Adairsville council honors storm recovery volunteers
by Neil B. McGahee
Sep 11, 2013 | 2365 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville’s mayor and city council set aside planning the city’s future to honor some heroes of the recent past at last night’s work session.

Mayor Evan King recognized four volunteers from Bartow Christian Recovery — Director David Franklin and volunteers Ken Coomer, Mike Abernathy and Doug Harris — for their efforts in coordinating relief efforts following the tornado that ravaged the city on Jan. 30. Each man received a plaque from the city praising their efforts in coordinating more than 6,000 volunteers from several states that helped clear more than 1,700 tons of storm debris. Fittingly, the men were recognized on National Emergency Management Day.

“Thanks for allowing us to work here after the tornado of Jan. 30,” Franklin told the council. “This week, Ms. Jackie McConnell will move back into her house, the 29th house we have worked on for people that didn’t have any insurance.”

Police Chief Robert Jones reported that his officers responded to 1,385 calls in August, including seven accidents. He reported that his officer’s aggressive patrolling led to a sharp decline in thefts and burglaries.

Community Development Director Jamey Cochran reported that his department answered more than 130 complaints, including 69 that were water-related.

City Manager Pat Crook told the council about a daylong workshop that city employees attended to discuss Adairsville’s image.

“We have some perception problems,” she said, “including deteriorating or unmaintained properties, lack of planning and an unattractive appearance. The positives include cohesive leadership, our location on Interstate 75, the widening of Highway 140 and the historic downtown. We need to better plan for future growth, improve marketing of the historic downtown, and promote professional development for all city administrative staff.”

King read some of the topics to be discussed at the Sept. 12 council meeting:

• Second reading of a zoning request for 117 acres to be changed to Ind-G, general industrial, to accommodate the new Shaw carpet plant;

• a $500 offer from the Georgia Department of Transportation to purchase right of way to accommodate the widening of Highway 140;

• a task order for $25,000 with McKim and Creed for the first phase of water and wastewater testing using a Geographic Information System, designed to capture, store, analyze, manage and present all types of geographical data;

• low bid — $197,524 — for a phosphorous removal system at North Wastewater Treatment Plant;

• change the location of the 2013 Adairsville election to the railroad depot;

• abandonment of easement for a sewer pump (out of service for 12 years) at the northwest corner of highways 41 and 140.