The Tyrone Town Council on Sept. 20 voted to enter into a no-cost agreement with a consultant to secure financial advice related to the construction of a new municipal complex on Handley Road.
The 3-0 vote approved Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. to secure and provide financial advice related to the potential for constructing a new municipal complex on Handley Road, adjacent to the town-owned Handley Park. The move is an initial step in the multi-step process of establishing the planned complex.
Town Manager Jonathan Lynn said the non-binding agreement comes at no cost to the town. Stifel would continue to work with the town, at cost, if the project moves forward, said Lynn.
The town recently purchased approximately 15 acres situated on the south side of Handley Park at a cost of $189,000. A portion of the 15-acre site, which was combined from two parcels, has long been a grassed overflow parking area used by residents attending events at Handley Park.
Mayor Eric Dial said recently that the current Town Hall offices on Senoia Road — a former Methodist church building — have been in use for approximately 40 years and have been in increasing need of repair.
Though in the early planning stages, Dial said the goal is to have a municipal complex that would house Town Hall, the police department and municipal court.
The $189,000 purchase of the parcels totaling 15 acres was made with the town’s reserve funds.
Also at the Sept. 20 meeting, the council on a 3-0 vote agreed to offer the Fayette County Commission $5,000 and associated costs for the old fire station on Senoia Road, adjacent to the police department.
That amount surfaced in initial discussions several years ago.
The county for many years operated the Senoia Road fire station. It was in November 2014 that the new 9,600 sq. ft. station on 6.6 acres opened on Jenkins Road. The $1.8 million project was funded by the Fayette County Fire Tax Fund.
The old fire station for years experienced significant, ongoing sewer problems. Those issues remain today.