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City plans work on sewer, parks

Another major sewer installation project and several new recreation projects highlight the City of Bainbridge’s planned work in 2011, city officials shared Tuesday night.

Dustin Dowdy, assistant to the city manager, presented the Bainbridge City Council with a review of the city’s 2010 capital projects and detailed those planned for 2011.

The project with the highest cost and largest scope is the so-called “Douglas East” sewer project, part of a four-phase plan launched under former Mayor Mark Harrell to extend city sewer service throughout Bainbridge city limits.

The Douglas East project, which has an estimated cost of $4 million, will make sewer service available for a fee to 237 homes which are currently using septic tanks, Dowdy said. Work will start this summer on College Road and will include Lake Douglas Road, the eastern section of Twin Lakes Drive, Ashton Way, Legette Drive and numerous side streets.

The Flint River walkway, a proposed paved path to connect Cheney Griffin Park to the Earle May Boat Basin and its nature trails, could also be constructed in the summer. It has an estimated cost of $400,000, part of which could be paid for with at least one grant the city has applied for so far, Dowdy said.

Also slated for summer work are improvements to the city’s College Street park, located near Bainbridge Middle School. With an estimated cost between $267,0000 and $300,000, the project will put in new playground equipment, off-street parking and a new restroom facility, Dowdy said.

There are plans to pave an 80-space lighted parking lot behind City Hall near the intersection of Broughton and Clark streets. The current 11 off-street parking spaces reserved for City Hall would be transformed into a small landscaped area, while the new lot could be used by city employees and the public.

City Manager Chris Hobby said a previously-discussed proposal for major renovations and expansion of City Hall will be on the agenda of the City Council’s annual retreat in March.