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Smyrna City Council Awards Contract for Concord Road Improvements

Utility relocation for the project should begin in September.

Monday Smyrna City Council voted unanimously to award a $6.8 million contract to the lowest bidder, C.W. Matthews Contracting, for improvements to Concord Road.

Concord Road actually has a pair of projects set to be completed with monies used from the 1-cent 2005 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and the 2011 SPLOST. From the older SPLOST, $3,335,000 has been dedicated to the Concord Road Trail/Streetscape project, which will provide a multi-use trail on the north side of the road between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive; and $5,280,000 for the widening of Concord Road to include turning lanes and median between Spring Road and South Cobb.

The City of Smyrna’s website and one provided by the county outline this info and amounts used to cover the full design and most of the Right of Way acquisition. Funding from the 2005 SPLOST does not cover construction of the project as that funding, $11,755,00, is to come from 2011 SPLOST money.

, Smyrna’s City Engineer Keith Williams said the utility relocation for the project should begin in September.

Ward 4 Council Representative Charles “Corkey” Welch asked his constituents to be patient during the construction.

“I’m just going to appeal to the citizens out there to be patient with the project,” he said “It is going to be a long, drawn out process. I guess it’s going to be 100 percent complete some three years from now.”

Council Representatives also voted 6-1 to begin the process of acquiring some remaining pieces of property needed for the widening of the roadway through eminent domain. Ward 7 Council Representative Ron Fennel cast the dissenting vote. 

City Administrator Eric Taylor said the city only needs to acquire small sections of property on the south side of Concord Road before it began widening the roadway.

“The city’s been working for the past several years to acquire property on Concord Road for the purposes of expanding that particular roadway (...) We’ve managed to come to terms with all but seven properties,” he said.

Mary Kirkendoll, a regular speaker during citizen input, criticized Council’s decision to begin acquiring the properties through eminent domain.

“I’m ashamed to live in a city that just takes people’s businesses and property instead of trying to improve the area and help the businesses grow and help conditions for these areas,” she said.

Smyrna City Council also took action on the following items:

  • Approval of a resolution consenting to the submittal of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan 5-Year Update to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs (7-0).
  • Approval of the addition of a filming ordinance to the city’s code of ordinances (7-0).
  • Approval of Ward 4 appointment to the Tree Board (7-0).
  • Approval of Ward 6 appointment to the Smyrna Hospital Authority (7-0).
  • Approval of August 6 Mayor and Council Minutes (7-0).
  • Award of Belmont Hills Connector bid to lowest bidder Baldwin Paving for $1,468,259.04 (7-0).
  • Approval for Campbell High School to conduct CHS Spartan Spirit 5K and Kids Fun Run on Nov. 17 (7-0).
  • Ratification of partial road closure for east end of Anderson Circle Aug. 11 for Williams Park social event (7-0).
  • Approval to use Council Chambers Aug. 30 for Williams Park Neighbors and Smyrna Historical Society Meeting (7-0).
  • Approval of 2012 Performance Partnership Agreement with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (7-0).

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Michelle August 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I think the misspelling may be intentional....possibly a need to resort to partaking in a glass of "wine, wine, wine" caused by having to constantly read the negativity stated about EVERYTHING regarding Smyrna. If you would like to join me in a glass, come on by.....I have a great front porch to sit back on and share a bottle. :)
Jonquil Gardener August 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
ND~ blahhhh blahhh blahhh, bladddy blaahhh and Bunk and double Bunk! Lots of projects should have been done by now. SO WHAT!!!, ND ~ what crazy world do you live in? The entire WORLD is in a recession! Hundred of thousands of projects are stalled in nearly every major developed country in the world. Why do you keep complaining about something you cant fix. If you are not part of the solution, and you are most definitely are not, then for crying out loud stop WHINING ABOUT IT!!!! (there WHINE are you happy?)
Oscar G. August 25, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I have to say I agree about the lack of aesthetic design. At least on Spring Road. That so called "linear park" isn't a thing of beauty to behold. Functional? Sure. Aesthetically pleasing? Nope. And neither is Brawner Park. That sod is so ugly. Everything just looks..fake. Like astroturf fake. Big space. Decent idea for it. Bad execution. I don't have a great deal of faith in anything spectacular happening on Concord Rd. So it gets wider, or has bigger sidewalks, and property is seized by the city. Whooopity Do! Concrete dividers haven't made Atlanta Road into Main St. USA, and caused everyone to come flocking to it. I don't know what all this hype it. In the end, I have no doubt it will be exactly what we as a city paid for. And not one brick more.
Chris Long August 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Oscar, clearly you have not been outside of the metro area. Spring Road's medians & linear park are not the greatest improvements I've ever seen, but save for very affluent communities (or places whose road spending dwarfs ours) it ranks up there w/some of the better major city streets I've seen in cities throughout AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA & WI. Most are just pavement & curbs (curbs optional). Could things here have been done differently? Sure. Are there cities that have done more extensive things? Sure. But nothing this city does will ever be good enough for some people, w/all the sniping & indecision by some people in this town, we're lucky to have what we're getting. The upgrades to Atlanta Road & planned upgrades to Concord Road will be a nice upgrade over what is currently there, & it will make a difference. Or we could just tear up what's currently there & put things back to what they used to be & see how functional & aesthetically pleasing that is.
Pepper October 12, 2012 at 05:29 AM
With all the Nay-Sayers opposing every little thing, it will take longer. THANKS!

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