Thursday evening’s agenda was a relatively light one for the Cartersville City Council, with just a smattering of official voting items on the docket.
Among other items, the council voted unanimously to approve an indemnity agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT.)
“It will allow our public works to begin the process of putting sidewalks on West Avenue,” said Cartersville City Manager Dan Porta. “We will start with, on the north side, basically, the side of Ingles … it will take us a few months to unwind and then we will be on the other side of the street.”
The agreement is required by GDOT, he said, so the City can conduct work around Highway 113, which is a State roadway.
Such a project is needed in the area, remarked Councilman Gary Fox.
“There’s a lot of people walking, just walking, on West Avenue all through there,” he said.
The sidewalk project will be constructed “in-house” by Cartersville’s public works department.
“It’s coming out of the general fund,” Porta said. “We anticipate less than $50,000.”
Members of the council also voted unanimously to approve a relocation agreement for the Jackson Farm planned development.
“As most of you know, there’s a new subdivision coming to town, it’s over here on Mission Road,” said City of Cartersville Gas Department Superintendent Michael Hill. “They’re going to put in a turn lane and we have a gas main out there, an operation main, we’re going to have to relocate it.”
The developers behind the subdivision, Hill told the council, have already signed off on the agreement.
“They were going to pay us some $30,970.36,” he said. “Which is an estimate.”
Porta said that, currently, there are no plans for the subdivision to use City of Cartersville gas services.
“We had discussions with them early on, but they were not as willing,” he said. “It was cost-prohibitive for us to go out there, and not knowing if we were going to be able to serve so many percentage of the homes here.”
Council members also approved a fourth change order related to the City’s ongoing water pollution control plant upgrade project, which City of Cartersville Water Department Assistant Director Sidney Forsyth said was about 80% complete.
At this point, he said the project is on pace to wrap up in October.
“This change order increases the contract cost by $19,895.02,” he added. “Including this change order, that brings the total cost to $37,064,136.44, which is still about $500,000 less than the original contract.”
The Cartersville City Council also approved requests for two renewal agreements. The first was for Duo Multi-Factor Authentication services and is tabbed at $10,488; the second was for Everbridge public notification support services and is tabbed at $7,524.56.
Thursday evening’s meeting concluded with Porta giving an update on Bob Jones, the City’s water department director.
“He’s been in the hospital for several weeks now,” he said. “Over the last couple of days he has had some improvements, but we just kind of want to remind everybody to keep the prayers going … back on Jan. 14 he was placed on a ventilator, he had COVID-pneumonia.”