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Avondale Estates City Commission to consider hiring a capital projects director

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Avondale Estates City Commission to consider hiring a capital projects director

E. College Avenue, (US-278) looking west from Avondale Estates. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Avondale Estates, GA — The Avondale Estates City Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. for a regular meeting. The City Commission meeting will be held via Zoom.

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During the regular meeting, the city commission will consider amending the classification and compensation plan to add a new position — a capital projects construction and maintenance director.

“This position is responsible for managing transportation, stormwater, parks and public-spaces, and public facilities investments that will enhance the single-family neighborhood and parks and transform Avondale Estates’ downtown into a more walkable, bikeable community,” the job description states.

This position will also manager smaller projects to maintain and enhance the city, like installing new crosswalks, bike racks, benches, or repairs to curbs and potholes. They will also manage construction or renovation of city-owned buildings or properties.

The capital projects director will oversee work such as adding new streets and upgrading existing streets in downtown Avondale consistent with the city’s street grid, the U.S. 278 road diet project, ongoing repaving and upgrades as prioritized in the street plan, and the stormwater projects identified in the 2021 stormwater master plan.

During the work session, the board will discuss a contract for engineering services with Pond Engineering in the amount of $28,300 for improvements to Laredo Drive.

According to the agenda, the scope of work includes:

– A survey of the area to use.

– Evaluation of the subgrade conditions and pavement rehabilitation options.

– Concept design for pedestrian and landscaping improvements.

– Construction documents.

The city commission will also discuss two change orders to the U.S. 278 road diet design in the amount of $107,636 for additional fees. City staff is requesting the change orders for additional costs due to the number of unexpected planning documents required by the Georgia Department of Transportation during the concept development phase. The change order also includes other costs associated with additional engineering for the traffic signal design in the amount of $96,673.

The Atlanta Regional Commission has granted the city about $161,000 in federal funds with a local match of $40,400 to be put toward these additional design costs.

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