Madison chosen as Adairsville city manager
by Neil McGahee
Feb 28, 2014 | 1381 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pamela Madison, former deputy county administrator of Broward County, Fla., was introduced as Adairsville’s new city manager at a special called public meeting Thursday.

Madison has 27 years of experience in state and local government, 17 years in Broward. She served in state government as director of the Office of Public and Governmental Relations, acting director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, and senior legislative aide in the Florida Legislature. In county government, she served as assistant county administrator and deputy county administrator. She retired in July and moved to Bartow County to be nearer her family. Madison and her husband, Will, have two children. Her first day on the job will

be Monday.

The council also approved resolution #2014-0002 declaring the need for a redevelopment area in the Highway 140 corridor and the need for an urban redevelopment plan.

Things weren’t quite so smooth when Community Development and Public Works Superintendent Jamey Cochran told the council he had received a $140,000 change order from Hogan Construction, contractors for the $1.6 million city hall renovation. A change order is work that is added or deleted from the original contract that alters the original contract amount or completion date.

“We received a change order from Hogan amounting to more than $140,000,” Interim City Manager Billy Beckett said, “and council didn’t like that. So we got a second opinion from another structural engineer and his findings were different as were his methods.”

Newly elected councilman Lee Castro asked if anyone had a line drawing or an artist’s conception of the project.

“I’m supposed to be voting on this million-dollar project and I don’t even know what this is going to look like,” he said. “Has anyone seen any drawings?”

The other council members shrugged their shoulders, briefly debated their options then voted to table the issue and turn it over to City Attorney Boyd Pettit for more study.

Council then recessed briefly to walk across the street and visit the old city hall — specifically the marble facade — to try to determine if the stone was worth keeping. They decided to keep all the marble that wasn’t ruined by the demolition.

Adairsville City Council’s next work session will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Railroad Depot.