Adairsville to vote on closing drive-thru
by Matt Shinall
Mar 09, 2011 | 1694 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville City Manager Pat Crook asked the city council at Tuesday's work session to consider closing the manned operation of the Main Street drive-thru utility payment center.

Costing between $3,500 and $4,000 a year, the drive-thru window offers no income production, only added convenience for city customers, he said. A drop-box may, however, remain open at the location and checked regularly to cater to those using the service on a regular basis.

Beyond a savings in utility cost, elimination of the window operation would allow for additional help at city hall.

"To have a person down the street for half a month every month puts a strain on everything else here in city hall so we're losing that opportunity. If you have, like today, one person was out sick and one is down at the drive-thru, it was just really difficult," Crook said.

Also discussed for a vote Thursday was the appointment of a new city clerk. The position was posted internally prompting an application from city employee Nicole Stephens. She has been interviewed and presented to the council for approval by Crook.

"I interviewed her, she reviewed the job description; she is very excited about it and would love to have the job. She really wants to get in there and get started and we could really use the help," Crook said.

The purchase and installation of a new telephone system will appear on Thursday's agenda. The Voice Over Internet Protocol system suggested by Crook will require the installation of a T1 line. The conversion is estimated to cost about $3,000 but is expected to save money in the long-run over the current system.

The last item on the agenda is authorization to sign a proclamation designating next week, March 13 -- 19, as Willy Wonka Week in coordination with the Adairsville High School spring musical production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Preliminary discussions began on the possibility of switching to a web-based work order system instead of the current paper-based system currently in use. In addition to eliminating the need for paper work orders, software would track and record all work orders and completion dates with more efficiency.

Approval was made public Tuesday for a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources through the National Recreational Trails Program to construct a trail at the Frank Moore Recreational Complex. The Oothcalooga Creek Nature Trail will run north to south along the lake at the Frank Moore Complex.

Also announced Tuesday was completion of the mural to be hung on the historic Adairsville depot. The mural, funded by a grant and completed by Skip McNutt and Ernest Neal, depicts a scene from the Great Locomotive Chase. The mural will be unveiled at a ceremony on April 13. Invitations were sent out by the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority to communities from Acworth to Ringgold along the chase route.

The Adairsville City Council will meet again Thursday, 7 p.m. at city hall.