“The city of Cartersville recognizes the loyal service and dedication to the community by Jack Reeves,” read Mayor Matt Santini from the proclamation. “And whereas as an ambassador for our great city, he dedicated his time to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Cartersville. Therefore, by means of this proclamation, we are expressing an appreciation of Jack Reeves for the great and positive impact our community has received through his leadership.”
In a special morning session of the city council due to Civic Youth Day, Alcohol Control Board Chairman Ric Napps spoke to the recognition of his predecessor and what it meant to serve with Reeves.
“I have found that there are many benefits to serving on a board here in the city of Cartersville,” Napps said. “There’s the obvious benefit of the satisfaction of serving the community, the benefit of meeting knowledgeable, hard-working city employees you would not normally get to work with and then meeting some of the city’s finest citizens by meeting fellow board members and working with them — and Jack Reeves certainly is one of our finest citizens. From the first day, he was a leader. He understood what we needed to do. I think his best attribute I could identify was he knew what questions to ask, and I have tried to emulate that certainly as I am chairman of the board now.”
Reeves was on hand to accept the proclamation and a plaque from Santini, calling those he served with on the alcohol control board “exceptional” and thanking the city for its support of the board’s efforts.
Council discusses permanent makeup
Facing a new request, city staff is looking at ways to allow for a new service to be offered by a downtown business without effecting the spirit of ordinances currently in place.
Willow Day Spa, located under the bridge at 28 E. Church St., is pursuing the ability to offer permanent makeup services, but current city ordinance does not allow for tattoo parlors outside of light industrial areas and the state of Georgia does not officially recognize a difference between permanent makeup application and tattooing.
“Willow Day Spa is looking to add permanent makeup as part of their services that they offer, and looking through our ordinance, permanent makeup is actually cosmetic tattooing and tattooing in our ordinance is only allowed in one zoning ordinance,” said Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino. “With that, staff agreed with the city attorney’s office that we very much needed to distinguish between a tattoo parlor and the spa service they were trying to offer and working with the city planner came up with the definitions to distinguish this.”
Willow Day Spa owner Brooke Hodge and the employee who would provide the service were in attendance Thursday to take questions from the council. Questioning from Councilman Dianne Tate revealed that the state does not allow permanent makeup to be applied within a specified distance of the eyes — eyebrows, however, are allowed, as is blemish concealment and lips.
Council discussion reassured Hodge that their hesitation did not come from the services she hopes to offer, but any concerns stem from the crafting of language that will be used for validating future businesses and services. Possible language mentioned Thursday for use in new definitions would include cosmetic tattooing that does not include any symbols, text or images.
Council saw the first hearing of this issue and held a public hearing to which no one spoke.
Electric service extended to voestalpine
The city of Cartersville approved a memorandum of understanding Thursday that confirms voestalpine as an industrial client of the Cartersville Electric System.
Voestalpine offered the terms of agreement, including delivery dates and methods of service, which the council approved for the first client and resident of Highland 75, a joint-venture industrial park between the city of Cartersville and Bartow County.
“I am pleased to announce voestalpine as our newest customer choice for the city of Cartersville Electric System,” said Cartersville Electric Assistant Director Don Hassebrock. “Voestalpine Automotive produces automotive body parts, it’s an Austrian company and our first industrial customer to locate in the Highland 75 Industrial Park.
“We hope it is the first of many. There was a lot of effort besides our part that went into this. I think the city’s reputation in general helped a lot.”
Santini also thanked Cartersville Electric Director David Myers and Key Accounts Manager Tamara Brock for their efforts in securing voestalpine as a customer.
The biennial Cartersville citizen survey will be mailed out in about one month. City officials urged anyone who receives a survey to participate. Only 1,200 surveys will be mailed out randomly to residents of the city of Cartersville.
“We do this survey every two years, and personally, I get very excited about it,” said Assistant City Manager Tom Quist. “It provides a great deal of very high quality information. It’s a reliable pool that provides valid data, and it is a great way for the leaders of our community and those that live in our community to get a better feel for the feelings of those in our community in regards to how they perceive our community, the quality of service and quality of life.
“We send out 1,200 surveys total and, typically, we get about 300 back. Our response rate has been around 30 percent. I would love to see that number go up. I would love for folks that get the survey to make their voices heard. If you have any questions, you’re certainly free to call me at 770-607-2111. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to give us their input and I know we use that information to analyze our strengths and weaknesses.”
The item approved Thursday was for a cost increase associated with the survey. The base cost of $10,300 was approved at a previous council meeting, but an additional $3,500 was approved this week to add an open-ended question, demographic comparisons and the ability to compare results with national and regional trends.
Other agenda items
The Cartersville City Council saw a number of items Thursday, including bid awards, contracts and regular business.
Cartersville Public Works was approved for the acceptance of a low bid for more than 630 feet of 54-inch-diameter stormwater pipe for $35,910. The aluminized metal pipe will replace corrugated metal pipe in the area of Erwin Chase Apartments. The current pipe had a lifespan of about 20 years and is now rusting away. The new aluminized pipe is expected to last for closer to 50 years.
The council also approved a bid of $58,626 for purchases by Cartersville Fibercom to expand capabilities with the addition of a bandwidth shaper, firewall and converter equipment.
The last bids awarded were multiple items totaling $14,735 for technology upgrades to allow municipal court to run paperless. The cost will come from technology fees to be assessed in August 2013.
The council heard the first reading for an ammendment to the general budget, which will include the addition of the Downtown Development Authority as a full city department and the use funds left in the impact fee account before a six-year shelf life expires. A total of $153,668 from impact fees will be used to pay for a variety of already completed projects, including fire truck purchases, recreational trail creation and to supplement the construction of the police headquarters.
Lastly, the council approved a resolution to move the first meeting in July from Thursday, July 4, to Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m.