The majority of the problem comes in the area of a channel that runs along CSX railroad right of way and drains the Church Street drainage basin to the Etowah River. In July 2010 and again last month, businesses along that corridor received flooding after a significant rainfall in a short time period. Following last year's event, the city spent roughly $50,000 to repair a West Main Street culvert and clear obstructions from the channel.
The council Thursday approved a not-to-exceed amount of $70,000 to once again remove debris from the channel; deepen and widen the existing channel on the eastern side of the railroad from The Daily Tribune News, 251 S. Tennessee St., 1,250 linear feet downstream; and replace the pipe under West Avenue on the east side of the railroad with a larger one. Funding for the improvements will come from the stormwater budget.
After concerns were raised about work taking place on CSX property, City Attorney David Archer explained that Cartersville is responsible for stormwater issues that originate in the city regardless of whether public or private property is affected.
"It would be nice if CSX would help," he said, but "the city has absolute responsibility."
Cartersville also approved Pettit Creek Trail Phase II work. The budget for the project is $355,000, but the council awarded the work to Georgia Development Partners out of Atlanta at a cost of $333,535.79. The remaining $24,000 will be used for contingencies, with the project funded through a combination of Department of Natural Resources grant and budgeted items.
City Manager Sam Grove said funds from the Leake Trail project were moved for Pettit Creek Trail Phase II and will need to be replaced in the future.
Also Thursday, the council:
* Approved an amendment extending a sewer service agreement with Emerson for the LakePoint Sports development.
* Accepted a memorandum of understanding with Appalachian Valley Fiber Network. The MOU allows AVFN to use the city's right of way from the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport to Cook Street, with the city incurring no cost.
* Approved the purchase of a tractor and rotary cutter to maintain right of ways from Bartow Farm & Lawn at a cost of $30,049.
* Voted to approve three bids in connection with the relocation of 1,000 feet of 8-inch pipe in connection with the public safety center project. The contracts were for $20,150 from Consolidated Pipe for piping, $6,697.92 from S.J. Patterson for control fittings and $5,600 for the tapping and stopping operation. Funding will come from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
* Approved a resolution with the Downtown Development Authority for a revolving loan for businesses within the district.