Convention center authority to open bids

by Celia Shortt

The Newnan Convention Center Authority expects to open bids for its second entrance on Lower Fayetteville Road in three weeks.

NCCA Chairman Parks Avery made the announcement at the authority’s March meeting on Thursday.

Avery said, according to Michael Klahr, Newnan’s city engineer, once the project is started it should only take about 120 days to complete and will minimally affect traffic on Lower Fayetteville Road during construction. The majority of the construction will be off road and on the Centre’s property.

“It will be beautiful,” said Carol Moore, executive director for the Newnan Centre, of the entrance.

“It’s really beautiful,” agreed Avery.

Mike Colpoys, vice chairman of NCCA, hopes the new entrance will increase awareness of the facility to passersby.

The second entrance will become the main entrance to the Centre and will include a roundabout.

In her executive director’s report at the meeting, Moore shared that the Centre’s street number, 1515, will be added to the Centre for Performing and Visual Art’s sign at the current entrance on Lower Fayetteville Road.

The Newnan Centre is connected to the Coweta County Board of Education’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts by a covered pavilion and walkway.

Other business at the March meeting included:

• The authority accepted the amendment to the intergovernmental agreement for management services between the city and themselves for the Newnan Centre. The new agreement allows them to receive a different percentage from the hotel/motel tax for 2014 and 2015, as well as giving them the money sooner.

This amendment was done to allow NCCA to purchase additional equipment and house it at the centre. NCCA is also exploring storage options for the new equipment.

• Moore said the facility is trying to get a booster from AT&T to boost service at the facility.

• Moore said they are bidding out air conditioning service for the facility since the year warranty on their equipment is coming to an end.

• Avery informed the NCCA members they won the 2013 Prosperity Award from the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce for the Centre.

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