December 2009 Issue - Forsyth County Government
DECEMBER2009 Monthly Newslet ter of FORSYTHCOUNT Y think Forsyth It just makes First cents ADDITIONAL PORTION OF BIG CREEK Did you know purchases of taxable items in Forsyth County generate sales taxes that will stay here in the county These taxes fund a number of things, including public safety, transportation and park improvements. Every purchase you make in Forsyth County is an investment in your county’s future. GREENWAY SET TO OPEN An additional portion of the Big Creek Greenway is scheduled to officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, December 4. The new portion, known as Phase 1, covers approximately 3.9 miles from McFarland Parkway to the Fowler Park site at SR 9. Phase 1 connects to the already opened Phases 2 and 3, which cover approximately 2.94 miles from SR 9 to Bethelview Road. The Big Creek Greenway is a 12-foot wide concrete and boardwalk path meandering through the deciduous woods along the Big Creek. The trail offers an ideal setting for walking, jogging, biking and inline skating. Commissioner’s Corner I am pleased to share the news that the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department recently garnered the District 7 Agency of the Year award from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. I am also pleased to say this is not the f irst time Forsyth County has received this prestigious recognition. The department previously won Agency of the Year in 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1991. Without question, one of the things the county is renowned for is our outstanding parks and recreation of ferings. From baseball and soccer f ields to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve and the new Big Creek Greenway, the Parks and Recreation Department of fers something for everyone. I encourage all residents to take advantage of the quality facilities and programs of fered through the county. Congratulations are extended to the Parks and Recreation Department staf f and Parks and Recreation Board members for their commitment and dedication, and for the hard work that made receiving this accolade possible. Have a safe and happy holiday season. Sincerely, A temporary parking area adjacent to McFarland Parkway at Big Creek will be able to accommodate approximately 50 vehicles. The primary parking will be provided with the completion of Fowler Park (scheduled for 2011), which will have a connection to the Big Creek Greenway. Design of the future Phases 4 and 5 of the trail is currently under way. When all phases are completed, the greenway will be approximately 15 miles in Forsyth County. Visit www.forsythco.com to receive additional information about the Big Creek Greenway, including a greenway map, rules and safety and etiquette tips. Brian R. Tam, District 2 Commissioner Parks and Recreation staff were recognized at the November 19 Board of Commissioners meeting. 2010 Budget Public Hearing The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. to present the proposed 2010 operating budget for Forsyth County. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room (Suite 220) in the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming. Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. Aerial’s House Toy Collection Under Way The Forsyth County Fire Department’s seventh annual Aerial’s House toy collection for children in need is under way. New, unwrapped toys for Aerial’s House may be dropped of f now at any Forsyth County f ire station, Fire Department Headquarters, or under the Christmas tree in the County Administration Building lobby. To receive more information about Aerial’s House, call Fire Department Headquarters at 770.781.2180 ext 0. To receive information about the distribution of toys collected through Aerial’s House, call the Forsyth County Family YMCA at 678.341.6337.