City pursues grant for Great Locomotive Chase mural
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 07, 2011 | 2688 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Council agreed Thursday night to endorse an application for a Rural Enterprise Grant for $99,000 to create a mural of the Great Locomotive Chase in downtown Cartersville on one condition: That they have a say on where the mural will go, if the grant is approved.

Councilman Louis Tonsmeire Sr. was the first to voice his concern. "I want the city council to approve where the mural goes or I'm not going to vote to approve it," he said.

The council agreed.

"We would like to be a part of where it goes," said Mayor Pro Tem Dianne Tate, adding the council receives many compliments on the city.

Liz Hood, executive director of Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, said the agency would have no problem with the council deciding where the mural goes if approved.

"Everyone loves downtown Cartersville so much I think the council just wants to have some input where it will be shown so it can be showcased to it's best ability as well as to make sure all the integrity of historic buildings are maintained," Hood said.

Hood said this would be the second in a series on the Great Locomotive Chase for Bartow. The first one will be available in April in Adairsville.

Hood said the idea came up in the city's 20-30 vision work plan.

"The community thought it would be great to have more outdoor art in the downtown district," she said. Hood said murals would be a great start as well as sculptures.

She said Adairsville's time frame for completion was two years from the time of the grant approval. "We hope it may go faster for Cartersville."

The DDA will work with county grant writers to complete the application. The grant will cover all expenses except installation, Hood said.

In other council business:

* The council had a first reading to make an amendment to the Cartersville Code of Ordinances Motor and Vehicles and Traffic Code section 12-1014 to prohibit trucks over six wheels from making right turns onto North Erwin Street from West Main Street.

* The council agreed to buy back a 1971 Kenworth wrecker from a man the city purchased it from last September for $17, 850. The truck, which was previously wrecked, was bought from an Alabama man who has tried unsuccessfully to purchase the title. He said the only title Alabama will issue is a "salvaged" title and he wishes not to have a "salvaged" title.

The next city council meeting will be held Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. work session.