Cartersville City Council approved a contract Thursday to demolish the gas maintenance building at 4 Cook St., which was damaged in August by sinkholes.
Cornerstone Demolition & Grading of Cartersville was awarded $34,450 — $20,950 to demolish the building and $13,500 for asbestos removal. The city must pay a $10,000 deductible and the remainder will be covered by its insurance carrier, One Beacon Insurance Company.
The first sinkhole opened in late July. Three days later, a second chasm surfaced about 50 feet from the first one, rendering the building unsafe to be occupied.
The council heard a first reading regarding an application by Andy Womack to rezone property at 802 West Ave., the former Wagon Wheel Restaurant, from Office Commercial (OC) to General Commercial (GC) to construct a new tunnel-style car wash. The council indicated they would approve the application provided certain conditions — mainly drainage, noise and light pollution issues — were met. The council will vote on the application at the next meeting, Nov. 5.
Fire Chief Scott Carter asked the council to accept a $22,470 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation — so that all firefighters’ breathing apparatus face pieces conform to current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards — and to purchase two Rapid Intervention Packs, which are used to rescue downed or trapped firefighters.
“Both of these items greatly enhance the safety of our personnel,” Carter said. “We are very thankful to have a community partner such as Firehouse Subs.”
The electric department asked the council to approve the purchase of an ERMCO 2500 kVA transformer from Gresco for $36,396. The transformer will be used as a system spare.
In other business, the council:
• Issued a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
• Approved a request from the gas department for $7,307.25 to pay dues for membership in the American Public Gas Association (APGA).
Cartersville City Council will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Cartersville City Hall for a work session at 6 p.m. and for a regular meeting at 7 p.m.