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What to know from this week’s Cumming City Council meeting
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New members for two development authorities, a change to the 2018 budget and renewing alcohol licenses were some of the items discussed at Tuesday’s Cumming City Council.

All votes are 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

Development authority members

At the meeting, members were approved for two groups aimed at attracting businesses: the city’s development authority and downtown development authority.

Responding to a question, Mayor Troy Brumbalow said not all of the members live in the city limits, which City Attorney Kevin Tallant said was not a requirement.

At a previous meeting, Kevin Tallant said the authority was first created in the 1970s and brought back “several years ago,” though the terms of those members have expired.

Members of the authority are Lisa Mason, Eric Bennett, Brad Garmon, David Leathers, Eric Kimbral, Kelly Lamb and Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter.

The development authority passed by a 3-0 vote with members Linda Ledbetter and Lewis Ledbetter recused.

The downtown development authority will be an all-new group. Under state law, each city in the state has the option to have such an authority but must be activated by local elected leaders.

“This is the first time Cumming has ever activated its downtown development authority,” Tallant said.

Members of the downtown development authority are the same as the development authority, except with Councilman Jason Evans as the required council member.

The motion was approved 4-0 with Evans recused.

Budget change

A budget amendment approved at the meeting is good news for the city’s finances.

Though the budget was approved at the council’s work session earlier this month, City Administrator Phil Higgins said a change was needed to amend the revenue taken in by the city from $14,252,900 to a projected $15,097,500.

Higgins said the amendment would make a balanced budget and the surplus would go to the capital projects fund to be used next year.

Alcohol license renewals

In one motion, the council approved alcohol licenses for all city businesses who filed paperwork and passed background checks.

City officials said three of the licenses were first purchased this year and all but one business – which had an issue with the check that was sent in – had met requirements.