More school signals planned for Thomas Crossroads
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Drivers on Hwy. 34 East at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School will see an extra set of flashing “school zone” warning lights in the near future.
Tuesday night, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the installation of new flashing lights in the median of Hwy. 34.
There are currently warning flashers near the school on either side of the highway, for eastbound and westbound traffic.
However, sometimes, drivers in the inside lanes can’t see the flashers. “The visibility of these can be blocked,” said County Administrator Michael Fouts.
The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office requested the county look at installing the flashers in the median as well. The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the request to install the equipment in the medians.
The cost will be $9,500, and the electricity for the two new flashers will run about $18 per month. County road crews will do the installation including boring under the highway.
In other meeting business:
• The board approved a new swimming pool, spa and hot tub ordinance that prohibits the use of chain link or lattice fencing around swimming pools.
• The board approved a project agreement related to the Niagara Bottling plant to be built in the Shenandoah Industrial Park.
The agreement is among Niagara Bottling LLC, Shenandoah Park Properties, Coweta County Development Authority, the Coweta Board of Tax Assessors, and the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority.
“This is a $50 million investment, and will create 40 jobs,” said Fouts. “We’re very excited the company chose to locate here.”
The plant is expected to open in late 2014. “It is a very aggressive construction project,” Fouts said. “We, along with the other entities, have committed to them that we will expedite this as much as possible,” he said.
• Confirmed was last week’s closing of Joe Cox Road and Bill Hart Road for filming of the television pilot “Constantine.”
The board also approved the use of parking at the Grantville recreation complex and library by the production company for the movie “Term Life."
• The board approved the name change of Parkway North to Celebrate Life Parkway. The road leads from Bullsboro Drive to Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Medical Center, and the city of Newnan has already approved the name change for the portion of the road inside the city limits.
CTCA has also asked that the speed limit be increased from 25 to 35 mph. That will require a speed study and action by the city of Newnan, Fouts said.
• The board approved the utility relocation and reimbursement agreements with Georgia Power Company for utility relocation related to the Newnan Bypass southside extension project. Coweta County will reimburse Georgia Power $538,073 toward the cost of the relocations.
The money will come from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Coweta County is responsible for the utility relocations, engineering, and right-of-way for the bypass project, which also includes widening of portions of Hwy. 16 East and U.S. 29 South, and the intersection improvement at U.S. 29, Ga. 16, and Pine Road.
• The board voted to surplus and sell several tax sale properties by sealed bid. They are: 0.62 acre at Fisher Road and Rolling Wood Trail, three acres on Walt Sanders Road, and a very small parcel on Daisy Place.
• Approved were several proclamations: recognizing the 50th year reunion of Central High School’s class of 1964, in memory of Mr. Tommie Hoyt Hubbard Jr., designating Confederate History and Heritage Month and Confederate Memorial Day, designating National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and designating April as National County Government Month.