The city water and sewer department proposed three utility rate increases — a 5 percent, or $1.20 per month, increase in the water and sewer rate for residential customers; a 15 percent increase from $6 to $6.90 per month for the residential base water rate; and a rate hike on commercial sites. All increases go into effect July 1.
Water and sewer also asked the council for an amendment to the utility ordinance changing deposit requirements as mandated by the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Zoning requests were next on the agenda as longtime pawn shop owner John Peyton asked that the city of Cartersville allow pawn shops and/or title pawn shops to operate in the M-U, or multiple use district, and specifically the he receive special use approval for his property located at 624 N. Tennessee St. Council could not act on the request because it was a first reading of the application. There will be a second reading in two weeks.
In other first readings, Andy Postell requested a special use application to allow a religious institution to operate at 801 West Ave. in the O-C, or office commercial district, and Jacob and Laura Johnson requested a zoning change from RSL, or residential senior living, to agricultural on their 31.77-acre tract on the south side of Mission Road near Pettit Creek. They want to operate a horse boarding and riding facility.
Similarly, city departments lined up with their requests:
The Cartersville Police Department won approval to use a $9,000 grant to buy a replacement intoxilyzer; received permission to sell a surplus 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle; and won approval for the renewal of a software support agreement.
Other contracts and agreements included renewal of property and casualty insurance for the city, a contract for professional services with Fox Environmental and approval of a bid for $15,761.93 by Taylor Farm Supply for mowers and a trailer for the public works department. Council also allocated money to purchase a new sewer inspection crawler camera and a monitor unit for the water treatment facility.
Cartersville City Council meets again Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at city hall.