COVID-19 vaccination distribution, city annexation and an intersection proposal were all points of discussion at the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, March 4. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:
COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution:
Chris Grimes, Emergency Management Agency director, asked commissioners for approval to apply for a FEMA grant during the work session on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to help aid in funding COVID-19 vaccination distribution. The board approved the request on a time-sensitive basis last week.
On Thursday, Grimes returned to inform commissioners that FEMA had awarded Forsyth County the grant. He asked for approval for a contract with the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College to use the facility for vaccination distribution. Commissioners approved the request with a unanimous vote.
With the contract between the county and the Forsyth Conference Center, the county will no longer be using Browns Bridge Church or First Redeemer Church as vaccination locations. Grimes expressed his gratitude towards both of the churches for allowing the county and its partners to administer over 11,000 vaccines to eligible residents.
“We’re excited to be able to continue providing for the community and our goal is to be here as the governor continues to open more eligibility,” Grimes said. “We know that the demand [for the COVID-19 vaccine] is going to continue to grow, so that’s why we’re trying to get things put in place now to be able to … help meet that demand with our residents here in Forsyth County.”
Moving forward, Forsyth County will be able to continue its partnership with the Department of Public Health, sheriff’s office, fire department and Northside Hospital Forsyth.
“Our goal is to run multiple days [for vaccine administration] at Lanier Tech for anyone who is eligible,” Grimes said.
Grimes said he is expecting most of the vaccine supply at the new vaccination events at the conference center will be the Pfizer brand, but said if Johnson & Johnson vaccines become available, those would be used.
Grimes said more information about vaccination appointment times and sign-ups will be announced next week as the county is still in the final planning stages.
Nuckols Road and Habersham Trace
Forsyth County resident Bruce Troville attended the meeting on Thursday night to speak about the possibility of adding an intersection at Nuckols Road and Habersham Trace in southeast Forsyth. Troville brought a sign with him that he has been taking up and down the roads in hopes to get drivers to slow down around the neighborhoods.
Troville explained to commissioners that he has been working to push this issue for the past five years because there were handicapped children in the surrounding neighborhoods that did not have access to an ADA crosswalk to cross to the sidewalks.
“It should not take a fatality or an accident to improve an intersection that has become this dangerous,” Troville said.
He said that he was passionate about the issue because he used to be a military police officer and that he has a vested interest in the safety of his neighbors and their families.
“My community means a lot to me,” Troville said. “I’ve been here 12 years.”
District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent made a motion to put a possible emergency intersection consideration at Nuckols Road and Habersham Trace on next week’s work session that will be held on Tuesday, March 9. District 5 Commissioner Laura Semanson seconded the motion, as the roads fall in her district.
Troville thanked the board for their patience and consideration.
Update on the annexation:
The board voted to object to the City of Cumming annexation of 21.2 acres of land at the work session on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The parcels of land in question were located off of Antioch Road.
At the meeting on Thursday, County Attorney Ken Jarrard notified the board members that the applicant had withdrawn the annexation application. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs, DCA, asked the BOC to withdraw the objection to the annexation, as it was no longer needed.
“[Withdrawing the objection] seems unnecessary if there is no annexation moving forward,” Jarrard said. “I don’t know why we need to withdraw the objection, but I will play ball and I don’t see any harm in it.”
Commissioners unanimously approved to remove the objection to the annexation in light of the applicant withdrawing their application.