“The MOU basically authorizes our standard tax abatement for this investment in the local community and the only other additional thing that is in there is we will initiate the process for an opportunity zone application for them, for the new site if it is available,” said Assistant City Attorney Keith Lovell. “Staff has already met with the state on that. ... Unfortunately the state has put a hold on the program at this time, so we won’t know exactly what we’ll need to do with that in the future.”
Lovell added the expansion would mostly take place at Aquafil’s current building on Aquafil Drive. However, he said, the company was also considering leasing or buying another building on Friction Drive.
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor previously approved the MOU during his Wednesday meeting. The MOU will next go to the Bartow County Board of Education.
The city council also approved the purchase of a John Deere backhoe from Flint Equipment Co. in the amount of $68,716.41. The vote was split, however, with council members Kari Hodge, Louis Tonsmeire, Diane Tate and Lori Pruitt voting in favor of the purchase. Council member Lindsey McDaniel abstained from the vote, while council member Jayce Stepp voted against the purchase.
Other council business included:
• Reappointing Earline Burke and appointing Bill Chandler and Jim Ballew to the Downtown Development Authority Board.
• Approving a time change to 9 a.m. for the council’s Thursday, April 3, meeting due to Civic Youth Day.
• Approving a utility relocation agreement for the Etowah River Walk in the amount of $15,061 dependent on the city giving notice to proceed to Georgia Power.
• Approving a $7,000 invoice from the Bartow-Cartersville Second Joint Development Authority.
• Approving an up to $10,000 claim on a sewage backup at 206 N. Gilmer St.
• Approving a state certification item for the Cartersville police.
• Approving the repair of a water pump at the water plant in the amount of $6,187.80.
• Hearing a summary of the council’s February visioning session.
The Cartersville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at city hall, with a 6 p.m. work session preceeding the meeting.