SOUTH FORSYTH — Work to widen a heavily traveled road in south Forsyth is scheduled to begin this spring.
During its work session Tuesday, the Forsyth County commission voted to award two bids for the widening from two lanes to four of a 2.5-mile stretch of Mullinax Road between Union Hill and Post roads, just north of Highway 9.
For construction, the bid went to CMES Inc. of Norcross for about $13.2 million. Moreland Altobelli was awarded the bid for construction engineering and inspection services at $191,512. Both were approved by a 5-0 vote.
Jon Cunard, the county’s engineering director, said he anticipated construction starting around April, with a completion date of October 2016.
The project has been paid for with money from the current and previous 1-cent sales tax programs.
Also during their work session Tuesday, commissioners accepted a proposal for artwork in the lobby of the new courthouse in downtown Cumming.
The proposal set up the budget for paying the vendors, withthe county to contribute $17,838.
The artwork includes re-creations of famous documents inspiring American law, works showing five of the previous courthouses used by the county and other works of art pertaining to Forsyth.
Music program strikes chord
The commissioners also unanimously approved giving an additional $12,506.89 to Mentor Me’s 2015 budget.
The additional funding will go toward buying equipment to help the group start a music program for Chestatee Elementary School students.
Text-to-911 well received
The commission unanimously approved a resolution that would provide text-to-911 service to the county’s vendor AT&T.
The service would help those with hearing difficulties and in quiet emergencies, though the service will not be able to automatically find callers location like a traditional 911 call.
New DFCS director
Margaret Dawe, the new director for the Forsyth County Department of Family and Children Services, introduced herself to the commission.
Dawe said she has worked with the department for 23 years, including the previous 10 in neighboring Cherokee County.
The commission also awarded a request for proposal worth $320,000 to More Business Solutions of Norcross for facilities management of mailroom services and multifunction machines, such as copiers and printers.
Commissioners rejected a bid for a new vacuum truck for the water and sewer department.
Officials expressed concern about an incline the truck would need to traverse and are going to change some specifications before issuing a new bid.