No matter which governing body meets, there are always the regulars — one or two people that never miss a session.
Kenneth Miller was one of those familiar faces — second row right, second seat — he attended every Adairsville City Council meeting or work session, watching like a hawk for anything that might adversely affect his beloved public library.
Miller’s seat was empty at Tuesday’s work session.
He died on April 3 at age 77.
Before getting down to work, Adairsville Mayor Ken Carson asked for a moment of silence in memory of Miller.
“Mr. Miller passed last week,” Carson said, “and he will be very much missed. Let’s take a moment to stop and remember him.”
City Manager Pam Madison echoed Carson’s thoughts.
“Mr Miller was very active in this community,” said Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison. “He was a member of the “Friends of the Library,” and an avid supporter of the Bartow County Library System, especially the Adairsville branch. He will be greatly missed.”
In his monthly report, Police Chief Rick Townsend said his department answered 309 calls in March and issued 67 citations. He also announced that K-9 “Nero,” the police dog that died on March 25 after he was hit by a car, would not be replaced.
“After serious consideration and evaluation, it is my recommendation to the council and the city manager that we do not replace Officer Nero,” he said. “Given the size of our city and the need for a K-9, I think (K-9) Officer Mike can fill that need.”
Townsend went on to say there may come a time in the future when a second dog is needed.
Several residents addressed the council about an ongoing problem — speeding and wreckless driving — in the area surrounding Poplar Springs Road. Townsend promised to look into it and do whatever is necessary, including extra patrols, to stop it.
In other business, council:
• Heard a request from Madison to promote Lisa Roberts Donald to City Clerk replacing Nicole Scoggins, who transfered to the Community Development Dept.
• Heard a request to approve the design of the entryway signs for the city and authorize the city manager to solicit bids to build the approved signs.
• Heard a request to transfer a Ford Econoline armored van to the Rome Police Department for training purposes.
• Heard a request to authorize Madison to enter into an agreement with Weaver Heating & Air for HVAC maintenance of city-owned buildings.
• Heard a request to approve a special event permit for Johnny Mitchell’s BBQ and Blues event for May 6.
• Heard a request to allow the city manager to modify the city’s personnel policy with regard to federal citations, motor vehicle reports and background checks.
Under Georgia law, city council members may not vote during a work session. Votes, where applicable, may be cast after a second reading.