Commissioner: Time for pool redo
by Jon Gillooly
June 24, 2013 11:51 PM | 2513 views | 5 5 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commissioner Bob Ott thinks a total makeover for the pool area at Sewell Park on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta will get approval at tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioner Bob Ott thinks a total makeover for the pool area at Sewell Park on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta will get approval at tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
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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.



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Hank Moody
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June 25, 2013
No, everyone just vote now like Bob Ott does every time there is a project that needs funding. Say no and blame him for being a BIG LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. If people want to swim, they can do so in their bathtubs.
Holy batman
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June 25, 2013
I would be happy to work for IS scanning documents for an average salary of 86,000 per year! As for things looking like the 60's, anyone ever visit our Sheriff's Office or Magistrate Court. I think those folks need and update more than Bob Otts special projects, but we know how that goes. Bob says no to raises, no to safety improvements, no to basically anything and everything but those particular things he enjoys to utilize between drawing a FULL retirement from the county for part time work and his I will strike if I don't get my way job at Delta
You sound bitter
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June 25, 2013
Mrs. Lee
truthbetold2us
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June 25, 2013
@Holy Batman and @Hank Moody: Maybe you should know a little bit about what you speak. My family uses this pool all the time but more importantly I know this is a SPLOST project which the county is required to do whether Ott wants it or not because the voters approved the list. In fact I think Ott was opposed to the SPLOST and did not vote for it so why not know the facts before you speak.
truthbetold2us
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June 25, 2013
@Holy batman and Hank Moody: You should know your facts before writing. My family has used the pool since the 70s and I can tell you it needs repairs and has for a while. I also know that regardless of what Ott says it was going to be done because it was a SPLOST project that was approved by the voters. I know because I voted for it. As for Ott I know he voted against the SPLOST so what does that say about his wanting the pool fixed? My guess is both of you are disgruntle county employees and just don't like Ott. Either way get the facts straight before you make your comments
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