VIDEO: Rate increase for Forsyth County water begins Oct. 1

City rejects county’s interim water agreement

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CUMMING, Ga. — The city rejected an intergovernmental water agreement citing the county’s unpaid $11.4 million bill sent in February for allocation of 65 percent of the water permitted through a city-owned Lake Lanier intake facility.

Instead, the city will continue to provide the county with water, but as of Oct. 1, instead of $.10 cents per 1,000 gallons for untreated water, the rate would be through the city’s treated water facility at a rate of $2.43 per 1,000 gallons.

“The city has been subsidizing Forsyth County through this intake by virtue of one line alone that services the county’s raw water plant,” Gravitt said. “We’ll offer all the water the county needs. We’re not going to cut them off.”

The Forsyth County water interim agreement proposal was turned down by Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and a unanimous vote by council members at its regular meeting Aug. 21.

On July 24, Forsyth County Commissioners had requested an extension to their 25-year agreement that expired May 26. The measure was to give county staff confidence in paying the city for water usage while a water contract was still being worked on by the commissioners.

“The county has never been without water in those 25 years,” Gravitt said.

The city, which sells untreated and treated water to the county, is unhappy with the wording of the renewal contract’s wording.

Cumming has a Lake Lanier withdrawal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“This is an enterprise system,” Gravitt said. “We can’t let the system lose money.”

ALSO AT THE MEETING

• Council recognized Cumming Police Officer Benjamin Haack, who completed 480 hours o of field training.

• Proclaimed Sept. 3 through Sept. 7 as Civic Participation Week in the city, promoting volunteering, donations and voting in the city. The county as also adopted the resolution.

• Awarded a bid for youth basketball jerseys to Worldwide Macs for $12,228..

• Awarded the replacement of a scoreboard, first installed in the early 70s, in the amount of $12,000 with the Forsyth County Booster Club paying for half.

• Approved replacing a stolen flatbed truck for use by the Cumming Fairgrounds staff in the amount of $31,000.

• Approved the purchase of 26 acres off Kelly Mill Road for storage by the Cumming Street Department. Council member Lewis Ledbetter abstained from voting because the owner of the property is a relative.