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Traffic relief coming to south Forsyth crossing
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Forsyth County News

Commissioners have asked the county’s engineering department to expedite work to alleviate congestion at a busy crossing in south Forsyth.

The addition of turn lanes and a detector to improve traffic signals at Mullinax and Union Hill roads will be handled by the county once the needed right of way is purchased.

The county has started land acquisition for the broader planned project to widen Mullinax Road to four lanes in the future when funding is available.

Also during their work session Tuesday, commissioners:

* Approved up to $25,000 for a market and financial analysis to determine the uses and potential revenue of the former Lanierland concert venue.

The study will assist in a decision of what to do with the facility within the future county park.

* Started the process for two public hearings on a proposal by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to monitor the resale of precious metals at “cash for gold” types of businesses.

If approved, the ordinance would require those businesses to register and report names of sellers and photos of items sold, similar to the recently passed pawn shop ordinance. The measure aims to recover stolen goods and deter thieves.

* Amended the lease agreement with NALAA Corporation to continue providing animal control facility services on a month-to-month basis until the new shelter under construction opens in the spring.

* Ratified a previous approval supporting a Forsyth County Development Authority $45 million bond issue for Improved Living—Towne Club Windermere Assisted Living. The property on Trammel Road will be developed as an “age in place” senior facility.

The low-interest loan is available through the authority based on the nonprofit status of the corporation. The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff opposed.

* Directed planning staff to begin including maximum approved densities of residential developments on the zoning map, starting in 2014. The vote was 4-1, with Commission Chairman Pete Amos opposed.

* Postponed to Oct. 8 discussion on a possible intergovernmental agreement to repair Sanders Road. The road first closed in May after a dam breach, and again in June following a temporary fix, due to heavy rains.

The county and city have each considered funding a portion of the repairs, but have not reached a final solution.

Amos recused himself from any discussion or vote due to his wife’s family’s ownership in the dam.


Note: All votes were 5-0