The Newnan Times-Herald


Community center, LINC in proposed SPLOST list

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jun. 23, 2017 - 5:51 AM

Coweta County’s preliminary list for the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum includes $2.2 million for the Newnan LINC network of multi-use trails.  

The project list was presented to the Coweta County Board of Commissioners this week. The commissioners won’t vote on a final list until July 20. Any changes that might be made would be at the discretion of the commissioners. 
Coweta County and the city of Newnan jointly funded a master plan study for the trails system. Nearly all of the proposed 25 miles of trail will be inside the Newnan city limits, and Coweta County is only looking to fund the portion that would be in the unincorporated county. 
The LINC funding is one of four projects included in the “parks and recreation” section of the SPLOST list. 
The list also includes $2.5 million for the restoration of the historic Madras school, which will become the county’s largest community center, $900,000 for a community center in the Northgate/Collinsworth area and $500,000 for renovations and upgrades to existing parks. 
County Commissioner Paul Poole said he’d like the county to consider building a multipurpose building at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. “I could get behind that,” said Commissioner Bob Blackburn. 
The county is proposing $6 million in “level II” projects that benefit the entire county and will be paid for off the top, before the SPLOST money is divided amounts the county and its municipalities. 
The six-year, 1 percent sales tax is expected to bring in $140 million. Once the level II projects are subtracted, Coweta County will receive 66 percent of the remaining money, estimated at $89 million. 
The level II projects are $1 million for upgrades to the 911 dispatch consoles, $1.5 million for public safety radio upgrades, $2.8 million for ambulance replacements and $756,000 for ambulance equipment. 
From its share of the money, the county is proposing $900,000 for renovation and expansion of the Coweta 911 Center, and $100,000 for a redundant connection for public safety radio towers, as well as $5.4 million for Coweta Fire/Rescue station renovations and apparatus replacement. 
The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office would receive $5.4 million from the sales tax under the proposal, with $750,000 for renovations to the patrol division, $200,000 for a Motorola console upgrade, $3 million for vehicle replacements and $1.4 million for equipment and technology. 
The remaining $71 million will go to transportation projects. The proposed list doesn’t dedicate the money for any particular project. It simply refers to “roads, bridges and culverts.”
Plans are to use most of that money– approximately $60 million –  for repair and rehabilitation of existing roads as part of the county’s ongoing maintenance program, as well as minor “operational improvements,” according to County Administrator Michael Fouts. 
The county is also planning to set aside money for upgrades to Sullivan Road, new equipment for the Coweta County Road Department and funding for the Madras Connector.