WARNER ROBINS -- This fast-growing city appears to be moving toward a master plan for improving its recreation.
City Council members on Monday night refused to approve a contract with a recreation planner, saying they just received the paperwork for the costly study. But several council members also said just such a plan is overdue, and they don’t want to delay it unnecessarily.
The city plans to pour millions of dollars from sales tax proceeds into recreation upgrades, which could come as a mix of rehabilitating older parks and building new ones. Council members have talked about a large recreation complex to be built near North Houston Road and Elberta Road, behind a Fred’s store. But Recreation Director James Dodson also proposed expansive improvements for Memorial Park along Armed Forces Boulevard.
Mayor Randy Toms said he expects the council will approve the recreation planning contract at the Jan. 20 meeting. The proposal is for Lose & Associates of Lawrenceville to be paid $62,250 for the work, with a 15 percent contingency.
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The work, to be done over about four months, would include developing estimates for construction costs, as well as maintenance and personnel costs.
“This is a master plan, which would then give us a roadmap to when we can get things done,” Toms said. The city also is planning several smaller parks.
In another matter, council members held the first reading of a proposal to rewrite how the city handles noise complaints. The proposal would set specific sound levels, including noises of 60 adjusted decibles before 11 p.m. or 55 adjusted decibles after that, at residential property lines. Conversations normally are held at about 60 decibles.
Steve Sutton, a neighbor of the Chevy’s nightclub on Russell Parkway, said he’s been struggling with music in recent years from the bar.
“I’ve actually called 911 47 times about the problem since April of 2013,” he told The Telegraph on Monday. Sutton, who used to run sound in the building before it became Chevy’s, said the city’s proposal doesn’t account for wall-penetrating, low-frequency noises.
“If you’re sitting in your living room at night or trying to get to bed, it’s obnoxious,” he said.
Another neighbor told City Council members he’s had the same problems with hearing dance music in his house.
Toms said he expects the ordinance to pass at the Dec. 20 meeting.
Also Monday, the City Council honored dozens of members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which is celebrating 107 years, and the Northside High School football team, which won the state championship. The City Council also picked Carolyn Robbins to be the mayor pro tem and reappointed Jim Elliott as city attorney, a position he’s held for nearly 30 years.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.