The Cartersville City Council began Thursday's meeting with three public hearings.
The first preceded the second reading of AZ18-02, a request to annex a .69 acre lot at 539 Rowland Springs Road into the city to allow the owner to take advantage of better utility rates and combine management with other rental properties already in the city.
"The applicant is looking to rezone an existing duplex and annex it into the city," Planning Director Randy Mannino said. "The owner requested the city rezone the lot to MF-14 to allow a duplex. The Planning Commission recommended approval with the condition that residential use be limited to one single family detached or duplex unit."
Another hearing concerned SU18-04, a request for a special use permit from Calvary Chapel River Oaks church to use an empty suite on the western end of a commercial strip mall at 280 Nelson St. for a worship center. Religious institutions are allowed in most zoning districts, including the G-C district. A third public hearing concerned a first reading of an amendment to an ordinance automating the fee payment process to allow online payments of occupational tax and business licenses, permits and other fees.
"Right now, you must either come to the office or send your payments by U.S. Mail," Mannino explained. "This amendment will allow the customer to pay the fees online."
Because the new system requires credit card or automated bank transfer fees to be passed on to the customer, state law requires a public hearing. The fee for a credit card transaction fee is 2.95 percent or 50 cents for a bank transfer. The customer will still have the option to pay in person or by U.S. Mail with a check or cash, with no additional fees.
There was no citizen input at any of the hearings. Council approved both zoning requests.
Mannino said all of the city's customer service settlements and credit card transactions would be handled by one vendor, Invoice Cloud.
"I recommend approval of the Invoice Cloud documents and for the mayor to be authorized to sign them," he said.
The agreement with Invoice Cloud to process automated transactions would be coordinated with the CityView software programmers and the agreement with Invoice Cloud is contingent on the approval of the ordinance amendments.
"We need to have Invoice Cloud coordinating with CityView sooner, rather than later," Mannino said. "We need the council to authorize the mayor to sign the agreement now so we will gain a few additional weeks for software testing to make sure everything is working well before we go live with the fee structure."
The request was approved as was a similar request from the finance department.
Council heard a first reading of an amendment to the FY 2018-2019 general fund budget by the fire department to increase their budget by $38,405 for a new position in the department.
In other business, council:
• Approved a request from the police and fire departments authorizing the mayor to sign the $4,260 annual maintenance agreement with USA Water for testing and maintenance of the public safety building's HVAC system.
• Approved a request for $18,000 from the Cartersville-Bartow Airport Authority to install a 1,130-foot water line to serve primarily for a fire line for the airport hangars on the east side of the runway. According to Assistant City Manager Dan Porta, the total cost is more than $100,000 and the Airport Authority has asked the city and Bartow County to split the $36,000 in material costs.
• Approved a request from the fiber department for $16,780 for fiber optic cable to be installed along Highway 411 to the Tellus museum.
• Approved $5,297.50 payment to Shaw Hankins after completion of the Affordable Care Act 1094-C and 1095-C reporting requirements.
• Approved $74,000 for the electric department to purchase a Yanmar Mini-Excavator, Model VIO80 or equivalent to replace a 1998 New Holland model 555E backhoe.
• Approved a low bid of $8,074 from S.J. Patterson Co. to purchase a backup pump for the Brown Farm Road Pump Station.
• Approved $34,585.05 from the gas department to purchase two meters for the Transco and Brown Farm Road stations.
• Approved a request from the police department for the mayor to review the Federal Annual Report FY 2017-2018 that accounts for the federal asset forfeiture money received and spent.
• Approved a resolution to place a bronze plaque reading “In Honor – Skip Cummings – October 4, 2018” for the Cumming family's donation of right-of-way that allowed the city to construct the Leake Mounds-Etowah RiverWalk Link.
The Cartersville City Council's next meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. at city hall.