FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The new Forsyth County Courthouse being built in downtown Cumming is working to get a focal centerpiece — Lady Justice.
The iconic image of Lady Justice includes a sword, scales and blindfold, and was a recommendation by Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley to the Jail and Courthouse Project Team.
The project team asked the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to consider authorizing staff to look into the cost of placing and creating a bronze sculpture of Lady Justice at the front of the new Courthouse Town Green.
“The area was previously discussed as being used as a water feature, but because that is no longer on the table, the project team discussed this and decided to bring this to the board,” said County Manager Doug Derrer, who is also on the Jail and Courthouse Project Team.
“One of the things that have not been determined is where the funding will come from,” Derrer said.
Derrer spoke to the Development Authority of Forsyth County Chairman David Seago to contribute funds to cover the statue. The authority had previously committed to putting a fountain at the Town Green at an estimated cost of $150,000. The money would come from fees collected from developers, not taxpayers. The fountain idea could not move forward because a percolation test found the area unsuitable and to install a drainage system would be too costly.
The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Derrer and staff to determine the cost, size and structures that would be required to bring the statue to fruition.
ALSO AT NEW COURTHOUSE
Commissioners approved the installation of benches outside the new courthouse.
Three Rotary Clubs (Rotary Club of Forsyth, South Forsyth and Lanier) collected about $25,000 to place benches to be installed around the Town Green design.
Each of the benches will be engraved with the four way test of Rotary: “Of the things we think, say or do…Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Also, when the new courthouse is built, there will be a little nugget of this time. The Board of Commissioners showed and will ask schools to participate in a contest where students provide suggestions for items to be placed in a time capsule. The time capsule will be placed in the courthouse cornerstone.