District 4 - Cindy Jones Mills

From District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills

Cindy Jones Mills 678-513-5884 | cjmills@forsythco.com | Bio

Transportation and SPLOST News

Transportation and SPLOST News
Happy Thanksgiving week!  I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and ready to enjoy your time with family and friends. I want to thank each of you for affording me the opportunity to serve you and to be your advocate. I thank the good Lord above for each of you and for our wonderful county and all that serve the public in it. 

I wanted to bring to your attention two very important projects - one is ongoing and coming to an end and the other is about to begin. Those are the transportation update and SPLOST 8. 

Transportation Update - The Forsyth County News did a great article about this that I am providing for you here. With tens of thousands of lots zoned in North Forsyth between 2002-2006, it is imperative we get some congestion relief in this next update. It will be the guide they use to determine where funds go and the roads that will benefit from your tax dollars, SPLOST and impact fees. If we don’t have it in the plan, it will likely not get done. That’s why I desperately need your help in speaking out. The list of meetings left are in the article but the one closest to you is  at Hampton Library on December 6th from 6-8 pm. There’s also a place in the article to email your comments as well. 

SPLOST 8
We are just beginning the project list for this new SPLOST that you will be voted on next November. My greatest concern is they are saying D4 can only get one recreation center in this SPLOST although Matt Park and Lanierland both have one shown in their plans. I wouldn’t be overly worried if they hadn’t spent future impact fees in order to finish Lanierland and Matt and those won’t help build the left out recreation center any time soon. Right now the parks department recommended it go at Matt. These two communities are spread out so far geographically, not to mention traffic congestion, that I see them as opposites and one doesn’t help the other, even though it’s all considered D4. I need your involvement in this project list to help me convince our board of how important both of these are for seniors to have indoor walking and programs as well as everyone else enjoying the indoor activities. I can’t do this without your help. There’s a lot to be said for the squeaky wheel getting the grease so I need for you to be squeaky and involved. Get involved now before the list is approved. I have said that not just D4 benefits from having a Rec Center at Lanierland or Matt so please let all your commissioners know. The same goes for sidewalks. North Forsyth had none shown on the project list and we need some too. I have been asking to get one from the schools on Wallace Tatum to the park but it cost $750,000 to get it. We need sidewalks getting to Lanierland Park too, as well as to the schools. Your voice is needed.  Here’s a link to the Forsyth County News article on SPLOST too. Thank you for being involved and advocating to make D4 better. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 
God bless you all!
Cindy

North Forsyth High School News

North Forsyth High School News

Cadet 1st Lt. Andrew Gomez, pictured far left, ranked second in the nation in this year’s U.S. Army Cadet Command national Order of Merit List and pictured to the right, Corporal Manon’s promotion picture at Quantico.  Both of these outstanding enlistees got their start in the highly ranked MCJROTC program at North Forsyth High School.  

Congratulations to all and our sincere appreciation to Major Kelly, Gunnery Sergeant Snook, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Merritt for the great way they train our soldiers at North and for the sacrifices they’ve made for our students and our country. 

 

 


 

October D4 Zoning Newsletter

October D4 Zoning Newsletter

I'm pleased to share with you the October District 4 Zoning Newsletter. I want to thank the District 4 stakeholders and Planning Commissioner Bettina Hammond for their great work keeping the citizens of District 4 informed about zoning issues.

I also want to invite you to the Forsyth County Drug Summit being held tonight at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, at 6:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-nominated Public Health Journalist Alan Schwarz will be the keynote speaker. I hope to see you tonight!

District 4 News

District 4 News
I don't know how many of you know about what has been transforming in D4 over the last 4 years but I'll tell you. It all began with the Walmart that was zoned in 2003 that started being built this year and is scheduled to open in November. I was able to work with one of their top guys and get a $25,000 donation to North Forsyth High School to launch their farm to table program. Stacey Jones Cagle has done a phenomenal job and they grow organic lettuce that's certified and it furnishes 3 schools with lettuce each week. Jeff Cheney helped me so much to get this all started and Paige Porter Andrews at Silver City got the first tunnel house that we call a greenhouse. Our North Forsyth Rotary added money for a tunnel house at NFHS that turned into more hydroponics growing for their group. FFA started back and I heard the story of a young man that moved from Piney Grove to NFHS who said that the farm to table program had totally changed his life and he's now the president of FFA. He made the most awesome speech. Who would have thought it?  Our rotary club has a goal of getting greenhouses at all of the north schools in our cluster. Liberty's teacher presented that kids can't get enough of it. They are growing and cooking food in a variety of ways and they are taking so much pride in it and learning so many different subjects from it. A non-responsive child responded to a strawberry. We have either gotten greenhouses to or have funded greenhouses to 6 schools now and we will finish them all that want it at North in the future. The school system has added it as part of their curriculum. Thursday night I zoned my first senior living subdivision, across from Mountain Lake Church, where the amenity is a greenhouse and the front that has a commercial component has it's own farmer's market that will be built in the first phase. See the site plan for this zoning here. The kids from the schools can bring their vegetables to the farmer's market and sell their excess to the community. All of this fits with our new comp plan by preserving our history as we move into the future. Sorry this was long but it's such a wonderful thing to me! I hope some appreciate it as much as I do.

September District 4 Zoning Newsletter

September District 4 Zoning Newsletter

When I receive a District 4 Zoning Newsletter from our stakeholder team (huge shoutout to Stakeholder Melissa Loggins), I am amazed! The sheer amount of work that they and my planning commissioner, Bettina Hammond, put into every zoning is nothing short of amazing. They catch a lot of grief just because they are on the front lines and have to be the first point of contact but they work so hard for the citizens and they are volunteers. Bettina gets paid for two meetings a month but that's nothing for the hours and hours she puts into this job. People forget that sometimes, but I do not. Our district and our county can only be great with people loving it enough to give back. At last week's BOC meeting we recognized National Hunger Day and next Tuesday at noon at Cumming First United Methodist Church The Place volunteers will be there as I read the proclamation. As I was reading about the Dominican nuns that started that organization over 40 years ago, I could barely continue to read. I kept thinking little is much when God is in it and how those nuns followed where He lead and He just kept blessing. We have so many in need in this county that many don't recognize and we are blessed with many with a servant heart. I am thankful for our volunteers - and for this newsletter.  I'm thankful we made it through Irma and pray for the Eason/Martin family that lost their loved one.

Have a great weekend! 

Zoning Law Overview

Zoning Law Overview
Dear Constituents:

So many times during the zoning process I get these questions asked to me over and over again. I thought some of you might find our county attorney's answers interesting and something you would like to know about. Click here for the General Overview of Zoning Law in Georgia.

Thank you for signing up for our blog post. I hope you find it useful and informative. If there are things you'd like to know more about, please email me at cjmills@forsythco.com and I'll look into it for you. 


Your Forsyth Video

Your Forsyth Video
Here's a new feature from our Department of Communications highlighting some of the great things we have been working on in the month of July. We are so blessed to have wonderful staff members in so many of our departments here in our county. Please take a moment to share this video with your friends on Facebook and your neighborhood HOA and family members. Ask them to sign up for my blogs as well. You can see the video here on TV Forsyth on Demand. Also, to quickly sign up for my blog please click here. Thanks. 

New County Manager Named

New County Manager Named
Our BOC is very pleased to bring on board a new county manager. Mr. Johnson's vast experience and expertise is something our county can greatly benefit from especially in the areas of strategic planning, finance, planning, grant writing and economic development.  With unprecedented growth rates, our county has constantly been in a reactive position instead of a proactive position. Hopefully with Eric Johnson's leadership that can change. I look forward to seeing him in action soon. Click here for News Release

Eagle's Beak Park Ribbon Cutting

Eagle's Beak Park Ribbon Cutting

Please join me at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Eagle's Beak Park on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The park is located at 8420 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground, Georgia 30107 and features a kayak & canoe launch, nature trails, restrooms and parking. This park was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond and SPLOST VI. I look forward to seeing you on August 7! 

Cindy Jones Mills 

Forsyth County BOC/District 4



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