County to hold several public hearings Oct. 3

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — County Commissioners will hold public hearings to discuss the county’s budget, allowing alcohol distilleries, setting an animal control ordinance and the fire safety ordinance at their regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 3.

The commissioners will also consider imposing membership fees at the county’s recreation centers.

The proposed resident fees are: $10 annual fee, $5 returning second year; free for residents ages 55 and older. A $120 non-Forsyth County resident annual fee is proposed along with a $5 for visitors attending with a member.

The county will hold a presentation on their $96 million 2014 budget. The final public hearing and adoption of the budget takes place Oct. 17.

The county is also proposing to change its alcohol law to allow for distilleries.

If approved, any distiller licensed by the state or the agent of such distiller will be granted a license to manufacture distilled spirits in the county for sale to wholesalers.

Commission Chairman Pete Amos said the law is not changing for any particular distillery, but to all distilleries who want to set up operations out of Forsyth County.

Amos said this could create lots of jobs and new tax revenue for the county.

A modification to how board members are selected for the animal control board strikes some language and clarifies how appointments are made. The county hopes to complete a 13,700-square-foot facility in north Forsyth County by early 2014.

A public hearing on the county’s fire safety and prevention law seeks to add new state-imposed permit fees and permit approval process including for paint booths ($50); storage tanks under 600 gallons of gasoline and other hazardous material ($50) and temporary tents and canopies ($100).

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold all of these public hearings beginning at 5 p.m. at 110 East Main Street in Cumming, Suite 220.