The first agenda item was the implementation of Phase 2 of a $1.3 million water improvement plan, first approved in November 2010, then deferred. The council voted unanimously to implement the plan and the subsequent rate increase, although Bagley voiced concern about how the rate increase would affect those on a fixed income.
“We need to see about taking care of our senior citizens,” Bagley said.
Interim city manager Billy Beckett quoted a study by the University of North Carolina’s Environmental Finance Center which explained that the first tier of the three-tier pricing system — 0-6,500 gallons — is comparable with the average residential customer usages — 4,000 to 5,000 gallons per month in the Southeast. The median price at a consumption level of 5,000 gallons per month is $3 per 1,000 gallons (not including base or sewer charges).
“The median water bill in the Coosa River Basin is $56.60 a month,” Beckett said. “Our water bills are way below that.”
Bagley and the rest of the council voted unanimously to approve the rate hike.
The council also authorized proceeding on the second phase of the $1.3 million city hall renovation contract between the city and Hogan Construction Group.
“The first phase was the design phase,” said Mayor Evan King. “That amount cost $57,410. Now we are entering the demolition phase in the amount of $283,665.”
King said the third phase would be the residual balance of the project.
In other business, the council:
• approved a request to paint the city’s name on the new Collins Mountain water tank.
• authorized participation in the Wright Express State of Georgia Fleet Program, which provides a gasoline discount for all participating vehicles.
• tabled a motion to close the Park Street railroad crossing.
• authorized moving code enforcement from the police department to the community development.
• authorized the purchase of $5,000 for police vehicle cameras with funding coming from the Condemned Drug Fund.
Adairsville City Council will meet for a work session on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum.