Cartersville tackles housekeeping chores
by Neil McGahee
Feb 07, 2014 | 790 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cart tippers for garbage trucks, codes for fire hydrants and replacement of 39 pairs of firefighters boots were among a plethora of housekeeping chores tackled by the Cartersville City Council at its first February meeting Thursday.

Fire Chief Scott Carter introduced the second reading of an ordinance that would establish a color coding system for fire hydrants as well as a flow and testing and maintenance program according to the National Fire Protection Association. He also introduced an ordinance that brings city fire and safety codes in line with the state codes. Both proposals were approved.

Cartersville Director of Public Works Tommy Sanders told the council that the Georgia Department of Transportation agreed to supply traffic lights at the intersection of Old Alabama Road and Douthit Ferry Road as part of the phase three road widening project, provided Bartow County would agree to supply the electricity to power the lights. The motion was approved.

Water Superintendent Bob Jones reported that work on the Main Street to Center Road water main connector was complete and came in $53,110 under budget.

“We need to make a final change order and refund that money back and we will be done with it,” he said.

Mayor Matt Santini said he couldn’t imagine there would be any discussion or concern and made a motion to take back the money. The motion was approved and Jones received a round of applause.

“For the last few years,” Melinda Lemmon, executive director of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce, said, “two census tracts in Cartersville and Bartow County have received a less developed census tract designation from the Bureau of the Census, which is a very important incentive for economic development and job creation, especially in areas that were hard hit by the recession. We have an opportunity to request an extension, and I want to request that the mayor and the county commissioner send a letter requesting that extension.”

The request was approved unanimously.

Retiring water superintendent Jim Stafford came to the meeting on his final day of work to thank the council for their support during his 33-year career.

“It has been interesting. It has been challenging at times; and it has been very rewarding,” he said. “If I could start all over again tomorrow morning, I would.”

Stafford said there will be many challenges in the future, especially maintaining adequate water supply, but he felt the city had made a lot of strides in that area, including placing a future intake structure in the Etowah River, which he feels will pay big dividends in the future.

“I have no doubt we have the right people in place to handle these challenges,” he said.” Thank you for letting me be a part of the management team of the City of Cartersville.”

In other business, the council:

• authorized the purchase of 39 firefighter boots for $8,451.

• approved $7,046 for cart tippers, tools that allow heavy refuse carts to be lifted.

Cartersville City Council meets next on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.