The Cartersville City Council began its Thursday meeting by holding a public hearing before the second reading of a request for five properties on Old Tennessee Road to be rezoned from A-1 (Agriculture), R-2 (Residential) and C-1 (Commercial) to G-C (General Commercial) to expand opportunities for commercial development created by the realignment of GA. Highway 20 and improvements to the Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 411 intersection. The developers hope to house a new car museum along with retail commercial applications.
Dellinger Park is undergoing renovations, and council approved the purchase of a scoreboard at the Aug. 17 meeting. It was approved with a provision that scoreboard sponsorship with a fee schedule would be offered to prospective advertisers, but council was told that parks staff had not been able to sell sponsorships, so council approved a reduction in the fees to attract sponsors.
Four new, covered pavilions were approved to replace existing shelters with one constructed closer to the back parking area directly behind Field No. 1. The new shelters will be six feet wider and four feet longer than the old shelters and will have a five foot concrete apron around the sides with LED lighting and ample electrical receptacles. ADA compliant sidewalks will connect the parking area to shelters and from shelter to shelter.
Eight bids were returned, and the recreation staff recommended awarding the contract to Elements of Construction, Cartersville, the low bidder at $347,900.
Wayne Davis Concrete’s low bid of $6,367 was approved for pouring concrete for the bleacher pads for Fields 4, 5 and 6. The second project, pouring gravel for the base around the concessions and softball Fields 1, 2 and 3 was awarded to Vulcan Materials for $5,021.
Council also approved repairs to the filter backwash operations at the water treatment plant after a recent inspection revealed chipping of the concrete dome on the inside of the 500,000-gallon washwater tank and large piles of gunite inside the tank. Additionally, there were some leaking exterior cracks and extensive settlement in the tank. Further, the chain and drive system of the No. 2 grit chamber failed last month and a new drive chain along with repairs or replacement of damaged sprockets are needed.
WSG Solutions was approved to replace 123-feet of chain at a cost of $15,660.00.
In other business, council:
• Approved the annual recertification of the city’s participation in the Community Rating System in order to qualify for reduced flood insurance rates from the National Flood Insurance Program for properties within the city limits.
• Approved $8,184 for membership dues for the American Public Gas Association.
• Approved a renegotiated contract with Appalachian Valley Fiber Network to purchase one gigabyte of Internet service at $2,500 per month. The previous contract provided 400 megahertz, a lower bandwidth, at the same price.
• Approved lien removals for two participants in the city’s Community Home Investment Program, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program providing funds to city and county governments for construction of affordable single-family homes for sale to eligible persons. Both participants met the requirements to have liens from the City of Cartersville removed.
• Approved a payment of $9,146 to the Bartow County Elections Board to conduct the city’s elections.
• Approved the appointment of Monique S. Hall to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, as nominated by Councilman Calvin Cooley.
The Cartersville City Council will meet at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 19, for a work session at 6 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.