Adairsville council honors fallen police officer
by Neil B. McGahee
Aug 09, 2013 | 1839 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Before tackling the Aug. 8 meeting agenda, the Adairsville City Council paid its respects to a fallen police officer.

“Wednesday morning, we became aware that K9 Harley, who had been with the department since November, passed away from a serious bacterial infection,” Chief Robert Jones, flanked by a cadre of police officers and firefighters, said. “For those of you who don’t know about the relationship of an officer and his dog — the dog is an officer but he is an officer of officers. There aren’t many people that will come to your rescue but he would. That is his job — to make the sacrifice for us.”

Lt. Matt Fowler, his badge number covered by a black ribbon, said K9 Harley, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, began showing symptoms of illness the night before and was transported to a veterinary hospital where he died.

“We don’t know how he contracted the infection,” Fowler said. “There are any number of ways.”

Fowler said Harley was buried earlier in the day and that a memorial plaque in the Adairsville Police station would honor his service.

After the brief ceremony, the council approved a zoning request for 248 St. Elmo Circle, changing the property from its current R-2 (residential) to C-1 (commercial), provided the owner reports to the council any change from its current use as a barbershop and agrees to no on-street parking or outside storage or sale of goods on the street.

The council also:

• amended an ordinance restricting parking on the public square by tenants of downtown apartments.

• approved a 3.64 mill rate for property taxes — no change from the previous year; and.

• approved a roof repair on the Adairsville Depot by Hubbard Construction Co.