Euharlee council hears urban designation
by Neil B. McGahee
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Euharlee has plans to renovate the Lowry Mill that is near the city’s landmark covered bridge. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Euharlee has plans to renovate the Lowry Mill that is near the city’s landmark covered bridge. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Five foreheads on the Euharlee City Council grimaced in tandem as they learned the news.

Their town — the place of green fields and lazy streams — shared the urban grittiness of Detroit and Newark and Queens.

They knew all along their city was steeped in history, but urban?

Indeed, under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the federal Environmental Protection Agency began regulating storm water runoff for its impact on water quality and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, areas serving a population greater than 7,000 people are considered urban.

“After my initial shock, I was even more surprised to learn that Euharlee received an urban designation and Cartersville didn’t,” said Euharlee council member Craig Guyton. “Later I learned they had gotten one too.”

Steve Webb, of R.S. Webb & Associates, briefed the council about the progress of the restoration of Lowry Mill, a turn-of-the-century gristmill that the city wishes to renovate and turn into a historical museum.

“We are in the process of analyzing the artifacts that we recovered,” he said. “We hope to be able to have approval from the Corps of Engineers by late May.”

Once the city gets that approval, it could move forward with restoring and rebuilding the mill.

Webb said two 7,500 pound turbines, which powered the mill after the water wheel was removed, were pulled from the six feet of water where thay had languished since at least the 1920s.

“The turbines were manufactured by a company called Stout, Mills and Temple, from Dayton, Ohio, and they became another company in 1890, which leads me to believe they have been there since the 1890s rather than the 1920s as we originally thought.”

Webb said the 36-inch turbines, which produced a combined 200 horsepower, are being considered for inclusion in the museum.

Webb said he thought the project could be completed by summer 2015.

In other business, the council:

• received an update on the Euharlee-Five Forks Road construction.

• approved the annual Rob Taylor Memorial Work Day for June 7.

• saw the new city seal as designed by Euharlee resident Alec Trapheagen.

• had a first reading of a grievance policy.

• listened to proposed budget amendments.

Euharlee City Council’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at city hall.