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Cartersville council tackles housekeeping chores

After honoring Ken Wilson for serving 25 years on the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Cartersville City Council attacked the three-page agenda.

The council heard a request from some residents of Waterford Subdivision to create a three-way stop at the intersection of Waterford Drive and Glen Cove Drive. The current one-way stop for traffic on Glen Cove has led to many bad accidents, council members said.

Traffic studies conducted by Public Works on Glen Cove Drive showed that volumes exceeded the minimum requirements to warrant a three-way stopped intersection and recommended approval of the modification.

But Public Works Director Tommy Sanders had a different take on it.

“There were six accidents at that intersection in a five-year period,” he said. “And there was no indication that these accidents could have been corrected by the installation of a multi-way stop.”

Waterford resident Bill Gamble, waving a petition signed by 65 of his neighbors, agreed, saying it was unnecessary.

The request was denied.

The council also heard a first reading of a request to rezone a low-lying area on the south side of Mission Road adjacent to the CSX rail line. The property owner wants to change the property from R-20 (residential) to AG (agricultural) in order to operate a dog-boarding kennel.

Also in first reading was a revision to the pawn shop ordinance.

“After we drafted the ordinance, state law changed and deleted our rights to regulate metal recyclers,” Assistant City Attorney Keith Lovell said. “So the proposed revision deletes scrap metal processors from the ordinance.”

The council approved a request from the fire department for $49,100 to purchase and install a diesel exhaust system for Fire Station No. 2 located on Peeples Valley Road.

“This system will be attached to fire trucks as they enter the station and automatically detach as they leave the station to go on an alarm or other activity,” Fire Chief Scott Carter said. “This system captures all of the exhaust fumes from a fire truck and safely removes it from the building.”

 Carter said one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths is cardiac disease and cancer. The toxic fumes from exhaust have been linked to such illness.

“This project is a continuation of our plan to enhance the health and safety of our personnel,” he said, “and is in line with the improvements that were made with the construction of stations Nos. 1 and 4 in 2011-12.”  

The council also authorized $5,000 to purchase chemicals for the water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and drinking water laboratory on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, semi-annual, or annual basis.       

The police department asked for $11,718 to purchase an additional speed trailer, a device that may be placed in random locations to monitor and display traffic speeds to passing motorists. The request was approved.

In other business, the council:
• Approved a measure to change Bangor Street to one-way.
• Updated an agreement with the county to conduct elections for the city of Cartersville.
• Approved the city’s water testing contract with the state.
• Authorized a final change order for water main relocation at Highway 41 and Peeples Valley Road.

Cartersville City Council will meet again on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall.

Last modified onThursday, 20 August 2015 23:30