District 4 - Cindy Jones Mills

From District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills

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

September 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

September 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter
Please see the September 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates.  Please feel free to call 678-513-5884 or email me at cjmills@forsythco.com with any comments or questions. 


Happy Friday!

Today marks the first day to kick off a long Labor Day weekend. Today, I’m working with my North Forsyth Rotary Club at the United Way’s Day of Caring. We will package over 10,000 meals to send out to folks who are hungry. 

Next week, September 9th at 6:30 p.m. at My Local Church (3105 Dahlonega Hwy), we will have our 5th Suicide Awareness/Mental Health Summit to honor World Suicide Awareness Day that’s on the 10th. We have a fantastic youth panel with mental health professionals who will discuss the mental health of our kids and what’s occurring and why. We will also explore how to make their present situation better. Hope to see you there. 

I was very honored to be a part of the Forsyth County Chamber’s Women in Leadership event last week and to invite my fellow chairwomen, Chairwoman Lisa Cupid from Cobb County, Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson from Gwinnett County, and fellow Chairwoman Carlotta Harrell from Henry County. These three dynamic women joined me onstage to talk to the audience about what it means to be a female leader in 2021 in government. We were blessed to have 80 high school students representing the 8 different high schools in our county. The young ladies were so engaged and eager to find leadership opportunities for themselves. It was a great event. Please enjoy the pictures below and the video here, and share these words of wisdom with your own children and family.


The Coal Mountain town center is in its last phase of draft mode and should be coming to our board in the next month or so. If you’d like to be added to an invitation list to a townhall meeting regarding this town center, please send me your email address so I can ask my secretary to compile a list of names to notify when we meet. You’ll also find info on other zonings and activities coming to our board. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Have a blessed Labor Day. 

Cindy 

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairwoman
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
110 East Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 office | (678) 230-3864 cell | (770) 781-2199 fax
Frsythco.com | Your Community. Your Future. 

 

August 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

August 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

Please see the August 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates.  Please feel free to call 678-513-5884 or email me at cjmills@forsythco.com with any comments or questions. 

 

Good Afternoon Everyone!

 

August is flying past me and I’m late getting my newsletter out. This month, our focus is truly on health. It’s the month that our Board recognizes Drug Awareness and Prevention. Heather Hayes, licensed drug therapist and interventionist, will bring a proclamation forward for the Board of Commissioners to read at our August 19th meeting. The “Fed Up Campaign” proclamation says we are fed up with people dying from overdose. On August 31st, we will light up the town square purple as part of the 4th Annual Tea Cup Memorial, recognizing those that have lost their lives to overdose deaths.  Additionally, Jennifer Hodge, a local mother who unfortunately lost her son to overdose, will have 23 banners of pictures at United Way (240 Elm Street) with real life photos of people who have died from addiction. Those banners show what two weeks in America looks like.  She will also have teacups memorializing all that the lives lost to overdose deaths. The event is being sponsored by the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council. 

 

September 5 through September 11 is National Suicide Prevention Week.  Please mark Forsyth County’s Mental Health and Wellness Initiative - World Suicide Awareness Day event on your calendar for Thursday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. at My Local Church (3105 Dahlonega Hwy). 

 

Another health-related topic, that I had hoped and prayed was going away, is COVID. Unfortunately, our numbers have shown an increase due to the new Delta variant. We met with our medical partners this week, and they encouraged us to remind people to get vaccinated. Our hospitals are full, and they are having to divert patients that are sick with other things due to increase in COVID cases. Our healthcare workers are extremely fatigued. Please help them and help yourselves by vaccinating. You can find additional information regarding the Delta variant and vaccines here.  The people vaccinated that have experienced break throughs due to the Delta variant have experienced more moderate cases of COVID with lighter side effects, the experts are saying. 

 

Thank you for signing up for the monthly newsletters and allowing me to serve. 

