Taking previous proposals into consideration, the council voted to continue using ShawHankins as their insurance broker and Humana as the insurance company. In regard to payroll, the city voted to use Paychecks as the company for payment disbursement effective next week. City Clerk Liz Dempsey resigned her position to enter retirement, according to Mayor Kathy Foulk, and an acting city clerk was appointed until a replacement is hired. Per City Attorney Boyd Pettit's recommendation, the council voted to approve the mayor's signature to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Bartow County for SPLOST projects which will be placed on the November voting ballot for citizens to decide if the one cent tax will be extended to complete projects on a condensed list encompassing all county and the various city projects.
During the work session, a case concerning the Dobbins Mine site was presented to the council with a request for the city to write a letter to the Federal Highway Association saying that the site is eligible for historical preservation and the Georgia Department of Transportation's Route DV-E should not cut through the property. Archaeologist Steve Webb and attorney Henry Parkman shared maps and photos of the site with the council along with a brief history lesson regarding the manganese mine site and the current debate over preservation eligibility between the DOT and historians.
Concerning the city more intently, AT&T representative Sherri Kelley recommended that the council vote to amend the 1987 easement stating 10 feet of cable currently in place shall be extended to 20 feet for better access and ability to serve the community. The amendment also would define a specific location for the cable line as opposed to the original, general easement.
LeeRoy Shepherd presented bids to the council for tree removal services, qualified to take down the oak tree next to the Covered Bridge Store that poses a threat to nearby structures as the center of the tree is hollow and rotting. Drainage improvements to the ditch leading down to a 17-acre river front land area also was placed before the council for an upcoming vote. "It's deferred maintenance," said Ron Goss Jr., as he explained to the council that the water running off of Covered Bridge Road has been backing up to private property and nearly to the landowner's home, potentially causing more damage. Bids for landscape companies to clear out the ditch and raise the elevation were presented for a, as Goss said, "couple of days job" will be considered at the August meeting.