Three Cumming Police Department Officers Honored
Posted 12/2/2020: Sgt. Tracy Holbrook, Officer Howard “Howie” Corrigan, and Sgt. Tony Hodgkins received departmental awards from Police Chief David Marsh during the December Work Session of the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Sgt. Holbrook and Officer Corrigan both received the department Lifesaving Award for their quick-thinking and fast medical actions which saved the lives of two individuals this summer. Additionally, Officer Corrigan was presented with the Officer of the Year Award for his hard work, humility, and generous attitude. Sgt. Hodgkins was presented the department first ever Supervisor of the Year Award for his attitude of servant-leadership, hard work, and willingness to tackle any needs – even the mundane – that arise at the department. Read more about these three outstanding officers and the awards here.
The City of Cumming continues to closely monitor information provided by the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organizations, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus). See the listing below for updates about our community.
Posted 1/6/2021: The following information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations is provided by District Two Public Health:
Georgia is currently in Phase 1-A of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout. This includes the availability of vaccination to the following:
– Healthcare providers (hospital staff, public health clinical staff, EMS and other first responders, long term care facility staff and urgent care facility staff are examples of people who will be included in this phase)
If any qualifying residents wish to register to receive a vaccine, please click here to visit the District 2 Public Health website.
Beginning Jan. 11, 2021: Adults 65 years of age and older, law enforcement and fire personnel will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (based on vaccine availability). Residents are encouraged to monitor the District 2 Public Health website and Facebook page for announcements regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability and testing.
Posted 8/11/2020: City of Cumming leaders have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which had been scheduled for October 8-18, due to ongoing public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information. The public will, however, still have an opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite fair foods through a unique take-away food service which Fairgrounds staff members are working to develop. Check back to this page and the Fairgrounds’ Facebook Page for updates.
Posted 8/7/2020: Small business in the City of Cumming or Forsyth County with fewer than 499 employees are invited to apply for the Forsyth County CARES Small Business Grant Program. The deadline to apply for this assistance is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. The grant can provide up to $10,000 for small businesses impacted by Covid-19 for use on working capital, equipment, payroll, healthcare benefits, contract labor, supplier payments, rent, lease or mortgage payments for real property used for business purposes, and other uses. While the program is being administered by the Forsyth County Chamber, applicants do not have to be Chamber members to qualify for the grant funding. To learn more about the program, click here, or to apply, click here.
Posted 7/21/2020: Effective July 21, 2020, the Cumming Municipal Court will utilize these guidelines for all court proceedings, pursuant to the Georgia Supreme Court. These guidelines will be in effect until otherwise amended or withdrawn.
Posted 5/29/2020: The City of Cumming will hold most of its annual July 4th activities, with some modifications to allow for social distancing guidelines. Click here for complete information.
Posted 5/20/2020: The Cumming Recreation & Parks Department has cancelled most of its traditional summer programming (such as day camps and athletic camps) through the end of June. However, some programming (such as team and upper-level gymnastics, company dance, adult art classes, and some fitness programs) are tentatively scheduled to resume on June 15, 2020. Click here for complete information.
Posted 5/19/2020: The Cumming Aquatic Center will reopen in a limited capacity on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, beginning at 8 a.m. Click here for complete information, including hours of operation and a complete list of all new rules, guidelines and procedures.
Posted 5/19/2020: The Cumming City Council Regular Meeting and Planning & Zoning Board meeting, both scheduled for May 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively, will be live streamed via the City’s YouTube Channel and open to the public. Anyone attending in public is asked to practice social distancing and sit in the designated seating areas inside the Council Chambers.
Posted 5/5/2020: The Cumming City Council Work Session scheduled for May 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. will be live streamed via the City’s YouTube Channel.
Posted 5/1/2020: The City of Cumming’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, which would have been held on May 22, has been cancelled. However, dedications of the new 2020 Avenue of Flags families will be incorporated into the Veterans Day event on Nov. 11, 2020.
All events scheduled for May at the Cumming Fairgrounds have been cancelled or postponed.
Posted 5/1/2020: The City of Cumming has extended the period of closure of all City-owned and operated facilities to the public through May 13, 2020 in light of continued recommendations to practice social distancing and Gov. Brian Kemp’s recent extension of Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency. City employees will still report to work whenever possible and will conduct City business via telephone and email. Click here for a list of all City of Cumming contact information.
Posted 4/29/2020: Based on state orders from Gov. Brian Kemp concerning the continued closure of public pools, the Cumming Aquatic Center will remain closed to the public through May 13, 2020. At that time, a reevaluation of the safety concerns will be made and updated information will be provided.
Posted 4/16/2020: Due to continued concerns over COVID-19 outbreak, the Cumming Recreation and Parks Department has cancelled all programs and activities through Sunday, May 24, 2020, at which time a reevaluation of the safety concerns will be made.