 

Cindy 

 

 

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairwoman
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
110 East Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 office | (678) 230-3864 cell | (770) 781-2199 fax
forsythco.com | Your Community. Your Future.
 

 

July 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

July 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

Please see the July 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates.  Please feel free to call 678-513-5884 or email me at cjmills@forsythco.com with any comments or questions. 

Happy 4th of July to the UNITED States of America!

One thing that bothers me the most about being in politics is, well, the “politics”.  I am a doer. I like to be effective, not waste money or time and to get things done.  That is why it drives me insane to watch people mire up in the minutia on Facebook, without ever truly addressing the facts. The media will key in on the components that get people the most aroused, the most afraid, and you can pretty much forget ever letting facts get in the way of the narrative.  I’ve seen it happen on every level of government and across party lines. The saddest part of it all to me is how toxic politics is now and it’s like a contagion that can infect everything it comes into contact with.  Americans have lost their ability to unite. We have lost the shared ideology that was our common ground that we could come back to when our country was more moderate and cared more about working together than another conspiracy theory.  We have lost our ability to find love for one another despite our differences.  Even in our own county, we are beginning to see allegations based on national headlines that have created great fears within people. While it is wonderful to see people advocating for their beliefs and being engaged, it is sad to see it digressing into conspiracy theories on many other fronts. 

Last week, the Forsyth County Chamber had an amazing event launching One Forsyth, a group that was created two years ago but almost stopped due to COVID. I am proud to have been a part of it for the past year.  I invited many people that I have worked with on zonings or in the community to also participate. Because One Forsyth includes words in their description like diversity, race, and culture, a few people have worried it might be tied to things the media are saying they should fear.  All I know is the group is attempting to bring all people of our county together. It says that we might not all agree on all the issues or all the policies, but we can all work together and listen to one another while sitting together at the same table.   I encourage each of you to watch the event here.   

For far too long, folks have been critical about Forsyth County’s past, but today we are doing great things uniting and moving forward, together. The way I see it, if we are listening to each other and working together, we have fewer reasons for people to be protesting and rioting against each other. We can learn from each other, from the mistakes other communities have made, and hopefully together we will build a stronger community here.  I believe our country should be doing the same. 

 Happy 4th to you and your family!  Thank you for allowing me to serve! 

 Cindy

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairwoman
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
110 East Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 office | (678) 230-3864 cell | (770) 781-2199 fax
forsythco.com | Your Community. Your Future.
 

 

June 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

June 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

Please see the June 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates.  Please feel free to call (678-513-5884) or email me at (cjmills@forsythco.com) with any comments or questions.

Good afternoon everyone!

Each year the county Chairperson has the task of making the State of the County their own event.  This year I really wanted the event to be a time capsule, capturing the good and realistic overview that occurred in Forsyth County in 2020 - the year of COVID, facing the pandemic. 

The introduction to the State of the County was a snapshot of different community members coming to the microphone giving an account, one by one, of the pandemic. It began, “I will never forget the day….” Technical issues failed to capture the speaker’s words, but each carried such an important time that needed to be remembered – see each speaker's heartfelt words here.  

The video, which you can view here, captures wonderful moments of love and compassion when our community members, employees, businesses, and non-profits locked arms and worked together to find solutions and survive. It makes you proud to live in such a great county among such caring individuals. The state of our county is in fine shape, thanks to the good folks who live here! 

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairwoman
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
110 East Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 office | (678) 230-3864 cell | (770) 781-2199 fax
forsythco.com | Your Community. Your Future. 

 

May 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

May 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

Please see the May 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates.  Please feel free to call (678-513-5884) or email me at (cjmills@forsythco.com) with any comments or questions.  

Good morning everyone!

