The bank, chartered in 1899, is part of the historic downtown business district. In 1987 the bank and two other buildings were joined to serve as city hall. A little more than a year ago a renovation project exposed the marble front of the old bank building.
At first, the city only had two options: Plan A — tear down the old facade, build a brick facade and build a replica inside city hall from the salvageable marble, or Plan B — restore the marble facade. However, City Manager Pam Madison told the council last night that there is now a plan C, “which mostly consists of taking the marble down and reconfiguring the whole thing so there is kind of a central oval entrance in the middle that’s surrounded by pieces of the marble and the entry vestibule.”
Doug Gilmore, an Adairsville engineer, urged the council to take its time making a decision.
“If you have to make any budget cuts,” he said, “do it on the inside, not the exterior.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved the route of the gas system expansion.
• Directed staff to move the management of the auxiliary fund from the police department to the finance department.
• Approved a resolution creating the Friends of Hayes Park.
• Made a motion to authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia for a council retreat.
• Made a motion to increase funding for the Bartow County Library System by $5,000 to provide Saturday hours at the Adairsville Library.
Adairsville City Council will meet again on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the rail depot.