Cartersville City Council members approved a request from Cartersville police Thursday that would allow them to apply for a grant to pay school resource officers. The grant would pay half of the salaries for two officers in Cartersville City Schools.
This is the second grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Policing Services under the Secure Our School System. The deadline to apply for the grant is May 25.
Council members also discussed complaints from citizens regarding last month's PT Solutions Duathlon held in Dellinger Park.
Director of Parks and Recreation Greg Anderson said the park hosted more than 300 participants.
"From the park's concern, it was very well run, however we did have complaints about music and streets [that were] closed down," Anderson said.
Dale Yakes, CEO of PT Solutions, said the only complaint he had received was that the event being held on Palm Sunday. Some intersections were closed for at least 30 minutes, blocking residents from subdivisions and church.
Councilman Louis Tonsmeire Sr. said he received several complaints about streets being closed.
"That's not acceptable. I don't think we should block any intersection for that length of time," he said.
PT Solutions paid $400 to rent Dellinger Park for the race.
City Manager Sam Grove suggested that if the race is held next year, Red Top Mountain would be a better location.
Yakes said a tentative date of April 15, 2012, has been set. He said the streets were blocked for safety reasons.
"Bikes and cars don't go well together," he said. As for the complaints of loud music, Yakes said it would be limited next year.
Yakes told council that PT Solutions has held the race in Acworth for the past seven years. "I think it's good for business, hotels and restaurants," he said.
More than 150 volunteers come from as far as Tennessee, Yakes told the council.
Mayor Matt Santini said the Duathlon is the type of event the city wants to host.
"Anytime you have an event that size you will have some challenges, especially if it's the first time," Santini said. He asked Anderson to work with residents and churches to ensure that everyone is on the same page next year.
In other news, the council approved a request to use Overhead Door of Atlanta Inc. for new doors at the Senior Aquatic Center for $6,339. They also approved a new pipe for the Water Pollution Control Plant with Ferguson Waterworks at a cost of $63,087.