Spring may arrive without fixes to a troubled tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek neighborhood in Hoschton.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners appears poised to reject the lone bid on repairs, which was brought on because of cracks that followed the installation of a sewer line several years ago.
The one bid, submitted by Southeastern Tennis Courts in Lilburn, calls for adding a new surface to the court, and that’s not satisfactory to residents.
“While it’s a good-looking product and kinda nice to walk on, you’re putting a cushion product on a bad foundation,” said John Mercer, a Deaton Creek resident who has been vocal on the issue, at Monday’s commission work session.
“It’s the foundation ... that’s the problem and until we fix that, whatever you put on top is not going to hold up,” Mercer said.
The sewer line was built under tennis court No. 3 in 2009, with the soil being removed and the court rebuilt on top. That work was done by Southeastern, said Ken Rearden, Hall’s public works and utilities director.
The county was notified in February 2014 of the cracks in the tennis courts appearing again, following an August 2013 repair for $6,000.
In December, Mercer presented the issue to the commission, providing aerial shots of the cracks and repairs to the court.
“It’s marginally playable at this point,” Mercer said at the time. “Nobody wants to play on it anymore.”
Commissioner Scott Gibbs has said he wanted to put the court back to the state it was in “before we disturbed it.”
The county has budgeted $55,000 for the work and Southeastern’s bid was $31,500.
“We searched and called around,” Rearden said of the effort to find a contractor. “We had 21 court builders that we sent this (proposal) out to.”
Mercer said the neighborhood was hopeful the work could be done in early spring.
However, “we understood that probably was not going to happen, so we are amenable to several months’ delay if that’s necessary,” he said.
“If it has to be rebid so we can get the proper foundation, that’s doable for us.”