Senoia will move forward with improvements
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The city of Senoia will be moving forward with changes to Main Street’s median, but likely not until July.
On Monday, the Senoia City Council voted to move forward with the project and have the work done by Aabby Group for $21,620.
The project will include removing the concrete cut-though areas mid-block, as well as removing the existing trees, reshaping and re-grassing the median, installing lights, irrigation and four street trees, as well as building flower beds at each crosswalk. There may be some prep work done before July.
The concrete cut-through across from where the Senoia Police Department used to be was helpful for officers. But now, with the increased traffic and amount of parking, “those cut-throughs just aren’t safe anymore,” said City Administrator Richard Ferry.
Mayor Larry Owens said he wanted to “give credit where credit is due” and thanked the Downtown Development Authority for its hard work on the project.
In other meeting business:
• The council approved a first-year budget of $9,400 for the Senoia Development Authority.
The authority will be funded this year through proceeds from a bond issuance. The development authority will be helping the Georgia Charter Educational Foundation by issuing $14 million in bonds. The foundation is purchasing the Coweta Charter Academy building and grounds from its current owner, Red Apple Development. The bonds will be backed by the Georgia Charter Educational Foundation, not by the city taxpayers.
The development authority will hold a meeting May 29 at 5 p.m. to approve the bond resolution.
• The council approved street closings for the Memorial Day events, and confirmed that the fireworks will be held at Marimac Lakes.
• The council approved street closings for the second annual Southern Ground Senoia Social, which will be held on July 5.
• The council delayed action on a encroachment permit for 34 Main St. The request is to allow installation of a handicapped ramp. After significant discussion, the council voted to delay action for two weeks.