Cartersville council OKs spending measures
by Neil B. McGahee
May 17, 2013 | 1552 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After shaking wings with Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini and members of the Cartersville City Council, “Quacky,” the super-sized mascot of the 12th annual Duck Derby, ended its tour of Bartow County’s city governments and left the building.

After that, the council voted to lease the old, now-empty Cartersville police station to Probation Services for $1,100 a month, then voted to add $10,851.20 to the original contract of $86,510 to properly repair a broken water main at Tennessee and Church streets. A widening project at U.S. Highway 411 and Peeples Valley Road also proved in conflict with a main, requiring $17,750 for Sweitzer Engineering to redesign that portion of the project.

Council also:

• approved a $13,500 contract for Southeastern Underwater Contractors to clean the city’s four water storage tanks.

• approved a $17,060 payment to P&H Supply for a new sewer inspection camera.

• accepted a $19,885 bid from Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation for a field groomer for athletic fields.

• accepted a $9,484.16 bid from Taylor Farm Supply for a new 60-inch commercial mower.

• accepted a $119,602 bid from City Motors for a new vehicle for the water department.

Finally finance director Tom Rhinehart presented his monthly summary of budgetary items.

“From March 2012 to March 2013, the city’s revenue decreased by $1.4 million due to the school bonds being cut off,” Rhinehart said.

His figures showed that the General Fund, excluding SPLOST and school system property tax revenues and expenditures, suffered a net loss of $130,000. The water and sewer fund lost more than $470,000 while the electric fund lost nearly $176,000. The solid waste fund dropped by $193,866. On the plus side, the gas fund recorded a net profit of nearly $1 million while the stormwater fund made nearly $22,000.

As springs quickly rolls into summer, Parks and Recreation Director Greg Anderson announced some good news. The Dellinger Park pool will open Saturday, May 25 — right on time.