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Settlement talks with aviators grounded
Commission to revisit issue later this month
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County commission has postponed until Jan. 28 discussion of a proposed settlement agreement with the Garmon family regarding the Georgia Model Aviators’ lease at the Eagles Beak property.

The proposal indicates the club would be allowed to stay on the property in northwestern Forsyth through the end of 2017, per the existing lease, but precludes the county from future lease renewals.

The county originally sought an early lease termination at the end of 2015 following notice of a potential lawsuit from the Garmon family, which owns adjacent property.

Also during their work session last week, the commission:

* Heard from Commissioner Brian Tam, who announced he plans to return a discussion on traffic improvements for Castleberry Road to the Jan. 28 agenda after the matter was previously tabled.

* Approved an agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to allow enforcement of prohibited hunting, fishing or taking of artifacts on applicable county properties.

* Authorized the surplus of 330 guns for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, which will allow a trade-in value of about $97,000 through GT Distributors.

That money, plus an additional $40,170, will be used to buy the same number of new guns. The third generations Glock pistols, which reach the end of life after about 10 years, will be replaced with the same models from the fourth generation, according to a sheriff’s office memo.

* Put out to bid the purchase and installation of playground equipment at both Central and Sawnee Mountain parks. Central’s equipment will be replaced, and Sawnee will get an expansion.

* Delayed until Jan. 28 further discussion on a possible transportation bond, citing a Jan. 14 meeting with the state Department of Transportation that could provide useful information.

* Directed staff to proceed with a salary survey. They will first seek proposals from third-party vendors to conduct the study of Forsyth government jobs.

* Accepted a grant from the state DOT for about $177,500 to fund a new van and replace four existing ones for the county’s Dial A Ride program. The county will also contribute about $19,700 toward the cost of the vans.

 

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