Project tabbed at $1.3 million, groundbreaking could come as early as April

Adairsville Veteran’s Memorial Park costs slightly higher than anticipated

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The Adairsville City Council voted Thursday evening to authorize City Manager Pam Madison to enter into an agreement with the low responsive, responsible bidder to construct its Veteran’s Memorial Park.

According to Madison, that bid from Integrated Construction came in at about $140,000 over the City’s development projections. 

“We had estimated $1.2 million, so there might be some amenities that we need to go into a Phase II,” she said. “But we’ll have to see once we start our conversations with the contractor.” 

The City has not issued a notice to proceed on the project. Madison said she’ll start working with the contractor this week on fine-tuning their documents.

Resident Kurt McCord took to the podium to share his thoughts on the project.

“I did have some concerns about the Veteran’s Memorial Park bids, where they came in,” he said. “I know we’ve got budgeted money for that, SPLOST money, that I support, that I voted for … I would ask that as you’re looking through the bids, there may be a couple of items we could possibly consider frivolous.”

Councilman Jerry Towe asked Madison if she could look for potential elements of the park budget to trim. 

“I would be in favor of trying to save as much as we can,” he said. 

That sentiment was echoed by Adairsville Mayor Ken Carson.

“I always want to be a good steward of the citizens’ money, but as Mrs. Madison said, things are sky high now, especially if you’ve got a municipality that’s looking to get a project done,” he said. “If we can trim back anything that we can come back and do in a second phase, like the dog [park], I’m all in favor of that.”

As far as potential cost-cutting measures, Madison said there could be some work on the project the City or the County could perform. 

“We have monies available in our capital budget if we need to do all of it,” she said. “The fountain was one thing we talked about, but the water feature that the community has been wanting for a while, I don’t know that it would make sense to pull it — that would be more expensive to add back later.” 

Madison said the proposed dog park, tabbed at about $25,000, could be one potential project amenity pushed back to a second phase of construction. 

The City, she continued, already has its land disturbance permits and detention ponds in place to break ground. 

“We’re hoping that they’re going to get started in April or May,” she said. “We think it’s probably about a four-month construction project.” 

With Councilman Lee Castro absent, the council voted unanimously to approve a slate of ordinance amendments.

Among other Adairsville Unified Zoning Board recommendations, the council approved changes to the City’s off-street parking, stormwater management and setback requirements.

The approved ordinance amendments also establish new guidelines for fencing on residentially and commercially-zoned properties. The changes limit front yard fences to a maximum of five feet in height, while limiting backyard or side fences to no more than eight feet tall. 

Another approved ordinance amendment removes single-family detached dwellings from the list of permitted uses in the City’s multi-family zoned districts.

Council also voted unanimously to approve the nomination of Marion Antonio to the Adairsville Historic Preservation Commission, for a term concluding on Sept. 14, 2020. A motion to approve both malt beverage and wine pouring and distilled spirit pouring license applications for Los Mequites Mexican Grill, at 24 Eagle Parkway, also received unanimous council approval.