Cumming threatens lawsuit over Sanders Road

by Aldo Nahed

February 24, 2014

CUMMING, Ga. — The city of Cumming is requesting Forsyth County take responsibility for Sanders Road, between Mary Alice Park and Buford Dam roads.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and council members voted unanimously at their Feb. 18 regular meeting to pay $86,500 toward the repairs, an offer that the county made to the city.

In the letter, Gravitt says that if the county does not act in 10 days, the city will sue.

“We request the county take responsibility, just like they did in other roads that were washed out,” Gravitt said.

There were nine other roads, according Gravitt, including Boyd Road, Ashley Lane and Union Hill Road that were damaged and fixed by the county after “unprecedented rain that we had.” The rain in the area washed away a dam near Lake Alice and has been a contentious point with the county since May.

“The rain came down so fast that ditches on Sanders Road would not take the water,” Gravitt said.

“We think it’s only fair that the county take responsibility to repair the road,” he said. “The county collects all the property tax in the county and the city, so for the convenience of the people who live in that area, the road should be repaired as soon as possible.

“I would also like to say that we send back this letter and give them 10 days time-frame to act on it or we will sue the county.”