With May being Mental Health Month, I wanted to put a light on mental health awareness. I have long feared our federal officials were focusing way too much attention on the social distancing of the COVID virus and not enough on the effects of this distancing. When we first heard that alcohol sales had skyrocketed during the pandemic many were applauding those numbers as if a 35% increase in sales was something we should all be cheering about. The people applauding didn’t stop to think about what those numbers could be indicative of in reality.  When you see a spike in those numbers you typically see a spike in family violence, domestic violence arrest, murders, suicide, armed robbery, unemployment, child abuse, divorce, overdoses, food stamps and all those other columns you don’t want to see increasing. The problems we witnessed during COVID that made this issue so much worse is treatment providers were not providing like normal, therapy doors were closed, sheriff deputies weren’t conducting sting operations on convenience stores, child abuse wasn’t being reported, AA meetings weren’t happening as frequently, relationships weren’t being formed and mental health has been crumbling all across our continent. We had so little in the way of mental health support in Georgia before the pandemic and now our demand has just increased exponentially in ALL ages and we have had NO increase in our services. Washington continues to drop money as if it’s manna from the sky and yet, so little is being said by anyone, Democrats or Republicans, about the mental health of our country. People are not being encouraged to go back to work at all. Businesses are beginning to have to consider closing due to the fact that they can’t find enough people to go to work. Again, work helps with mental stability. They need to get back to a routine and out of their homes. Speaking from personal experience, our own trucking company is short 20 drivers right now and can’t find people to work anywhere no matter what kind of incentive is offered and it’s the same thing everywhere you turn, from state to state, industry to industry, regardless of the pay being offered. It is not a minimum wage issue as some try to say. We are on the brink of a crisis that affects us all from a labor standpoint and a mental health standpoint and we all need to come together in this and encourage everyone to get back to work to help each other out of this situation before we dig a hole we can’t get out of. We need to stop paying people to not work, that isn’t the solution to help our country anymore. 

Our county is fortunate that we have been investing into mental health for quite some time. We have monthly Drug Council and Mental Health meetings that you are welcome to join us. Those dates are listed on our calendar and you can write us, and we will put you on our mailing list. We have excellent, professional speakers who bring us up to date on issues surrounding these topics and agencies within our communities and state who can assist us with our concerns and how we can get more involved. United Way has a new mental health website you can visit here that has so much valuable info on it about everything to do with mental health. 


This post came out from the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council today:  May is Mental Health Month! Mental Health America’s 2021 Mental Health Month Toolkit #Tools2Thrive has practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency. Learn more here.  

Lastly, I am looking for volunteers in a few areas – so, if you are wanting to get more involved in District 4 activities, send me your bio and what your interests are to cjmills@forsythco.com

Don’t miss our Forsyth County State of the County event. It is almost sold out. You can purchase your tickets here.

Thanks so much!

Cindy

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairwoman
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
110 East Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 office | (678) 230-3864 cell | (770) 781-2199 fax
forsythco.com | Your Community. Your Future.

 

 

April 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

April 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

Please see the April 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates.  Please feel free to call (678-513-5884) or email me (cjmills@forsythco.com) with any comments or questions.

Observations from District 4 and the Chairwoman Seat:  

While much of our country is still reeling from the aftereffects of the pandemic, we have been very blessed to live in a community that has continued to prosper, in spite of the storm.  It appears the greatest danger we are seeing threatening our economy has to do with companies in dire need of workers and their inability to hire them no matter what pay they are offering.  Our unemployment in Forsyth County has remained low and our sales tax high, as well as our auto sales.  Our home sales have been hitting numbers comparable to sales before the crash of 2006. Developers tell me this is the lowest new home inventory they have ever seen in Forsyth County.  My meeting schedule reflects this, and I expect we will soon see residential zonings coming in line with this as well.  The good news is other type zonings are coming in for industrial and commercial growth, which is a great help in balancing the tax base.  Our BOC has been strongly encouraging our Chamber of Commerce to push for more jobs to be brought into our county as almost 70% of our citizens travel to other counties for work each day, which contributes to our transportation woes.  We will be talking about transportation a lot more in the coming months - our needs are not going away and we must have a plan to deal with those needs into the future.  

