“In 2009, the city of Euharlee established an urban redevelopment agency, which allowed for projects to be completed that fall within a specified criteria,” said City Manager Trisha Sullivan. “In 2013, the city of Euharlee is amending and restating its urban redevelopment plan to fund those types of projects with an URA bond. Our bond is at $3.5 million.”
The money will be borrowed from the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax fund with a 1.74 percent interest rate and has been privately placed with BB&T.
Discussion regarding the development of Joe Cowan Park continued, as Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss brought 22 contracts before the council for approval, which totalled $806,870.33.
Goss continued his efforts to keep costs low by finding a used pond irrigation pump from Pro Pump & Controls, Inc., which, he said, could save Euharlee $16,000 to $17,000. The pump was used at a country club for one year. When it was removed, all the electronics were replaced and the pump was re-conditioned. The pump costs $19,269 and includes a one-year warranty and a case for the pump to be housed in that shuts and locks.
Goss also commented on the parks overall project, saying it was coming in under budget.
“We’re at $4.9 million. I think, originally, when the city put this into the first SPLOST, it was $7.6 million and we’re completing this park and, as you can see, I think it’s upgraded and I think it’s as nice as you’ll find in this area at about $2.7 million less then what y’all first tagged,” said Goss.
Other approved contracts include the purchase and installment of 119 trees with installation by Tidwell Landscaping for $6,900 and tree material from Sharp Top Trees for $9,780; tennis and basketball courts by Court Makers Inc. for $161,197; Battlefield Fencing by Cartersville Fence Company for $85,361.25; five park swings by Builtright Bleachers for $1,901.10 and drain grates for the playground by Hayes Pipe Supply for the sum of $179.38.
Goss also provided the city council with his Euharlee Projects Monthly Draw Request which totaled $124,933.38. All items pertained to the Joe Cowan Park project and included a deposit for a tree order, drainage for playground, septic system installment, contractor payments, seating and equipment.
Other city council business included:
• Approving the short-term work plan.
• Approving an Arbor Day Proclamation, making Feb. 22 Euharlee’s Arbor Day.
• Discussing the purchase of lights at the intersection of Covered Bridge and Euharlee Five Forks roads.
• Discussing the possibility of leasing out the Joe Cowan Park concession stand.
• Discussing hiring a recreation director for Joe Cowan Park in early spring.
•Approving corrections to the updated official zoning map of Euharlee.