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Published on August 17th, 2016 |

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Council votes temporary extensions for PARKAtlanta, American Golf contracts

Atlanta City Council has agreed by an 11-2 vote to temporarily extend contracts with PARKAtlanta and American Golf Corp.—that have been in the news this year—on a month-to-month basis, pending the outcome of requests for proposals issued to seek new operators.

The present clubhouse at the Bobby Jones Golf Course, from which American Golf Corp. staff manage the course and golf play.

The present clubhouse at the Bobby Jones Golf Course, from which American Golf Corp. staff manage the course and golf play.

PARKAtlanta  oversees on-street parking service and enforcement to the city, while American Golf Corp. manages the various city-owned golf courses, including North Fulton at Chastain Park and Bobby Jones at Memorial Park in Buckhead.

In both cases, the city had issued a Request for Proposals to seek new operators. However, it became clear that both agreements would expire before a new vendor could be brought on board.

The city signed a seven-year contract with PARKAtlanta parent Duncan Solutions Inc. in 2009. Since then, residents and business owners have complained that they have received erroneous tickets, or, if the citations were legitimate, they encountered obstacles trying to pay the fine.

With the contract with PARKAtlanta due to expire in September, the city put out an RFP seeking a new on-street parking vendor last February.

The city released an RFP on the golf courses last November. Since then, council members have voted to transfer ownership of the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead to the state in exchange for a state-owned parking deck in downtown Atlanta slated to become part of a mixed-use project at Underground Atlanta.

The state plans to convert the Bobby Jones course from 18 holes to a 9-hold reversible layout as part of a broader improvement plan that includes a driving range, meeting space, renovations to the historic courthouse and the construction of multi-use trails.

The city also owns three other 18-hole golf courses and a 9-hole course.

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