Cartersville approves grant application
by Shaka S. Lias
Nov 19, 2010 | 1520 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Council voted unanimously Thursday night in favor of the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a Georgia Trails Grant for a canoe/kayak launch on the Etowah River.

The proposed cost of the project is $25,000. The Coosa River Basin Initiative will donate $34,000 to the city, Greg Anderson, director of Cartersville Parks and Recreation, said.

Anderson said the trail is 160 miles long that will stretch from Dawson County to Rome. The launch will be located adjacent to the Highway113/61 bridge.

"This will be the first canoe or kayak launch that is within the city of Cartersville," Anderson said.

He said it would be nice if the city could be a part of the trail.

Councilwoman Kari Hodge agreed.

"It would continue to make our recreation area more useful and available to our residence," Hodge said. "It's just going to be a positive for the city, the Etowah River is beautiful."

Mayor Matt Santini he is excited about the trail. "Greg has done a great job at creating a system of trail and having a master plan of trails that interconnect a lot of the city."

Santini said being able to grow the trail system, this one in particular, has been beneficial.

"This will allow people a safe entry for their boat, kayak and canoe to get into the Etowah River," he said.

Santini said a lot has been done with grant money and he is hopeful they will get this one.

"Greg has been very aggressive in pursing getting grant money to help grow our trail system," he said. "I think it's good for the city that we have department heads that are seeking grant money as a way to fund some of the things to approve our city."

If awarded the grant Anderson said notification will be sometime after the first of the year and then there is normally a two-year period to complete it after all the papers are signed.

"We expect it to be completed by December 2012," Anderson said.

Other items discussed in the meeting include:

* The council approved a bid award in the amount of $427, 080 for stabilization of pump station water treatment plan.

* The council approved sewer main replacement project for Wells Street for $28,263 and Johnson Streets for $33,642. They also approved a water main relocation project for Wells Street for $17, 250. All three projects are by T.J. Lyle and Company.

* The council approved a bid for $39,450 to replace the roof at the Electric System Office. The roof is 30 years old and has been leaking, causing damage.

* The council approved a bid for a new crime scene operations vehicle in the amount of $7,575. The 2000 Chevrolet will be paid for with seized money.

* The council approved a bid for a new portable cement silo in the amount of $25,670. This is not a budgeted item and will pay for itself over a two-year period. It will also take away injury prone accidents and insure that personal injury will not occur due to non-loading by hand.