New Cumming mayor, council members sworn in

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CUMMING, Ga. — The new year brought new change to the city of Cumming when two new council members and a new mayor were sworn in Jan. 2.

Mayor Troy Brumbalow, Councilman Chad Crane and Councilman Jason Evans took their respective oaths from City Court Judge John Richard Neville in front of a crowded room at City Hall.

Each beat out the three incumbents last year for their seats. Brumbalow took nearly 60 percent of the votes

over longtime Mayor H. Ford Gravitt who had held the gavel for nearly 50 years.

“We all look forward to the challenges ahead and we’re excited,” Brumbalow said. “We want to do great things for the city and will be held accountable. We will do what you elected us to do, and I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

On the day he took his oath, Brumbalow said it felt like any other day.

“I’m honored but I don’t feel any differently,” he said. “I’ll be meeting with staff, which we’ve already been doing but we’ll transition more into that.”

The City Council is preparing for its first work session this week.

Brumbalow said his short-term goals are addressing the city’s noise ordinance, implementing curbside recycling and dissolving the Fair Authority.

At its November 2017 meeting, the City Council voted to transfer all income from the 2017 Cumming Country Fair & Festival – a little over $1 million – to the Fair Authority which operates the Fairgrounds.

Critics have alleged the city gets no revenue from the fair and has no say in how it is operated. Instead, the Authority, partly made up of current and former city officials, gave themselves control of the Fairgrounds.

“The timing doesn’t matter about (dissolving it), it just matters that we do it,” Brumbalow said. “It’s an asset of the city. It needs to come back to control of the City Council.”

There was only standing room at the swearing in.

“We have a lot of friends, family and supporters here and on the campaign trail,” Brumbalow said. “It really meant a lot that they take their time out to be a part of it. It’s very special.”

Evans, who won the Post 2 seat, said he was humbled by how many people came to the swearing in.

Crane took his Post 1 seat the same night and said he was excited and relieved.

In his initial election, a tie vote forced a runoff which Crane won with more than 60 percent of votes.

“The campaign was a long, hard-fought battle,” he said. “I’m anxious to get in there and start making some changes for the better of Cumming. I’m excited for positive change to come to Cumming.”


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