Cartersville council tackles housekeeping chores
by Neil B. McGahee
Apr 19, 2013 | 1394 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Council tackled a myriad of housekeeping chores — rezoning requests, manhole rehabilitation and valve actuator installation to name a few — in its Thursday night meeting.

Requests for rezoning two properties received a first reading and were scheduled for a second and final reading in the council’s May 2 meeting. Special use applications were filed by Alisha Alston to operate a personal care facility at 178 S. Morningside Drive and by John Waters to rezone his property at 6 Porter St., from light industrial and residential to entirely light industrial.

Water department Assistant Director Ed Mullinax presented three requests to the council.

First he told the council that valves in the water pollution control plant needed to be automated.

“This is the treatment train that we activate whenever flows are up, usually in inclement weather,” he said. “These are large valves that require about 100 turns, making them very difficult to operate, so we would like to retrofit these with automated valve operators.”

Mullinax said the lowest bidder was Charles Finch Valve Co. of Woodstock, at $31,854.

The next order of business was manhole rehabilitation.

“We are required by the North Metro Water Planning District to have a program in place to reduce the amount of effluent infiltration into the sewers,” Mullinax continued. “We accomplished this by rehabbing manholes. We had Concrete Conservation Inc. give a quote for installing the spectra-shield lighting system at $175 a vertical foot.”

Finally, he presented a bill for $6,100 for emergency replacement of an air conditioner at the water pollution control lab.

“The old unit broke down,” he said, “and the repair people said the unit was at the end of its service life and couldn’t be repaired. We felt this met the criteria for emergency funding because the lab has a lot of processes going on and they need to be kept cool.”

Council also approved a request from the Downtown Development Authority to hold “First Friday” events. Downtown businesses, vendors and demonstrators will be allowed to sell wares, or demonstrate products on the sidewalks in the downtown area on the first Friday of each month.

In other business, council:

• swore in Jay Choate as Assistant Municipal Court Judge

• authorized $5,495 for network support software for the fire department

• authorized $5,992 for instalation of the valves at the water pollution control plant

• approved supplemental agreements with C.W. Matthews Construction Co. concerning the Main Street Gateway Project

• heard the monthly financial statement

Cartersville City Council will meet next on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.