Cartersville Council looks at spending

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The Cartersville City Council’s first July session was devoted more to housekeeping than governance.

Assistant City Manager Dan Porta conveyed a request ftom the fiber department to upgrade network switches to allow better internet access and communication at the jail. A network switch, sometimes called a switching hub or bridging hub, is a device that allows other devices to receive, process and forward data to the destination.

“Network switches allow the city’s servers to talk with the county’s,” Porta said. “The county is upgrading their system, so we are providing support while they continue to upgrade. The $6,000 cost will be reimbursed by Bartow County.”

Electric Cities of Georgia, of which Cartersville is a member, bids out right-of-way clearing and maintenance service contracts. They selected Trees Unlimited from Cave Springs for the $95,900.00 contract.

“Trees Unlimited has been doing our tree work for the past 10 years and they know our system,” said Don Hassebrock, director of electrical services. “They require minimum supervision and do quality work with few customer complaints.”

Council learned that BREXIT has affected even Cartersville. City retirees are paid their monthly pension benefit on the first of every month but due to the recent referendum in Britain to leave the European Union, U.S. stock markets declined about 5 percent, and in order to fund the July 2016 amount, Benefit Trust, who holds the city’s pension assets, must sell some of the pension assets monthly to make these payments.

Porta notified council that there is $373,097 left in the 2003 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds bank accounts with only a small portion of the funds allocated for expenditure. He recommended the remaining funds be spent on roadway infrastructure, some of which would be eligible for the FY 2016-17 match.

If City Council approves, Porta said the staff would bring before council roadway infrastructure projects for approval until the fund is depleted.

In other business, council:

Cartersville City Council will meet again on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. for a work session followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall.