District 2 - Dennis T. Brown

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From District 2 Commissioner

Transportation Summit

TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED DURING A VIRTUAL TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT
County and state officials to discuss transportation in Forsyth County on Sept. 30
Forsyth County, Georgia – A virtual Forsyth County Transportation Summit will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. The event, hosted by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, will feature transportation project updates from local and state officials.
The event will be broadcast live on the County’s TV station (Comcast channel 23, AT&T channel 99 and streaming 24/7 from the county’s website) and Facebook page: @ForsythCountyGovernment.
Speakers at the event to provides updates and an overview on the transportation in the County include:
- Russell McMurry, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
- Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA)
- Kelvin Mullins, District 1 Engineer, GDOT
- Cindy Jones Mills, Vice Chairman and District 4 Commissioner, Forsyth County
- Garrin Coleman, Assistant County Manager, Forsyth County
- John Cunard, Director, Forsyth County Engineering
- Roy Rickert, Director, Forsyth County Public Transportation
“This summit is a great opportunity for Forsyth County residents and businesses to hear directly from those who are working diligently to improve transportation and mobility in our community,” said Vice Chairman and District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.
“We value the working relationships we have with state agencies to keep Forsyth County moving forward. Strategic transportation projects equal a thriving economy. Economic development is vital to the success of our county and we can’t be competitive if we are complacent or standing still.”
To view status updates on the many transportation projects underway in Forsyth County, visit the interactive transportation projects map at forsythco.com/transportation. The interactive map features updated details on county transportation projects including road widenings, intersection improvements and more.

Medians on Peachtree Parkway

The medians on Peachtree Parkway are not up to standard. We are obtaining encroachment permission from the Georgia DOT and will award a maintenance contract as soon as possible. This will include weeding and spraying. Now that this agreement will become final we will be able to assume maintenance of the highway and keep it up to the standard that you expect. Thank you and sorry for the delay. 

SEEFRIED PROJECT

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM STACY GUY:

<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black">A public participation Meeting (PPM) for the project has been scheduled. It will be Wednesday August 19th, 6:00pm at the Fowler Park Rec Center. A red sign with this information was probably posted on Shiloh Road today.

<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black"> PPM meetings are held by the applicant to introduce the project and hear any concerns from the community. It is not the public hearing, which will happen later. 

<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black"> Due to Covid issues, the room is limited to 50 people. The meeting will be video taped, and will be available on a county website later on. Additionally, the applicant has agreed to have more smaller meetings, even over Zoom, if your communities have more questions to ask. 

<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black"> That's it for now. Please don't hesitate to call me, day or evening, if you have questions on the project or the process this will follow. My number is 404-729-9058.

CARES ACT

PLEASE SHARE! Just a quick update on the Forsyth County CARES Small Business Relief Grants - The application portal went live yesterday, Wednesday, August 5 at 9:00am. By 9:00pm last night, 70 locally owned and operated businesses had started the application process for grants of between $2,000 and $10,000.  By 1:30pm today we were at 100 applicants.  We are pleased with the early response. The application process on the “back end” and the grant management software are working extremely well. 

 We have hosted four live webinars to help businesses complete the grant applications and a recorded version has now been posted on the application portal.  We have more webinars scheduled over the next week. The “live chat” feature on the application portal is extremely popular and we are getting great feedback on how helpful that has been for applicants.

 Scott Evans on our team is hosting the first meeting and training session for the volunteer oversight committee this afternoon. Their work will begin immediately.

 A direct mail postcard highlighting the grant program was been mailed to every business license holder in Forsyth County. Those should have started hitting mailboxes today and will through the weekend.

 The County staff have been very helpful in working through the details and process. Rebecca Whitmire and Dave Gruen are the primary points of contact with Scott Evans on the Chamber team.  Both Rebecca and Dave have been excellent in getting the program up and running so quickly.

 The only issue of substance that we are facing is that some businesses find it “too good to be true.” We have had a limited number of inquiries asking us if the grant program is “real” and not a scam. I suspect that this is largely the result of this program not getting the national media attention that the PPP / EIDL programs did and the number of sophisticated scam operations out there taking advantage of businesses pursuing the CARES Act support. Businesses (and rightfully so) have their guard up.  To help communicate the credibility of the program, we are deploying a series of videos from business owners in the community and we will be reaching out to each of you to help us with video content over this next week.

 It will help a great deal if you will continue to spread the word about this fantastic program. We VERY much appreciate your help to date. The more that you can share posts on your social media outlets and share it with your email distribution lists, the more credible the program becomes in the community.

 Please take just a moment and share the most recent Facebook and LinkedIn Posts about the Forsyth County CARES: Facebook / LinkedIn

 If you are engaged with neighborhood distribution lists and social media groups, please take a moment and share this with those audiences.  I discovered in my own neighborhood social media page that there was a very positive response to the program.

Forsyth County CARES Small Business Relief Grant Applicant Portal: https://www.forsythcountycares.com/

Thank you again for your continued support of this remarkable opportunity to support local businesses and the local economy!

