Parks master plan tabled; sprinkler system approved at Nash Farm.

Henry County commissioners considered several items related to parks & recreation on Tuesday morning. The board voted to approve the installation of a fire sprinkler system at Nash Farm; however, they tabled the award for a countywide parks master plan.

The master plan was tabled for commissioners to receive additional information about the status of the county’s budget and finances. The plan would be Henry County’s first countywide parks master plan and would be completed by Perez Planning + Design, LLC of Atlanta, GA at a cost of $99,500. Funding for the plan was budgeted in the FY 2021 county budget adopted in June.

Master plan for Nash Farm Park (Henry County photo)
Nash Farm master plan (Henry County photo)

The bid to install a fire sprinkler system at Nash Farm was awarded to Fire Systems Inc. of Smyrna, GA in the amount of $309,542. The vendor represented the only bid submitted.

When asked by commissioners how the installation would be funded, county staff replied the project would be taken out of SPLOST V. District II budgeted $3,291,315 in district funds towards the implementation of the master plan at the park.

It is presumed the $309,542 will be deducted from the SPLOST V bonds sold last month. General collections for SPLOST V district funds are not expected until fall 2021 because of the county selecting level II projects before last year’s referendum.

The fire sprinkler system will be installed in the activity barn, a 7,000 square foot building constructed in 1977. Commissioners approved the purchase of theatre equipment in July 2019 to convert the building into a cultural arts center / flex space.