Houston OKs contract for Ball Street improvements

wcrenshaw@macon.comDecember 17, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Savings on previous projects that were part of the 2006 special purpose local option sales tax led Houston County commissioners Tuesday to approve a street improvement in Perry that wasn’t on the project list.

The board voted to approve a contract bid from Georgia Asphalt, the low bidder, for $667,465 to widen .39 miles of Ball Street from Duncan Avenue to Main Street. Work should begin in January and is expected to take eight months or less.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said enough money was left over from other 2006 SPLOST projects to pay for the work in Perry.

After the meeting, county Operations Director Robbie Dunbar said the street will remain two lanes, but it will be widened with a sidewalk as well as curb and gutter. As it is, he said, the street is so narrow that two trucks barely can pass each other.

The city of Perry previously administered a sales tax project that widened Ball Street from Duncan Avenue to the Golden Isles Parkway.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved a contract for the renovation of the Perry Public Library.

International City Builders will lead the construction under a risk management contract, with a guaranteed maximum price to be determined. If the county doesn’t like the maximum price, it can go back to one of the other bidders on the project.

The renovation is expected to cost $2 million or less, and International City Builders will get a 3.95 percent fee, or about $79,000 if the estimated price remains in place. The company recently completed renovation of the Nola Brantley Library in Warner Robins under an identical contract.

The total Perry library project, including architect fees and the purchase of adjacent land for expansion, is expected to be $2.4 million. Work is due to begin in March or April.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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