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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County commissioners on Tuesday heard an update on a proposal to buy a vacant office building for the sheriff’s office.

The seller has agreed to lower the price from $1.79 million to $1.5 million based on the county’s review in its due diligence period of the acquisition contract.

The commission planned to further discuss the contract in closed executive session.

The building at 1230 Bald Ridge Marina Road could become a central facility for the sheriff’s office.

Once a medical center, the 10-acre site sits on the west corner where the road meets Market Place Boulevard, not far from Ga. 400.

Sheriff Ted Paxton has said the building could consolidate the many locations from which the agency operates.

Also at their work session Tuesday, commissioners:

• Gave final approval to a license agreement for Lambert High School students to park at the neighboring Old Atlanta Recreation Center.

• Authorized adding an assistant solicitor general’s position and accompanying administrative assistant to handle magistrate court prosecution.

In what was intended to be a temporary measure, the county attorney’s office has been handling that task for years.

The annual salaries for those positions were estimated at about $63,000 and about $42,500, respectively.

• Selected changing medical health care providers from Cigna to Coventry, which is estimated to save about $200,000 per year.
County employees would also now have two options, of which one would require a higher contribution.

The new plan also hopes to curb the rising claims costs.

• Rescinded prior approval to repair a house on the county’s Lanierland green space property, which had been proposed for a living place for an on-site security.

The building had endured property damage from vandals, which would have been too costly to fix.

• Accepted a settlement agreement with Bank of America for $40,000 regarding a $55,000 obligation that caused the county to launch the suit.

• Approved a $17,000 change order with Mauldin & Jenkins for the 2011 audit. The amount above the estimate was due to receiving federal funds from more sources than anticipated.

• OK’d about $89,000 for an engineering services proposal to be prepared by Hayes James & Associates for a Post Road force main and pump station project. The estimated $2 million project will provide additional re-use water for customers of the Manor plant.

• Accepted the 2012 Accountability Court Grant from the Georgia Criminal Justice Council for $1,907, which Juvenile Court plans to use for drug screenings.

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