Published Saturday, December 08, 2012

Safety complex on City of Newnan agenda

By JOHN A. WINTERS

john@newnan.com

Newnan City Council is expected to approve a construction manager for its proposed new public safety complex, as well as finalize a new sanitation contract, during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Also on the agenda is approval of the contract with the architect for the $8 million complex, which will replace the aging Newnan Police Department headquarters on Jefferson Street.

The city received six proposals for the new sanitation contract and in August authorized city staff to begin contract negotiations with Waste Industries Inc., which currently holds the contract.

In October, council considered four options for pickup, ranging from Waste Industries doing all collection, to the company and city splitting it up.

The final contract calls for Waste Industries to handle weekly trash and recycling pickup, with the city handling yard and bulk waste.

The monthly fee for city residents will be $14.84. For recycling, residents have the option of an 18-gallon bin or a 65-gallon cart. Regular trash will use a 95-gallon cart.

Also Tuesday, council will consider selecting the “construction manager at risk” for the new public safety complex. Eight firms submitted bids, which were narrowed down to four companies by the selection committee. Those four firms then made presentations to the committee last week, which in turn has submitted a recommendation to council.

According to City Manager Cleatus Phillips, “the construction manager gets paid a fee to build the project and is ‘at risk’ for building the project ... The construction manager will develop a guaranteed maximum price during the design process and is ‘at risk’ for the project exceeding that amount.”

The committee recommended hiring Potts Construction, the low bidder, for a price of $409,879. Potts teamed with Newnan-based Headley Construction on the bid, although Potts, based in Conyers, will be the lead.

“The ‘construction manager at risk’ has been a very popular construction delivery method for a while in the private sector and other governmental entities,” Phillips added.

Also related to the public safety complex, which will be paid for with 2013 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax revenues, the council is expected to finalize a contract for the facility’s design architect.

Earlier, council selected Clark Patterson Lee as its architect, which submitted a bid of $424,774, which included just under $25,000 in reimbursable expenses. The contract before council is for $399,797, which includes all reimbursable expenses and is the final negotiated price, according to Phillips.

In other action, council will:

• Hold a public hearing on a request from AT&T and Prime Ventures Inc. to install a communications tower off Lower Fayetteville Road to improve cell phone reception in that corridor. The tower would be 150 feet tall.

• Consider awarding a landscaping maintenance contract for medians and road rights-of-way for the Newnan Crossing Boulevard, McIntosh Parkway, Ashley Park Boulevard and Ashley Park Drive areas. Estes Landscape Design Inc. was the low bidder at $32,850.

• Hear a request from Casey Smith, on behalf of the Redneck Gourmet, to uncover an existing staircase on the east side of the building to allow for entryways into the basement. Smith said the space could be used for additional retail or expansion of his existing business.

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