Adairsville approves water dept. purchases
by Jason Lowrey
Oct 12, 2012 | 1688 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville Water Department will soon have new control software and water pump as it continues to repair or replace its equipment.

As approved by the Adairsville City Council during its Thursday night meeting, the department will acquire a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system for its water pumps and water tanks. The SCADA system keeps track of how much water is stored in a water tank and automatically activates various water pumps and valves in order to keep the tank’s water level at a particular height.

Control Automation, with a bid of approximately $25,000, will provide a software system that is cheaper and more flexible than the Siemens system the department now uses.

The new water pump, rated at 150 horsepower, is expected to cost approximately $11,000 before shipping or installation. Community Development Director Ben Skipper said during the council’s Tuesday night work session that he was still waiting on installation bids. However, he did not have shipping amounts available at that time.

Skipper also added it could take six to seven weeks for the pump to arrive.

The council also approved an intergovernmental agreement with Bartow County on the recently approved energy excise tax. By entering into such an agreement, Adairsville will receive its share of the two-cent tax on energy used for manufacturing.

Earlier this year the Georgia Legislature voted to slowly repeal its own four-percent sales tax on energy, but allowed counties and municipalities to continue levying their two-percent tax.

“I can understand the state’s wanting to be competitive with other states,” Mayor Evan King said. “My primary understanding why they eliminated that tax was to be competitive with surrounding states, which is completely understandable. I am glad that they left the local government’s option of keeping their portion of that tax because, with the situations that we’ve been in with the economy over the last several years, our revenue streams have been impacted negatively in lots of different ways. So this gives us an opportunity to keep some of those revenue streams open.”

Other council business included approving the city’s short-term work program for 2013 to 2017, which is required as a component of Bartow County’s comprehensive plan.

The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at city hall.