Habersham hires design team for animal shelter and emergency services facilities

The Habersham County Commission has hired a Lawrenceville engineering firm to begin work on two highly anticipated SPLOST projects: a new animal shelter and a centralized emergency services headquarters.

The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its Monday evening meeting to award contracts to Croft and Associates for the new Habersham County Animal Care and Control and Habersham County Emergency Services buildings. The company will provide building design, construction document and construction management services.

Croft beat out four other companies for the emergency services project, including Place Services, Inc., Precision Planning, Hussey Gay Bell and Lyman, Davidson, Dooley. Lyman and Place also bid on the animal shelter, as did JMA Architecture. The commissioners decided to go with Croft because they said the company had experience building emergency services and animal care facilities.

“This company has built these types of facilities before, Habersham County Commission Chairman Bruce Palmer said. “It’s not just a general engineering company.”

Croft’s services for the emergency services installation are estimated at $440,000: for the HCACC installation, they are estimated at $181,000.

The county says the company could innovate on facilities after the completion of the architectural services phase, which is expected to be completed within four to six months of start-up.

Tennis court resurfacing pending

The commission was also set to vote on allocating a proposal to resurfacing two tennis courts at the Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center into pickleball courts, but after heated discussion and public feedback from citizens, the county commission decided not to accept this proposal. .

Tennis players have once again expressed concern that repaving these two tennis courts will negatively affect tennis players and court availability in the county, and at least seven people have urged the commission to reconsider. their plans during public comments.

The offer the county was advised to go forward with was from Woodstock-based Signature Tennis Courts, which would cost the county a total of $88,738. After reviewing a total of three proposals, Signature Tennis Courts was the lowest bidder for the project.

However, following comments heard by the commission, they decided to defer the decision until their next meeting to further explore their options for the courts. They will make a decision at their next meeting, with the current offer for the courts expiring in 60 days.