Commissioner Taylor holds housekeeping session

Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor’s monthly public meeting ended up being a housekeeping session.

Among the items addressed were 10 contracts, five property agreements, six zoning requests, three license issuances and an ordinance amendment.

Before dealing with such minutiae, however, Taylor, surrounded by politicians and preachers, read a proclamation declaring May 4 as “National Day of Prayer” in Bartow County.

Taylor approved an amendment to add four extra acres to the campus of the Shaw Create Center, a 67,000-square-foot building under construction on Douthitt Ferry Road, housing the company’s marketing, design and innovation associates divisions. The amendment was necessary to meet stipulations of a bond issuance financing the construction.

Taylor also approved a contract for $156,406 to New York Leak Protection to search for leaks within the water system, especially in areas of karst geology, a topography formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks — limestone, dolomite and gypsum — characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves that lend it to leakage.

Euharlee City Manager James Stephens expressed gratitude to the county for its help in fashioning an intergovernmental agreement to extend the county sewer system to the city limits where the city can link with the county. Last week, the Euharlee City Council voted unanimously to  link with the county sewer system after the county secured a $12 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) for expansion and maintenance of the existing water and sewer systems. Under the intergovernmental agreement, Euharlee’s share is capped at $2 million and the city will pay the county $117,000 a year for 20 years rather than pay a direct lender, saving about $250,000 in interest.

In other business, Taylor:

•  Approved a contract to Georgia Power to upgrade the lighting in Manning Mill and Hamilton Crossing parks to LED lighting.

•  Approved an engineering consultant agreement to four-lane Cass-White Road from Interstate Highway 75 to the Highland-75 Industrial Park.

•  Approved a supplemental agreement with the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) for widening Old Alabama Road and the Glade Road/Clark Creek Project.

•  Adopted a resolution of support urging the state to move quickly to build the Rome-Cartersville corridor, formerly known as the Highway 411 corridor.

•  Authorized the purchase of property on Boyd Mountain Road to build an emergency services radio tower.

•  Approved a rental agreement with the Georgia State Dept. to rent office space in the old courthouse.

•  Approved issuance of three malt beverage licenses.

The county commissioner will hold a regularly scheduled public meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Building 135 W. Cherokee Ave.

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