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Commissioners approve $408K in pool renovations

On Aug. 5, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a $408K contract for renovations at Bethesda Park Pool. (staff photo: Kristi Reed)

On Aug. 5, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a $408K contract for renovations at Bethesda Park Pool. (staff photo: Kristi Reed)

A Lawrenceville aquatic center will soon undergo renovations at both the year-round indoor pool and the outdoor leisure pool.

The planned improvements at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center include plaster and tile installation, caulk replacement and new equipment. The contract also includes the installation of a new aquatic play structure.

The $408,107 contract approved on Aug. 5 by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is funded through the 2009 SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax).

Also on Tuesday, commissioners awarded a $447,800 contract for the rehabilitation of nine unpaved roads in Gwinnett County. The contract, funded through the 2009 and 2014 SPLOST programs, will convert 5.2 miles of road to asphalt milled roads.

Transportation Director Kim Conroy said the county has had good results to date with the process which involves covering gravel roads with recycled asphalt which is compacted over time. The process, Conroy said, greatly improves ride quality for travelers.

The roads slated for improvement include portions of E.M. Croy Road, Lake Louella Road, Luke Edwards Road, Rabbit Hill Circle, West Union Grove Road, Watson Fain Road, Brannan Road, Haynes Circle and Wages Circle.

In other business, commissioners approved the renewal of a completely grant-funded contract for the county’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Eighty-eight percent of the $1.425 million contract will be funded through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide the remaining contract amount.

The program, according to Gwinnett County Chief Financial Officer Maria Woods, has funded the acquisition, rehabilitation and resale of 32 single family homes and the construction of 16 townhomes to date. More than 60 residents have been placed in the homes, Woods added.

In order to be eligible to purchase a NSP-funded home, homebuyers must not currently own residential property, must qualify for a 30-year mortgage, must make a downpayment of at least 1 percent of the purchase price of the home, complete an eight-hour pre-purchase course provided by a HUD-approved housing counseling organization, occupy the home as their principal residence and not have a total household income which exceeds 120 percent of the area median income.

Officials expect the contract renewal to allow the county to acquire, rehabilitate and sell seven foreclosed houses — six for middle income families and one for a low income family.