In 2011, Jones said, the department saw a total of 10,427 calls. That rose to 17,972 calls last year.
“The men are staying busy and they should all be commended for the work they’re doing,” Jones said. “Times are tough and they’re out there making sure everybody’s safe.”
Jones told the council the drop in overall incidents was related to his department’s increased patrol and visibility efforts. Other offenses down from 2011 included family offenses by 20 percent, fire and arson by 33 percent, juvenile complaints by 36 percent and threats by 41 percent. Increases were only seen in simple assault cases, which were up 41 percent, and white collar crime, which went up 29 percent.
Traffic crashes, Jones added, were down by 14 percent from the previous year.
Community Development Director Ben Skipper reported his department handled 112 locates for utility lines in December. He added McDonald’s and Wendy’s representatives had told him both businesses were going to be putting in applications for remodeling their buildings. In particular, Skipper said, McDonald’s was interested in building a two-lane drive-through.
During her monthly finance report, City Manager Pat Crook said the city had acquired state assistance to pay for utility relocation along state Route 140 in preparation for the road’s improvement.
“It’s my understanding that all the city will have to pay for is some engineering costs, which should be less than $200,000. The last I heard construction should begin in 2017,” Crook said.
Before receiving state assistance, Adairsville could have paid up to $1.7 million to help relocate gas and water lines along Route 140. Crook said the city would have been forced to borrow money to pay for the project.
“The cost to relocate all the utilities from one end to the other was around $4 million. We got approved for $1.7 million. That was the only part that the city would have had to be responsible for. The other part [Georgia Department of Transportation] would have had to be responsible for. It was calculated into their budget,” Crook said, as she explained GDOT’s contribution to the project.
Other topics discussed during the work session included the city’s 2012 year-end finances, the continuing installation and testing of a new water department Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, new state building codes for the council to approve and the upcoming installation of computer systems into Adairsville police vehicles.
The council also set the agenda for its next meeting, which will include four appointments to the Downtown Development Authority, the approval of the 2012 budget for confiscated funds and authorizing Crook to begin the procurement process to renovate city hall.
The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at city hall.