Cartersville Council amends parks and recreation non-residency fee ordinance
by Neil B. McGahee
Jul 19, 2013 | 1325 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville City Council made quick work of its agenda at its July 18 meeting.

Parks and Recreation director Greg Anderson sought an emergency reading and resolution from the council to amend the non-residency fee ordinance. When the fees were first implemented, participants were charged $20 annually for each program they were in. After a system upgrade, the fee system changed.

“When we changed to new registration software last year, we learned that the program won’t let us register participants unless we charge $20 per session instead of per program,” Anderson said. “That could mean annual fees as high as $120. So we are amending the ordinance to lower the cost from $20 a session to $5 a session.”

Anderson asked for an emergency resolution so that participants might register for classes on Monday.

Councilperson Dianne Tate asked Anderson if there might be any unintended consequences from his proposal.

“It will cause non-residents to pay $10 more per year,” he answered.

The proposal and the emergency resolution status was approved by the council.

City finance director Tom Rhinehart presented the financial report for May.

“General Fund revenues decreased by $1,222,529.” he said. “This was due to a combination of paying off a school bond in FY 2012 and decreased sales tax.”

Rhinehart’s report revealed decreased revenues in the water and sewer and electric funds, while the gas, stormwater, solid waste and fiber optics funds all showed increased revenues.

In other business, the Council;

• approved re-establishing non-conforming use of property status for property at 320 N. Dixie Avenue

• renewed excess workers compensation insurance coverage

• approved an easement agreement with the Georgia DOT along Ga. Highway 20

• approved a $67,000 reimbursement from the Georgia DOT for relocation of a water main due to Ga. Highway 20 construction

• approved a $566,000 bid for water treatment plant filter rehabilitation (to be paid with proceeds from a 2012 bond fund)

• approved an $8,099.48 bid for added security in municipal court

Cartersville City council will meet next on Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at city hall.