Adairsville hires interim city manager
by Neil B. McGahee
Nov 15, 2013 | 2465 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After expressing sympathy for the Filipino victims of Typhoon Hadiyah, Adairsville Mayor Evan King and city council members did a few housekeeping chores.

King announced that Billy Beckett was appointed the interim city manager stepping in for current city manager Pat Crook, who resigned to take a similar job in Villa Rica. Beckett has previously served as city manager in Milton, Chattahoochee Hills, McDonough and Riverdale.

The council passed an incentive agreement between the county, the city of Adairsville and Shaw Industries. Shaw announced in August that it would spend $85 million to build a new facility in Bartow County to make modular carpet tiles, creating more than 500 new jobs. The 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space will be built on 117.6 acres near the intersection of Highway 140 and Hall Station Road in Adairsville. Construction begins in 2014.

Crook announced that the 2014 budget was completed and would be presented on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Crook also said that she had moved the city’s health insurance to another provider, saving more than $40,000 in the process.

In other news, council:

• changed signers on city bank accounts, removing Crook’s name and authorizing city clerk Nicole Scoggins.

• created new job descriptions for many positions, including water system manager, meters/wastewater collections superintendent, utility office manager, and gas system manager.

• authorized the water department to dispose of a 1999 Ford F350 at auction.

• authorized the police department to dispose of a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 2006 Saturn ION at auction.

• authorized the city to purchase a 2013 Ford Explorer police interceptor for $36,898 to replace a similar car that was totalled in a crash.

The Adairsville City Council will meet in a work session on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Depot.