Cartersville approves budget amendment for trails
by Mark Andrews
Jul 02, 2013 | 1362 views | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Council on Monday approved a budget amendment to take $35,000 from budget reserves in order to continue the efforts for the Leake Mounds Trail. However, while the council voted unanimously to approve the amendment to the city’s $145,208,235 budget, which saw its second reading during the council’s regular business session, Mayor Matt Santini said, and council members suggested, there would be further discussion at a later date on the details of the amendment, proposed by council member Dianne Tate.

“[The city has invested] $180,000 in both the Leake [Mounds] and Pettit [Creek Phase III]. A number of years ago we applied for a grant through the Georgia DOT for $1 million and we got $750,000,” Tate said. “We have been doing design work to get ready for the final money that we get from the Georgia DOT. The $35,000 requested is just to keep the Leake Mounds Trail alive, which is contiguous to Sam Smith [Park] and will be taking us to Highway 41.”

She said the city next year will have to come up with more money in the 2015 budget — about $395,483 — to again receive matching funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Leake Mounds Trail. The Pettit Creek Phase III Trail is in the beginning stages and the concept is at GDOT for review and approval of the concept, according to documentation provided by Tate.

“What we’re trying for in this city is to connect all of the trails so people can walk, bike, keep on going for long distances and eventually to connect to Silver Comet,” Tate said.

In other city news, the council approved for three corrections crews — two for public works and one for parks and recreation — from Floyd County to work for the city at a total cost of $184,641. Public Works Director Tommy Sanders said this cost was an increase over what the city had previously paid for work crews from Hayes State Prison.

“Hayes State, due to some internal issues, they had trouble supplying us with inmates every day, so we’re wanting to switch to Floyd County,” Sanders said. “This is a work camp and this is what they do, they provide corrections crews, and they ensured us they could provide us with eight folks on each crew, five days a week, every day of the year if we want them.”

Sanders said he spoke with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and was told the county didn’t have the type of inmates they could provide for work crews at this time.

The council also unanimously approved the following measures:

• Contracts for performing services to remain unchanged in dollar amount from the last year: Cartersville-Bartow County Library System — $454,500, Cultural Arts Alliance — $51,000, juvenile court — $15,000, Bartow Health Access — $2,000, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter — $2,000 and Summer Hill Learning Center — $1,200;

• Changing from UNUM Insurance to Prudential Insurance due to lower costs of 3 cents per $1,000 for accidental death and dismemberment, about 10 cents per $100 of long-term disability and about 24 cents per month per family for dependent family life;

• Repairs to five emergency warning systems in the amount of $8,751;

• A text amendment by the city to allow pawn shops and/or title pawn in the multiple use zoning district with special use approval and separately approving a pawn shop to relocate from 319 N. Tennessee St. to 624 N. Tennessee St. pending the stipulation that the business cannot have motor vehicle storage on the premises;

• A special use zoning for Church at The Well to relocate to 801 West Ave. No. 100.