Cobb’s foot bridges to get check-up
by Geoff Folsom
August 29, 2012 12:31 AM | 2427 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Cobb County’s 35 pedestrian bridges will get a check-up after the Board of Commissioners approved a $97,853 contract with a Los Angeles-based company to inspect them in a 5-0 vote Tuesday.

While the Georgia Department of Transportation inspects vehicular bridges twice a year, Cobb Department of Transportation Director Faye DiMassimo said the county’s foot bridges have never been officially inspected. The state and federal transportation departments recommend they be checked every two years. The task order contract with AECOM Technical Services Inc., which is being paid with 2011 SPLOST funds, will provide inspections.

DiMassimo said the county doesn’t even know how old some of the bridges are, but said that most are fairly new.

“We don’t have the age of all bridges in a master inventory right now, and that’s part of what this project will do,” she said.

On a task order contract, the county hand-selects a prequalified firm to complete a project, said Dan McDuff, Cobb DOT deputy director.

While DiMassimo said none of the bridges appear in need of repair, funds are also available in the SPLOST in case improvements are needed.

The board also unanimously approved a $1.1 million SPLOST-funded contract with SportsTurf Company Inc. of Whitesburg to repair at least seven of the 12 football and soccer fields at Noonday Creek Park in northeast Cobb. Parks Director Eddie Canon said a vote on building a new playground at the park will come up in September.

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said Noonday Creek is among the more popular parks in her district.

“It’s in need of a lot of repair,” she said.

SportsTurf’s bid was lower than those of Precision Turf LLC of Lilburn, which bid $1.12 million, and TriScapes Inc. of Alpharetta, which bid $1.2 million.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a $114,300 design contract with Lose & Associates Inc. of Lawrenceville to design improvements at Wallace Park in Mableton. Repairing sports fields and constructing two new buildings will be up for approval at a future meeting, as part of $2.2 million in SPLOST-funded improvements at the park.

Croft & Associates of Kennesaw had the second lowest bid at $129,300 and Sutton Architectural Services Inc. of Canton was third at $134,795.

Though she declined to make an endorsement in the Republican Primary, northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham took her public address time at the end of the meeting to praise Chairman Tim Lee on his victory in the Aug. 21 runoff. Lee had 14,309 votes (52%) to former Chairman Bill Byrne’s 13,014 (48%).

“You have in the past 18 months made some very difficult decisions and positioned the county well for the future,” Goreham told Lee.

Goreham’s remarks came after Craig Harfoot of Marietta hinted at a November write-in candidacy against Lee during the public comment portion of the meeting. Because no Democrat qualified to run against Lee, the incumbent’s name will be the only one on the general election ballot.

Harfoot said it won’t take the $431,320 Lee raised to win in November.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people. They say, ‘You’ve got to have money.’ ” Harfoot said. “No you don’t. You’ve got to have literate people, maybe be able to write a name and type it in on that computer screen, but that’s about all it is.”

In other action, commissioners:

- Unanimously approved extensions of cellular tower lease agreements for AT&T and T-Mobile at Terrell Mill Park. Each five-year agreement calls for rent of $39,292 the first year, with increases of 5 percent each additional year. The money will go toward park improvements.

- Unanimously approved a contingency agreement with the Barnes Law Group LLC of Marietta to investigate and prosecute claims against the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Mortgage Association and other related parties for failure to pay deed transfer taxes on the transfer of warranty and security deeds.

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September 01, 2012
There is a company called Applied Technical Services in Marietta that has an inpection department. Why is the county paying some California outfit to inspect the bridges?
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