FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners moved forward with improvement plans for four county parks during its April 12 business session.
Improvements to Sawnee Mountain Park, Sharon Springs Park, Central Park and Fowler Park will cost the county a total of approximately $693,000. The lion’s share of the money – $540,500 – will go to replacing 13-year-old artificial grass pitches at Sawnee Mountain and Sharon Springs parks.
Commissioners voted to award the turf replacement contract to South Carolina-based Sprinturf, whose bid is well below the county’s budget for the project. Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said the county has budgeted $600,000 for the upgrade.
About $99,000 will go to resurfacing the tennis courts in Central Park and Fowler Park, and the remaining $53,100 will go to replacing HVAC units on the roof of the Central Park Recreation Center.
Council also approved another $53,000 contract for TerraMark Land Surveys to conduct a topographic survey for the construction of a recreation center in Matt Park.
Outside of work on county parks, the Board of Commissioners approved a $71,200 deal for United Consulting to provide geotechnical engineering services for the development of the new county administrative campus on Freedom Parkway near Ga. 400.
The campus is expected to include a new four-story steel-framed administration building, a one-story employee center, and a “whole health” building for employees. The administration building is proposed to be approximately twice the size of the current government facility on East Main Street, which was built in 1995.
Forsyth County approves $2.4 million for work on new administration building
According to United Consulting’s project proposal, the heavily forested project site contains a homeless encampment consisting of two tents and a mobile home.
The council also approved the purchase of a truck for the county animal services department to operate a mobile veterinary clinic and adoption center. The $323,100 truck will be purchased using funds from the county’s approved 2018 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax.
The 26-foot truck will be equipped with an operating theatre, dental equipment, a digital x-ray machine and an integrated cage.
Forsyth County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Iacopella said using the truck as an offside adoption center would help increase the shelter’s live release rate and reduce the euthanasia of shelter animals. . The mobile surgical suite will allow animal services to target areas overrun with feral cats and sterilize them.
The medical equipment will also allow animal services to perform emergency surgeries and diagnostics and offer off-site vaccination and microchipping for pets.
As the April 12 meeting was a working session, all approved items will appear on the consent agenda at the April 21 regular committee meeting for formal approval.
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