“To be quite honest, I never realized the county owned the bridge,” Taylor said. “I just assumed it belonged to the city of Euharlee. Now it does.”
The wails of tornado sirens echoing through the county may soon take a back seat to other warning methods.
Taylor approved an agreement with Everbridge, a critical communication company that provides more effective emergency communications than the current network of emergency sirens.
In an emergency, Everbridge sends messages via telephone, text messaging and email until the recipient acknowledges receiving the message. The system is the same one used during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombings to relay information to residents, business owners and employees, hospitals and first responders.
“This is a countywide mass communication tool that can be used in both emergency and non-emergency situations,” said County Administrator Peter Olson. “We can also use it to contact our employees.”
Olson said the county currently spends about $36,000 a year maintaining the 100 sirens in use.
The county accepted an easement from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to erect a water tank to support the Georgia Highlands College Cartersville campus.
“The county has worked since 1992 to get this water tank approved,” Taylor said. “The difficulty was getting through the layers of bureaucracy within the university system.”
Four zoning requests were approved, including a request to rezone 4.11 acres on Old Cass White Road from C-1 to R-3 to build a multi-family apartment complex.
In other business, Taylor;
• Approved a $234,454 FY15 transit operating grant.
• Renewed an agreement with the Bartow County School System for use and maintenance of the sports facilities at the old Cass High School.
• Approved the sale of surplus county property, including two sheriff’s cruisers.
• Amended and readopted the alcohol ordinance.