The Board of Commissioners is expected to give a nod of approval tonight to renovating the pool area at Sewell Park on Lower Roswell Road, located off South Marietta Parkway.
“The park dates back to the ’60s,” said Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area. “It’s absolutely time for a refresh and redo. It’s a heavily used park.”
The county is set to award a $632,730 contract to Waterworks Atlanta Inc. to demolish the existing 1,900-square-foot bath house and build a new 1,500-square-foot locker room in its place using special purpose local option sales tax dollars.
The new building will include improved access for disabled patrons and have updated changing rooms. The existing swimming pool will remain, but the concrete pool deck will be replaced and a new splash pad water feature for children will be installed.
Tom Bills, a project manager with the county’s Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, said the pool itself does not need to be replaced.
Construction should begin in late August with a finishing date sometime prior to Memorial Day weekend 2014, when the pool will open for the season.
The county charges $3.50 for children and $4.50 for adults to swim at the pool, with a wide variety of discounts for those who pay by the week or month.
The board is also being asked to approve five new positions for the county’s information services department at a cost of $433,485, to be paid for out of the general fund.
Paul Ruth, the county’s information services director, said the new employees will complete work from scanning documents to retrieving and sending them out.
“In appellate court cases, if that file needs to be reproduced and sent to the state today, and if we’re on a paper system, somebody’s got to stand there and take an entire court file and stand there at a copy machine and reproduce it, and stick that box in the mail, and mail it down to the state or the Court of Appeals,” Ruth said.
“If the court case and all the records are imaged, they will go to the court file and they’re already digitized, put them in a folder, attach it to an email and send it. See how that would keep somebody from standing at the copier and doing it even between different departments?”
The county’s IT department, which has a budget of about $13 million, employees a staff of 100, Ruth said.
Tonight’s board meeting, which will be held in the board room at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta, begins at 7 p.m.