Croy Engineering officials told Mayor Pat Vaughn and the City Council members that the maintenance and repair work outlined in April would cost between $119,400 and $153,000.
The projects would be funded by the 2011 SPLOST.
But Councilwoman Nancy Hudson and other Council members said major projects, especially bridge repair, should be addressed first.
“I’m worried about those bridges. That’s No. 1,” Hudson said.
Vaughn reminded Hudson that the facility improvements projects had already been approved by the Council and that plans were moving forward, and Croy officials assured her that there was enough funding to cover all the projects, plus any cost overruns.
The city plans to repair cracked tile, clean the carpet and replace gutters at City Hall; replace damaged exterior fascia board, install attic insulation and upgrade bathrooms at the community development building; install a new roof and windows at the senior center; and install two motorized gates and have concrete paving work done at the public works building.
City officials also met with Jim Croft of Croft and Associates, a Kennesaw-based architecture firm that is planning to submit a design proposal for the city’s new theater at the Ford Cultural Arts and Community Center. The project will be paid for using bond and SPLOST money.
As for a historic former barbershop, officials have been mulling the fate of the vacant site on Lewis Road at Marietta Street in downtown Powder Springs for months. On Wednesday, they discussed turning the 700-square-foot shop into a trailhead for the Silver Comet Trail.
Plans call for the building to be divided in a lobby with vending machines and four restrooms. Previous estimates for converting the shop to office space put the cost around $80,000, which would be paid for with SPLOST funds, Community Development Director Pam Conner said.
Police Chief Charlie Sewell informed officials that his effort to purchase new computers and cameras for 14 police cars will likely come under the $250,000 projected budget. He said he found more advanced equipment than initially planned for at a total price of $195,246.
“More often than not, the cameras in the police cars now are not working,” he said. “Any time we go back to address a citizen’s concern or take something to court, there’s no video there.”
In other business, the city wants to replace the lighting system at the Powder Springs Veterans Memorial on Atlanta Street near the library in time for Veterans Day, which is four months away.
Conner said American Legion Post 294 of Powder Springs has volunteered to replace the lights that are in disrepair.
In addition to Wednesday’s agenda work session, a special called meeting was conducted to set the city’s millage rate at 8.5 mills. The City Council will have a second public meeting before adopting the millage rate on July 23.