County appoints temporary JDA
by Matt Shinall
Jul 14, 2011 | 2756 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown authorized Wednesday the formation of a temporary joint development authority to oversee debt service payments.

"The additional joint development authority is for the purpose of debt retirement on the county's and city's joint industrial park," said Steve Bradley, county administrator.

The new authority will only be in effect if the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax passes in November, as a portion of those proceeds will go toward the debt retirement of Highland 75, a 700-acre master-planned industrial park spearheaded by a partnership between the city and county.

The commissioner also authorized an incentive package for LakePoint Sports through a memorandum of understanding with the city of Emerson, the Bartow County Development Authority, the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bartow County Tax Assessor and LakePoint Land, LLC. Incentives are currently in the draft state with negotiations ongoing, and Wednesday's authorization was pending an agreed upon final draft expected by the end of the month.

Other items authorized at the commissioner's Wednesday meeting were:

* The sale of surplus property through;

* Renewing the annual contract with Lookout Mountain Community Services for transit service;

* Re-appointment of Patrick Nelson, Bill Hix and Wade Morris to the Bartow County Planning Commission;

* Malt Beverage License for Burnt Hickory Grocery;

* Amending code relating to 911 emergency fees to authorize fees on prepaid wireless service;

* Amending code to prohibit motor trucks and trailers on Old Old Alabama Road and Hardin Bridge Road;

* Amending code relating to massage therapy in coordination with new state legislation; and

* Amending code relating to animal control in coordination with new regulations concerning rabies.