Adairsville approves ‘win-win’ agreement to reopen depot
by Matt Shinall
Jul 12, 2013 | 1117 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville City Council approved a service agreement at Thursday’s work session to open the Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum in a unique partnership with a local nonprofit.

Members of the Adairsville Sans Souci Club will soon man the museum on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and for special events in return for $1,000 a month to further the club’s mission of providing college scholarships for local students.

“We did a service agreement with the San Souci Club and they’re going to provide volunteers to run the museum and do the tours on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and for special events,” said Adairsville City Manager Pat Crook. “In exchange, the city will pay the San Souci Club $1,000 a month, with which the San Souci Club is planning to increase the number of scholarships they give to Adairsville students.”

Thursday’s meeting was held at the historic train depot on Public Square, as will all Adairsville council meetings for the foreseeable future, as city hall remains closed due to water damage.To address the situation, Adairsville City Council members agreed to begin design-build negotiations with architects Lyman, Davidson and Dooley, as well as general contractor Hogan Construction.

Adairsville City Hall, 116 Public Square, suffered roof and water damage from this year’s severe weather events. While the scope and range of work has yet to be fully explored, Crook expects the required work to entail an extensive renovation and predicts city employees will likely be displaced for one year.

Also being delayed due to persistent rain is completion of the Collins Mountain water tank. The project is now expected to finish by Oct. 1.

Other items approved Thursday were:

• First reading of rezoning request from residential to commercial at 248 St. Elmo Circle for a proposed barber shop.

• First reading of ordinance to restrict Public Square parking by tenants of downtown apartments.

• Appointment of Michael Lowman to the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority.

A separate DDA meeting also recently named new officers to include, Chair Susan Gilmore, Vice Chair Sharon Southerland and Secretary/Treasurer Candy Antonio.

Antonio, the newly appointed DDA officer and chair of the San Souci Historical Committee, addressed the council after regular business was concluded to ask the city to consider the adoption of an ordinance aimed at protecting Adairsville’s historic qualities.

“We want to urge you to make historic preservation a really key part of your thinking as we move forward. In particular, we are urging you to seriously consider passing a historic ordinance,” Antonio said, adding that now is a good time to consider historic preservation during tornado rebuilding. “We can’t stop change. It’s coming no matter what we do or say, and I think an historic ordinance would give us the power to control that growth and make sure that our historical legacy is preserved. I think that is one of Adairsville’s most valuable assets.”