Construction on new entrance to start in September
by Celia Shortt
Work on the Newnan Centre’s new entrance and roundabout on Lower Fayetteville Road is set to begin on Tuesday, according to the Newnan Convention Center Authority.
“The contractor is eager to get started,” said Parks Avery, NCCA chairman, at the group’s August meeting. “That is really good news.”
Avery also said the project will not close down the road during the construction.
“Due to where the roundabout is located, Lower Fayetteville Road won’t be closed at all,” he said. “Michael (Klahr) said it would only be down to one lane for a few days.”
Klahr is Newnan’s city engineer and public works director.
Newnan City Council awarded a renegotiated bid to Southeastern Site Development Inc., at its meeting on July 22. Southeastern’s first bid was too high, and the council voted at its July 8 meeting to allow Klahr to renegotiate.
Avery said Southeastern has until March 30 to finish the project, which will create a main entrance for the city meeting facility and will include a traffic roundabout, the second to be constructed on Lower Fayetteville Road by the city. The first is at Greison Trail and East Newnan Road.
“Our hopes are they will finish before then,” added Avery. The final bid was just over $1.2 million.
The project also includes “an entry road into the Newnan Centre, sidewalk, landscaping, lighting and guardrail on Lower Fayetteville Road.”
Currently, the Newnan Centre meeting facility uses the entrance for the Coweta School System’s nearby Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.
Also at the August meeting, NCCA:
• Voted to start having its bank reconciliations be done by its accounting firm, Bartlett & Bartlett, which will be sent directly from the bank, and mentioning in the minutes that authority members currently receive a detailed statement of events and financial position. Both these actions were suggestions during the recent audit of Newnan.
The auditor also suggested NCCA create a manual receipt book of events, but the NCCA decided not to do that since the report can be produced more easily through its Quickbooks software. Avery said this report will be reviewed with the other meeting reports.
• Heard the 2015 budget is due and will be presented and voted on at the September meeting, Sept. 18.
• Proposed an amendment to the NCCA bylaws to change from monthly meetings to quarterly meetings. The amendment will also be voted on at the September meeting.
• Accepted NCCA Treasurer Chris Hallman’s financial report.
• Heard Newnan Centre Executive Director Carol Moore’s report. Moore said business is growing. Moore also reported she joined the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.
• Heard an update on the construction of onsite storage. The inside is “substantially complete,” and they are waiting for the brick to be delivered for the outside.