Speaking of transportation, the Hwy. 369 interchange and widening is proceeding as many of you see daily.  The grading continues for the interchange to be built, the road to be widened, as well as both of those intersections to be improved.  It’s hard to imagine that a road project can take three years to be built but this one has been planned and anticipated for far longer than that.  I know you agree with me, that we are all ready for it to be done.  It will get worse before it gets better, so be patient.  The good is coming.  

In the way of development, Quick Trip was approved to go in across from Walmart and the plans were approved for Starbucks to go in the center with Quick Trip.  I was told Laredo’s is nearing approval at Matt Town Center; so finally, we are getting another restaurant on that side of town.  Additional businesses have applied for permitting there as well.  The Town Center at Matt is hopeful to attract one fast-food type restaurant, but with COVID those have been hard to find.  Hopefully, things are beginning to change.  

Lastly, April is child abuse prevention month.  With COVID, the reports of child abuse have been down and all of us know that the cases of abuse have not been less.   The people who typically notice and care for these kids, the eyes, have been fewer due to COVID and the number of kids slipping through the cracks are rising.  The courts have been another tragedy affected by COVID.  Many courts have not been meeting on their regular schedule, so custody and child welfare cases have been sliding as well as DFCS checks, and visitations have been lacking.  The most vulnerable have likely been the most effected.  I hope that the powers that be, in much higher places than county government, have gotten vaccinations to all the people who care for these children and that at the top of the list will be the welfare of them.  While I feel that mask and social distancing were very important, I think a lot was forgotten about mental health along the way and when all of this is over, we will wonder if we forgot about the welfare of our children and our elderly as well.  Let’s remember both in our prayers.  I think there is a lot all of us can and should be doing about child abuse prevention. Forsyth county has been having its own campaign trying to get more people trained on this very important topic.  You can become trained (I did it and it only takes a couple of hours and it is well worth it) by taking the Stewards of Children - Darkness to Light course.  To find out more about it contact Sarah Pedarre at Sarah@forsythconnection.org or Beth Ready at JBReady@forsythco.com.  You can Google it to learn more. Here is also a link to Children’s Healthcare to learn more about the signs to watch for in child abuse: https://www.choa.org/blog/2018/april/the-health-epidemic-in-our-neighborhoods-schools-and-homes .  1 out of 10 kids are sexually abused and we all need to know the signs to watch for because it could be our kids or grandkids who are being abused right under our own noses.  We need to be educated and aware so we can prevent it and we can protect our most beloved asset, our precious children.

Thank you for allowing me to serve!

Cindy

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairwoman
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
110 East Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 office | (678) 230-3864 cell | (770) 781-2199 fax
forsythco.com | Your Community. Your Future. 

 

March 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

March 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

Please see the March 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates. Please feel free to call (678-513-5884) or email me (cjmills@forsythco.com) with any comments or questions.

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Here we are, already in March!   The year is flying past us and I can’t believe how busy I have been. There are so many things happening that trying to fit it all into one newsletter is challenging. 

Our housing market is as strong as it was in 2014, or perhaps stronger. According to developers and realtors, there is less new inventory now than in the past 20 years in Forsyth County so people are realizing some of the highest prices ever on resales. The demand is certainly outpacing the supply. Many developers have been inquiring about bringing forth the old zonings that I have been warning about for a very long time.  This strong growth could bring a challenge to our water and sewer capacity, while trying to keep up with the demand we are now facing. 

When I was elected chairwoman, I did not realize we were on the brink of making history. I am also somewhat surprised to hear everyone call Forsyth county part of metro Atlanta, but that is the terminology being used. The media has embraced the fact that this is the first time there are four chairwomen elected from four metro-Atlanta counties. Gwinnett, Cobb, Henry, and Forsyth all have female chairs, and they are saying that has made history. Three are African American and that is a first as well. The four of us were first asked to do a fireside chat by the Council for Quality Growth. Next, we were awarded and recognized as a “Valiant Woman: Refusing to be Silenced!” by the City of Stockton.  See the flyers here and here and take a moment and enjoy the video here  https://vimeo.com/user24475531/review/516328527/a90877bfe0.  

