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BOC approves contractors for NSP park
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Approving the contractors for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program public park in Fairview Estates was decidedly simpler than previous conversations about whether to have a park at all.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved contractors for three park projects, based on the recommendations of a bid evaluation committee, in accordance with NSP regulations.

Pacific Venture will construct the park, including grading, landscaping and forming a parking lot and walking trail, for a cost of $149,328. Timberlake Outdoors will build the pavilion for $16,828, and Gametime/Dominica Recreation will build the playground for $28,843. The playground will contain three slides, monkey bars, areas for climbing and other features, Sirotkin said in an e-mail. There will also be a couple of benches near the playground.

Denny Dobbs Park

Denny Dobbs Park is close to completion, Sunbelt Vice President Mike McCrorey Jr. said Tuesday. The park account will retain $14,000 for landscaping, because some trees will be planted during a more favorable season.

Chairman Kathy Morgan said the park is beautiful and will set the bar for future parks in Newton County, while Commissioner J.C. Henderson thanked Commissioner Earnest Simmons for his dedication to the project.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the park, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m., while the grand opening of the park will take place Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPLOST work session and other meetings

Morgan said the county will have a work session in September to prepare for a possible 2011 Special Local Option Sales Tax. She asked commissioners to start putting together lists of projects they want considered. Local mayors have also been preparing potential SPLOST projects.

The BOC will have a called board meeting, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to pass a resolution regarding their Capital Improvement Element, the plan which outlines the projects the county will build with its collected impact fees. The county was late turning the plan in to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and has been out of compliance since that time. The BOC must pass the resolution on Tuesday in order to be back in compliance with the DCA.

The board will also discuss when they want to hold work sessions to further discuss possible changes to the animal control ordinance.

The grand opening of the Nelson Heights Community Center will be held Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. at the center, located at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.