Contractor chosen for Central Park improvements
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Headley Construction of Newnan will be managing the building of a restroom and a concession stand facility at Coweta County’s Central Park soccer complex.
On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to name Headley the construction management company for the project, on the recommendation of the architect. A request for proposals for construction management fees was sent out and Headley was determined to have the lowest and best bid, at $19,000.
The contractor and the architect will work together to determine the actual construction costs, and Headley will then build the facility. The estimated cost is $300,000.
The facility at the sports field near Central Library on Literary Lane off Ebenezer Church Road will include restrooms, a heated and cooled vending area, and a 2,000-square-foot open pavilion with tables.
Commissioner Paul Poole asked Associate Administrator Eddie Whitlock how the grass is doing on the fields. “We had some difficulty early on,” Whitlock said. The cold winter, wet spring, and heavy use did a number on the turf.
“Those fields are recovering. We wish they were in better shape but they’re not,” Whitlock said. "We’re working on getting them repaired.”
In other meeting business:
• Public hearings on the property tax millage rate will be held Aug. 12 at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., during the regularly-scheduled county commission meeting.
The county is proposing to keep the current millage rate, of 6.5 mills for the unincorporated county and 7.75 mills for the cities and towns. But because the value of some properties has increased, the same rate will result in more tax revenue. Three public hearings are required by law for a property tax increase.
• The board, acting as the Solid Waste Authority, approved a request to replace two monitoring wells at the county’s closed landfill off Ishman Ballard Road. The cost will be $14,288. The monitoring wells aren’t producing water for sampling.
• The board approved a proposed road closure on Aug. 19 for the filming of AMC network television show “The Walking Dead.” The proposal is to close a portion of Reese Road from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There are two options for closure: either Reese Road from Rhoda Road to McIntosh Trail, or Reese from Longstreet Avenue to McIntosh Trail. Letters will be sent to area residents and signs will be set up on Aug. 14.
• The board set a public hearing for Sept. 16 on the rezoning petition of Euro Auctions for property at 300 Raymond Hill Road. The property, which is being used for heavy equipment auctions, has several different zoning classifications. The request is to have the whole property zoned M-Industrial.