The Adairsville City Council's Tuesday work session prepared 14 agenda items to be voted on at its regular meeting Thursday.
Historic Preservation Committee Chair Susan Gilmore reminded the council that Adairsville has always taken pride in its place in Georgia history, especially its role in the "Great Locomotive Chase," during the Civil War.
Now, the city is beginning its quest to become a certified local government.
If that sounds familiar, it should — the city is already a certified local government — just not in the area of historic preservation.
And that is really important if you want to preserve historic stuff.
"In order to get all the grants we need," Gilmore said. "We need to become a certified local government in historic preservation. It's kind of a lengthy process and we have been working on that diligently."
In order to meet the state requirements for certification, Gilmore said the city must have a historic commission that meets regularly, a designated historic district and ordinances governing that district, a survey of all historic places in the city, and a set of preservation guidelines. She added that Kennesaw State students will be conducting the survey.
"Becoming a certified local government for historic preservation allows us to apply for federal and state historic grants," Gilmore said. "If we want to redo a building — we're looking at the old Butler shoe store or the Gholston House — we will have the resources to do that."
Gilmore said historic preservation committees from Adairsville, Euharlee, Dalton, Rome and other cities will meet at the Adairsville Depot on June 13 to meet Sarah Rogers, the new state coordinator and learn what steps to take to ensure the city gets the certified designation.
In other business, council:
• Heard four rezoning requests, including three asking to be changed from R1 to R2 and one requesting a change from R1 to C1.
• Heard requests to approve special events permits for "St. Paddy's on the Square," "BBQ & Blues," and summer and fall concerts at Logtown.
• Heard requests to approve donations to the depot museum, including a carved marble slab from the water plant donated by Joe Bowdoin, a bonnet donated by Patricia Eastin and a Bible from Wanda and Danny Pelfrey.
• Heard a request to authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with BS&A Software not to exceed $16,000.
• Heard a request to approve $235,000 for repairs to the King and College Streets collection system.
• Heard a request to approve the nomination of Gregory R. Harris to the Unified Zoning Board, as recommended by Mayor Kenneth Carson.
By Georgia law, city councils are forbidden to vote during a work session.
City Manager Pam Madison said she expects every resolution to pass at Thursday's regular meeting.