County OKs contract for Hobgood Park renovations
May 23, 2013 11:13 PM | 1283 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Joshua Sharpe

jsharpe@cherokeetribune.com

CANTON — The Cherokee Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to award a contract to Georgia Development Partners for almost $1.4 million for renovations on Hobgood Park in Woodstock.

County Manager Jerry Cooper said the amount, totaling $1,387,860, includes $100,000 in contingency funds.

Commissioner Jason A. Nelms added that this amount is under budget from the $1.4 million earmarked for renovations at the park in the county’s parks bond.

Cherokee Recreation and Parks Director Bryan Reynolds said Thursday that Hobgood Park has been open for more than 20 years and renovations were needed.

Reynolds said the roughly 60-acre park includes four adult baseball fields, six youth baseball fields, four tennis court and a multipurpose soccer/football field.

These fields are all already at the park, Reynolds said, and the improvements in this round of construction will mostly be on infrastructure in the park and mostly on the “youth” side of the park.

These renovations will include resurfacing of the park’s tennis courts, an overhaul for a concession stand, foul-ball protection netting for the baseball fields and new lighting systems for night games. The new lighting systems are also more energy-efficient and will hopefully save the county money on electricity, Reynolds said.

Reynolds said the construction is set to begin after July 4 and will be completed in the middle of February in time for baseball to start back.

During the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, the board also:

•Unanimously approved designating the area between the Historic Cherokee County Court House and the Cherokee County Justice Center as Canton Rotary Park;

•Unanimously awarded a bid to Indoff for $65,165 for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Sheriff Roger Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center;

•Unanimously approved awarding a bid of $44,556 to LMI Systems for audio and visual equipment for the training center;

•Unanimously approved to increase the 2013 fiscal year budget to include 1 percent administration fees related to the new title ad valorem tax on car tags. The amount totals $22,223 and will be used to add security cameras and other security related improvements to tag offices, Cooper said; and

•Approved unanimously a professional services agreement to the lowest bidder, Dell Marketing, in the amount of $348,731 for an overhaul of technology at the 911 call center.
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May 24, 2013
Just like the Bobo Boondoggle, we now have the (Park) Bond Boo Boo. Laughable to read that the project came in under the 1.4 million dollars budgeted. They already spent 1.8 million dollars. Read the Park Bond (Boo Boo) and see 3.2 million for Hobgood Park? Of course not, the pages outlining the park projects don't exist anymore on the website. This is another pet project sucking the life out of the bond funding. First Bobo, now Boo Boo.
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