Newnan moving forward on safety complexBy JOHN A. WINTERS
Newnan City Council is expected to approve a request to solicit bids for a construction manager for the proposed public safety complex during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Also on the agenda are proposed changes to the zoning ordinance to allow for sports complexes to be built in light industrial areas, bids on constructing a parking area near the old historic Train Depot on East Broad and bids on the roadway leading to the new Cancer Treatment Centers of America complex.
The proposed public safety complex is estimated to cost about $9 million and will be paid for with 2013 Special Local Option Sales Tax funds.
“Due to the size and complexity of constructing the new public safety complex, staff believes it will be beneficial to hire an owners representative to assist with this project,” council agenda documents state. “If such services are utilized, it is most beneficial to have the firm on board at the beginning of the project. An owners representative is often referred to as a construction manager.”
The manager would be responsible for analyzing potential construction sites, assist with selection of a qualified architect firm, assist with selection of a construction contractor and supervise construction.
The council also is expected to refer to the city’s Planning Commission a request to change wording in what is allowed in “light industrial” and “heavy industrial” zoning districts.
Walt Sholar, on behalf of Centerfield Baseball Academy LLC, is requesting the change to allow “sports of physical activity instruction” within those zones.
“Mr. Sholar would like to open an indoor baseball/ softball facility and is having a difficult time identifying a building in an allowable zoning designation that has ample height and size to accommodate his business,” staff said. “Since these types of uses are typically housed in industrial warehouses in neighboring jurisdictions, Sholar is requesting a text amendment to permit them in the city’s (light industrial) and (heavy industrial) districts as well.”
Also Tuesday, the city council will consider a bid for a new roadway near the Cancer Treatment Center complex currently under construction off Newnan Crossing Bypass at Ashley Park.
The road project involves construction of about 1,300 feet of new roadway from McIntosh Parkway north to the end of Parkway North that intersects Bullsboro Drive. Those two latter roads currently are under construction.
City staff is recommending council approve the bid of Brent Scarbrough & Company in the amount of $490,950.80. Funding would come from 2007 SPLOST funds.
Another bid is for the design and construction of parking lot improvements on what is known as the Hancock tract. Robert Hancock donated two small parcels near the CSX railroad tracks and the historic Train Depot to the city in late 2011. The property is between East Washington Street and East Broad Street.
City staff is recommending the parking lot contract be awarded to Georgia Development Partners in the amount of $343,928. There were three bids submitted and Georgia Development was the middle bid. Staff thought the highest bid was too much and the lowest bid did not include everything needed to be done.
Council also is expected to approve amendments to the 2011 budget totaling $313,415. The changes affect the general fund, as well as grant funds and the rental motor vehicle excise tax fund, neither of which were originally budgeted for 2011, staff documents showed.
“This budget amendment will not change the actual expenditures for 2011,” according to council documents. “This is a requirementâ ¦ to ensure council has approved all appropriations for the year indicated, regardless of the funding source.”
The general fund changes total $60,155 and include an additional $40,349 for Municipal Court operations, $11,438 in employee health insurance premiums for the engineering department and $8,368 for school resource officers.
In other action, council:
• Is expected to approve a bid of $11,157.80 for a riding lawn mower with grass collection system for the Cemetery Department.
• Is expected to change speed limits on three streets. Fair Street: from Bonnell Street to Richard Allen Drive - 25 mph; Newnan Crossing Boulevard: from Georgia Highway 34 to Poplar Road - 45 mph; Westhill Drive: from Newnan Crossing Boulevard East to Fairway Drive - 25 mph.
• Hear a request from First Baptist Church to close Madison Street to through traffic for distribution of food from a mobile food pantry from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three Fridays: May 25; July 27 and August 24.
• Hear a request from Full Circle Toys to close Madison Street from the intersection of Perry Street to Jefferson Street, excluding the intersections, for a promotional event on June 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.