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 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 The March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Management Order-01 regarding social distancing has been rescinded effective immediately.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.