Paving approved for parking lot

Fort Oglethorpe's City Council recently approved the paving of the parking lot outside the newly renovation gymnasium on Second Street in front of Cornerstone Medical Center. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Fort Oglethorpe is adding the finishing touches to its gymnasium renovation project on Second Street after approving up the $30,000 for the paving of the facility's parking lot.

Last month, Fort Oglethorpe assumed responsibility for the gymnasium through an intergovernmental agreement with Catoosa County, which owns the facility.

Renovation of the gym has been going on since the city awarded a $611,000 bid for the project June 12. That agreement was followed up by multiple change orders on Oct. 23, at which time the council approved an additional $58,158 for needed changes and $34,121.01 for the necessary recreational equipment to furnish the facility.

Most recently, on Nov. 13, Public Works and Recreation Director Jeff Long requested approval for the paving of the gravel parking lot that exists outside the building.

"This is a request to pave the front portion of the parking lot there at the gymnasium," Long said. "It's gravel right now. The handicapped parking will be concreted in up to the sidewalk by the contractor, and this will be for the rest of it."

Long explained that one of the biggest reasons for the paving work is to preserve the investment that's already been put into the gym's interior.

"We have some additional parking on the lot that was purchased next door that will stay gravel, but the concern was with the athletic flooring manufacturer as far as gravel getting in tennis shoes and then getting in there on the floor and scratching and scarring on the new floor when people come in," Long said.

Although Long didn't have an exact amount set in stone, the council unanimously approved up to $30,000 for the work.

"We had two bids, with the low quote coming from Mike Kissner Paving here locally," Long said. "We don't know exactly. ... We'll have to get some gravel and then the total tonnage, but it's looking not to exceed $30,000."

The majority of the project has been funded from the 2009 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). From that SPLOST cycle, $480,000 was allocated to recreation capital improvement projects in the city of Fort Oglethorpe. Those funds along with funds allocated from the city budget have been used to acquire the property and revamp the facility.

City Manager Jennifer Payne-Simpkins says the final walk-through of the facility is slated to take place Dec. 10, with the hope that city recreation teams can begin playing in the new gym before the end of the year.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at