County ready to take the next step in construction of Lanierland Park Phase 2

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – The Board of Commissioners is expected to award the bid for construction of Lanierland Park Phase 2 to Astra Group, LLC in the amount of $14,820,000 plus a $200,000 contingency when it meets Tuesday (Apr. 20) at 2 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 110 East Main Street.

Astra Group will provide all materials, equipment and labor for the project, that will include bridges, baseball field facilities, tennis court facilities and equipment, sports lighting, site lighting, artificial turf surfacing, pavilions, a restroom/concession building, a restroom and special-purpose ballfield for players with disabilities with support buildings, scoring building, signage, landscaping, irrigation. The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2022.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include consideration of:

  • Purchase an Eventide Netlog 740 Recording System through Quality Recording Solutions, LLC for the E911 Department under a State of Georgia Contract in the amount of $208,396.34;
  • Purchase of replacement membranes for the Manor Water Reclamation Facility from Suez Water Technologies in the amount of $234,446.00;
  • Approval of a Task Order with NOVA Engineering and Environmental for Lanierland Park Phase 2 Geotechnical and Construction Inspections for the Department of Public Facilities in the amount of $98,405;
  • Purchase of one new Crafco Super Shot Diesel Melter for the Department of Roads and Bridges from Reynolds Warren Equipment in the amount of $69,645.00;
  • Purchase of one new Compact Loader for the Department of Water and Sewer from Bobcat of Atlanta in the amount of $78,885.73;
  • Purchase of three new Front Loaders for the Department of Parks and Recreation from Mason Tractor in the amount of $88,466.44;
  • Purchase of three new Compact Loaders for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Staff Recommendation: award to Bobcat of Atlanta in the amount of $122,103.53
  • Approval to award the design/environmental services contract for a multi-use trail on Pilgrim Mill Road, Holtzclaw to Tidwell Park Entrance for the Department of Engineering to American Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $628,600.00;
  • Approval to award the bid for Audio Visual System Upgrades for two (2) Juvenile Courtrooms to Conference Technologies, Inc. in the amount of $64,161.94;
  • Approval of a Final Response Time to Reconciliation Letter between Jacobs and Archer Western Construction regarding the Fowler Water Reclamation Facility Expansion;
  • Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Improving Community Preparedness to Assist Victims of Mass Violence and Domestic Terrorism: Training and Technical Assistance (ICP-TTA) and Forsyth County;
  • Adoption of a Waterline Extension Policy to define a process for extending water service to existing, developed areas that do not currently have access to the Forsyth County public water system;
  • Approval to design and build a Customer Service Facility at the Sexton Hall Campus with authorization for this Project to be included in the existing contract for the Sexton Hall Site Master Planning with Lose Design. The new Facility will serve as the replacement for the Sharon Springs Tag Office and provide services for the Tax Assessors’ Office and Department of Water and Sewer to assist the residents in South Forsyth.The estimated cost for the Project is $2.5M;
  • A discussion and possible direction regarding amendments to the Unified Development Code related to Special Event Facilities and Agritourism;
  • A discussion and possible direction regarding proposed amendments to the Unified Development Code regarding Pools and Accessory Structures;
  • An offer from Georgia Transmission Corporation to acquire an easement across County property located at 7385 Browns Bridge Road;
  • A discussion and possible direction regarding moving alcohol application approvals to an administrative process;
  • Nominations and possible appointments of at-large members to the Forsyth County Development Authority;
  • A request by the Board of Registrations and Elections for an increased meeting per diem and monthly expense account;
  • A Right to Enter Agreement with Anson Logistics Assets, LLC to accommodate wall construction for Parcel 7 of the Ronald Reagan Boulevard Extension Project;
  • A review of a Short Term Rental Permitting Ordinance.

 

BOC approves McFarland Parkway development

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A new mixed-use development that includes 59 townhomes and 51,000 square feet of commercial space will soon become a reality. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Liu Investment Partners request to rezone 18.534 acres at 100 McFarland Parkway to Master Planned District at Thursday’s meeting.

Christopher Light, representing Liu Investment Partners said his client had reduced the number of townhomes from 67 to 59 and increased the commercial space from 44,000 to 51,000 which would include a commercial building that exists on the property and will be renovated to code standards.

The development is also expected to include 233 parking spaces and amenities like a playground, and walking trails.

