County hires firm to ren­o­vate, re­store R.L. Cousins gym

Fund­ing to come from SPLOST

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved an ar­chi­tec­tural agree­ment with Richard Wittschiebe Hand for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ren­o­va­tion of the old R.L. Cousins High School gym­na­sium at their Tues­day night meet­ing.

The to­tal bud­get for the ren­o­va­tion project is $750,000. RWH will pro­vide ar­chi­tec­tural and in­te­rior de­sign ser­vices for the ren­o­va­tion. For its ser­vices RWH will be paid $108,500.

Fund­ing for the ren­o­va­tion comes from a $500,000 Spe­cial Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax Al­lo­ca­tion and a $ 250,000 At­lanta Fal­cons Youth Foun­da­tion grant.

The New­ton County Re­cre­ation De­part­ment will share use of the gym with Project Ad­ven­ture, a lo­cal non­profit that houses and ed­u­cates at risk youth, once ren­o­va­tions to the gym are com­plete

“This is a very unique ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign,” said New­ton County Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer John Mid­dle­ton be­fore the board ap­proved the agree­ment. “It’s a real his­tor­i­cal trea­sure that has value to this com­mu­nity.”

In other BOC news, the board ap­proved the adop­tion of Gov. Sonny Per­due’s newly re­vised wa­ter re­stric­tions which al­low a lim­ited amount of hand wa­ter­ing and the re­fill­ing of pub­lic and private swim­ming pools.

New­ton County res­i­dents are al­lowed to hand wa­ter their lawns for 25 min­utes per day on an odd-even sched­ule be­tween mid­night and 10 a.m. Odd num­bered ad­dresses can wa­ter on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Sun­day. Even num­bered ad­dresses can wa­ter on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Satur­day.

Hand wa­ter­ing is de­fined as one per­son with one gar­den hose with a spray noz­zle that shuts off when it is re­leased.

The board also ap­proved the adop­tion of the county’s 2008 Com­pre­hen­sive Plan and up­dated Fu­ture Land Use Map. The FLUM is used as a guide in re­zon­ing and cap­i­tal in­vest­ment de­ci­sions.

The map in­cludes a hi­er­ar­chy of town cen­ters in­clud­ing new ones, Stan­ton Springs and Mount Pleas­ant, as well as vil­lage cen­ters such as Oak Hill, Salem and Al­mon.

A con­di­tional use per­mit to op­er­ate a karate school in Dis­trict 5 was ap­proved by the board. The karate school will be op­er­ated out of a home on So­cial Cir­cle Road on three acres of land. There will be 30 minute in­ter­vals be­tween classes to al­low for in­com­ing and out­go­ing traf­fic on the prop­erty.

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