City to negotiate for 2nd conference center entrance
by Celia Shortt
By Celia Shortt firstname.lastname@example.org
After rebidding the project of the second entrance for the Newnan Centre on Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan City Council will negotiate with the contractor who submitted the low bid for the project in order to move the project forward.
This second entrance, also located on Lower Fayetteville Road, will become the center’s main entrance. The project includes putting a second roundabout on the road.
Two bids were submitted in the second round of bidding, both of which were higher than the city had expected. Southeastern Site Development Inc. submitted the low bid of just over $1.3 million.
“We are asking the council to let us go to this contractor and do more negotiation ... to see if we can get this down to where we want it to be,” said Newnan City Engineer and Public Works Director Michael Klahr at Newnan City Council’s meeting on Tuesday.
The council approved Klahr and the city negotiating with Southeastern Site Development Inc. and presenting the results of the negotiation before the council.
Only one bid was submitted in the first round of bidding for the second entrance project, and it was rejected at the city council’s April 22 meeting because it was too high.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Newnan City Council approved moving forward with an overhaul of the zoning ordinance for the city.
Following the city council retreat earlier this year, Tracy Dunnavant, director of planning and zoning, researched changes to the ordinance to better reflect what Newnan is like now.
Dunnavant said in Tuesday’s meeting that when the ordinance was written, there was more new construction. Now, as there is less space for new construction, it needs to be changed to reflect redevelopment.
She asked the council for permission to put an RFP out for overhauling the complete city zoning ordinance.
“We could do it in-house,” she told the council. “But we’d rather hire someone who specializes in drafting ordinance.”
Dunnavant told the council she was estimating the project would cost $100,000 and take 18 months to complete. Mayor Keith Brady requested to have the process take one year rather than 18 months. He also said he understand changing the timeframe could cause a change in the cost.
“I want this to be as painless as possible,” he said. “Again, I want it to be as transparent as possible, too.”
The council approved Dunnavant’s request with Brady’s changes.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council:
•Approved a resolution to amend the 2014 budget to include an additional full-time assistant finance director position at a cost of $40,000 for the remainder of FY 2014. The amount includes wages, benefits, and equipment to accommodate a new position. Phillips hope to have the position filled in the next 30 to 45 days.
•Approved a change order for phase 2 of the new University of West Georgia campus in Newnan in the amount of almost $1.7 million for streetscape work, landscaping and additional site work. The courtyard landscaping and additional site work and changes will cost around $1.4 million and falls within the $1.5 million budget. The streetscape work will cost close to $300,000 and be paid for out of SPLOST funding.
•Approved awarding Johnson Pipeline $19,000 to demolish the house at 125 LaGrange St. The money will be taken out as a lien against the property. The house is the former home of the late Sally Bowen, a longtime Newnan educator.
•Approved a resolution to amend the 2013 budget – general fund. Total expenditures will be increased $455,554.
•Approved the transmittal of the 2014 update to the Capital Improvements Element, which includes the 2014 update to the short-term work program.
•Approved the surplus declaration of a 1993 Pierce Saber fire engine, as it surpassed its useful life, and selling it to Chattahoochee Hills for $20,000.
•Approved Edgar Hughston Builder Inc.’s request to accept an extension of Briandwood Drive and new street Bethany Bay in Fox Ridge Subdivision into the city’s street system.
•Approved an alcohol license for the Coweta Foundry, LLC, at 80 Newnan Station, as it is a new business.
•Approved an alcohol license for Newnan Lakes Chevron at 802 Lower Fayetteville Road, as it is a new business.
•Approved an alcohol license for Thai Heave, LLC, at 214/216 Newnan Crossing Bypass, allowing them to add distilled spirits, malt beverages, and wine.
•Scheduled public hearings for the properties at 10 Farmer St. and 12 Highland Park Court on Aug. 26.
•Heard status reports for 4 and 6 St. Clair Street and 36 Dewey Street. Council instructed staff to demolish the properties at 4 and 6 St. Clair Street. The resolution to repair or demolish had been approved. The council had been giving extensions until this time, and no work on the property had been done. Council continued the status report for 36 Dewey Street to their next meeting.”
•Approved Central Baptist Church’s request to close Brown Street between Spring and West Broad Street during Vacation Bible School the week ending July 11, 2014.
•Approved Nathan Thompson’s request to hold a Veteran’s Day parade on Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014. The plan is to hold the parade prior to the ceremony the veterans will have at the veteran’s plaza.
•Approved Community Welcome House’s request to hold their Jingle Bell Walk/Run on Dec. 6, 2014, prior to Mainstreet Market Day.
•Heard a second and final reading of the ordinance to amend Newnan’s zoning ordinance, by adopting text amendments to amend chapter 33, Section 33.080, special exception, conditional, and other specific use requirements, chapter 21, table 21.04, allowable uses, and for other purposes.