Since this means the cancellation of programs already underway when the suspensions began in March, pro-rated refunds will be issued for classes that were not able to be held. These refunds will be credited to the account of the person that paid for the registration for use when programs are able to begin again.
Persons seeking a monetary refund of these fees should e-mail email@example.com; please be sure to include the name of the child enrolled; the name of the activity, as well as the activity’s meeting day and time; and current mailing address. Refunds will be processed and checks will be mailed to the address of the person that paid for the registration. Please expect it to take three to four weeks to receive your refund.
PLEASE NOTE: The e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org has been experiencing technical difficulties, but is now working properly (as of April 17, 2020). If you submitted a refund request to this email address between April 10th and April 17th, please resubmit that request.
Registration for summer activities, including Day Camps, Athletic Camps, Gymnastics Classes & Camps, Dance Classes & Camps, Art Classes & Camps, Self Defense classes, and Horseback Riding Classes & Camps, will be postponed until a resolution of the current situation is reached. FitPasses will be frozen at their current status and will be reinstated with the resumption of programs.
Updates will be posted on this page, as well as the City’s Facebook page, and the Recreation Department’s website and Facebook page.
The information above applies only to programs and activities of the Cumming Recreation and Parks Department. For information on the status of programs and activities at the Cumming Aquatic Center, please go to www.cummingaquaticcenter.com.
Posted 4/10/2020: The City of Cumming has extended the period of closure of all City-owned and operated facilities to the public through April 30, 2020 in light of continued recommendations to practice social distancing and Gov. Brian Kemp’s recent extension of Georgia’s Shelter-in-Place Order. City employees will still report to work whenever possible and will conduct City business via telephone and email. Click here for a list of all City of Cumming contact information. Click here for full information about the extension of City government closures.
Posted 4/9/2020: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the mandatory Shelter-in-Place Executive Order for all of Georgia through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020. This new Executive Order also extends Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. This order overrides any and all previous orders concerning the Covid-19 situation which have been issued by local governments, including the City of Cumming. Click here to read Gov. Kemp’s new executive order; click here for the official press release from Gov. Kemp’s office.
Posted 4/3/2020: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a mandatory Shelter-in-Place Executive Order for all of Georgia on Thursday, April 2, 2020. This order goes into effect at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 and lasts through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13. This order overrides any and all previous orders concerning Covid-19 situation which have been issued by local governments, including the City of Cumming. Click here to read Gov. Kemp’s Shelter-in-Place Order; click here for FAQ’s about the order and Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce; click here for a video from Gov. Kemp explaining the order; click here for Gov. Kemp’s official website.
Posted 4/2/2020: Due to reduced numbers of workers and scheduling shifts resulting from the current Covid-19 situation, the City of Cumming Street Department’s regular pickup days and routes are subject to change without notice. The Department will make every effort to reach all pickups as quickly and efficiently as possible, and asks City of Cumming residents to please be patient while the Department navigates through this unusual time. Residents (within the City Limits) may still call the Street Department to schedule pick-ups at (770) 781-2019. If your call is not answered, please leave a message with your name, call back number, and information about your pickup needs. Staff members will return calls as quickly as possible. (This notice only applies to residents within the Cumming City Limits; the Cumming Street Department does not provide pickups for residents outside the City Limits.)
Due to potential confusion regarding the City of Cumming’s COVID-19 Emergency Management Order-01 and the subsequent rescinding of the Order, the City of Cumming would like to clarify what is still in place regarding the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Management Order regarding Dine-in Food Service is still effective. The March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Management Order-01 regarding social distancing has been rescinded effective immediately. The new order (Covid-19 Emergency Management Order-03) has been enacted Wednesday, April 1, 2020 with the effective date of Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
The City of Cumming’s only goal is to promote the health, safety and well being of its citizens during this pandemic and State of Emergency. To that end, we will continue monitoring the situation with our colleagues at Forsyth County and around the State of Georgia, medical professionals, and experts to determine best courses of action.
We would like to reiterate that this pandemic is serious and would request for citizens to do their part to slow the spread by adhering to the Governor of the State of Georgia’s Order issued on March 23, 2020 and current CDC guidelines.
Thank you all for your support during this trying time. Please be safe, respectful of one another and continue to pray for this Country.
Posted 3/31/2020: The City of Cumming has enacted a Covid-19 Emergency Management Order which suspends all in-dining service at food service establishments in the Cumming City Limits, effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020. To-go, take-out, drive-thru, and curb-side service are all still permitted, and exceptions to the order are hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes. Additionally, the order permits food service establishments with a current City of Cumming alcohol sales license to sell new, unopened containers of alcohol along with to-go orders (food order must be of equal or greater value to the alcohol order; no alcohol-only sales). For complete information, click here. To read the order, click here.
Posted 3/27/2020: The City of Cumming has extended the period of closure of all City-owned and operated facilities to the public through April 10, 2020. City employees will still report to work whenever possible and will conduct City business via telephone and email. Click here for a list of all City of Cumming contact information. Additionally, the City of Cumming Recreation Department has extended its suspension of programs through April 26, 2020. Click here for full information about the extension of closures and suspensions.
