Contract for second entrance of Newnan Centre approved

by Celia Shortt

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The Newnan Centre meeting facility will be getting its entrance on Lower Fayetteville Road, after Newnan City Council approved Southeastern Site Development, Inc.’s renegotiated bid.

The council awarded a renegotiated contract to Southeastern at its evening meeting Tuesday.

“We are so excited for this project to begin,” said Carol Moore, executive director of the Newnan Centre, of the council’s decision.

Initially, Southeastern’s bid was too high, and the council voted at its July 8 meeting to allow Newnan City Engineer and Public Works Director Michael Klahr to renegotiate.

The company’s initial bid was part of the second round of bidding for the project. The initial round produced bids that were too high.

Klahr did negotiate, and Southeastern’s final bid was for a base amount of $1,265,798.91. This amount was almost $300,000 less than their first bid of slightly more than $1.5 million.

The new entrance will become the main entrance for the city meeting facility and includes a roundabout, the second to be constructed on Lower Fayetteville Road by the city. It also includes “an entry road into the Newnan Centre, sidewalk, landscaping, lighting and guardrail on Lower Fayetteville Road.”

The project will provide a separate entrance for the meeting facility, which currently uses the entrance for the nearby Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. “The roundabout on Lower Fayetteville Road will, in essence, create a main entrance into the Newnan Centre and give us a presence on the roadway with signage,” said Moore. The entrance, added to the existing entrance, also alleviates ingress and egress issues from the property when there are large events at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, she said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council also adopted the final draft of the proposed Livable Centers Initiative study in accordance with the city’s agreement with the Atlanta Regional Commission.

In addition to adopting the final draft, council members also approved having staff move forward with applications for two recommended projects from the LCI study. These recommendations are the projects which the city is in the most competitive position to receive, as well being the ones which will impact it the most.

One is for a supplemental study in regards to pedestrian safety along several areas of Bullsboro Drive and Clark Street. The study will cost $50,000 to $60,000, but with its LCI status, Newnan can apply for federal funds and will only have to chip in about 20 percent of the cost.

The second project complements the existing McIntosh Parkway project to build a new road from the Ashley Park area toward downtown Newnan. A recommendation of the study was to leverage the project and include pedestrian and bike traffic elements. The cost of this would be about $1.4 million, but as with the other, Newnan would be able to apply for federal funds and only have to pay 20 percent.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council:

• Approved Newnan entering into an agreement with the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank by and through State Road and Tollway Authority to obtain the grant for the McIntosh Parkway project.

• Approved a contract of $345,777 to McElroy, Inc., for the design/build of the public works yard storage facility.

• Approved David Taylor’s appointment as public defender for Newnan’s Municipal Court.

• Approved appointing Newnan City Clerk Della Hill as the open records officer, and hiring two assistants.

• Approved a contract to provide revenue management services relative to the hotel-motel tax between the Georgia Municipal Association and the city of Newnan.

• Approved the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia power of sale of excess power to Newnan on behalf of East Point.

• Heard Michelle Alexander’s rezoning request to rezone 1.17 acres located at 176 Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard from low density-office and institutional district to general commercial to accommodate a catering business/bakery with a residential apartment above the storefront. The request has been referred to the planning commission.

• Held a public hearing and approved Ed Downing’s rezoning request to rezone almost an acre at 320 Jackson Street from suburban residential single-family dwelling district medium density to low density office and institutional to accommodate professional office use.

• Heard the second and final reading of the ordinance to amend the general fund portion of the 2013 budget.

• Heard the second and final reading of the ordinance to amend the 2014 budget to include an additional position.

• Held a public hearing for 9 Maple Drive and approved a 90-day resolution to repair or demolish the property.

• Held a public hearing for 94 Belk Road and approved a 45-day resolution to repair or demolish the property.

• Continued its discussion of 36 Dewey Street to the next meeting in order to determine what is happening with the tax sale.



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