On November 2, 1999, voters approved the SPLOST 2000 (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) referendum, which allowed for the continuation of a one-cent sales tax to fund a diverse list of community projects.
Serving as an extension of city-county staff, Heery provided construction program management for a city/county five-year construction program of 29 improvement projects. The CIP includes a Natural Science and Applied Technology Center constructed of environmentally safe and recycled materials providing completely “green” construction and operation, fire training center, additions to an arts center, a jail infirmary and clinic, a new 800 MHz radio system, and expansion of the Police Administration and Operations Building.
Heery also provided program management for two new community parks, improvements to several community parks including the first totally ADA-accessible community park in Georgia, initiated neighborhood parks program with 17 county schools, and a new green way trail system with interpretive historic and natural history exhibits. Other improvements include bridges, storm drainage and road improvements, planning for a multi-modal transportation center, closure of a landfill and groundwater protection, and various other facility renovations and expansions.
Projects also included:
LEED Silver certification for the East Athens Dance Center