would only apply to businesses with valid alcohol licenses within planned unit development districts (PUDs).

Drinks would be limited to one per person, and could be no more than 16 ounces. Drinking from a can, bottle or glass would be prohibited, and consumption would be limited to certain areas within PUDs.

Developers could propose the extent of those limits, but the City Council could approve or deny them.

The revision puts the city in line with Forsyth County, which moved in recent weeks to allow for open containers at its marquee mixed-use developments, including The Collection at Forsyth and the future Halcyon Forsyth.

New public safety memorials

Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow came to councilmembers with something of a personal project that would create two public safety memorials at the new City Center.

Brumbalow asked councilmembers to allow the city to recreate the patrol car that former Forsyth County Sheriff deputies Bill Cantrell and Larry Mulkey were in when they were abducted and shot to death during a traffic stop near North Old Atlanta Road in 1972.

The car would serve as a memorial to Cantrell, Mulkey and any other city or county police officers who died in the line of duty, Brumbalow said. It would also be used in the city’s Fourth of July and Christmas parades, he said.

Meanwhile, Brumbalow also said the city’s last fire truck from 1987 could be given a permanent home at the City Center as a memorial to the city and county’s fire firefighters. The truck is currently used by the city’s water department, so the city would need to purchase a new, smaller water truck.

Brumbalow said he hoped to cover the cost of both memorials through donations from the community. Northside Hospital Forsyth has already agreed to donate $15,000, he said, and Andy Lovejoy, president of Civil Engineering Consultants in Cumming who has worked with the city on the new City Center project, has agreed to donate $5,000. Brumbalow said he’s also received verbal agreements from Andean Chevrolet and Sawnee EMC.

Whatever funds the city can’t raise to cover the cost of the project, Brumbalow pledged to cover the rest.

“I’ll give my personal word that if we don’t raise the money, I’ll pay the difference,” Brumbalow said. “The city won’t come out of pocket for these two deals.”

New sidewalks

Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve the low bid of $212,364 from Construction 57 Inc., for the first phase of a new sidewalk on the east side of Atlanta Highway between Meadow Drive and Resthaven Street.

The project will be paid out of SPLOST VII, according to City Administrator Phil Higgins. The city has also applied for a grant with the Georgia Department of Transportation that would cover up to 70 percent of the project, Higgins said.

Resurfacing

Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve the low bid of $147,055 from Jasper Grading and Pipeline for resurfacing projects on 14th and 15th streets, Darla Avenue and Ramey Drive.

The project will be paid out of SPLOST VII.