Newnan Council approves UWG project change

by Celia Shortt

Newnan City Council Tuesday approved a maximum price of just over $11 million for the new University of West Georgia Newnan campus at the site of the old hospital on Jackson Street.

The change order sets the Guaranteed Maximum Price at $11,489,609, including $50,000 for additional lead paint removal. These totals fall within the total budget of $15 million.

Council also approved a nearly $343,000 bid for renovations to Ray Park on the city's west side. The bid approved was the lowest and does not include playground equipment and landscaping. Those are estimated to be an additional $125,000.

Because the Jan. 28 city council meeting was canceled due to severe weather, the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting included items from that meeting.

Business at Tuesday’s meeting included:

• City Council recognized Benny Hayes and his 25 years of service to the city. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady said Hayes was the go to guy for big equipment, and he will be missed.

• Proposed revisions to the city ordinance allowing for brewery establishments was referred to the planning commission. Staff will begin the regulatory revision process.

• Accepted with regret was the resignation of Minerva Winslow from the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Sam Edwards from the Downtown Development Authority. Bob McCune was nominated for Winslow’s spot, and Jim Thomasson was nominated for Edward’s seat.

• Also referred to the planning commission a zoning text amendment to permit archery ranges in the CCS Zoning District and matters pertaining to possible ordinance revisions for Newnan and regulations for subdivisions.

• Approved were amendments for the Parks and Tree Commission allowing increasing to seven members with one city liaison.

• The council accepted a portion of Cliffhaven Circle, Worchester Drive, and Lynnfield Drive into the city’s street system per the request of Edgar Hughston Builder, Inc., and Farmer Commercial Park Drive per a request from Elizabeth Crain.

• Renewed was an agreement with Georgia Department of Driver’s Services to perform online motor vehicle checks on current and prospective employees. The contract is for two years.

• A report was heard on the ownership and maintenance history of Calhoun Alley.

• Public hearings were scheduled for 36 Dewey Street, 80 West Washington Street, and 96 Martin Luther King Drive for March 25.

• Council held public hearings on 14 Wheat Street and 452 East Broad Street and passed resolutions for each to repair or demolish in 45 days.

• Cuncil held a public hearing on 20 Dixon Street and passed a resolution to repair or demolish in 120 days with the owner giving progress reports.

• Heard were status reports on the following properties: 125 LaGrange Street, 7 Upper Mann Street, 48 Fair Street, 39 Ray Street, and 4 Dewey Street.

• The council voted to reverse the recommendation of accepting the property of 15R Pinson Street in exchange for its demolition costs because the property was deemed of no value to the city.

• Accepted was the new schedule and policy for weekend use of the Wesley Street Gym.

• Approved was a request from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society to hold a Civil War Sesquicentennial Event all day Friday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 12 which will require some street closings for events.

• Approved was a request to hold the annual 5k Walk to Benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Sept. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the same route beginning and ending at Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road.

• Approved was a request from First Baptist Church to block Brown Street from West Washington Street to Madison Street from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day June 23-27 for Vacation Bible School.

• Approved was a Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce request to hold a meeting and tour event on the Court Square on Oct. 30.

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