Newnan looking for project manager for new complex

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
Newnan City Council Tuesday approved soliciting bids for a construction manager to oversee the proposed public safety complex.
“This is commonly called the largest construction project the city of Newnan has undertaken,” said City Manager Cleatus Phillips, during the regular meeting Tuesday evening. The complex is expected to cost about $9 million, and would house the police department, municipal court and other departments.
The vote was unanimous to approve seeking bids for the manager, who would be responsible for analyzing potential sites, assist in hiring an architectural firm and construction contractor and supervise construction.
In other business:
• Council agreed to send to its planning commission a request to allow sports complexes to be built in industrial areas. The planning commission will in turn make a recommendation back to city council for approval. Walt Sholar, on behalf of Centerfield Baseball Academy LLC, wants the change so he can open an indoor baseball/softball facility. The best available sites currently are found in light and heavy industrial zoned areas.
• Approved was a bid for a new roadway near the Cancer Treatment Centers of America 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.
Council approved city staff’s recommendation to accept the bid of Brent Scarbrough & Company in the amount of $490,950.80. Funding would come from 2007 SPLOST funds.
• Another bid for the design and construction of parking lot improvements on what is known as the Hancock tract also was approved. 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 in downtown Newnan.
The contract was 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 approved 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 requirement... 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.

• Approved was a bid of $11,157.80 for a riding lawn mower with grass collection system for the Cemetery Department.

• Approved was a change in 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.

• Approved was 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.

• Approved was 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.



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