From today’s Sentinel:
City picks builder for police facility
By Bobby Moore
Staff Writer

The Douglasville City Council Monday unanimously selected New South Construction to build the city’s proposed $23 million public safety and municipal court facility.

Officials said New South narrowly edged out finalists Heery International Incorporated and Holder Construction Company following a lengthy discussion by the council’s Public Safety Committee meeting held prior to Monday’s regular voting meeting.

New South constructed the Canton, Ga. city hall and the Douglas County Jail annex.

Douglasville Police Chief Joe Whisenant said he believes all three finalists were qualified, and he is confident New South can build a quality facility.

The 60,000-square-foot, two-story facility will be built on 22 acres of city-owned land located south of Interstate 20 adjacent to Hillside Drive on Fairburn Road. The land is also expected to house smaller ancillary buildings and civilian and employee parking lots.

Construction and furnishing of the facility will be funded by the $23 million referendum passed last September by city voters.

In other business Monday, the council unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Georgia Highlands College (GHC) to Douglas County and stating the city’s willingness to provide the two-year college with city-owned land for the permanent location of a satellite campus.

Officials said Thursday that GHC is expected to locate in a temporary location when it begin offering classes locally in August.

The council voted unanimously to require pawn shops inside the city to do a daily electronic inventory which can be received by the city police’s new OSSI computer software.

The council unanimously denied a request by Eric K. Biney to open a limousine service at 6450 Shadow Court.

As part of the consent agenda, the council unanimously approved an agreement with Croy Engineering for work leading to the approval of a traffic signal on Fairburn Road at the entrance of the planned police facility.

No action was taken on a resolution regarding the demolition of a vacant house at 8833 Campbellton Street. City Manager Bill Osborne said the landowner had the home demolished over the weekend.

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