Taylorsville swears in new mayor
by Jason Lowrey
Nov 20, 2012 | 1509 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During a called meeting Monday night, Mitchell Bagley was sworn in as Taylorsville’s new mayor in front of a group of his friends and family. Bagley was one of five candidates running for the position and he won the race with more than 40 percent of the vote, as Taylorsville’s city charter allows an election to be decided by plurality rather than majority.

City Attorney Boyd Pettit swore Bagley in before putting two issues before the new mayor and council member Vicki Lanier — approving a short-term work plan to be submitted to Bartow County and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and approving a Hazard Mitigation Plan with Bartow County.

The short-term work plan, Pettit said, included projects such as preserving greenspace, increasing pedestrian access and creating additional recreation facilities within Taylorsville. The plan was approved with a unanimous vote.

Also approved was the Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is a review of a municipality’s resources that can be used during a manmade or natural disaster. These resources can include fire and rescue units, police units or such things as available housing for displaced residents, Pettit said.

Bagley, who is also a captain with the Cartersville Fire Department, said he had experience in working on the plan at CFD and he explained how the plan was necessary for a city to apply for particular grants.

“Any resources that you don’t already have present and you plan in the future to acquire a resource through a grant process, it has to be in this [plan] up front to be able to [apply] for a grant, for instance, a snow plow or for a generator or whatever. It has to be in the grant up front,” he said.

Bagley said after the meeting he wanted to improve public participation in Taylorsville’s government, adding the council would go back to having a set meeting schedule. Lanier said the city council has been unable to meet since August as the second council member, Rose Scott, has been on vacation.

Other city council business included approving a $2,500 expenditure to Ronnie Cox for fruit baskets and gifts that will be distributed to the elderly and needy children in Taylorsville and approving a $177.80 on curtains for the city’s clubhouse.

The Taylorsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the old Bartow County fire station.