Adairsville lauds county disaster support
by Neil McGahee
Apr 10, 2013 | 1081 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two months after a swirling vortex of wind reduced parts of Adairsville to rubble, the small city — with help from its friends — seems to be recovering quite well.

“I have never seen anything like the support we got from Bartow County and the surrounding cities,” City Manager Pat Crook told the city council during Tuesday’s work session.

“They were here for us during the disaster and they have stayed with us. There is nothing that [Bartow County] Commissioner [Steve] Taylor and the officials from the other cities wouldn’t do for us. It feels so good to know they got our back.”

Community Development Director Ben Skipper also praised the county’s efforts in replacing sewer mains on Cass Street that were damaged during the Jan. 30 tornado.

“Some of the big dump trucks that assisted us during the tornado cleanup caused the edge of the pavement to start breaking off and we lost about two feet of pavement,” Skipper said. “I requested aid from Randy Gray of the Bartow County DOT and they responded the same day. Two days later, the problem was solved. They returned the day after and began picking up storm debris in the St. Elmo area. Next they intend to go citywide and pick up all storm-related debris.”

Crook remarked that “throughout this disaster, including all the overtime incurred, we were able to manage the [fiscal[ situation quite well. Every department has managed to stay within its budget.”

She said the Collins Mountain water tank, which was hit by the tornado, was not as severely damaged as first thought and could be ready to return to action by July or August. The Collins tank stored 2 million gallons of water for the city.

In another report, the council was told by Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones that the department was “moving in the right direction.”

He cited instances where APD’s canine division assisted the Cartersville Police Department and the Bartow County Sheriffs Office. The department’s armored vehicle also pressed into service assisting BCSO in an incident involving a gunman.

Jones said his department answered about 1,100 calls in March, a slight decrease over past months, and said the new computer system for use in squad cars should be operational by the middle of the month.

The council will meet again on Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss:

• the second reading of a variance request to allow McDonald’s at 100 Princeton Blvd. to add a second drive-through lane, increase the number of signs to four, and reduce the landscape buffer from 20 feet to 5 feet.

• a second reading of an ordinance adopting a Bartow County ordinance regarding fire code enforcement and establishing a fee schedule.

• an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement for 2007 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

• a resolution to appoint Crook as a voting delegate on the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and reappoint Mayor Evan King as an alternate voting delegate.