Following public hearings, the Board approved:

  • The request for an alcohol license to sell malt beverages (beer) and wine for consumption on the premises for Moto Asian Cuisine Inc. located at 655 Atlanta Highway;
  • The request for an alcohol license to have a farm winery on the premises for Stoney J’s Farm and Orchard, LLC located at 1506 Stoney Point Road;
  • The request for an alcohol license to sell malt beverages (beer) and wine for consumption on the premises for Southern Grit + Grace, LLC dba Board and Brush located at 6655 Town Square, Suite 1210;
  • The request for an alcohol license to sell malt beverages (beer), wine, and distilled spirits by the package on the premises for Robert J. Russell, III, Inc. dba Red Barn Package Store located at 4310 Settendown Village Road;
  • The request for an alcohol license to sell malt beverages (beer), wine, and distilled spirits for consumption on the premises for La Mara XVI, Inc. dba Laredos Taqueria and Grill located at 5310 Matt Highway, Suite 101;
  • The County-Initiated request for agritourism and agricultural sales on 25.4 acres currently zoned Agricultural District (A1);
  • Postponed a vote regarding the County-Initiated variance request to: 1.) Reduce the exterior setback from 50 ft. to 15 ft. adjacent to the +/- 6.0 acre outparcel proposed to be subdivided from the property which is proposed to remain zoned A1 and as shown on the submitted concept plan on file with the County (UDC Table 11.2(b)); 2.) Reduce the exterior buffer from 25 ft. to 0 ft. adjacent to the +/- 6.0 acre outparcel proposed to be subdivided from the property which is proposed to remain zoned A1 and as shown on the submitted concept plan on file with the County (UDC Table 11.2(b)) – Parcel 169-135 – 5690 Hendrix Road, Cumming, GA;
  • Approved amendments to Chapters 3, 8, 11, 16, 18, and 21 related to light pole height variance within the Unified Development Code of Forsyth County;
  • Approved amendments to Chapter 19 related to conservation subdivisions within the Unified Development Code of Forsyth County;
  • Approved amendments to Chapters 3, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 21 related to backyard chickens within the Unified Development Code;
  • Approved a request to operate a 1,636 sq. ft. short-term rental for 6 overnight guests with 3 parking spaces on 1 acre currently zoned Agricultural District and located at 3930 Aaron Sosebee Road, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a Short Term Rental Ordinance;

Under New Business, the Board:

  • Approved a request by Domain Realty, Inc. to rezone from Agricultural District (A1) to Single Family Residential District (RES2) 11.16 acres for 8 residential lots with a density of .72 units per acre with the following variance to: 1.) Eliminate the 5,000 ft. sewer distance requirement to facilitate the use of an on-site septic disposal system (UDC 18-5.18). Property is located at 7010, 7012, 7014, 7016, 7024, and 7026 Dickerson Road, Cumming;
  • Postponed GPB Properties, LLC request to operate an open storage yard with 82 parking spaces with an existing 2,479 sq. ft. accessory office on 2.71 acres currently zoned Agricultural District (A1). Property is located at 5060 Dawsonville Highway and 7835 Knight Road, Gainesville;
  • Ratified the enactment of an emergency temporary moratorium, imposed on April 6, 2021, to bar all rezoning applications (until May 7, 2021) to the Res6 zoning designation, where the requested density for such rezoning is to a density that is greater than 4 units per acre.

Under announcements and reports, Chairwoman Cindy Mills read a proclamation declaring the month of April 2021 as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Forsyth County.

“These are some special people in our community that do a lot to help kids,” Mills said. “We’re thankful they are with us today and for all they do.”

The Board also recognized the Forsyth County Parks Foundation for its efforts to promote healthy and active lives by creating awareness and financial support to Forsyth County. Mills read a resolution recognizing Linda Duncan, a member of the Foundation who will be leaving soon.

Commissioners also announced that the second week in April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators week in honor of public safety personnel for their commitment, service and sacrifice

 

 

Semanson on nominating process: “It was manipulated by someone with an agenda”

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – The normally uneventful process of appointing members to a committee quickly erupted into an embarrassing 30 minutes of angry shouting, accusations of “manipulation” and “dirty” tactics at the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Furious about the way the nominating process for members of the Development Authority was conducted, Commissioner Laura Semanson said, “This is not the way it was supposed to go. If that is the way we’re going to do this, count me as a no vote on all nominees. This is something that was pulled off at the last minute and I am not okay with it.” She argued that each commissioner was to have a nominee and that each one would receive an up or down vote

Chairwoman Cindy Mills

Chairwoman Cindy Mills reminded her that the process the Board agreed to provided that the first two nominees to receive a simple majority vote would receive the appointment.

Semanson and Commissioner Molly Cooper proposed writing the five nominees’ names on a piece of paper then ranking them to determine the nominations but the county attorney said the rules the Board adopted do not provide for that.

An irate Semanson then claimed the process had been “manipulated by someone with an agenda.” Mills answered, “If it was manipulated, it wasn’t by me. To my knowledge no one manipulated it.”

