Adairsville City Council receives ‘breath of fresh air’
by Neil McGahee
Aug 07, 2013 | 1525 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite meeting within the stuffy confines of a 150-year-old railroad depot, the Adairsville City Council was breathing fresh air during Tuesday’s work session.

Susan Gilmore, chairman of Adairsville’s revitalized Downtown Development Authority, sounded downright giddy as she told the council about plans to “breathe fresh air” into the city.

“We plan to work on some really big promotions that require rebranding,” Gilmore told the council. “Our new logo will read, ‘Adairsville, Ga. — A breath of fresh air on the square.’”

Gilmore said the plan called for a new logo for the city, new brochures promoting walking tours and downtown businesses and liberal use of social media, especially Facebook. Other plans call for promoting vacant rental spaces to would-be businesses, establishing a concierge service for area hotels and motels and event planning. She said two events — a Halloween party on Oct. 31 and “Christmas in Adairsville” in December — are already in the works.

Adairsville Police officer Matt Ballard reported that the department answered 1,766 calls in July, including 11 auto accidents, two burglaries and 21 drug arrests — 18 of them felony arrests. He also reported that Adairsville officers issued 129 traffic warnings and 143 citations.

City Manager Pat Crook reported that a contract had been approved to reopen the Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum and visitor’s center on Aug. 14.

Crook said members of the Adairsville Sans Souci Club will staff the museum on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and for special events in return for $1,000 a month to fund the club’s mission of providing college scholarships for local students.

Council member Buddy Bagley announced a motorcycle ride would be held on Aug. 24 to raise money to purchase uniforms for the Adairsville High School marching band.

“We will leave Adairsville High School at 10 a.m. and ride to Pine Log, White, Hamilton Crossing and Kingston and return to Adairsville,” Bagley said. “We will stop at every school in north Bartow County.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $20 per bike and $10 for a passenger. Prizes include $100 for a poker run and a drawing for a $500 gas grill. Entrants may pre-register by email at or at 770-313-8190.

The Adairsville City Council will meet next on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m.