City media ordinance heard Thursday

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The Cartersville City Council heard the first reading of a media ordinance that creates an approval process for companies wishing to film in Cartersville.

“This ordinance outlines what film companies can do and minimize the impact on quality of life concerns,” City Manager Sam Grove said. “It regulates vehicular and pedestrian traffic, parking requirements and addresses police, fire and public works concerns and coordination.

“The ordinance also requires submission of an application, sets a permit fee, requires related insurance coverage, outlines the allowable hours of filming in residential areas and requires clean up.”

The ordinance includes commercial motion pictures, television shows or programs, commercials and student films produced to satisfy post-secondary school course requirements.

It defines two types of production — low impact, which allows uninterrupted pedestrian traffic and disrupts vehicular traffic for no more than one minute intervals — and high impact activities, which include high speed chases or crashes, the use of pyrotechnics or explosives; or involve the use of aircraft.

News media coverage utilizing photography, film or videotape for the purpose of presenting spontaneous news coverage is not affected by the ordinance.

The ordinance will go to a second reading at the next meeting and a vote will be taken.

Council approved a request from Taylor Farm Supply, for a special use permit for a lot at the northeast corner of Leake and Erwin Streets that was originally a drive through banking center. After the bank ceased operation, Taylor Farm Supply purchased the lot and used it for outdoor storage. Although new storage lots are not allowed in the Downtown Business District, the lot was used for what is called non-conforming use before the current zoning code was adopted. The new owner, Tony Felshaw requested the non-conforming use be expanded to include a two-phase expansion for a garden center. Phase 1 will include general clean-up, fence replacement and display and storage of garden product and supplies including, but not limited to, plants, bags of soil, soil amendments and mulches. A modified driveway would provide loading/unloading capabilities. Phase 2 would include the addition of a small retail center/checkout point for the garden center operation, a possible greenhouse and other accessory structures for display and storage.

In other business, council:

• Approved the annual certification needed by the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter to apply for grant funds from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

• Approved a rezoning request from Victoria Village subdivision on Old Mill Road to modify condition No. 11, reducing the square footage from 1,800 square feet to 1,500 square feet for all undeveloped lots to appeal to older homebuyers wishing to buy one story homes.

• Approved a standard deed of dedication related to sidewalk, drainage, storm water, road and water and sewer improvements constructed by the developer of the new ALDI store at MLK and 41.

• Approved the purchase of four vehicles — two for the Gas Dept., one for the Water Dept. and one for the Planning Dept. — from Wade Ford in Smyrna, Georgia at the lowest bid of $113,758.00.

• Approved $12,575 to purchase a fume hood from Mark Products of Georgia to control hazardous gasses produced in the analysis of water and wastewater samples.

• Approved $6,489.90 to W.T. Construction to repair blockages in the sewer main that services Ohio Street. Cartersville City Council will meet at City Hall on Thursday, April 20 for a work session at 6 p.m. followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.