Adairsville council debates ways to preserve city hall
by Neil McGahee
Jun 11, 2014 | 727 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Neil B. McGahee

More than 35 people jammed into the Adairsville City Council’s planned work session, all with opinions on ways to preserve the marble facade of the old Bank of Adairsville.

The bank, chartered in 1899, is part of the historic downtown business district. In 1987 the bank and two other buildings were joined to serve as city hall. A little more than a year ago a renovation project exposed the marble front of the old bank building.

At first, the city only had two options: Plan A — tear down the old facade, build a brick facade and build a replica inside city hall from the salvageable marble, or Plan B — restore the marble facade. However, City Manager Pam Madison told the council last night that there is now a plan C, “which mostly consists of taking the marble down and reconfiguring the whole thing so there is kind of a central oval entrance in the middle that’s surrounded by pieces of the marble and the entry vestibule.”

Doug Gilmore, an Adairsville engineer, urged the council to take its time making a decision.

“If you have to make any budget cuts,” he said, “do it on the inside, not the exterior.”

In other business, the council:

• Approved the route of the gas system expansion.

• Directed staff to move the management of the auxiliary fund from the police department to the finance department.

• Approved a resolution creating the Friends of Hayes Park.

• Made a motion to authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia for a council retreat.

• Made a motion to increase funding for the Bartow County Library System by $5,000 to provide Saturday hours at the Adairsville Library.

Adairsville City Council will meet again on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the rail depot.