Article III, Division 2 of the Administration Ordinance, Chapter 2 of the purchasing code was amended to establish purchasing procedures. City Manager Pam Madison explained that the amended code would set bidding procedures, establish purchasing authority levels among the staff and also establish procedures for purchasing in an emergency situation as well as gift and surplus procedures. Council member Alan Towe made a motion to approve the amendment and Erwin Holcomb seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.
The council also considered Adairsville’s take-home vehicle policy for police and all other departments.
“All city vehicles must be used for business only,” Madison told the council. “Personal use is not allowed and all occupants of the vehicle must be city employees — no family riders. Violation of these procedures could result in loss of privilege.”
She also added that police officers must live within 30 miles of the city limits or use their own car.
Towe made a motion to approve the city’s participation in a work-based learning program with Bartow County Schools.
“This is a minimum wage internship offered to Adairsville High students to work at city jobs during the school day,” Madison said. “We have one intern now and hope to have more so we can continue the program through the summer.”
The council approved a request for $44,000 to McKim and Creed Engineering to examine the spring house, part of the city water system, for water damage caused by a leak. The firm will then report its findings to the council, which would decide what steps need to be taken to ameliorate the damage.
A request for $60,000 to purchase a Skid Steer, a four-wheel, industrial-type vehicle similar to a “Bobcat” capable of zero-radius turning, plus a tooth bucket for loosening compacted soil or stubborn rocks and broom attachment for street sweeping.
In other business, the council:
• approved $9,812 to purchase a gear drive for the North Sewer Treatment Plant.
• adopted the city’s updated personnel policies and procedures.
• approved the city’s travel policy.
• authorized staff to solicit quotes for GIS mapping equipment.
• authorized the purchase of a K-9 officer to fill the vacancy of recently retired K-9 Officer Dagger.
• authorized staff to publish a request for proposals for surveying services for the water and gas utilities.
• authorized staff to procure services of a tractor and operator for the initial phase of the Oothacalooga Trail.
The city of Adairsville will hold a public meeting Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m. at the Adairsville Depot, 107 Public Square, to present details of planned road improvements for McKenzie Circle, Ripley, Bruce, Casey, Cline and Lawrence streets. City staff will be available to answer questions regarding the proposals and receive public input.