Cumming City Council notes
During a meeting on Tuesday, the Cumming City Council completed the following budget items:
A new sign will be coming to the recently completed Lanier 400 Parkway for the Forsyth County Juvenile Court.
“The sign they used to have, which they still have, is down by Bald Ridge Marina Road and it says ‘Juvenile Court this way,’” Assistant City Manager Steve Bennett said, “which worked good when this ‘this way’ was only to their way. Now that the road continues through there, they said they have people that don’t know to turn and go up the hill.”
Bennett said that the court would like to put another sign at the entrance of the court.
Three lots tied to future expansion projects at Northside Hospital-Forsyth were approved for annexation from Forsyth County at the meeting.
Scott Morgan, the city’s director of planning and zoning, said the combined area was about 14 acres.
Forsyth County commissioners approved the annexation in July.
Councilmembers approved the purchase of new Christmas lights for the city to display.
The previous lights were purchased in 2004 and would have cost about $40,000 to refurbish wiring issues. Instead, the city opted to spend $60,000 on new lights.
Pump stations pass
Bids were awarded for two city pump stations.
For construction of the city’s new Twin Branches Wastewater Pump Station on Echols Road, the city will pay $1.54 million to Willow Construction Inc. The city will also pay $1.4 million to SOL Construction for work on the upcoming Hughes Drive at Mountain Road Water Booster Pump Station.
*All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.
A road near Forsyth Central High School will be renamed for one of the school’s most renowned figures.
At a Cumming City Council meeting on Tuesday, members voted 5-0 to rename a portion of Elm Street between Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) and Tribble Gap Road in honor of Almon Hill.
“Almon Hill was a fixture in Cumming, Georgia, for many, many years,” Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said. “He was superintendent of schools, he was a teacher, he was a basketball coach, he was a janitor; he did a little bit of everything. He was a great humanitarian for Cumming and Forsyth County.”
Hill coached both baseball and basketball at the then-Forsyth County and Cumming high schools before moving to other positions.
“Many, many ball games I went to that he coached,” Gravitt said. “Also he carried many of the teams to state tournaments and won many trophies.”
Gravitt said family members requested the change.
On the renamed portion is another tribute to his legacy — the Almon C. Hill Educational Center.