Euharlee council approves revised city charter
by Jason Lowrey
Jan 05, 2013 | 1622 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After more than two months of work, the Euharlee City Council approved a revised city charter during its Thursday night meeting. The revision is the city’s first since the charter was written nearly 40 years ago.

City Manager Trish Sullivan said no additional changes were made to the document before the council approved it. Previous council changes to the revision included eliminating a proposed requirement for the city council to provide a reason for removing a city manager and removing a clause giving the mayor sole power to appoint committee members and committee chairs.

The charter will now move on to the state legislature for approval.

Also approved was a franchise amendment with Georgia Power. The 20-year contract, City Attorney Boyd Pettit said, gives Georgia Power the ability to place power lines and poles, among other necessary equipment, on city easements in return for 4 percent of the company’s revenues collected in Euharlee. Sullivan said the franchise fees amounted to approximately $115,000 in 2012.

Planning and Zoning Director Ron Goss brought his monthly project payables to the council, which came to a total amount of $172,339.67. Among the items in the monthly payables were continued construction of Joe Cowan Park’s buildings, irrigation lines and installation of the park’s lighting systems.

Goss also submitted two contracts related to Joe Cowan Park. ABC Fence of Cartersville was awarded the fencing contract for the park in the sum of $43,400. Restaurant City of Cartersville was awarded a contract to supply equipment for the park’s concession stand in the sum of $15,608.64.

The council also heard from The Cliffs’s Home Owner’s Association representatives Margaret Hembree and Pat Moskwa, who asked the council for permission to use city hall on Sunday, Feb. 17. The date is known as Random Act of Kindness Day across the nation, and The Cliffs’s HOA wished to honor Euharlee’s fire, police and emergency medical services personnel.

Other city council business included:

• Approving the city’s 2013 budget.

• Allowing Liberty National Life Insurance to offer additional benefits to city employees at no cost to the city.

• Approving the formation of a Community Emergency Response Team.

• Hearing a planning and zoning update from Becky Dabbs.

• Announcing a request for proposals to organize the city’s barbecue cook-off and fall festival. Proposals should be submitted to city hall within the next two weeks.

The Euharlee City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at city hall.