Decatur Commissioners will consider “final change order” at Municipal Center

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 3, 2015
An artist's rendering of the Beacon Municipal Center. Photo obtained via

An artist’s rendering of the Beacon Municipal Center. Photo obtained via

Decatur City Commissioners on Monday, May 4, will consider spending more money to finish the Beacon Municipal Center, but it could be the last spending increase commissioners approve for the $33 million project.

The Decatur City Commission has already approved eight contract increases totaling $2.6 million.  The facility on West Trinity houses Ebster Recreation Center, Decatur Police Department & Municipal Court and City Schools of Decatur administrative offices.

“About $1.6 million of this total was for planned improvements such as the Ebster Pool improvements, the audio visual system in the Police Department, Municipal Court and Ebster Recreation Center and a new pavilion at Ebster Park,” a memo from Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon says.

On May 4 commissioners will consider approving what is being described as the “final change order” in the amount of $44,000.

According to Saxon, the additional $44,000 is needed to cover:

– Security upgrades to the prisoner holding area at the Police Department, $14,500

– Floor finishes in the Beacon exhibit area, $10,000

– Millwork changes in the courtroom and CSD board room, $7,500

– Exterior lighting and other upgrades to the Ebster gym, $12,000

City Commissioners will also consider approving a four-way stop at West Trinity Place and Electric Avenue, an intersection near the Municipal Center.

The memo for that item says, “employees from the City Schools of Decatur have voiced their concerns of safety when crossing this intersection.”

“The corner of West Trinity Place and Electric Avenue/Swanton Way is a key intersection for residents or visitors to access the Beacon Municipal Center,” the memo says. “In addition, residents of Allen Wilson Terrace, Swanton Heights and 700 Atlanta Avenue use the intersection for access to services and shopping in downtown Decatur. The Beacon Municipal Center is an activity center offering a wide variety services spanning 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.”

The City Commission meeting begins at 7:30 pm and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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