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Wastewater project still on hold
More engineering work required
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Other action

Also Tuesday night, Cumming’s mayor and city council:

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Forsyth County. The deal calls for the county to pay about $106,000 to help relocate water lines along Kelly Mill Road as a part of a road widening project. The total cost to move the lines is about $213,000.

• Appointed seven people to the Cumming Development Authority. The members, whose terms will run through August 2015, include: Jack Manton, Angie Mullinax, Randy Murphy, Brent Otwell, Richie Pirkle, Avery Stone and Ralph Webb.

• Clarified the municipal manual for specifications relating to waste water pump stations and force mains. The clarifications allow for new technologies and specify the city can build such sites on property it owns or leases or that has been provided through easements.

• Granted an alcohol license to Tacos Mexico, 530 Lake Center Pkwy.

• Signed proclamations recognizing Sept. 5-9 as civic participation week, and Sept. 17-23 as Constitution week.

• Announced the Cumming Playhouse’s next production, "The Miracle Worker," will run Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. Ticket-buyers will have an opportunity to donate to the Forsyth County Lions Club.


— Crystal Ledford

Construction of a new wastewater pump station near Lake Lanier has again been delayed.

Cumming’s mayor and city council accepted a recommendation from Jon Heard, utilities director, to postpone a vote on the project during their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The facility would be located on Lanier Beach South Road, off Buford Dam Road.

Estimated to cost about $700,000, it would replace two smaller pump stations and an aging treatment plant currently at a site near the lake in eastern Forsyth County.

The facility serves about 150 homes in the Lanier Beach South, South Shore and Deep Cove subdivisions.

If the new structure is not built, officials have said, the old facility could fail, possibly leaving residents of the area without sewer service.

The council had been slated to approve a construction bid for the project during its July meeting, but postponed it until this month.

However, Heard said another delay was needed due to additional planning work.

"There’s still some engineering work and soil bores that we’re going to have to do," Heard said on Wednesday.

He explained that soil bores use a machine to dig into the ground to determine if rock lies beneath the surface.

"Those are going to take a little longer to do," he said.

Heard said the work should be completed sometime in the next couple of months.