Bartow County Animal Control to offer service to Kingston
by Shaka S. Lias
May 26, 2011 | 2380 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Kingston's problem with stray dogs and other animals could soon be a thing of the past.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Clarence Brown signed an agreement with the city of Kingston for animal control services. The contract is effective immediately, pending a signature by Mayor Dexter Jones.

Jones said he's happy to work with the county again.

"The animal situation got out of hand a few months back, so now [animal control] is out here patrolling," he said.

Jones said the city accepted the same terms as designated by a previous contract. In a city council meeting in March, Jones said renewing the contract would cost between $7,000 and $8,000, but the city needed the help of professionals.

Brown also signed several resolutions during Wednesday's meeting, which included:

* A resolution awarding a bid authorizing a contract with Cornerstone Demolition for storm debris cleanup. Cornerstone will charge the county $68.50 per ton; the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay 75 percent of that cost. Other bids ranged from $135 to $137 per ton.

Brown said the county made the best decision. "Cornerstone is charging half of what the other three [companies] were, so we're glad to give the bid to Cornerstone to help us with this cleanup."

* A resolution amending State of Emergency Declaration of April 28. It provides for special code enforcement fees allowing temporary housing in areas affected by the storms on April 27. It also provides restoration of contractors in the areas and restricts overcharging.

"They will still have to follow our rules, but we will not charge for permitting fees," Brown said.

* A resolution entering into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections and Paulding Probation Detention Center for inmate work crew services at a cost of $9,875 a month.

Rip Conner with Bartow County Solid Waste Department said each year inmates pick up litter along 500 miles of road in Bartow County.

"It would be a whole lot cheaper if people didn't throw [trash] out the window," Brown said.

* A resolution entering into an agreement with Starcrest of Cartersville to apply for a transfer of funds under the Upper Payment Limit Rate Adjustment Program. The county will receive $56,902.