Adairsville mayoral election tentatively set for May 20
by Neil B. McGahee
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The Adairsville City Council met for a scheduled work session just a day after the small town was shocked by the sudden resignation of its mayor.

Evan King’s one sentence letter simply said, “I hereby resign the office of Mayor of the City of Adairsville.”

When asked to explain his resignation Tuesday afternoon, King said, “I have no comment on that.”

Though King confirmed he resigned for personal reasons, he did not provide any additional insight to his decision to resign when pressed to expand on his answer.

“I’m leaving it at ‘I have no comment,’” he said.

Mayor Pro-Tem Buddy Bagley addressed the situation at the beginning of the work session Tuesday and called in the Almighty for a little help.

“I know that you heard that Mayor King resigned as of last Thursday,” he said. “I really enjoyed working with him and I’m really going to miss him. I want you all to remember him and his family in your prayers and pray that God will ever bless him. He was a good mayor and a fine fellow. I think we need to have a word of prayer before we start.”

Of course, the first item of business was to discuss King’s successor.

Bartow County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk explained that a special election to fill the remainder of King’s term would probably be held on May 20 at the Adairsville Railroad Depot in downtown. Another election to choose state officials will be held the same day, but voters must cast those ballots at the Manning Mill recreation complex. The deadline to qualify will be set at Thursday’s regular council meeting.

In regular work session business, Police Chief Robert Jones reported the department answered 963 calls in February, the smallest number in two years, an anomaly, he said, that probably stemmed from the two snowstorms.

“Most people just stayed at home,” he said.

He also reported that the public auction of seized property brought in about $45,000.

Community Development and Public Works Superintendent Jamey Cochran said the removal of phosphorous from the sewer system was 73 percent completed. The water services on Franklin Street were completed and the work on George Street was ready to begin. Both projects are ahead of paving schedules.

The Downtown Development Authority's Susan Gilmore expressed concern about the restoration of city hall following the guidelines set forth by the National Register for Historic Places. At the previous meeting, the council visited the old city hall, specifically to see the marble facade to try to determine if the stone was worth keeping. They decided to keep all the marble that wasn’t ruined by the demolition. Gilmore asked the council to hold the removal of the marble until a plan could be formulated to attempt to save it.

“It’s a historical and architectural treasure,” she said. “We must do everything we can to preserve it.”

Gilmore also recommended revisiting the proposed facade plan for city hall because the present plan “is not historically appropriate.”

Finally, she proposed appointing a three-person historical commission to oversee the renovation.

New City Manager Pam Madison announced that the council would meet with an auditor in the last week of March to finish the 2013 audit.

In other business, council:

• directed staff to take all necessary administrative and budgetary actions required to conduct a special election.

• authorized the city manager to adjust and eliminate job descriptions and revise the organizational chart as approved by the council.

• directed staff to develop a request for proposal (RFP) for solid waste collection services.

The Adairsville City Council will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Railroad Depot.