Coweta County Public Works opens new facility on Selt Road


From Special Reports

Coweta County Public Works Headquarters has relocated to a new facility located at 70 Selt Road in Newnan. A small, private ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, Feb. 5 with commissioners, staff and contract/construction partners.

“We have successfully established a unified Public Works Department encompassing multiple divisions and a team of very talented employees,” said Administrator Michael Fouts. “Although this transition has occurred over the last few years, (Friday’s) ribbon cutting marks the start of a next phase for Coweta County Public Works. I’m enthusiastic to learn about the great work as a result of this era.”

Gardner Spencer Smith Tench & Jarbeau and Diversified Construction of Georgia, along with Public Works leadership and staff, helped to design and construct the building located just off Hospital Road. The Engineering, Fleet/Environmental and Road Maintenance divisions of Public Works will now be housed here. Future plans are not determined for the former Engineering division office at 22 East Washington Street.

“The Public Works Department plays such an instrumental role in making Coweta County what it is,” said Coweta County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Blackburn. “From maintaining hundreds of miles of roadway and right-of-way, hundreds of bridges and culverts; planning and designing new roadways and infrastructure projects; operating a transfer station, and maintaining thousands of light-duty, heavy-duty, and small equipment. This department works year-round to keep our community safe and functioning, even during the ongoing pandemic. We are so thrilled to see this team continue to do amazing work as they are now able to finally work together under one roof.”

In addition, Public Works Director Tod Handley stated: “The new Public Works Headquarters and all of our team in one location under one roof will allow our employees to be more available and accessible to the citizens of the County and will result in improved communications between our team and increased efficiencies in our operations.”

Photo from the private ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured are (left to right): Michael Fouts (County Administrator), Al Smith (Commissioner), Bob Blackburn (BOC Chairman), Tod Handley (Director of Public Works), Joe Gardner (Architect – Gardner Spencer Smith Tench & Jarbeau), Paul Poole (Commissioner), Dave Gavulic (General Contractor – Diversified Construction) and Winta Hail (General Contractor – Diversified Construction).

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