Adairsville seeks interim city manager
by Neil McGahee
Nov 13, 2013 | 1143 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When the Adairsville City Council announced its intention to hire an interim city manager to replace current City Manager Pat Crook, who resigned in October, everyone could hear the announcement. Voices once rendered nearly inaudible as they echoed through the rafters of the Adairsville Depot, site of the council’s Tuesday work session, rang with clarity courtesy of a newly installed PA system.

After reviewing the minutes of the Oct. 10 regular meeting and the Oct. 21 special called meeting, the council heard reports from the city’s department heads.

Police Chief Robert Jones reported that his department answered more than 1,400 calls in October, reflecting a drop in the overall crime rate in the city. He also reported that three patrol vehicles were damaged — one totaled and the other two repairable — while pursuing a fleeing Ford Mustang on Highway 41 through Emerson, Cartersville and Adairsville. One of the police officers complained of minor injuries but was checked at the scene. One of the patrol vehicles was disabled and had to be towed.

Crook told the council that all departments were under budget, creating a favorable rainy day fund.

“Total revenues in the general fund,” she said, “exceeded $2.3 million while total expenditures were $2.26 million, creating a balance of $63,924 under budget. Because property taxes usually come in at the end of the year, it is imperative to put away a large reserve — typically three months — just in case.”

Crook, who is leaving for a similar post in Villa Rica, said that “just in case” happened in Adairsville in January when parts of the city were devastated by a tornado.

“We had put a lot of revenue aside at the end of 2012, and that along with our insurance was sufficient to rebuild the Collins Mountain water tank,” she said. “Otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to cover the damage.”

Council discussed topics to be addressed in Thursday’s regular meeting, including the second reading of a historic preservation ordinance, a resolution for an incentives agreement with Shaw Industries, new and revised job descriptions for Adairsville’s water system manager, meters and wastewater collections superintendent, the utility office manager and gas system manager.

Other items to be addressed at the council meeting includes authorizations to the water department to dispose of a 1999 Ford F350 truck and the police department to dispose of a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 2006 Saturn ION, both drug seizures.

The Adairsville City Council will hold its regular meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Adairsville Depot.