Adairsville council debates Park Street crossing closure
by Neil B. McGahee
Dec 11, 2013 | 1502 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville City Council met last night for its final work session of the year.

Police chief Robert Jones reported that the department logged more than 18,000 miles of patrol and responded to 1,136 calls in November, down about 200 from October. The department also investigated 17 traffic accidents. He said the officers were spending some time educating the public about safeguarding valuable items whether in their car or their house.

“This is the time of year when criminals take advantage of people who have purchased Christmas gifts, so we try to explain ways to prevent thefts,” he said.

Community Development Director Jamey Cochran said that demolition of the south water tank had been completed and the Collins Mountain tank was 100 percent online. Also completed was the replacement of a three-quarter-inch gas line with a 4-inch line in the northern part of the city.

Cochran reported that plans were underway to close the Park Street railroad crossing and add improvements to the Keene Street crossing.

“The closure of the Park Street crossing will allow us to add eight more parking places, which downtown sorely needs,” Cochran said, “and will be paid for by CSX railroad and the state of Georgia. Improvements to the Keene Street crossing includes adding pedestrian crossings and adding storm drains and crossarms across the road. The $250,000 bill will be picked up by CSX and the state.”

Councilman Alan Towe asked if the Downtown Development Authority had been informed and Cochran said they had not.

“As a courtesy, I think we should let them know about it,” Towe said, “and let them weigh in on it before we make any kind of decision.”

It was decided that the issue would be reopened at the February meeting after the DDA had a chance to offer its insight.

Downtown Development director Susan Gilmore reported that more than 1,000 people had visited the museum at the Adairsville Depot. She also reported that Christmas on the Square and the Christmas parade were well attended. She also said people were responding to social media marketing, including a Facebook page.

Interim city manager Billy Beckett, attending his first meeting since being hired, told council that Shaw Industries closed on the property and that “we are working to fulfill our obligations.“ Beckett said of particular concern was some March dates that may involve some permits from outside agencies and he had plans to discuss those issues with Shaw officials on Thursday.

Beckett said the time table for demolition of city hall would be forthcoming.

He also recommended purchasing three police cars which had been slated for purchase in March for $23,000 each. He said by purchasing them now, the price would fall to $21,000, saving the city more than $7,000.

Topics to be discussed at the next meeting included:

• approval of malt beverage and wine retail license applications to two businesses

• a resolution concerning the Park Street railroad crossing closure

• an extension of a contract with the Strikers baseball organization

• a second reading of the 2014 budget

• a 2014 meeting schedule for Adairsville City Council.

The Adairsville City Council will meet Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Depot.