Holly Springs planning to accept construction bid for Owens Park
by Joshua Sharpe
May 07, 2014 04:00 AM | 2903 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOLLY SPRINGS — The Holly Springs City Council is hoping to move forward with construction on J.B. Owens Park.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to recommend the Cherokee Board of Commissioners approve a $1.15 million proposal from BM&K Construction Inc. to build the park on Hickory Road.

BM&K was the lower bidder for the project, which is being funded by the countywide parks bond, City Manager Rob Logan told the City Council.

Logan said the price includes the addition of a playground and an irrigation system for the park, which will also feature a partly handicapped-accessible walking trail and several pavilions.

The county must approve because the park is being paid for by the parks bond.

Bill Echols, Cherokee County’s capital projects manager, told the council that the Board of Commissioners would take up the bid May 20.

The council voted in 2013 to name the 33-acre park near the Harmony on the Lakes subdivision after the late James Baxter “J.B.” Owens, the last agent at the historic Holly Springs Train Depot.

A timeline for construction will be released after the commission approves the bid. Previous estimates have been for construction to start this fall.

The council also:

• Voted unanimously to approve giving the Cherokee Office of Economic Development $10,000 a year for three years, beginning in January of fiscal 2015. The county requested the money from all Cherokee cities so COED, which pushes economic development in the county, could increase its staff and advertising;

• Unanimously approved a property and casualty insurance coverage renewal with Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency in the amount of $60,756; and

• Voted unanimously to approve a resolution to release maintenance and performance bonds for street construction and to accept a portion of Ridgewood Trail associated with Harmony on the Lakes Subdivision, Southside Phase 1K into the city.

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