OPEN HOUSE SET FOR PROPOSED SOUTH FORSYTH COMMERCIAL DESIGN STANDARDS AND BRANDING

OPEN HOUSE SET FOR PROPOSED SOUTH FORSYTH
COMMERCIAL DESIGN STANDARDS AND BRANDING
Recommendations to be presented Feb. 24 for public feedback
Forsyth County, Georgia – Forsyth County will host an open house to gather feedback from residents, business owners and property owners on south Forsyth’s commercial design standards and branding proposal.
The open house will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Sharon Forks Public Library (2820 Old Atlanta Rd.). During the drop-in open house meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to view draft design requirements, ask questions and comment on the concepts presented by staff and the project’s consultant.
The preliminary standards and marketing brand are being created to help support a stronger identity for south Forsyth. The branding portion of the south Forsyth design initiative will include a logo and tagline as well as other marketing recommendations to help identify the area. These recommendations will help support a brand style as part of a larger placemaking initiative currently underway. The design standards will specifically focus on non-residential uses along commercial corridors, which will include both architectural and landscape-based elements.
This design initiative is part of a subarea planning process outlined in the county’s Comprehensive Plan based on the character area map, which serves as a guide for directing growth and land use change across time. The purpose of this project is to recommend designs considered appropriate by the community in the southern portion of the county to enhance localized identity and character in this area. The Comprehensive Plan contemplates additional subarea planning processes in the future based on board direction.

The approximate boundaries for this portion of Forsyth County are State Hwy. 400 to the west, McGinnis Ferry Rd. to the south and north of State Hwy. 20 on the northern boundary. To learn more about the south Forsyth design standards and branding proposals, please visit https://bit.ly/2SXKxUh.

 

110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040 | (770) 886-2802 | (678) 965-7195 fax | TV Forsyth | forsythco.com
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Contact: Karen Shields
Director of Communications
770-886-2802
KJShields@forsythco.com

Road Projects Open House

OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS SET FOR
OLD ATLANTA ROAD & SR 9 PROJECTS
Public information open house meetings set for 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 27
Forsyth County, Georgia – The Forsyth County Department of Engineering will host two open house meetings where residents can learn more about two upcoming road projects in the county.
SR 9 Corridor Planning Study Open House – Feb. 26:
A public information open house will be held to receive community input on a planning study for State Route 9, from SR 306 to SR 369. The SR 9 Corridor Study is a Regional Transportation Planning Study. The purpose of the study is to develop viable, multimodal and cost-effective mobility solutions and to study the feasibility of short-range and long-range alternatives in improving the efficiency, operations and safety of the SR 9 corridor.
Residents are invited to attend the informal open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 26, at Coal Mountain Elementary School (3455 Coal Mountain Drive). Engineering staff will be available to answer questions.
Old Atlanta Road Widening Open House – Feb. 27:
Residents can learn more about the upcoming widening of Old Atlanta Road from James Burgess Road to St. Marlo Country Club Pkwy. Aerial representations of the right-of-way plans for the project will be available during the informal open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Daves Creek Elementary School (3740 Melody Mizer Ln.). Engineering staff will be available to answer questions.
Written statements concerning the Old Atlanta Road widening project will be accepted until March 15. Written statements may be submitted to:
Mrs. Denise Farr
Capital Improvements Program Project Manager
Forsyth County Engineering Department
110 E. Main St., Suite 120

Cumming, Georgia 30040

Project displays used at the public information open houses will be available for review at the Forsyth County Engineering Department (110 E. Main St., Suite 120).

“We know there will be a great deal of interest in both of these road projects and we are glad to have this opportunity to meet with residents to hear from them and provide them with an update,” said Forsyth County Director of Engineering John Cunard.

For more information on these and other county transportation projects, visit forsythco.com and click on ‘Transportation Projects’ on the home page.

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Contact: Karen Shields

Director of Communications

770-886-2802

KJShields@forsythco

 

 

Southeast Forsyth Design Standards

Recommendations to be presented Jan. 22 for public feedback

Forsyth County will host an open house to gather feedback from residents, business owners and property owners on south Forsyth’s commercial design standards and branding proposal.

 

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Sharon Forks Public Library (2820 Old Atlanta Rd.). During the drop-in open house meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to view design proposals, ask questions and comment on the concepts presented by staff and the project’s consultant.

 

The preliminary standards and marketing brand, drafted following a Sept. 2019 design workshop, are being created to help support a stronger identity for south Forsyth. The branding portion of the south Forsyth design initiative will include a logo and tagline as well as other marketing recommendations to help identify the area. These recommendations will help support a brand style as part of a larger placemaking initiative currently underway. The design standards will specifically focus on non-residential uses along commercial corridors, which will include both architectural and landscape-based elements. 

 

The approximate boundaries for this portion of Forsyth County are State Hwy. 400 to the west, McGinnis Ferry Rd. to the south and north of State Hwy. 20 on the northern boundary. Learn more about the south Forsyth design standards and branding proposals by clicking here 

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    ATL Transportation Projects Meeting

    I hope you can make the upcoming meeting at Sharon Forks Library, Monday Nov. 4 at 6:30-8:30 Pm.

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