County Commission considers Pota Coston monument

Pota Coston. File Photo.

The Fayette County Commission at its Feb. 9 meeting will consider wording for the Kenwood Park monument honoring the late Commissioner Pota Coston, a draft of the Ga. Highway 74 Corridor Study and a proposal to have a replacement bridge on Ga. Highway 85 South at Starr’s Mill carry design features in keeping with the historic area.

Commissioners in July accepted a donation from private citizens, businesses and community leaders for the installation of a Kenwood Park Monument and Memorial Garden to honor Coston and for the wording on the back of the monument to be held off until it received board approval.

Organizers of the effort are at a point to move forward and will seek the commission’s approval on Feb. 9.

Commissioners at the meeting will also consider the approval of a draft contract between the Ga. Department of Transportation and Fayette County for the Hwy. 74 Corridor Study which was tabled on Jan. 12.

The draft follows a 2015 authorization by commissioners to apply for federal aid through the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The draft pertains to a corridor study along Hwy. 74 and a comprehensive path study, with a contract for the path project expected in the near future, according to county staff.

The item was tabled in January to give Fairburn time to respond to its intentions for its portion of the roadway. Stakeholders included in the study include Fayette County, Tyrone, Peachtree City, Fairburn, the South Fulton Community Improvement District and ARC. The study carries an estimated cost of $390,000, with Fayette County committing $78,000 (or 20 percent) to the project. Funding is available through the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) initiative to go before voters in March.

Also at the meeting, Commissioner Steve Brown is requesting approval for a resolution to preserve the historical integrity of Starr’s Mill in relation to a bridge replacement on Hwy. 85.

The idea is to have the state and the Ga. Department of Transportation support a bridge design that embellishes the historic relevance of the old mill and adjoining property, the draft resolution said.