Taylor OKs removal of 33 mobile homes for road extension
by Neil McGahee
May 08, 2014 | 2546 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor approved a $29,500 contract to Kirkpatrick & Son to demolish and remove 33 surplus mobile homes from county-owned property to accommodate the Burnt Hickory extension project.

The project is seen as a link for a potential Cartersville perimeter to be paired with Old Alabama Road, Ga. Highway 113 to the south, Interstate 75 to the east and the proposed 411 Connector to the north. In addition to moving traffic around the city of Cartersville, the extension also would connect Burnt Hickory Road to Highway 411 and bridge access to bypass railroad crossings currently unavoidable on Burnt Hickory.

Taylor also approved $101,180 to repair water damage to the interior and exterior of the new Georgia State Patrol building on the SR 20 Spur. The money will come from a $115,000 settlement between the county and the architect and the builder.

The county received more than $695,000 in grants from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Tennessee Valley Authority for water system improvements to support the expansion of the Toyo plant in White.

Taylor said the expansion, which will create about 650 new jobs, was contingent on increasing the size of the water lines.

Taylor also approved $20,500 for miscellaneous repairs to the old First Baptist Church, now the County Annex.

In other business, Taylor:

• secured a contract to transport 3,000 tons of slag material from Gerdau Ameristeel to the county landfill.

• announced sale of surplus county property, including two Bobcats and two ambulances.

• approved the re-appointment of Mary Jane Mosley to the county library board of trustees.

• approved installation of lighting in the parking lot extension of the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

The Bartow County commissioner will meet again on Wednesday, June 4, at 10 a.m. in the Frank Moore Judicial Center.