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Qualifying dates set for municipal election
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Forsyth County News

The Cumming City Council discussed qualifying fees and dates for the upcoming municipal election during a meeting Tuesday.

The posts of mayor and council seats 1 and 2 will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Anyone interested in running for the posts must qualify between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-30.

Mayoral candidates must pay a qualifying fee of $360, while it’s $180 for council candidates.

All candidates must be at least 21 years old, have lived in Cumming for at least one year, and be registered to vote within the city.

The council and mayor also reviewed a traffic study report about Ridgecrest Avenue and Brooks Farm Drive.

Jason McCook of Moreland Altobelli offered several suggestions, including speed bumps, to deter drivers from using the roads as a cut-through from Pilgrim Mill Road to Dahlonega Highway.

The request for the study came earlier this spring from several residents of the area.

The council took no action on any of the proposals, asking McCook to bring back cost estimates for each of the suggestions in September.

Also during their meeting Tuesday night, the mayor and city council approved the following:

* A request from Cumming Police Chief Casey Tatum to buy new video camera equipment for patrol vehicles.

Council accepted a bid of about $36,000 from Digital Ally for the purchase, which was included in the 2013 city budget.

* A bid of about $4,100 from the Graphic Edge for printing of fall and winter brochures for the city’s recreation and parks department.

Director Greg Little said 25,000 copies of the 16-page brochure would be distributed.

* A motion from Councilman Rupert Sexton to have City Clerk Jeff Honea conduct an audit of all establishments within the city limits that sell alcohol and food to make sure they are meeting the ratio of food to alcohol being sold and sales tax on alcoholic beverages.