Adairsville council passes price gouging ordinance
by Jason Lowrey
Feb 05, 2013 | 879 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville police now have the ability to crack down on any business or contractor attempting to gouge victims of last week’s tornado with the Adairsville City Council’s approval of a pricing practices ordinance.

The ordinance, approved during an emergency council meeting Monday evening, prohibits businesses from charging customers more than 20 percent of what a good or service cost before the tornado stuck.

“What it is, is that it says that gouging is defined as a price that’s 20 percent above market before the event occurred,” City Manager Pat Crook said. “This ordinance that you’re putting into place, it sunsets in 30 days after you adopt it, but you can re-adopt it at that time if need be. So we might be seeing it on a subsequent agenda at a regular council meeting.”

Also on the agenda was an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Bartow County for emergency assistance. Mayor Evan King said the county, other municipalities and volunteer units such as Team Rubicon had already given Adairsville a great deal of assistance even before the official agreement.

“Just a matter of information, Bartow County has been up here with many other agencies, assisting us since last Wednesday. I don’t have the words of gratitude, Randy [Gray], to express for what you all have done to help us. ... Team Rubicon has been invaluable to us over the last [few] days. I can’t say too much or I’ll get a little bit too emotional,” King said.

As the council prepared to adjourn, King said the city council may need to hold additional emergency meetings as cleanup and rebuilding efforts continue.

The Adairsville City Council’s next scheduled meeting is set for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at city hall.