Cartersville holds first readings on fee, fine amendments
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 20, 2012 | 1471 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville on Thursday heard two first readings on amendments to ordinances that will change the city's fines and fees schedule.

Finance Director Tom Rhinehart said the city discussed the changes during the annual visioning session in January and held a meeting recently with Municipal Court Judge Harry White. According to White, Cartersville's fines and fees were lower than surrounding communities.

The fee schedule had not been updated in about nine years, City Manager Sam Grove said, adding that a portion of the fines and fees are sent to the state.

An administration fee of $20 and a technology fee of $28 are included in the proposed amendments. The list of fees and fines and the changes are listed on the city's website,

The council also voted Thursday to approve the acquisition of two tracts of property along Wansley Drive for easements needed for stormwater improvements. The two tracts totaled just over 4,000 square feet and combined cost $7,128.49.

In other business, the council:

* Approved a subordination agreement regarding a mortgage refinance for a homeowner in the city's first-time homebuyer program.

* Approved renewing the city's membership in the ICMA Center for Performance Management at a cost of $5,500.

* Voted to extend the agreement with Bartow County School System for Cartersville Parks and Recreation to use Adairsville High School's Aquatic Center. The agreement allows the Cobias swim team to practice year-round and costs $500 per month for nine months.

* Gave approval to an agreement for a Southern Natural Gas discount, expected to take effect Sept. 1.

* Awarded a bid to McCord Communications in the amount of $13,300 for warning sirens that will be compliant with Federal Communications Commission narrow band requirements effective Jan. 1, 2013.

* Heard a monthly financial statement from Rhinehart for May.

The council will hold its next meeting Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of city hall.