Clayton Rhodes, Commissioner Todd Levent’s nominee, and Grant Schmelk, Cooper’s nominee, eventually received the at-large appointments by a majority vote.

Semanson then sarcastically told Levent, “Good you got your way, but it was dirty.”

Commissioner Alfred John, who just came onto the Board in January, tried to defuse the situation saying, “It is not becoming of us to keep going on and on. It’s decided. Let’s move on.”

The Board also approved:

·        Awarding the bid for construction of Lanierland Park Phase 2 to Astra Group in the amount of $14,820,000 plus a $200,000 contingency;

·        The purchase an Eventide Netlog 740 Recording System through Quality Recording Solutions, LLC for the E911 Department under a State of Georgia Contract in the amount of $208,396.34;

·        The purchase of replacement membranes for the Manor Water Reclamation Facility from Suez Water Technologies in the amount of $234,446.00;

·        Awarding the bid for construction of Lanierland Park Phase 2 to Astra Group in the amount of $14,820,000 plus a $200,000 contingency;

·        A  Task Order with NOVA Engineering and Environmental for Lanierland Park Phase 2 Geotechnical and Construction Inspections for the Department of Public Facilities in the amount of $98,405;

·        The purchase of one new Crafco Super Shot Diesel Melter for the Department of Roads and Bridges from Reynolds Warren Equipment in the amount of $69,645.00;

·        The purchase of one new Compact Loader for the Department of Water and Sewer from Bobcat of Atlanta in the amount of $78,885.73;

·        The purchase of three new Front Loaders for the Department of Parks and Recreation from Mason Tractor in the amount of $88,466.44;

·        The purchase of three new Compact Loaders for the Department of Parks and Recreation from Bobcat of Atlanta in the amount of $122,103.53

·        Awarding the design/environmental services contract for a multi-use trail on Pilgrim Mill Road, Holtzclaw to Tidwell Park Entrance for the Department of Engineering to American Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $628,600.00;

·        Awarding the bid for  Audio Visual System Upgrades for two (2) Juvenile Courtrooms to Conference Technologies, Inc. in the amount of $64,161.94;

·        A Final Response Time to Reconciliation Letter between Jacobs and Archer Western Construction regarding the Fowler Water Reclamation Facility Expansion;

·        A Memorandum of Understanding between the Improving Community Preparedness to Assist Victims of Mass Violence and Domestic Terrorism: Training and Technical Assistance (ICP-TTA) and Forsyth County;

·        Adoption of a Waterline Extension Policy to define a process for extending water service to existing, developed areas that do not currently have access to the Forsyth County public water system;

·        The design and build project for a Customer Service Facility at the Sexton Hall Campus with authorization for this Project to be included in the existing contract for the Sexton Hall Site Master Planning with Lose Design. The new Facility will serve as the replacement for the Sharon Springs Tag Office and provide services for the Tax Assessors’ Office and Department of Water and Sewer to assist the residents in South Forsyth. The estimated cost for the Project is $2.5M;

·        A discussion and possible direction regarding amendments to the Unified Development Code related to Special Event Facilities and Agritourism;

·        A discussion and possible direction regarding proposed amendments to the Unified Development Code regarding Pools and Accessory Structures to move to a public hearing;

·        An offer from Georgia Transmission Corporation to acquire an easement across County property located at 7385 Browns Bridge Road;

·        A discussion and possible direction regarding moving alcohol application approvals to an administrative process;

·        Postponement of a request by the Board of Registrations and Elections for an increased meeting per diem and monthly expense account;

·        A Right to Enter Agreement with Anson Logistics Assets, LLC to accommodate wall construction for Parcel 7 of the Ronald Reagan Boulevard Extension Project;

·        A review of a Short Term Rental Permitting Ordinance.

 

 

 

 

Commissioner to consider COLA and salary increases for staff during Thursday’s meeting

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – County commissioners will consider adoption of the FY 2021 budget with the approval to apply a two percent COLA increase as budgeted and to apply an increase of one percent to the Salary Range Schedule to maintain competitive salary ranges when they meet in a voting session Thursday (Nov. 19) at 5 p.m.

