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Forsyth County News


A drive-through window may be coming to the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s office.

The Forsyth County commission has agreed to accept construction bids for the project at the facility on Tribble Gap Road.

The project is estimated to cost about $50,000, for which funds could come from the department and up to $25,000 from the county’s contingency fund.

Also during their work session on Wednesday, the commissioners:

* Contracted with two companies to audit county bills for cost savings. Utility Analyses will inspect the county’s utility bills, and Dynamo will look over telecommunication bills. The companies will receive a percentage of the savings, if any is found.

* Accepted Blount Construction's bid of about $2.6 million to make improvements along Kelly Mill Road. Funds for the project, which will wrap up in November, will come from 1-cent sales tax revenue.

* Approved paying an additional $190,000 to law firm King & Spalding, which is representing the county in an administrative appeal filed by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. The county has already spent $200,000, which also came from its water and sewer fund.

* Discussed changes to mandatory sanctions for underage sales. Under consideration is the reduction of required punishment for business owners, providing flexibility to commissioners.

* Voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on whether to make all county parks tobacco free, except parking lots and campsites. Commissioner Patrick Bell opposed the measure, which will be scheduled again for discussion at the county’s May 19 meeting.

* Heard from Bell, who read a statement noting that he plans to recuse himself from voting on the county’s banking contract with United Community Bank since he has kin involved in a loan transaction with the company. “While the loan was to a relative and unrelated to the county’s banking ... process, I could in fact benefit from this loan transaction,” Bell said. “Out of an abundance of caution ... I will not vote on the United Community Bank contract.” Commissioners recently accepted the bank's proposal for services. The contract will come up for a vote at an upcoming meeting.

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