City of Cumming – Look Ahead for 2018

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As the recently elected, new mayor of the City of Cumming, looking ahead to 2018 is an especially exciting prospect for me. I very much anticipate taking the helm of City of Cumming government on Jan. 2 and working with the current City Council members, as well as newly elected councilmen Jason Evans and Chad Crane. Together, I believe this group of elected officials will be able to make Cumming an even greater place to live and work for all of our residents and businesses.

Before delving into some of my goals for 2018, I would like to take a moment to thank the city’s outgoing elected officials: council members Chuck Welch and Quincy Holton, and Mayor H. Ford Gravitt. I appreciate all these men’s contributions to the City of Cumming and its successes over the years. I am excited to honor the legacy of Mayor Gravitt and Councilman Holton — both of whom spent some 50 years in public office, shaping the city into what it is today — while at the same time beginning my work of taking the City of Cumming to the next level of excellence through new ideas and a fresh vision.

As stated throughout my election campaign, one of my primary goals for the City of Cumming is to bring back the small-town, Southern charm of the downtown area through the creation of a walkable “city center” filled with shops and restaurants. I envision this as a place where families and neighbors can gather to enjoy quality time together, right here in our own community. While I realize this project will not be completed in 2018, I am excited to begin laying the groundwork for completion of the ultimate goal of a vibrant downtown city center that can be enjoyed by families throughout Cumming and Forsyth County, while also attracting out-of-town visitors to Cumming.

In the same vein of providing quality experiences for our community, I hope to establish an expanded slate of events and entertainment at the Cumming Fairgrounds in 2018. I also want to create a new Christmas event, which would be similar to the city’s current July 4th activities in its scale. I envision a festive Christmas parade, featuring all of the county’s high school bands and many of our local civic, church and business organizations, winding its way through downtown and ending at the Cumming Fairgrounds, where a large-scale Christmas festival would be waiting.

In the short-term, I hope to implement several additions that will benefit City of Cumming residents immediately. Among them is establishment of a noise ordinance and providing curbside recycling for City of Cumming garbage customers.

I am eager to begin building a beautiful future for the City of Cumming while maintaining the legacy of no municipal property taxes. I cannot say enough to express my gratitude to City of Cumming voters for providing me that opportunity, and I am hopeful that 2018 will be a wonderful year for everyone in the City of Cumming!


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