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Snellville calls special meeting, kick-starts projects

SNELLVILLE – In a special-called meeting held Monday, Snellville council members voted to award a contract in the amount of $28,500 to Casey Tree Service. With the approval of the contract, work will begin immediately on Oak Road Passive Park. “Approving this (contract) tonight will give us a week head start,” said City Manager Butch Sanders.

Casey Tree Service was by far the lowest bidder on the contract.

“There probably will be some extra work to do, but (Casey) was so much lower than the other bidders,” Sanders added, that the work will still be done at the best price.

LCI contract awarded

A $1,528,395.65 Livable Centers Initiative contract was awarded to SD&C on Monday, for a project that will add on-street parking and sidewalks to Clower Street, and streetscaping and landscaping along Clower Street and Oak Road, and Clower Street and Wisteria Drive.

The project will be funded 80 percent by a federal grant, and 20 percent by the city of Snellville. City Attorney Tony Powell said Monday that any upward variance in the total project cost by $2,000 or more must be approved by city council vote.

“I know this is a lot of money, but we feel that with the right inspection, we can manage this project,” said Sanders.

Councilwomen Barbara Bender has spearheaded the projects outlined in this LCI project. “The study was initially done more than 10 years ago,” Bender said, “and the grant money was received in 2005.”

According to Sanders, substantial completion of the outlined project is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2014, with final completion targeted for Dec. 15, 2014.

SD&C was the second lowest bidder on the project, and the lowest bidder that was bondable.