Adairsville approves ethics ordinance final draft
by Matt Shinall
Sep 10, 2010 | 1800 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The discussion leading to the formulation of a formal ethics ordinance for the city of Adairsville began last year and after draft reviews, corrections and revisions, the final ordinance was approved at Thursday's regular meeting.

Dictating procedures for the resolution of ethics charges, the ethics ordinance follows standards put forth by the Georgia Municipal Authority.

"GMA has supported and promoted the use of a local ethics ordinance as they allow citizens to raise their concerns and participate in the ethics investigation process at the local level, where the voice and influence of the individual citizen is strongest," stated Richard Carothers, partner of Carothers and Mitchell LLC, in an article written for GMA.

Mayor Evan King expounded on the need for a set of standard practices to fall in line with municipal practices, adding that Councilman Alan Towe was a continual supporter and proponent for the ordinance having an influence in its fruition.

"Hopefully it's a seamless situation. I think that all of us have ethics at the forefront of our mind but we want the folks to know that now we have a blueprint to go by and if they have an ethics complaint there is a process we follow," King said. "This will put us, I think, in line to be more forthright when the citizens are concerned."

Also approved Thursday was the contract to supply natural gas for the incoming Vista Metals. A producer of specialty aluminum products, Vista Metals as planned will become the city of Adairsville's largest customer of natural gas.

"They're going to be a big gas consumer," King said. "They stand to be the largest gas customer we have if everything goes as they hope it does. And I have every hope that it does too."

The motion to approve the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects to construct sidewalks, curbs and gutters on three streets died for lack of a second Thursday night. The projects would include Summer Street, King Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Residents of Summer Street have been most vocal concerning the sidewalks due to their proximity to the road. Those for and against the sidewalks stood Thursday to voice their opinions once again.

Councilman Buddy Bagley made the motion for approval to begin the projects, which was not granted a second. Councilman Towe suggested meeting again at a special called meeting after speaking with City Engineer Bob Peoples about reducing the sidewalk width for Summer Street to three feet. The current plans have already been altered for residents concerns reducing the five foot sidewalks to four feet in width.

The first reading of yard debris removal collection fees was approved. A final reading if approved would add a fee for residents to have yard debris of three cubic yards or more removed. The fees are $100 and $150 for debris depending on size. The rate increase reflects charges enacted for the city to dump yard debris at the landfill.

Other items on Thursday night's agenda each receiving approval were:

* The motion to authorize City Manager Pat Crook to be added as signet on bank accounts and safe deposit box and for former City Manager Larry Pratt to be removed.

* The motion to approve a pawn shop license for Browns's Paen and Gun at 5563-B Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

* Motion to award contract to low bidder, Southeastern Natural Gas Services of Rome Inc in the amount of $24,300 for Vista Metals project Phase II.

* Motion to authorize Mayor Evan King to sign Quick Claim Deed for property located at the northeastern quadrant of Princeton Blvd. and M.L.K Drive for the placement of Vista Metals gas regulator.