Adairsville begins renovation process for city hall
by Jason Lowrey
Jan 11, 2013 | 1842 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The process for renovating Adairsville’s city hall can now get under way with the Adairsville City Council’s approval during its Thursday night meeting.

After this approval City Manager Pat Crook can send out requests for qualifications and requests for proposals. The building process, however, will not follow the well-known method of designing the project, bidding out that project and then building. Instead, to speed the process, Crook said she would follow the design-build process, which involves a contractor working with the designer throughout the process.

“When you hire a team, a design-build team ... usually midway through the design they bring in the construction partner to have input in to minimize the change orders, and then you arrive at a guaranteed maximum price, which minimizes the change orders,” Crook said. “Then [comes] that process of negotiating the scope of work and the price and that kind of thing, and [you] negotiate the schedule.”

In the process of selecting a design-build team, Crook said the city would require the firm to have experience in working with buildings like city hall — those connected to other businesses.

“Obviously this is a different kind of project because we are in the downtown area and we’re attached to other businesses. We need to make sure there is as little disruption as possible and that this group gets in and gets out. This is the quickest method to do this,” Crook said.

While Crook could not provide an exact completion date, she believed the entire project could last up to 18 months. She confirmed, however, that construction would be scheduled around the Great Locomotive Chase Festival so the renovation would not interfere with the celebration.

City hall will relocate during the renovation as well. Although a specific location has not been chosen yet, Crook believed the city could place a mobile building next to the city’s drive-through on Main Street, as residents know where it is located and the city already owns the property.

The city council also approved the appointments of Jean Couch, Susan Gilmore, Alicia Cline and Janice Pulliam to the Downtown Development Authority.

After its votes, the council heard from Ken Miller, who spoke to the council about a friend’s difficulties in dealing with Comcast. He said his friend, who is in her 70s, lost her cable, Internet and phone service after Comcast failed to realize she had paid her bill. Miller also said the company sent a check back to him with a note asking for another payment since the check was torn in half.

Although Adairsville has no contract with Comcast, Miller asked the city to end any agreement it has with the company.

Gloria Curtis then spoke to the council on a number of subjects. She asked the council to consider reducing the amount her neighbors pay for their streetlights, fix at least three potholes on Poplar Springs Road — she said she would mark them with white spray paint — and install children-at-play signs along Poplar Springs Road.

Crook said she and Community Development Director Ben Skipper would attend the next neighborhood watch meeting so they could explain the city’s new streetlight district ordinance and have interested residents sign a petition.

Other city council business included:

• Approving a malt beverage retail package license for change in manager to James Alexander Warren.

• Approving the 2012 budget for confiscated funds, which is approximately $25,000.

• Awarding a bid to Lanier Construction to replace the foot and gate valves at Lewis Spring in the sum of $11,800.

The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at city hall.