Cartersville moves forward with ‘Blue Trail’ launch
by Mark Andrews
Feb 21, 2014 | 2067 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Council during their regular business session Thursday moved forward with the construction of a canoe/kayak launch for the Etowah River “Blue Trail,” which Cartersville Parks & Recreation Director Greg Anderson said is an integral piece in continuing the city’s plans to expand outdoor opportunities for its residents. A bid for construction for the initiative, to be located off Georgia Highway 113, adjacent to the E.R. Bates Bridge, came from CDB construction in the amount of $89,150.

“This location will be an important one for us because it will eventually be a trail head for two trails as well as the new kayak launch and it’s a very good initiative for our city, I believe,” Anderson said. “... We’ve had a couple of setbacks on it. I had to go back and request additional money from [the Georgia Department of Natural Resources] and I was granted that money, I was granted a time extension to Dec. 31, 2014 [and] of course all of that was approved by the council.

“We took bids and with the low bidder we negotiated with them, CDB Construction, and we got it down to an amount that will work in the parks and recreation department’s budget.”

Anderson explained he received an increase in DNR grant funds from $32,924 to $80,000 and that city also has a commitment from Coosa River Basin Initiative for a $3,400 cash donation as well as a commitment from Bartow County Public Works on use of a track hoe and operator.

The city unanimously approved its agenda, which included the following financial items:

• Applying for a $50,000 Gateway Landscaping Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation

• An increase of $21,106 to the Etowah Drive 12-inch water main replacement contract with C.H. Kirkpatrick & Sons, Inc., due to field conditions and an error in the original bid specification, thus bringing the total cost to $1,316,426. The original bid specification was written to allow leaded brass, but as of Jan. 4, brass with a lead content of more than .25 percent is not allowed to be installed in potable water systems. The bid specification also omitted a pay item for 1-inch copper tubing, which is required on all dual meter settings by city code. The increase also called for 120 feet of free bore in order to preserve the root system of several old and large trees near the new main.

The costs are as follows: no lead brass — $6,113; 1-inch copper tube — $8,993; and 12-inch free bore — $6,000.

• Continual use of Blackboard Connect for the cost of $14,486

• Repainting, caulking and reglazing windows and repainting the exterior trim at the city manager’s building at the cost of $5,625 by Edwards Painting

The Cartersville City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at city hall.