Adairsville approves Logtown improvements, hears festival report
by Jason Lowrey
Sep 14, 2012 | 1654 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville’s Logtown will receive new electric utilities, and some of its existing electrical wiring will be brought up to code, before this year’s upcoming Great Locomotive Chase Festival.

The upgrades, approved by the Adairsville City Council during its Thursday night meeting, will allow food vendors to use Logtown during the festival and free up space in other areas for vendors, City Clerk Nicole Stephens said. The new electric outlets will run around Logtown’s perimeter.

Stephens also gave an update on the festival, laying out plans to block off Main Street between Summer and King streets. Detours will be posted before the festival starts Oct. 5.

Stephens said Main Street needed to be shut down for pedestrian safety. Since rides are planned to be next to the City of Adairsville Utility Payment Center this year, visitors will be walking down Main Street to reach the festival’s different areas.

Other planned attractions include 70 arts and crafts vendors and an entertainment stage at Logtown on Friday and Saturday and a parade, which is taking applications at city hall until Oct. 4. A $20 fee is required to participate.

The council also approved a fireworks display for the festival that is expected to cost $2,500 to $3,000.

A proposed street patching program was approved as well. Community Development Director Ben Skipper told the council he wanted to start repairing potholes throughout the city by using city employees. The project will require Adairsville to rent a roller to pack hot asphalt into the roads. Skipper said the roller would cost $1,055 for four weeks of use.

The hot asphalt — which Skipper said is more durable than the cold, bag asphalt previously used for city repairs — will cost $63 a ton.

Ronald Everett, an Adairsville citizen, spoke to the council about safety concerns at the city’s water department. Everett was present at the Aug. 16 meeting where a water department slideshow detailed a number of needed and completed repairs, such as the rewiring of a water pump.

“Does the city not have a qualified electrician?” Everett asked.

“We do now,” City Manager Pat Crook said. “We didn’t have one before, but we have one now.”

Mayor Evan King added the city, in previous years, contracted out electrical work, which could have contributed to the problems. Crook also said some city employees had tried to complete electrical repairs by themselves even when they did not have the appropriate certification.

Other council business included:

• Approving an agreement with Infratec Consulting for water and wastewater engineering services.

• Approving the purchase of a new copier for Adairsville police in the sum of $5,500.

• Amending and adopting the Bartow County Animal Control Ordinance.

• Approving a resolution to accept a trail grant.

• Approving Brad Gilmore’s nomination to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at city hall.