Grateful merchant donates vehicle to Adairsville
by Neil B. McGahee
Sep 13, 2013 | 2167 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Adairsville, and the police department in particular, received an automobile from a grateful local businessman for the assistance given to him during the Jan. 30 tornado that totally destroyed some parts of the city.

Rico Wills, owner of Discount Truck Tire & Towing, which was completely destroyed by the twister, praised the reaction of city officials and the police department.

“When the storm hit, we were already out trying to help out anyone who needed help,” Wills said,“but when we came back from that first rush, we found that our business had taken a big hit too. The city immediately helped us in every way possible. When I saw all they had done, I felt it was fitting to give back so I bought them a vehicle to be used however Chief Robert Jones chooses.”

With the retirement of Finance Director Roger Freeman and anticipated increase in time demands due to the Shaw Project, City Manager Pat Crook was told to hire an administrative assistant as “an acknowledgment of the accomplishments of tasks assigned her by the mayor and City Council.”

In other business, the council:

• approved a rezoning request to change zoning to general industrial (Ind-G) on a 117.6-acre tract to accommodate the new Shaw Industries plant.

• accepted a GDOT offer to purchase new right of way on Highway 140 and sell it to GDOT.

• agreed to a GDOT offer to purchase a right of way strip for Highway 140 widening.

• accepted a GDOT offer to purchase a right of way strip along the northern boundary of Rex Moncus Park.

• approved a $25,000 task order to McKim & Creed to begin first phase of water and wastewater GIS mapping.

• accepted Lanier Construction bid for $197,524 to provide a phosphorous removal system.

Adairsville City Council meets next on Oct. 8 at the interim Adairsville City Hall (old railroad depot).