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Hall commissioners to review new park’s budget

Grading costs higher; design prices lower

POSTED: August 11, 2014 1:00 a.m.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet today to discuss the project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

Located along Blackjack Road in Flowery Branch near Sterling on the Lake, plans for the 100-acre park include a 2,500-square-foot community building, pavilions, concession stand and outdoor amphitheater.

The project budget is set at $2.8 million, but county officials said grading costs have turned out to be more expensive than first thought while the design and construction costs are less than initially estimated.

“So we’re just shifting dollars in the budget,” Commissioner Craig Lutz said.

The board approved two contracts for infrastructure work, design and construction of the park in July.

The first contract, awarded to Simpson Trucking & Grading Inc. of Gainesville, will include parking lot construction, as well as pump station, drainage and other infrastructure projects.

The second contract, awarded to Carroll Daniel Construction Co. of Gainesville, will include construction of pavilions, an amphitheater and concession stands.

In other business, the board will discuss purchasing flooring needed for the South Hall sheriff’s office precinct.

The item was tabled at a meeting in July; because while the sheriff’s office sought competitive bids for the purchase, it fell outside the typical framework for such a process.

Lutz said officials want to ensure the bid process is fair, which includes advertising the contract and sending out bid packages.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners meets at 3 p.m. at the government center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

The board is set to vote at 6 p.m. Thursday.


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