Euharlee told festival on schedule
by Neil McGahee
May 08, 2013 | 1284 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preparations for Covered Bridge ‘Que, Bartow County's only professional barbecue cooking competition, is right on schedule, festival coordinator Deanna Berry told the Euharlee City Council.

The June 7-8 event, a qualifier for the Georgia BBQ Championship and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, is expected to attract teams from across the state to Frankie Harris Park in downtown Euharlee to battle for points, bragging rights and a share of a $7,500 prize purse. Covered Bridge 'Que is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the world's largest competition cooking organization.

“We picked up two major sponsors this year and possibly a third,” Berry said. “West End Commons, which is just down the road, is sponsoring the stage and all the entertainment, and Meadows Heating and Air will be our ‘People’s Choice’ sponsor.”

The 2013 festival includes the popular People's Choice competition, where visitors have an opportunity to sample world-class barbecue; the Kids Que competition, where youngsters test their grilling skills in competition cooking; live entertainment; a car, truck and motorcycle show; and arts and crafts. Admission is free.

Council members unanimously voted to hire Mike Cheeks as Euharlee building inspector, replacing Robert Bagley, who resigned. Cheeks has been a Bartow County inspector since 2004 and also served as Kingston’s building inspector. Cheeks will serve in an “at-will” position, meaning he will continue to hold his county position and inspect in Euharlee as needed.

Municipal court clerk Laura Cantrell asked the council to increase the city’s portion of a police-issued citation from $10 to $15 to cover the increased cost of using Courtware Solutions, a software used in police cars that allows them more mobility.

Along the same lines, Police Chief Terry Harget asked the council for an amendment to the alcohol and beverage ordinance increasing the fee for a pouring license from $45 to $60 to cover the cost of fingerprinting applicants.

In other business, the council;

• heard updates on the annual Duck Derby event.

• approved a request to use Osborne Park for the third annual Taylor Field Cleanup on June 8.

• approved the monthly draw request for $268,081.10 for various projects.

• approved a corrected zoning map for the city.

• approved contract renewals for workers compensation ($15,970) and liability ($34,422) insurance.

• ordered a waste disposal contract rebid.

• approved a $1,000 payment to cover the cost of a police car damaged by a collision with a deer.

The Euharlee City Council meets next on May 14.