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County plans new park, newathletic fields
by Savannah Weeks
October 04, 2012 03:39 PM | 1680 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
County residents may soon have two more spaces to play after Burnt Hickory Park adds new athletic fields and the parks and recreation department builds a new park between Mulberry Rock and Billy Bullock roads.

Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Justus said the new park would be 160 acres and would be a multi-purpose facility.

“The engineering is finished there,” reported Justus at the Sept. 25 Board of Commissioners meeting. “It won’t begin as a full park; it will be similar to White Oak [Park], mostly because of the budget.”

White Oak Park was built in phases. Justus said the new park would be built in phases, as well, with initial construction consisting of trails and pavilions.

Burnt Hickory Park will soon have multi-purpose fields that can be used for soccer and lacrosse. They will be located below its baseball and softball fields.

Justus said the engineering for the fields was just completed.

He also announced that the Halloween Trick or Treat Village would be hosted Oct. 27 at Paulding Meadows from 2 to 7 p.m.

“When it started being run by the county [15 years ago], we had about 1,500 people show. Now we have 300-plus volunteers. We are now averaging anywhere from [8,000] to 10,000 visitors,” Justus said.

In other action, Director of Transportation Scott Greene told commissioners that while preparing Narroway Church Circle for paving, construction crews ran into problems with underground storm drainage pipes that must be repaired before paving is done.

“These pipes are over 20 years old,” Greene said. “They will lead to road failure eventually. I think it would be proactive to repair them prior to paving so we don’t have to open the road again.”

Greene received bids on the project, reporting that the lowest bid came in at $92,260.

“This is a system that will last us 22 years with concrete pipes and headwalls. The contractor would be able to mobilize immediately, because they are out of work,” Greene said.

Commissioners also approved the low bid of $94,107.55 from CDW for increased disk space for county government computer systems — which was budgeted this year.

“During our budget process this year, [Will Lyons, head of information technology] expressed concern about our current system. He said we would need to purchase additional space this year. He said we wouldn’t be able to keep necessary items and files if we don’t have the storage space,” said Finance Director Tabitha Pollard.

Commissioners also approved adoption of a five-year, short-term work program update.

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