Centerville Council OKs $2.2M for new law enforcement center

Sun News correspondentDecember 19, 2012 

CENTERVILLE -- The Perry construction firm Parrish Construction Group will build Centerville’s new law enforcement center.

The $2.2 million contract was awarded to Parrish, the low bidder, Tuesday during a city council work session.

After council accepted the low bid and awarded the contract, Mayor John Harley said he was pleased the project would be undertaken by a Houston County firm and one with such a good reputation locally, statewide and beyond.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Parrish and have walked through a number of their buildings and am very impressed with the quality of work they do,” Harley said.

During their discussion, council noted that Parrish specialized in building educational facilities but has branched out with other projects. Parrish has built numerous Houston County schools including Veterans High School and did an extensive renovation and expansion project at Perry High School.

Also Tuesday, council agreed to pursue state funds to allow two roads to be repaved. Officials will seek $61,112 through the state Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program and will match it with $18,333 in local funds.

If granted, Sentry Oaks Drive would be completely repaved and Davis Drive will be redone from Church Street to Bassett Street.

In other matters, after a prolonged discussion, council voted to place 2012 special purpose local option sales tax money with Colony Bank which is located in the city. It was originally proposed that monies be placed in CB&T which is near but not in Centerville.

The city does business with both banks, but officials said more was done with CB&T. Differences between the two bank’s offerings for the funds were said to be negligible with a slight advantage from CB&T.

Council voted 3 to 2 to go with Colony Bank, with Councilmen Cameron Andrews, Randall Wright and Harley voting for Colony and Councilmen Ed Tucker and Jonathan Nichols voting for CB&T.

The only point of contention between council members regarding the two banks was doing business with Centerville businesses when possible versus seeking the absolute best business deal.

Council also agreed to plan a meeting with state legislators from the area in conjunction with the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayor’s Day conference in Atlanta in January.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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