Tidwell named Building Official of the Year
by Marie Nesmith
Jun 09, 2011 | 2449 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the beginning of the Bartow County Commissioner meeting on Wednesday, Tony Tidwell was presented the Building Official of the Year Award. Recognized for his job knowledge, ability to work with others and respect throughout the county and state, the Bartow County building official received the accolade from Ron Anderson, president of the Georgia Plumbers' Trade Association.

"A person can always command respect. They can go in and say, 'You're going to respect me.' But it doesn't always work," said Anderson, adding his association is comprised of about 3,000 members ranging in trades, such as architecture, plumbing and engineering. "What a true professional will do is they will go in and gain respect by their actions and the way they conduct themselves. And I can say that Tony has done this.

"He has gained respect throughout the industry and throughout the state but he also has gained respect on the other side. Too many times ... it's sort of a situation where it's them against us -- the inspectors against the contractors. [However] a true professional will build that partnership and by doing that it keeps them informed. It keeps them educated. He helps them work out problems and it makes [a] situation where he gains a lot of respect. And I can say that Tony has done that."

Afterward, Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown approved the following resolutions:

* Re-appointed Diane Mooney to the Department of Family and Children Services Board;

* Appointed Linda Dieterman to the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership Board;

* Re-appointed Ed Mullinax to the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority;

* Re-appointed Mary Jane Maulsby to the Bartow County Library Board;

* Re-appointed Paul Schultz to the Highland Rivers Community Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Service Board;

* Accepted Hunters Ridge Drive, which is located in the Hunters Ridge subdivision, as a county road;

* Authorized the sale of certain county-owned property surplus through GovDeals Internet Auction Service;

* Renewed an agreement with Liberty Tire Recycling LLC to collect and dispose of scrap tires at the county landfill.

Brown also approved two zoning applications, the first being Jerry Summey's rezoning request for a mobile home to be erected on 1.44 acres on Cassville-Pine Log Road. Changing the zoning from R-1 to R-4 would allow for the mobile home and then a future home to be constructed. Following the Bartow County Planning Commission's recommendation, Brown approved the request with the condition that there only can be one single-family home on the property.

After listening to comments from two individuals, Brown also passed a conditional use request by Joe Tilley to offer primitive camping on A-1 property he owns with Walter Mahone on Yellow Brick Road. Speaking on behalf of Tilley was Ron Thomas, owner of the Covered Bridge Country Store & Mercantile in Euharlee.

"We are wanting to offer primitive camping on that 20-acre parcel, which is all frontage by the creek. It would be, like I said, only primitive camps allowed. There'd be no running water, no electrical service provided to them," Thomas said. "There will be Porta Potties placed throughout the facility for them to come in.

"[Like] the adjacent property that's managed now, this property would be managed the same way -- where you would have to come in and pay to use it. It's no longer just open to the public. You'd have to come in and get a parking permit. We could control that. We'd control access in and out of the campground. Again, they would be paying for spots on a nightly basis. Alcohol use is prohibited. We feel that that's going to be a strong suit in our case if anyone does decide to misbehave. It would be a way for us to ask them to relinquish their rights to stay the night and be on the property."

Voicing his disapproval of the proposal was property owner Shane Knox.

"I'm here to speak in opposition to this venture that's happening as a surrounding property owner," Knox said. "Whatever your recommendation may be today, Mr. Commissioner, I appreciate you listening to my point of view.

"I oppose this for two main reasons. One, I feel personally [there will be devaluation] of my property due to traffic, due to tent camping surrounding my property, which is right adjacent to this. It joins the creek. And I would have paddle sport people and swimmers, which is already a problem, trespassing on my property. ... I'm worried about that for the safety of my family. I have young children at home."

Even though the application was passed, Brown said they will need to comply with the Bartow County Engineering Department's Development Regulations as far as establishing the future primitive camping site.