Cartersville council addresses Atco’s aging infrastructure

The Cartersville City Council took the first steps to address the aging water and sewer infrastructure in the Atco mill village. Much of it dates back to 1903 when the original mill and mill village were built. Although piecemeal improvements have been made over the past 60 years —  multiple tie-ins to larger diameter mains and replacement of older fire hydrants in the Mayflower Circle area — the majority of the water and sewer mains are original to the village.

“Fire hydrant flow testing in June revealed a considerable loss of flow from the previous test date in 2011,” water department director Bob Jones said. “It appears the water mains have deteriorated to a point where they are no longer sufficient for modern fire protection.”

Jones asked the council to approve $8,000 to hire Allen–Smith Consulting (ASC), a Covington, Ga., firm that specializes in grant writing and administration for infrastructure improvement projects. The request was approved.

The council also approved a “festival zone” — where beer and wine may be served — at Dellinger Park next month. The Dog Disc Banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, is for the sponsors, judges, participants and spouses associated with the 16th annual Dog Disc Championship. It is not open to the public.

The council also approved $91,950 to purchase an eight cubic-yard rear loader garbage truck from Carolina Environmental Systems (CES). Although its bid was not the low bid —  Rush Trucking was lowest at $88,164 — the CES truck is available immediately while the Rush truck wouldn’t be available for at least 65 days. The truck is used for “back-door service,” trash pickups for more than 550 disabled customers who are unable to transport their trash cans to the street.

The early redemption of $15 million in bonds issued in 2011 by the Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority was approved by the council. By paying down the remaining principal, about $10.4 million, the city will save about $4 million.

In other business, the council:
• Recognized the Cartersville Little League 10 and under All-Stars for winning the state championship of the Georgia Parks and Recreation Tournament.

• Approved two requests from landowners to have their properties annexed from the county to the city.

• Approved a request to rezone 1009 N. Tennessee St. from PS (professional services) to OC (office commercial).

• Approved $19,170 for firefighter physicals.

• Approved an encroachment agreement with Georgia Power allowing the city to extend a natural gas pipe through Georgia Power’s power line right of way.

Cartersville City Council will meet again on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. for a work session followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall.

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