Southeast Bartow County was the big winner Wednesday as Commissioner Steve Taylor awarded nearly $3 million in contracts and grants in hopes of bolstering the economy of the Glade Road area.
By far the biggest amount was a $2,535,470 contract to Legacy Construction to install trunk sewer lines, main sewer lines and four pump stations along the Glade corridor. Second was a $249,831 contract with Americo Sewer Extensions for an upgrade of its wastewater system.
“Commissioner, Americo is the company that was contemplating moving out of the county because the septic system was failing,” County Administrator Peter Olson said. “By approving this contract, we may possibly preserve about 200 Bartow jobs.”
Finally, Taylor approved an engineering study for the Glade Road/Clark Creek Bridge replacement.
In other business, the commissioner:
• Re-appointed Ed Brush, Paul Battles and Eric Strickland to the Development Authority of Bartow County.
• Re-appointed Eric Strickland to the Joint Development Authority of Bartow and Pickens counties.
• Appointed Todd Gregory to the Etowah Area Consolidated Housing Authority’s Housing and Development Corporation of Bartow County.
• Appointed Brandon Duncan to the Region 1 EMS Council.
• Passed a resolution establishing a three-year term for the Board of Tax Assessors.
• Approved grant applications for lighting at the Hamilton Crossing and Manning Mill parks; improvements at the Hardin Bridge Boat Launch; and funding of transit operations.
The commissioner will hold a public meeting on Friday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Bartow County EMA Office, 10 Elizabeth St., Cartersville, to review and discuss a draft of an update to the Bartow County Hazard Mitigation Plan.