While the award was very nice to receive, preparing for the video was very touching to me. I had never studied about the women’s suffrage movement and the fight for our right to vote. I listened to a podcast about it and was overwhelmed by what women went through for well over 100 years so we could have the privilege to serve in office.  Fifty years after the black man got the right to vote, women finally received their right to vote. What a struggle for our rights!  The right to vote is something we should cling to and we should honor, and we should not let anyone ever take it away. Lastly, we four chairwomen will be featured on the cover of Georgia Engineering Magazine in the upcoming March or April edition. We have certainly come a long way, and have those women who fought for our right to vote to thank, so we might be able to serve each of you today. 

Cindy Jones Mills | Chairman, Commission District 4
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5884 | (770) 781-2199 fax
www.forsythco.com | Your Community.  Your Future. 
https://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Agencies/Elected-Officials/Board-of-Commissioners/District-4

 

February 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

February 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter


Please see the February 2021 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates. Please feel free to call (678-513-5884) or email me (cjmills@forsythco.com) with any comments or questions.

Dear Community Members,

2021 is off to a fast start. I was honored to be selected by my peers as the county’s Chairwoman this year. With this position comes many more responsibilities and challenges (and meetings) but I am excited about the opportunities before me and to be working with our great staff and our new county manager, Kevin Tanner.   Mr. Tanner came to work on January 11th and has already proven many times that we made a wise decision in hiring him to lead our county forward. 

Recently, I was invited to participate in a “Fireside Chat” with the four newly elected Chairwomen of Metro Atlanta from Gwinnett, Cobb, Henry, and Forsyth counties by the Council for Quality Growth in Atlanta. One of their questions to our panel was, “What is your short-term and long-term vision for your county this year as Chair?”  I answered that I wanted to see improved customer service in the short-term and we hired a new county manager to ensure we achieve that goal. I want Forsyth County to be known as “business friendly” and that people are treated with respect and kindness when they come to do business in our county. We will begin surveying our customers to ensure we treat them right. 

In the long-term, I want to get more commercial/industrial growth in our tax base. We have been a bedroom community for far too long and we need to pursue every opportunity to attract more commercial growth in our tax base and put more tools in our toolbox to be successful in this arena. With approximately 65% of our citizens traveling outside the county every day to go to work, we need to find more ways to create employment centers in Forsyth County so we can then have less cars traveling farther distances on our roads, and reduce our transportation problems as well. 

I have a lot to do in a short amount of time if I am hopeful to make a difference. As always, thank you for your support and for giving me the opportunity to serve you!

Cindy

Cindy J. Mills | Chairwoman, Commission District 4
FORSYTH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
(678) 513-5884 | cjmills@forsythco.com  

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A Christmas and Holiday Season Message

A Christmas and Holiday Season Message
Dear Fellow Citizens,

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season to you and yours. Having spent the past week in quarantine due to finding out I had COVID-19, gives one time to reflect on what we have all endured in 2020. With so much unrest and uncertainty in our less than stable world, it gives me a new appreciation and commitment to the things I can always find faith in. Things such as my family, my faith, and Forsyth County. All three play an integral role in my life and I hope to never take any of these for granted. So instead of focusing on the things that are out of our control this season, I will choose to focus on the joy in the things that bring me the greatest blessings in my life, and I will delight in the grace that has come to me from above that I didn’t earn in anyway but was a gift given to me out of love. 

I pray your Christmas will be a blessing to you. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you! 

Merry Christmas! 

Cindy 


December 2020 District 4 Zoning Newsletter

December 2020 District 4 Zoning Newsletter
Please see the December 2020 District 4 Zoning Newsletter which includes other community updates. Please feel free to call (678-513-5884) or email me (cjmills@forsythco.com) with any comments or questions.

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