Cartersville council revises municipal court fine schedule
by Neil B. McGahee
Mar 08, 2013 | 1483 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last July, the Cartersville City Council approved a revised municipal court fine schedule. However, after following the schedule for several months, Municipal Court Judge Harry White asked that the schedule be reconsidered because he felt that many of the fines didn’t agree with the severity of the crime. In its Thursday night meeting, the council voted unanimously to adopt a revised schedule lowering minimum fines in all but nine of 201 violations. City Planner Richard Osborne told the council that the North Towne Rehabilitation Program is targeting federal funding for affordable housing needs in the North Towne neighborhood, including rehabilitation of existing owner-occupied housing. Prior to receiving the funds, federal guidelines call for the council to submit a manual detailing the policies and procedures. Osborne said the 50-page document is currently being reviewed by the city attorney’s office and will be forwarded to the council for approval.

Bartow Paving Co. submitted a low bid of $352,383.24 for leveling, resurfacing and striping Church Street, South Erwin Street, Miles Drive, Mercer and Bartlett lanes, Twin Leaf Court, Tabernacle Street, Davis Street and Burnt Hickory Road. Work will begin this spring.

The presidents of Cartersville Primary and Elementary School PTC’s continued to press the city to hire a school resource officer to be shared by both schools. Mayor Matt Santini assured Elizabeth Bowen and Nikki Murphy that the council was aware of their concerns and were working to provide a solution.

The council also:

• approved a $50,031 contract renewal with Cogsdale, a Chicago-based company that provides and maintains customer service and utility billing software. Finance director Tom Rhinehart noted the 2013 cost was $4,100 less than the 2012 billing.

• approved a proclamation recognizing Gene Lewis for his 30-year tenure as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. Lewis served on the board from 1982 to 2012.