Adairsville celebrates festival success
by Neil McGahee
Oct 09, 2013 | 1255 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville City Council spent a great deal of its work session Tuesday basking in the glow of another successful Great Locomotive Chase Festival, held last weekend in the downtown historic district.

“I’ve heard nothing but positive reaction from festival goers,” Mayor Evan King said. “It was a great success.”

King noted that City Clerk Nicole Scoggins deserved a great deal of credit for her management of the event.

Before hearing departmental reports, City Manager Pat Crook noted that all departments finished the month at 58 percent to 72 percent under budget.

Police Chief Robert Jones reported that his department responded to 1,347 calls in September, including two burglaries, investigated 18 auto accidents, issued 97 citations and 158 warnings, and logged 19,658 patrol miles. He also reported that the department has a clerical and a patrol position open.

“During the festival, we made a pretty good transition going from one-way to two-way streets,” Jones said. “By ‘widening’ the streets, festival goers had a lot more room than they did in recent years.”

Community Development Director Jamey Cochran said his department completely replaced the water mains on several downtown streets. He also announced plans for repaving projects in the downtown area.

Downtown Development Authority director Susan Gilmore said the department has developed a website designed to attract business.

“We are making a concerted effort to revitalize and redevelop our downtown footprint,” she said. “We’re trying, through marketing, to get a healthy business district down here. We see a definite need to make known what properties are available and what are the prices, either to buy or to rent. This website will allow us to do that. We can also add a business directory and a calendar of events.”

Gilmore also recommended the council review its alcohol policy in the downtown area and consider requiring that any restaurants locating in downtown derive 70 percent of its income from food sales rather than alcohol sales. She also asked that council consider allowing special events, perhaps events such as wine tastings.

Council also discussed a resolution to increase Freeport exemptions from 80 percent to 100 percent. Freeport tax exemptions are placed on goods that are manufactured or produced within the state; finished goods manufactured or produced within the state and held for a period not to exceed 12 months; or finished goods stored in a warehouse, dock or wharf as of Jan. 1 and are marked for shipment outside the state for a period not to exceed 12 months.

The exemption is particularly important for economic development in cities like Adairsville because companies looking for a new location narrow the field of potential sites by eliminating sites that can’t offer a 100 percent Freeport exemption.

In other business, the council:

• discussed a request for a malt beverage and wine retail license at Hareram Inc. at 7746 Highway 140.

• discussed historic preservation and its effect on the current city hall renovation.

• discussed the purchase of a 2014 Ford F-series utility truck.

• discussed wording for a job description for an administrative assistant.

• Mayor pro-tem Buddy Bagley announced that free hot dogs would be served at the American Legion on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a tribute to the nation’s military.

Adairsville City Council will meet in regular session Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Depot.