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Water focus of public meeting
Town hall set for March 29
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Forsyth County News


The public will get an extra opportunity to learn about and comment on Forsyth County’s water contract situation with the city of Cumming.

A town hall meeting on the issue has been set for 6 p.m. March 29 in the Forsyth County Administration Building.

“We can have more time for the citizens to give input and perhaps let them know a little bit more about the history of the contracts and the situation here,” said Jim Boff, chairman of the county commission.

Boff, who made the announcement during the commission’s meeting Thursday, said he had a letter prepared also inviting city officials to the meeting.

The event, for which Boff and Commissioner Todd Levent will serve as hosts, will take place one week before a formal public hearing in front of the full commission.

During a work session on Feb. 28, the commission voted 3-2, with Boff and Levent opposed, to pursue extending the current water contracts, which expire in May, through Oct. 31.

An intergovernmental agreement requires four-fifths of the commission, or three of five votes after a public hearing is held, which will be April 5.

Forsyth County does not have a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw water from Lake Lanier, but Cumming does.

The county buys most of its untreated water from the city, as well as some treated water.

Among the terms up for discussion are the amounts and prices of water, as well as the costs the county owes for city infrastructure.