Cartersville council approves zoning changes
by Neil McGahee
Oct 04, 2013 | 1648 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville City Council approved a rezoning application from Consolidated Holdings, Inc. of Madison, Ga., to change the zoning from office commercial (OC) to general commercial (GC) for nearly 34 acres of land east of Interstate 75 at Overlook Parkway. The zoning change would allow potential investors to locate businesses like hotels or restaurants, especially in light of burgeoning growth two exits south in Emerson.

The council heard a request from Fire Chief Scott Carter to adopt an emergency management ordinance to provide for better communication between the city and the county in times of emergency, natural or man-made.

“This ordinance mandates that our emergency management agency create a process that would allow us to work closely with the county, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Carter said. The ordinance will receive a second reading at the next council meeting.

The council overturned a decision of the Historic Preservation Board, which forbade the owner of Locks hair salon at 19 S. Public Square from replacing rotting wood in the storefront with anodized aluminum.

Retiring Cartersville Police Capt. Michael Stewart was recognized for his 30 years of service to the city by Chief Thomas Culpepper.

In other business, the council:

• issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 23-31, Red Ribbon Week.

• approved a $7,200 payment to USA Software for crime mapping software that helps analyze criminal activity by time of day and frequency of the activity.

• approved a $6,969.27 payment for support and management of the ITRON billing software for the Cartersville electric department.

• changed the December council meeting time to from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. to accommodate the annual Christmas Parade.

Cartersville City Council will meet next on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall.