Cartersville council hears lengthy agenda at Thursday meeting
by Matt Shinall
Nov 05, 2010 | 1931 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Council faced a long list of agenda items Thursday, including a decision for the next step in construction of the planned Emergency Service Headquarters and Fire Station Four.

Design on the two buildings is nearing completion and bids for contractors should be ready to go out in two to four weeks. Direction was needed to know how the city would manage the construction process, recommended was the construction manager-at-risk method as opposed to a general contractor or other options.

Serving to house police and fire headquarters in a 53,325-square-foot building on Harris Street off Cassville Road near Oak Hill Cemetery, the Emergency Service Headquarters will be built in conjunction with Fire Station Four on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Councilman Lori Pruitt voiced her approval of the recommendation from her career experience with corporate construction projects. As officials noted during the meeting, the construction manager-at-risk approach was legalized by the state legislature in 2000 and is now gaining in popularity but has been utilized outside of government projects for some time.

As described, this method holds several advantages, including cost savings from reducing redundancy, a maximum price guarantee and a better incentive structure. The construction manager-at-risk process also favorably answered questions posed by Mayor Matt Santini referring to the use of local labor for subcontracting.

"One of the areas I think is important to all of us is getting as many local people involved in the building of these buildings as possible. Although we cannot guarantee that that's the case, is there one method over the other that lends itself to having some leeway to making that a possibility?" Santini said.

As a discussion item, the construction manager at risk did not require approval but was chosen by the council as the best method to pursue.

The first item on the agenda was anything but typical, according to City Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino. A request was discussed for the de-annexation of property on Road Number One South, which, though far outside the city limits, had once been annexed in. The new property owner now wishes to be de-annexed for his children to continue in county schools.

"We have not had a request go through for de-annexation in the city since I've been here and I have not been involved in a de-annexation ever in the 20-something years I've been in the industry. As for the process, it used to take an act of the legislature to do a de-annexation but now it can be done by an act of local legislation," Mannino said.

Consent has been given from Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown and recommendation for approval has been given from the planning commission; however, discussion during the work session broached the idea that a precedent could be set that could possibly lead to the de-annexation requests of commercial or industrial entities.

Other items discussed at the meeting include:

* First reading of a rezoning request for the property at the corner of Erwin Street and Porter Street from General Commercial to Multiple Use.

* Reappointment of Greg Frisbee to the Etowah Area Housing Authority and appointment of Abby Agan to the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority.

* A public hearing was held on the Leake Mounds-Etowah River Walk Link Project in cooperation of the grant requirements. No one spoke on the issue.

* Lighting at the Dellinger Park Field #1 is being replaced and approval was given to donate the fixtures and hardware to the city of Euharlee. The parks and recreation department was also approved to auction a surplus table on

* Relating to the replacement of lighting at Dellinger Park, a resolution was approved accepting a 50 percent matching fund grant from the National Park Service for $42,187.

* The council approved cooperation in a countywide hazard mitigation plan. The plan is needed for approval of federal relief funds if they were needed. Grant money will be matched for the facilitation of the process, the city's match will be in-kind contributions.

* Approval was given for the Cartersville School Board Attorney Harry White to oversee a bond issuance.

* The council approved a software upgrade since support will be ended for the system currently in use. The current version will cost $10,725.

* More than $155,000 worth of road striping and raised pavement markings will be added to city streets with the acceptance of a bid and authorization of a 100 percent reimbursement grant.

* Approval was made of labor costs for stormwater improvements at Granger Drive for $88,088.59.

* Approval was made of labor costs for stormwater improvements at Ives Lane and Cook Street for $58,148.05.

* Approval was made of concrete for stormwater improvements at Granger Drive, Ives Lane and Cook Street for $25,125.

* Approval was made of reinforced concrete pipes for stormwater improvements at Granger Drive, Ives Lane and Cook Street for $16,012.96.

* The council approved the purchase of a budgeted automated leaf truck for $121, 850.

* Replacement of the regulator and metering station at Gerdau Ameristeel was approved for $14,915. The current equipment is reported to be more than 30 years old and in need of replacement.

* A fee amendment was approved for design and construction of the South Erwin water main replacement project. The scope of the project incurred unforeseen increases necessitating an increase in cost not to exceed $39,750. The line being replaced was reported as nearly 130 years old in places.

* The Cartersville Water Department also requested a fee amendment, which was approved for a project boring under the Etowah River. Terrain and field conditions necessitated an increase of $16,800 to the project.

* Approval was given for encroachments to take place in a Cartersville Electric project on Quality Drive.

* An amendment was approved to enforce Davis Beacon wage requirements in an energy efficiency grant received by the city.

* A $745,897 grant being used to build six homes in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity also stipulates that 11.5 percent, or $85,778, is used for low-income rental housing. A resolution was approved to abide by that stipulation.

* Annual renewal of the Firefighter Medical Clearance Program services was approved with a new company called SiteMed.

* The council approved the sale of 1.306 acres of land at State Route 113 and Friction Drive to the Georgia Department of Transportation for right-of-way improvement.