Posted 3/27/2020: United Way of Forsyth County is working to assist individuals and families in our community who have been especially hard-hit by the Covid-19 situation. United Way’s Community Resource Guide provides connections to assistance such as food pantries and home-delivered meals, mortgage and rent payment assistance, and utility payment assistance. To donate to United Way’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, click here.
Posted 3/23/2020: City of Cumming Recreation & Parks Department has extended the suspension of all programs through Sunday, April 12, 2020. A re-evaluation of circumstances will be conducted prior to April 12th and the Recreation Department will announce updated plans sometime during the week of April 5-11, 2020. Click here for complete information.
Posted 3/23/2020: Red Oak Sanitation, the solid waste service provider for residents and businesses within the Cumming City Limits, has issued a statement regarding their service procedures during this time. Service will continue to run as usual, however, only bagged trash that has been placed inside the trash cart and recyclable materials placed inside the recycling cart will be picked up. Any items placed outside the carts will not be picked up.
Posted 3/23/2020: The Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce will present a free webinar focused on assisting businesses with the application for the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Relief Loan. Alex Warner, Existing Industry Project Manager, will help businesses learn if the loan program is right for them, and walk participants through the steps of applying. The webinar will be presented from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 (register here) and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 (register here).
Posted 3/19/2020: The Forsyth County Chamber is now actively working with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to get disaster relief to the business community of Forsyth County. Alex Warner, Existing Industry Project Manager for Forward Forsyth and the Chamber, is available to assist local businesses in applying. He can be reached at: 770.887.6461 ext. 137 or email@example.com. Businesses can apply directly online at: www.sba.gov/disaster.
Posted 3/19/2020: The City of Cumming encourages our residents and businesses to check out a new initiative from the Forsyth County Chamber called TOGETHER 4 FOCO. Through this effort, the Chamber is taking the lead in supporting the Cumming-Forsyth County business community in dealing with the economic consequences of COVID-19. Through the Together4FOCO website and Facebook group, businesses and the local community as a whole can come together to share ways to support each other as we all work through this challenging time in our history.
Posted 3/17/2020: Effective beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through March 31, 2020, the City of Cumming will restrict public access to ALL City of Cumming buildings and facilities. City staff will still report to work and will be handling City business via phone and electronic methods. Click here for complete information about the restrictions to the public, and click here for a listing of City of Cumming contact information.
Posted 3/16/2020: Cumming Municipal Court will be closed until at least April 15, 2020. All individuals slated for court proceedings through this date should contact the Cumming Municipal Court at 770-781-2002 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Posted 3/16/2020: The Sawnee Association of the Arts has closed the downtown Arts Center, located in the City’s Brannon-Heard House, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. The Arts Center will be closed indefinitely at this time; updates will be posted here and on Facebook.
Posted 3/16/2020: At this time, all future meetings of the Cumming City Council and Planning & Zoning Board will proceed as normal. Any changes or updates will be posted here and on Facebook.
Posted 3/13/2020: Effective, Monday, March 16, 2020, all programs and activities of the City of Cumming Recreation & Parks Department and the Cumming Aquatic Center have been suspended. Click here for complete information.
Additionally, all events scheduled at the Cumming Fairgrounds for March have been cancelled or postponed.
Follow the City of Cumming Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cummingcityhall) for event and activities updates.
Covid-19 Information Resources
We encourage our residents and businesses to seek out information from reliable sources, such as the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health. We have provided some links to reliable sources here:
2020 Census Information
The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching, and everyone needs to be aware of this very important event. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.
How is Census information used?
Every 10 years, the results of the Census, which was first conducted in 1790, are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. State officials also redraw boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Additionally, the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data for things like schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Learn more by clicking here.
- March 12-20 – Homes will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30-April 1 – The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these days.
- April 1 – Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- April – Census takers will visit Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May-July – Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- December – The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
For complete information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.
Cumming Utilities Needs Help
Cumming Utilities is asking the public to help in collecting water samples from homes built between 1982 and 1988 in order to comply with new federal requirements. Homeowners of houses built during this time period are asked to take part in the voluntary testing, in which Cumming Utilities will provide sample bottles for collection of cold-water samples after the water has been standing in the home plumbing for at least 6 hours. This may be done first thing in the morning or immediately after returning home from work before any water is used at the home. These samples will initially be taken once every 6 months and less frequently thereafter.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed regulations which require all water systems in the U.S. to sample certain homes for the presence of lead and copper. These samples can only be taken from homes built after 1982 and before June of 1988. The EPA targeted these homes because lead solder used in the joints of copper pipes may have the tendency to leach lead into the water. This leaching problem normally occurs in water standing in pipes for more than 6 hours or in water systems that do not provide for corrosion control. The City of Cumming Water System began corrosion control in their systems in 1988.
Please click here for complete information about the testing process, including the participation form if you would like to volunteer to take part.