Brown, Santini sign Constitution Week proclamation
by Jason Lowrey
Sep 13, 2012 | 1733 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County and Cartersville will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution the week of Sept. 17 to Sept. 23, as declared by Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown and Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini on Wednesday morning.

The proclamation, presented by the Etowah chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, designates the week as Constitution Week and mentioned Georgia’s role as the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.

“Whereas the Constitution provided for our government to be created by the people and for the people of this great nation to be guided by a set of values rather than by an individual and to share in the governing power... and whereas the state of Georgia became the fourth state in the union when we ratified the Constitution Jan. 2 of 1788, thus establishing our state as one of the founding defenders of our country and its statutes,” Santini said as he read from the proclamation.

During his scheduled meeting, Brown approved a contract with the Department of Transportation to receive 2013 funding for the County Transit Service. The funding, amounting to $222,799, covers only one-third of the department’s budget, County Administrator Steve Bradley said.

Bartow Transit, Brown added, was an important county service as it allows senior citizens or disabled persons to pick up medication and other items they may not be able to attain by themselves. However, he was concerned about the program’s future as funding is drying up.

“It really needs some help and I don’t know where it’s going to get it. The federal government keeps cutting, the state keeps cutting, there’s just not enough funding there,” Brown said. “You know, the county can’t fund it anymore, the federal government’s cutting funding. Somewhere along the line those people need help.”

Brown hoped a future commissioner would be able to find funding for the program, whether it comes from Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars or another source.

Also approved was an amendment to the Occupational License Tax Ordinance, which requires secondary metal recyclers to register with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

The amendment, which brings the county into compliance with the revised Fair Business Practices Act, is designed to reduce or prevent thefts of scrap metals such as copper by having the business report its inventory to the sheriff. It is similar to recent ordinances relating to pawn shops and thrift stores.

Brown also passed an amendment to the county’s development regulations that creates new regulations for lot splitting. Attorney Peter Olson said the regulations were necessary, as the planning and zoning department was seeing increases in the number of illegally split lots.

“We’ve seen, over time, too many problems where people are ignorant of the requirements in creating a legal lot split,” he said.

Other commissioner business included:

• Approving a bid from All Top Roofing Service to repair the roofs of 10 and 12 Elizabeth St. in the sum of $18,618.

• Declaring certain property surplus and putting it up for sale on GovDeals Internet Auction Service.

• Approving the destruction of old county storage trailers.

• Approving a bid from Sharp Top Trees for the installation of a tree buffer at Five Forks Road in the sum of $5,500.

• Renewing a contract with Traylor Business Services for personal property tax audit services.

• Adopting a County Fund Balance policy.

• Approving a malt beverage license application for Cass Grocery from Ashfaque Khan.

The county commissioner’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Frank Moore Judicial and Administration Center.