Other items to be considered under New Business include Conditional Use Permits (CUP) and Rezoning Requests for the following:

  • Midwest Haybale Blinds, LLC – CP200013 – to operate an open storage yard on 2.791 acres currently zoned Agricultural District (A1). Property is located south of Francis Road, approximately 300 ft. east of the intersection with Clark Drive;
  • Patriot Development, LLC – CP200020 – to operate an open storage yard with 37 parking spaces on 1.97 acres currently zoned Restricted Industrial District (M1) with variancesProperty is located approximately 300 ft. west of Ronald Reagan Boulevard approximately 325 ft. north of the intersection with Oak Industrial Lane;
  • Chris Livesay – CP200021 – to operate an open storage yard with a residence for a night watchman in an existing 2,142 sq. ft. structure on 0.802 acres currently zoned Commercial Business District (CBD) with variances. Property is located at 832 Atlanta Highway, Cumming;
  • Lizeth Cano – ZA3979 – to rezone from Lake Residential District (LR) to Agricultural District (A1) on 1.796 acres with a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for an open storage yard associated with existing buildings totaling 1,125 sq. ft. with variance. Property is located approximately 350 ft. west of Little Mill Road, approximately 435 ft. north of the intersection with Browns Bridge Road;
  • An agreement regarding 5225 Shadburn Road, PIN 254-022, acquisition of 0.86 acres from William Waite Family for a future access road;
  • An agreement regarding 3910 Evans Road, Fire Station #4, PIN 031-058, GDOT acquisition of ROW for SR20;
  • An agreement regarding 1605 Canton Highway PIN 099-055, Greenway Trailhead location, GDOT acquisition for SR20 (Canton Highway) Widening;
  • An agreement regarding Canton Highway, PIN 064-036, Greenway Trail access to Canton Highway, GDOT acquisition for SR20 Widening.

The Old Business Agenda includes consideration of the following:

  • The request for an Amendment of Zoning Conditions on ZA2915 (Coordinated Properties, Inc.) by Josef and Elizabeth Venable at 2430 Monet Drive, Cumming;
  • Request by Fam Group, LLC – CP200011 – to operate a 100 sq. ft. vehicle sales dealership in an existing building with 3 parking spaces on 2.196 acres currently zoned Restricted Industrial District. Property is located at 915 Branch Drive, Suite 100, Alpharetta;
  • Possible direction regarding Sketch Plat approval for RUS-AL (USA), Inc. and Variances to the UDC;
  • Possible direction regarding RUS-AL (USA), Inc., CP190014, to operate an open storage yard with 133 parking spaces associated with existing buildings totaling 18,000 sq. ft. with 26 parking spaces on 6.680 acres currently zoned Restricted Industrial District (M1).

Commissioners will make a series of announcements and reports, including the following;

  • Presentation of a Resolution to the Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates who have been awarded the Fabulous Friends Award by the Friends of Georgia Libraries;
  • Presentation of a Resolution recognizing those who celebrated the Festival of Diwali on November 14, 2020;
  • Recognition of the 2020 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Awards received by the Department of Water and Sewer;
  • Recognition of the Department of Engineering’s Roads and Bridges Division for its hard work and commitment to the Forsyth County community during Hurricane Zeta;
  • Board recognition of Chris Grimes, Emergency Management Agency Director, for receiving the Charles F. Welch Citizenship Award;

A series of public hearings are scheduled for Thursday’s meeting, including:

  • A Sketch Plat approval for Ronald Reagan Corners LLC – Parcel 132-029 – SP200009;
  • The County-Initiated request to operate a vehicle sales dealership in an existing building on 2.074 acres currently zoned Commercial Business District (CBD) and variances to the UDC, Section 12-10.9, Section 12-10.15 and Table 17.1 – Parcel 234-024 – CP200031;
  • Sketch Plat approval for Rochester & Associates, Inc. – Parcel 319-015 – SP200011;
  • Proposed abandonment of public right of way in Southers Plantation Lane, as requested by Southers Plantation HOA, Inc.

 

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BOC discusses framework for distribution of $12.4 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – David Gruen appeared before the Board of Commissioners Wednesday (July 22) to seek direction regarding the distribution of funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Forsyth County has been awarded $12,443,307, including $3,372,992.

Gruen pointed to five areas where CRF can be utilized: Medical expenses, public health expenses, certain payroll expenses, action to comply with public health measures and economic support.

Chairwoman Laura Semanson expressed concern about the level of service and the level of reporting the county gets from Gainesville-based District 2 Public Health which provides coronavirus testing once a week for Forsyth County. The county asked for two testing periods but DPH said they can only do one.

“I know you have pushed on them to try and get better data for us to work with and understand what the reality is and what the current state in our local care facilities but beyond that, I guess we need to push at state,” Semanson said. Have our state delegation or a little higher than that to try and seek parity in that because there is absolutely no excuse for the county not to have the same level of information that other counties have.”

Questioned about which entities are not eligible to receive funding, Scott Evans, senior technical project manger for the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said the only ones he is aware of that may not receive funds are publicly-traded businesses owned by hedge funds, individuals who have passive income property, adult businesses, corporate-owned franchises and those that have liens due to violations of local, state or federal ordinances.

Evan said he has worked on a framework that will assist county staff in moving forward with a distribution plan and it would be available after the meeting.

Semanson then scheduled a follow-up called meeting for Tuesday (July 28).

 

 

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