Taylor talks economy in first 2014 meeting
by Neil McGahee
Jan 09, 2014 | 1156 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said he foresees a productive year for Bartow County.

“I think we are turning the corner as far as the economy goes,” he said following the first meeting of 2014. “We have several companies that we have announced moving into the county and some others that we can’t reveal just yet. Of course LakePoint is still coming on. They’re moving dirt right now.”

Taylor said Shaw’s new plant in Adairsville would mean 500 more jobs while Toyo Tire is creating 450 jobs at its White plant and hopefully more in another phase. He also said Surya Rugs, an Indian company, and Aqua Field will be moving into the city.

“A lot of exciting opportunities may be headed our way very soon,” he said.

While economic opportunities seem to be entering the county, one recent landmark will soon be disappearing. The ubiquitous four-sided pyramid that dwarfs the U.S. Highway 411 and State Route 20 cloverleaf intersection will soon disappear.

“The county has a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation in connection with the renovation of SR20 and the expansion of 411,” said County Administrator Peter Olson. “The contract said the county would pay engineering costs and they would reimburse us. That project ran into a lot of time delays and had to be re-engineered, so the contract had to be modified to reflect those changes. The timeline originally showed construction on the $36,000 project would be underway by 2011, but that didn’t happen.”

Bartow facilities director Harvey Edwards reported that he had reached an agreement with Jack’s Pest Control to supply pest and termite control in county buildings that would save the county more than $90,000 in 2014.

“In the past, we contracted an exterminator to come in and blanket spray every building, whether there were signs of termites or not,” Edwards said.

In other business, Taylor:

• approved a plan to sell nine surplus vehicles.

• approved an agreement with Billy Goodwin to conduct mobile home tax inspections.

• appointed Bartow County EMS Capt. Chris Elzey to the EMS Region 1 council.

• set qualifying fees for the 2014 elections.

• appointed Andrew Tripp, DVM; Jack Collins; Melissa Heeter; and Kelly Campbell to the Bartow County Animal Control Board.

Taylor will hold the next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center.