Senoia approves bid for new police dept./court building

Thu, 08/06/2009 - 4:04pm
By: Ben Nelms

The long wait for the construction of what will become Senoia’s new $1.3 million police department/municipal court building near the ball fields on Howard Road is coming to an end. The council Monday voted to approve a $1,049,000 low bid by Triad Construction for the construction of the 8,310 square-foot building.

City attorney Drew Whalen told council members the contract had been written and that what remained was to obtain the bond and insurance paperwork.

Triad was one of 19 bidders on the project. Bids ranged from the low submitted by Triad to the $1.484 million from Prime Contractors.

Though originally planned at 7,325 square feet, including 5,373 square feet for the police department and 1,952 square feet for the municipal court, the courtroom had been enlarged to accommodate the need to seat 80 people. That adjustment brought the courtroom portion of the project to 1,500 square feet, for a total 2,933 square feet for the municipal court portion of the building and 8,310 for the entire facility.

The city council in February adopted a resolution allowing the project to move forward with a funding mechanism through Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Brick and Mortar Program. Through the program, GMA essentially purchases the property, constructs the building and leases it to the city. Once the building is paid off, GMA signs it back over to the city.

The complex will be situated on approximately three acres on Howard Road near the city’s ball fields. The land was purchased from Southern Mills in 2008 for $232,000. The project is being funded largely through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

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