Cartersville council recognizes teachers of the year
by Jason Lowrey
May 03, 2014 | 852 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four teachers from the Cartersville school district received awards Thursday night as they were recognized for achievements in education.

Melanie Paige of Cartersville Primary School, Haley Wilson of Cartersville Elementary School, Cissi Adams of Cartersville Middle School and Beth Cauthren of Cartersville High School were all named teacher of the year for their respective schools.

The council also recognized May as National Historic Preservation Month, and the city’s Historic Preservation Commission handed out its annual awards for historic preservation efforts. Ron Goss received an award for renovating the commercial space at 123 W. Main St., while Will Sprague was awarded for his renovation of 120 S. Gilmer St., where Louie’s Cafe is located.

The council then turned to the rest of its agenda, beginning with an ordinance revision involving adult entertainment at the civic center. Mayor Matt Santini remarked on the number of questions he had received about the ordinance, saying that it applied only to the civic center and was intended to prohibit such entertainment from being held on the city’s property.

However, City Attorney David Archer said the city could not outright prohibit adult entertainment at the civic center.

“This does not prohibit — it regulates. The law does not allow you to prohibit it, so you just regulate it in such a way that it can’t happen,” he said.

After unanimously approving the ordinance, the council moved on to the question of wine specialty shops being allowed to serve wine for tasting purposes.

“This is regarding wine specialty shops to allow for tasting at places where there is purchasing,” said Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino. “Current ordinance didn’t allow that to happen ... this ordinance provides direction for doing wine tasting at wine specialty shops.”

The council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance.

Other city council business included:

• Holding a first public hearing on revising the Cartersville Business Improvement District Budget to allocate 15 percent for administration, 50 percent for downtown improvements and 35 percent for downtown promotion. The proposal will be voted on at the next council meeting.

• Approving a natural gas franchise agreement with Kingston.

• Approving an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation involving right of way and easements at the intersection of Tennessee and Felton streets.

• Approving a change order for the Mission Road gravity sewer replacement in the amount of $25,685.

• Approving a change order to repair a high service water pump in the amount of $5,428, for a total cost of $11,615.

• Approving the repair of a pump station for Komatsu in the sum of $6,690.60.

The Cartersville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at city hall.