Court to undergo renovations
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
March 25, 2012 12:00 AM | 1777 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Powder Springs City Council recently voted to renovate the city’s municipal court building for $872,000. Until 2011, the court shared the building with the police department, which moved to a new facility on Richard D. Sailors Parkway.<br>Staff/Marcus E. Howard
The Powder Springs City Council recently voted to renovate the city’s municipal court building for $872,000. Until 2011, the court shared the building with the police department, which moved to a new facility on Richard D. Sailors Parkway.
Staff/Marcus E. Howard
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POWDER SPRINGS — Renovations are planned for the Powder Springs Municipal Court facility, but court sessions will continue to take place in the building during the process, Mayor Pat Vaughn said.

The Powder Springs City Council voted Monday to award an $872,000 renovation contract to Norcross-based Hogan Construction Group. It’s the same company that completed the construction of the city’s new police station on Richard D. Sailor Parkway in 2011.

Until last year, the municipal court shared the facility, located behind Town Square at 4483 Pineview Drive at Jackson Way Extension, with the police department, which relocated to larger quarters.

Completed in 1992, the building needs to be renovated because of the planned Lewis Road extension project, Vaughn said.

“They will be taking off the sally port to make way for Lewis Road to come around through the Square and out to Old Lost Mountain Road,” she said.

“Of course there are some renovations. We’re needing to put in some holding cells for when they bring in people for court and the renovation of some offices.”

The Hogan Construction Group was the project’s lowest bidder, the mayor said.

Funding from the project will come from two sources: remaining money from the bond issued to the construct the new police station and SPLOST dollars, said Pam Conner, city community development director.

Vaughn said the renovation project should begin soon and would likely be finished by the end of this year.

The city’s municipal court primarily handles traffic and code enforcement in court sessions twice a month. Chief Judge Stephen Yaklin presides over the traffic division and Judge Phillip Taylor presides over code enforcement.
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SkipA
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March 26, 2012
Really? You need "some holding cells" for all those traffic court and code enforcement violators? Okay, Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife, if you says so.
Ole Man
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March 25, 2012
Lewis Road was a total waste of money and extending it does not make any sense. The downtown area has very little traffic. The money could be better spent by adding speed breakers on sity residential streets to reduce the speeding. Our police department can't seem to slow down the speeders.
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