Cartersville council approves $4 million for repairs
by Neil McGahee
Sep 06, 2013 | 2820 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cub Scouts from Pack 15, Trinity United Methodist Church, three fingers tightly clasped in the Scout salute, led the Cartersville City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance last night, then stuck around awhile for a civics lesson.

The council approved more than $4 million for water main replacements on Etowah Drive ($1.2 million) and Tennessee Street ($2.9 million) and relocation of a water main on U.S. Highway 411 ($243,263.05 with a $67,000 reimbursement from GDOT).

“These lines date back 80 or 100 years or more,” said Public Works Director Tommy Sanders. “We currently have very poor fire protection in this area and this project will allow us to have a continuous run of 12-inch water mains which will allow the use of sprinkler systems, a great benefit to property owners.”

Mayor Pro-Tem Diane Tate introduced consideration of resurfacing the Dellinger Park tennis and basketball courts and a 440-yard track.

“We took bids for the resurfacing and repair of all 14 tennis courts, two basketball courts and the track,” said Parks and Recreation Director Gregg Anderson. “We also added a crack repair system. If we are able to repair all 14 courts and we are able to receive a maintenance grant from the United States Tennis Association, I recommend accepting the low bid as submitted by Signature Tennis in the amount of $111,250.”

Council also approved an application for a $95,000 GDOT improvement grant with a 5 percent local match to improve drainage at the Cartersville airport.

Altogether, the council tackled 19 docket items, mostly expenditures, ranging from zoning requests to sewer replacements. They included:

• a second reading to annex a half-acre lot at 11 Green Acre Lane into the city;

• approval of $6,400 to purchase software for the fire department;

• approval of a request to allow Randy Wimpy to expand his used auto business at 416-420 N. Tennessee St.;

• approval of the purchase of an Intoxilyzer breath alcohol analyzer for the police department;

• approval of $66,727.10 to replace the Mission Road gravity sewer;

• approval of $30,950 for automatic opening doors at Municipal Court.

Cartersville City Council will meet Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall.