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Three things from this week’s city council meeting
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Land for the upcoming Cumming City Center, fees for this year’s city elections and bids for improvements at the Cumming Fairgrounds were among items this week at the Cumming City Council’s work session.

All items were approved by a 5-0 vote unless otherwise noted. 

City center

It appears the upcoming Cumming City Center will have more land to work with than previously thought.

At the meeting, the council heard an update to an environmental assessment done on the land, which included looking at floodplain, topography, sewers on the land and buffers. 

“Part of the property is in a flood zone,” City Administrator Phil Higgins said after the meeting. “What they found out by the study they conducted is the flood zone is not nearly as big as what was once thought of.

“… It turns out we’re probably going to have more buildable land than what we once thought.”

The city center will be located on Canton Highway and will abut Forsyth Central High School on about 60 acres of a 75-acre plot of land. The remaining acreage will be developed by the previous owner for up to 85 townhomes, which will not be owned by the city, and used for walking trails.

The development is planned to open within two years and will feature an amphitheater, miniature golf, walking trails, park, veterans memorial, space for businesses and a lake with a fountain.

No action was taken after the discussion.

Previously in the meeting, the council approved architectural proposals from Dwell Design Studio. Higgins said the total price would not be available until the plan was refined but was less expensive than other bids.

Election qualifying

While most local elections take place on even-numbered years, the city of Cumming’s are on odd-numbered years, meaning city residents will head to the polls this fall.

The city council approved qualifying fees for the election at $180. Qualifying will be held Aug. 19-21. 

The seats up this year for are election are Posts 3, 4 and 5, currently held by Councilmembers Lewis Ledbetter, Christopher Light and Linda Ledbetter, respectively. 

Linda Ledbetter and Light were elected to their seats in 2015, and Lewis Ledbetter has held his seat since 1971.

Fairgrounds improvements

City officials will look to other sources for improvements to the Cumming Fairgrounds after voting to deny a pair of current bids. City officials will look at other options for the project.

Higgins said after the meeting the costs were more than what the city had budgeted.

The rejected bids were from Vertical Earth for about $3.4 million and JG Leone Enterprises for around $5.2 million.

Improvements include a new ticket booth and pedestrian bridge.