Cumming, Georgia

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Cumming is a city in Forsyth County, Georgia. The population was 5,430 at the 2010 census[1]. However, places with a Cumming mailing address have a population of around 100,000. The city is the county seat of Forsyth County.

Website evaluation

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Budget N
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Meetings P
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Elected Officials N
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Administrative Officials N
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Permits, zoning
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Audits N
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Contracts N
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Public Records N
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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Georgia city websites

This site was last evaluated on Aug. 6, 2012.

The good

  • There is a calendar of meetings naming the times and locations.[2]
  • Planning and zoning department provides information on zoning ordinances and permit applications.[3]
  • At the bottom of the web page, the city discloses it's membership to lobbying associations.

The bad

  • Meeting minutes and agendas have not been published online, nor are archives for the past 3-5 yrs available.
  • City council members are not listed. An office address, phone number and personalized email is not provided.
  • Heads of departments are not provided, nor is there any contact information - including an office address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Approved contract statements over 10,000 are not provided.
  • Could not locate budgets or audits for the past 3-5 years.
  • Information on how to file a public records request is not provided. The Public Information Officer is not identified, nor is contact information provided.
  • Membership dues for lobbying associations is not provided.
  • Local tax rates are not published.

Public meetings

Attorney General Sam Olens has filed an open meetings lawsuit against Cumming's mayor. The lawsuit alleges that Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt and police barred Nydia Tisdale from videotaping an April 17 city council meeting. This is the same day a new law went into effect which allowed visual and sound recordings of public meetings and authorizes the attorney general to sue violators and seek penalties.[4]

External links

References

  1. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/1320932.html
  2. Cumming, Meeting calendar, Accessed: Aug. 6, 2012
  3. Cumming, Planning and zoning, Accessed: Aug. 6, 2012
  4. Sacramento Bee, Ga. town challenges state's new open meetings law, July 30, 2012