Cumming approves new insurance plan and weighs allowing golf carts on streets | Forsyth News

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CUMMING, Ga. — The Cumming City Council approved a change to the city’s general liability, property, and casualty insurance provider at its March 15 regular meeting.

Cumming currently has insurance with The Travelers Company, with a premium of $326,250. If renewed, the cost of the policy would increase by 12% to $367,146. The board instead opted to pursue a policy with Selective Insurance, which cited a premium of $357,676, a 9.6% increase over the city’s current insurance costs.

The city also received a quote from Liberty Mutual Insurance with a premium of $475,000. Board members voted unanimously to approve the plan with Selective.

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The city council also discussed, but did not vote on, amendments to the city’s liquor ordinance and its policies regarding “personal transportation vehicles”, namely golf carts. Proposed changes to the liquor ordinance could open up rules on where residents can drink alcohol in the city.

The change would allow residents to consume alcohol outdoors in city-approved areas, as long as the cup or can features a 3×5-inch fluorescent sticker identifying the vendor who sold the alcohol.

The changes could also allow cigar shops to sell distilled spirits. Currently, stores are limited to selling beer and wine. To qualify as a seller of distilled spirits, stores would still need to make at least 60% of their gross revenue from the sale of cigars.

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Councilor Linda Ledbetter feared the changes, wondering why cigar shops could sell liquor when they didn’t sell food. Referring to the provision that would allow drinking outside, she expressed concern about people drinking in the presence of children.

The city continues to work on an ordinance that would allow residents to drive golf carts or personal transportation vehicles on city streets with speed limits of 25 mph or less. City attorney Kevin Tallant cited Peachtree City as a municipality that allows golf carts on the streets.

The board also approved the installation of a new $96,800 speaker system for the Cumming Fairgrounds arena. The current system was installed in 2001 and staff said the new system would provide better and more consistent sound quality.

Council members also released a proclamation honoring two Cumming Middle school students who won the Georgia Educators’ Association Region 2 spelling bee on Feb. 26. from North Forsyth Middle School, will move on to the March 18 state spelling bee.

The proclamation noted that it is “extremely unusual” for two students from the same school district to win the competition at the regional level.

To reach Jake Drukman at 770-847-8334. Follow him on Twitter @DrukmanJake.

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