New fire station coming
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 21, 2011 | 3303 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Good news and bad news came from Assistant City Manger Don Porta in Thursday's Cartersville City Council meeting when he announced the cancellation of the lease with Bartow Health Access.

Since 2007, Bartow Health Access has been housed in the old Fire Station 2 building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. However, that building will be demolished in March to begin construction on a new station. A new home for Bartow Health Access has not been found.

Porta said BHA will be allowed to stay until the end of February before it must vacate the building.

According to Porta, the fire station closed about four years ago and was rebuilt on Peeples Valley Road. Construction is set to begin in the spring on the new fire station, which will be referred to as Fire Station 4.

Councilman Louis Tonsmeire Sr. said that BHA served more than 2,300 clients last year and brought in more than $1 million in services.

"It was a wonderful place to be," Tonsmeire said.

Funding for construction of the new station will come from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

In other news, the city's website will soon get a $4,800 facelift from Civic Plus. The new site will include a banner, new logo and also upgraded technical aspects. A banner for the Downtown Development Authority also will be included. Civic Plus has given a four- to six-week timeline for getting the site updated.