Newnan Council Preview

AV contract set to be awarded to UWG campus

by Celia Shortt

Newnan City Council will vote Thursday morning on awarding Technical Systems Audiovisual a contract for audiovisual systems at University of West Georgia’s new Newnan campus.

The campus is under construction at the site of the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street.

The council will only hold one meeting in June, on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

The contract to be awarded is a state contract in the amount of $513,750.04. It is under the current budget of $600,00 allotted for an audiovisual system.

The council will also be voting on bids for a new rescue truck and its necessary equipment.

Custom Truck and Body Works’ had the low bid of $123,900 for a rescue truck, and Georgia Fire and Rescue had the low bid of $46,765.84 for the equipment.

In the proposal submitted to the city council, Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley said the purpose of the new truck is to “place in service a light rescue truck for auto extrication, EMS assist, and tactical rope” and because of the high number of EMS calls, getting a new truck “will give a cost effective vehicle to use instead of a taking out a heavy duty fire engine.”

In other business Thursday council will:

• Vote on awarding a contract to The Miller Group, Inc. for a base bid amount of $440,928 for full-depth reclamation and paving on Spence Avenue, Highwoods Parkway, and the roads serving Eastview Cemetery Annex.

• Consider an economic development incentive policy recommendation from the business development office.

• Consider a surplus declaration of a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, which is too costly to repair.

• Hold public hearing for Ruby Tuesday on Bullsboro Drive for an alcohol beverage license transfer from Katrina Polk Lyle to Sonna Wood.

• Hold public hearing on the 2014 update to the capital improvements element, which includes the 2014 update to the short-term work program.

• Hold a public hearing for a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow restaurants and similar establishments in the O1-1 and O1-2 districts as a special exception.

• Hear a request for public hearings on Aug. 26 for properties at 3 Annie Street South, 10 Second Street, and 16 Wheat Street.

• Consider a resolution authorizing the city of Newnan and the Georgia Department of Transportation to contract for funding under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st century.

• Hear an informational report on the feasibility of restroom facilities within select city parks.

• Hear a discussion of a driveway easement and encroachment agreement at a Farmer Street property.

• Hear a continuation of Michael E. Sumner’s request to abandon the right-of-way of Summer Place in order to resolve issues with property titles. Sumner is the conservator for Joann Williamson.

• Hear status reports for 4 Welch Street, 7 Landers Street, 7 Upper Mann Street, 20 Dixon Street, 48 Fair Street, 67 Fairmount Street, and 79 W. Washington Street.

• Hear a request from Joe Crain on behalf of KMS Properties regarding demolition notice on property on Dewey Street.

• Hear a request from First Baptist Church that Madison Street be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 and Sept.12 for the “Mobile Food Pantry” distribution of food.

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