Cartersville gives final approval for home demolition
by Jason Lowrey
Sep 21, 2012 | 1835 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After two years of studies, checks and historical evaluations, three homes on West Etowah Drive received their final approvals to be demolished under a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant acquired by Cartersville. During its scheduled meeting Thursday night, the Cartersville City Council heard an update on the project from Assistant to the City Manager Tom Quist.

Quist said this final approval would start the demolition process for all three houses. However, he added, only one home was in a position to be demolished, as the other two were still undergoing a State Historic Preservation Office historical evaluation.

The three homes suffer from constant flooding in spite of the city’s efforts to redirect stormwater from the area. City Manager Sam Grove said one house had mildew and mold across its walls and ceilings and insulation falling out. When he and Mayor Matt Santini visited the home, Grove added, the occupant was wearing a mask.

Santini later thanked Quist and others for their continuous efforts in getting the project completed.

“It’s been about two years working with county grant writers and [the] Federal Emergency Management Agency and [the] Georgia Municipal Association and you, Tom, and this is a good thing,” Santini said. “I drive past those structures every day and there’s not a day that goes by I don’t take a look over there and say, ‘I wonder how those folks are doing.’ So I appreciate your hard work in getting that done.”

Council member Dianne Tate asked what could be done with the properties once the homes were demolished.

“Actually, they’re to be left as is,” Quist said. “As natural as they can be after the home’s been demolished. You’re not supposed to build anything on it. A park bench or something would be all right, probably, but even [for] that you have to seek approval from GMA for them to waive the conditions.”

Quist expected the first demolition to take place in October. The occupants, he added, will be relocated. The project’s total cost is expected to total $330,059.12, with the Federal Government contributing 75 percent of the needed funds.

The council also approved a $24,437.64 increase to the water department’s Erwin Street sewer repair project. Water Department Assistant Director Ed Mullinax said the increases came from removing and disposing of concrete and locating the sewer.

The Erwin Street project moved the sewer line out from under the Legion Theatre, where it previously ran, and straightened out the line. Mullinax said the sewer was installed around the turn of the last century and was not installed at an angle. The new sewer main fixed these problems and made maintenance easier, he added.

After the increase, the completed project came to a total of $83,337.64.

Also approved was an agreement to handle funding and land acquisition services for Cartersville-Bartow County Airport. The city will acquire a $100,225 grant to finance a storm drain system for the airport. As the airport is paying the needed $2,637 to acquire the grant, there is no cost to the city. However, Assistant City Attorney Keith Lovell said, the city will need to ensure the project is completed, as Cartersville is handling the grant.

Other city council business included:

• Hearing the first reading of an annexation and zoning application for 77 Star Dust Trail.

• Hearing the first reading of an annexation and zoning application for 13 Mission Hills Drive.

• Approving a time change to the council’s Dec. 6 meeting, which is now scheduled at 9 a.m.

• Approving a Georgia Department of Transportation grant in the sum of $179,116.13.

• Approving a service contract with Fox Environmental in a sum not to exceed $21,000.

• Approving a letter of concurrence for the Leake Mounds-Etowah River Walk Link.

• Approving an asset forfeiture report to the U.S. Department of Justice.

• Approving a repair to a high service pump at the city’s water treatment plant in the sum of $16,420.42.

• Approving a rebuild to an electric department bucket truck in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

• Approving the purchase of fire retardant uniforms for the electric department.

• Approving the purchase of a pickup truck for the recreation department, from City Motors, in the sum of $24,916.79.

• Approving the purchase of a pickup truck for the fiber optic department, from City Motors, in the sum of $28,329.12.

• Hearing the July 2012 monthly financial statement.

The Cartersville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at city hall.