Cherokee BoC approves parks bond issuance
by Jessicah Peters
July 18, 2014 12:00 AM | 2256 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — In moving forward with three Cherokee County park projects, commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved to issue the final $22.8 million in park bonds using Wells Fargo, which submitted the lowest interest rate.

The bank was one of four to submit competitive bids and presented the lowest interest rate at 2.84 percent. Commissioners voted unanimously in June to draw the $22.8 million remaining in bonds and reserved most of the money for a park with a handicapped-accessible baseball field near Bells Ferry Road, additions to a lengthy Woodstock trail system and a large park in the Macedonia community.

The projects will be the last major actions to begin using through the parks bond after others have been completed in different areas of Cherokee County and in each of the county’s cities.

A total of $90 million for recreation projects was approved by Cherokee County voters in 2008.

The handicapped-accessible field is planned to be used by the Miracle League, a local baseball association helping individuals with disabilities such as autism stay active. The league has been playing on a dirt field at Hobgood Park, which can be more difficult to maneuver wheelchairs on than the rubberized surface planned for Patriots Park.

The Macedonia project, which has been tentatively named East Park, will have about 10 total fields for baseball and football on its about 150 acres. The land is off Highway 20, near Water Tank Road.

The county expects to receive the bond money by Aug. 1.

In other business, the county:

•Approved three rezoning requests to general commercial along Highway 20 for a car lot and a retail/office space. The property where the car lot is to be located was originally zoned light industrial and the other two properties were originally zoned residential;

•Approved a public hearing Aug. 5 to consider amendments to the Cherokee County Zoning Ordinances, Conservation Design Communities;

•Approved a budget amendment for the SPLOST fund of $12,488.32 for security enhancements in the district attorney’s office in the courthouse to protect the front employees;

•Awarded construction services agreement to Hawkins Construction to build the storage building for the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $83,000;

•Approved Wilburn Engineering LLC to construct and install the traffic signal at Georgia Highway 92 and Cherokee 75 Parkway in the amount of $139,000;

•Approved Moreland Altobelli Associates to perform culvert repair projects in the amount of $19,120. County Manager Jerry Cooper said there were five locations that needed repairs;

•Approved Vertical Earth Inc. to extend the storm drainage pipe on Steels Bridge Road reconstruction project in the amount of $29,132.77;

•Approved amendment to a professional services agreement with American Engineers, Inc. for completing the plan revisions in the traffic study for East Cherokee Drive and Old Georgia Highway 4 and East Cherokee Drive and Mill Creek Road intersection for $168,500;

•Approved transferring $1,358,590 of FTA Formula Funds to Cobb County Transit. Cooper said the county will lose the money to the federal government unless they transfer it to a county that needs it; and

•Approved the issuance of the final $22.8 million of General Obligation Park and Greenspace Bonds to Wells Fargo.

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