The commissioners approved an increase in costs for design services at the Waleska County Park. The commission approved a change order in the amount of $21,816.61 for design and engineering services for the Waleska County Park.
That bumps up the design contract to $33,536.27, up by $11,719.66.
The commission also heard from resident Tom Ware of Macedonia, who expressed frustration of the recent stall in negotiations between the county and the city of Canton with the proposed Etowah River Park and Killian baseball fields projects.
Ware said other projects funded with the county’s parks bond have been built, including the Badger Creek Soccer Complex, the new fields at Sequoyah Park and the aquatic center under construction off Sixes Road.
Canton and the children in the city have “waited long enough” and deserve to have the projects set in stone, Ware added.
Last week, Canton officials said the county informed them that the price of both parks increased and the city would have to fork over an additional $700,000 from $1 million it planned to use for extras.
The Canton City Council and the commission originally agreed that the passive Etowah River Park would cost around $2.1 million and the baseball complex would cost about $2.7 million.
The Etowah Park is now slated to cost about $2.3 million and the ball fields are to cost about $3.2 million.
Design work for the baseball complex calls for four fields, a 1,200-square-foot concessions area and restroom building, 240 paved parking spaces, bleachers, benches and trash receptacles, a free-standing scoring stand at each field, chain-link dugouts and tournament-level sports field lighting.
The Etowah River Park, which will include mostly passive features, would have a half-mile American Disabilities Act-accessible concrete walking path around multi-purpose fields, one 1,100-square-foot concessions and restrooms building, 207 paved parking spaces, ADA-accessible concrete walking paths and sidewalks connecting to an event lawn and to the concession building.
The commission also:
* Heard an overview during its work session of 2012-13 benefit renewal cost projections by Charles Carlson of Gallagher Benefits Solutions;
* Recognized second quarter awards and recognitions from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office;
* Announced that Harmony Drive will be closed to through traffic at its intersection with Highway 20/Cumming Highway for 30 days beginning on Monday for the purpose of intersection reconstruction;
* Conducted a public hearing and approved a resolution to transmit the 2012 annual update to the Capital Improvements Element and Short Term Plan to the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for review;
* Approved authorizing the renewal position of fixed costs and program services with Gallagher Benefits Solutions; and
* Considered approval of a business associate agreement with Gallagher Benefits Solutions.