Adairsville council OKs McDonald's expansion
by Neil B. McGahee
Apr 12, 2013 | 1750 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite previous objections from a neighboring church, the Adairsville City Council voted unanimously Thursday to allow a McDonald’s restaurant to reduce the buffer between the two properties from 20 feet to five feet in order to allow McDonald’s to add a second drive-thru lane. The restaurant also was allowed to increase the number of signs from three to four and increase the restaurant’s square footage from 90 to 140 square feet.

In its April 10 meeting, Rev. Jimmy O’Tinger, pastor of Poplar Springs United Methodist Church, and Randy Shadix, a church deacon, voiced concern about the proposal to remodel and enlarge the adjacent restaurant. The current facility, they said, was allowing restaurant grease, food and litter to overflow into the church property from a drainage ditch running between the properties and they feared even more runoff if the restaurant was enlarged.

Mayor Evan King asked if there had been any ongoing discussions between McDonald’s and the church and if any middle ground had been reached.

“The request was denied by McDonald’s,” Community Development Director Ben Skipper said. “The church had requested that McDonald’s remove its too-small pipe and install a bigger one. The church understood they would have to sign a waiver agreeing to hold McDonald’s harmless for any damage done to the property and the church would be responsible for maintaining the pipe. But McDonald’s corporate denied the request.”

In other business, council:

• adopted an ordinance relating to the enforcement of fire codes and amended a fee schedule

• approved an amended intergovernmental agreement for the 2007 SPLOST program

• re-appointed City Manager Pat Crook to serve as voting delegate at the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and Mayor Evan King to serve as an alternate voting delegate

• extended condolences to Post No. 4 council member Buddy Barley on the death of his wife

The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.