Newnan Council to decide on design contract
by CELIA SHORTT
Newnan City Council will consider awarding a design contract for a second entrance for the Newnan Centre during its meeting on Tuesday.
The multi-use complex, off Lower Fayetteville Road and next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, is expected to open next month. The second entrance would create an easier traffic flow, especially if both facilities are being used at the same time.
The city manager’s office received five different proposals for this contract. Foresite Group Inc. had the lowest bid at $78,188 to design the entrance, and city staff are recommending acceptance of that bid. Their proposal includes a concept layout for a traffic roundabout.
Council will meet at city hall at 2:30 p.m.
Also to be discussed is adding an additional public roadway for the city’s new public safety complex, which will be located at the old Hannah Homes site on Jefferson Street. The project’s architect, Clark Patterson Lee, would design the new roadway and council will consider its proposal for a $37,425 fee. That fee is about 5 percent of the project’s estimated cost of $750,000, the same percentage fee it is getting for the overall $8 million project. The additional roadway was not included in the original scope of the work because no site had been selected at the time the architect’s contract was signed.
Council will also be considering a contract award to the Austin Technology Group for the relocation of wireless radio assets for the Newnan Police Department. Austin Technology Group will be moving a number of them from one water tank to another. They will also be creating a new centralized location for the wireless network on the Bullsboro Drive water tank, enhancing the reliability of existing working links, re-aligning any stranded camera links, and fixing any that are not fully functioning. The contract award is for $132,907. Only one proposal was received, but the budget for this project is $150,000.
Other business taking place at the meeting:
• Council will be voting on appointments for the Newnan Youth Activities commission, Tree Commissions, Convention Center Authority, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, and Keep Newnan Beautiful.
• Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is requesting a six-month extension to their option of adding 23 Clark Street to the “demised property” of 74 Jackson Street in hopes that they can find a different solution than demolition.
• The council will be voting on awarding $125,500 to Tomco Construction for construction services for the Wellness Center Build Out located in the basement of City Hall at 25 LaGrange Street, a $150,000 award to Urban College for consultation for a study on the east side of downtown Newnan as part of the Livable Centers Initiative, and a $19,680 award to Moreland Altobelli Associates Inc. to help plan and maintain all the streets in the city.
• Also considered will be adopting Consider 2013 Litter Prevention Plan - Keep Newnan Beautiful Program and the Gateway Signage Master Plan.