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Forsyth County News

Other action

Also during its meeting Thursday, the Forsyth County commission:

• Approved an amendment to the contract with Advanced Ambulance granting, among other measures, a 5 percent increase in pay this year before reverting to the baseline 3 percent increase for the remaining years of the agreement. The lingering issue of the valuation of a possible county buy-back of the company’s equipment was waived by Advanced Ambulance.

• Ratified a development agreement with TRG Forsyth, known as Taubman, concerning county incentives for the company to build a regional, upscale mall, office space and residential components. The ratification will allow Forsyth to divide its right-of-way payments of about $2.6 million into two installments, with the first this month and the second in late 2015.

• Granted a rezoning to Residential-4 from commercial and office and industrial for Ashton Atlanta Residential. The 67-acre site on Paddocks Parkway off of Peachtree Parkway is planned for 163 single-family homes.

Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

— Alyssa LaRenzie

The lowest construction bid for Forsyth County’s animal shelter has put the $3 million project slightly over budget.

Approved as part of the most recent 1-cent sales tax referendum, the shelter’s construction costs were estimated to total about $2.6 million of the price tag.

Forsyth County commissioners awarded the contract to CRS Building Corporation for about $2.86 million on Thursday night in a 5-0 vote.

Adding that figure to about $187,500 spent on design, survey and other work pushes the total project cost about $50,000 above the $3 million budget.

“Finance is aware of this and they’re working on funding sources,” said Donna Kukarola, county procurement director.

Due to the bid, the county will not include any of the alternate features in the facility, Kukarola said.

Those included heating and air conditioning with off-site control ability, brick siding and a metal roof.

The building will instead have only on-site air controls, fiber cement siding and an asphalt shingle roof.

The alternate for extra kennel spaces, totaling about $231,000 from the winning bidder, will also be scrapped, though the design does leave room for future expansion.

CRS Building, which has an office in south Forsyth, was one of six firms that met the pre-qualifications for the bid, which included shelter construction experience.

Commissioner Todd Levent, who serves on the animal shelter committee, said the process has been lengthy.

“Animal shelters are very complicated, way more than a normal building,” Levent said. “I thank Ms. Kukarola for all her hard work and certainly the shelter committee.”

The facility, slated for completion in late December, will be built on County Way in north Forsyth off of Ga. 400. It will replace the current arrangement with NALAA Corp., which runs the operation from its own facility.