Posted: Thursday, January 17th 2013 at 8:16pm
Forsyth County awards parking deck demolition contract to Gainesville company
By Bill Johnson Access Insider
CUMMING – A Gainesville-based firm will handle the first phase of Forsyth County’s long-awaited $100 million jail/courthouse construction project.
Before construction can begin, the county’s 246-space parking deck at East Main and Mason streets will have to be demolished. Commissioners awarded the work to Industrial Facilities Solutions of Gainesville last week and approved the $385,000 contract at Thursday’s meeting.
The company’s bid came in about $100,000 under budget. Commissioner Todd Levent said the work will begin Monday, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed in March.
Work scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until completed
County officials say no road closures are expected but there may be occasional lane closures on the streets surrounding the parking deck.
The project was approved by Forsyth County voters in November 2011 as part of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VII program.
Thursday’s meeting lasted less than an hour and several items that had been scheduled for votes were postponed.
The only issue that raised any controversy was a Memorandum of Understanding that will permit Leadership Forsyth, a volunteer organization, to provide Caney Creek Preserve with educational signs, trail work and a bridge to develop a self-guided interpretive trail.
Jack Gleason, a member of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and resident of the Caney Creek area, said Thursday’s meeting was the first he had heard of the Leadership Forsyth project. He said he had serious concerns about the project, especially building a bridge in the area which is prone to flooding.
The board approved the memorandum unanimously. Commissioner Todd Levent said he understands Gleason’s concerns and is hopeful Leadership Forsyth will seek his counsel.
“He’s extremely passionate about that creek,” Levent said, adding. “I don’t believe for a second that Leadership Forsyth will damage the area. I’m sure they will listen to his concerns because he is very educated in the infrastructure and how sensitive that creek is.”
In other business,Susan Darlington, the local coordinator for Special Olympics Forsyth County presented the Special Olympics Georgia Training for Life award to the Parks and Recreation Department.
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