Adairsville mayoral election set for May 20
by Neil McGahee
Mar 14, 2014 | 1007 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville City Council, still reeling from its mayor’s sudden resignation, returned to work Thursday evening to plan a special election to fill the remainder of his term.

Mayor Pro-Tem Buddy Bagley moved quickly through the agenda asking for motions to:

• call a special election on Tuesday, May 20, to fill the mayoral vacancy.

• direct staff to take all necessary administrative and budgetary actions required to conduct the special election.

• approve a resolution setting the qualifying fees for the special election at $156.

• appoint city clerk Nicole Scoggins election superintendent.

After unanimously approving the special election agenda, the council moved on to other business.

Council unanimously approved a supplemental contract for natural gas service.

“There are about 87 cities in the state that have their own gas systems,” Councilmember Alan Towe explained. “Eighty-three of them are members of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia. It acts like a broker and buys gas at negotiated prices, and we are simply extending that contract.”

A motion was made to conduct a competitive bid process for the construction of city hall.

“The contract was originally bid as a design-build contract,” City Manager Pam Madison said, “which would have included demolition as well as construction at the maximum price. The staff feels that, at this point, with the change in construction plans to include things like keeping the marble facade, the city may be in a better position to seek a sealed bid contract.”

In other business, the council:

• authorized the city manager to adjust and eliminate job descriptions, at her discretion, and revise the organizational chart to reflect a reorganization of the Public Works Department.

• approved a signature policy for the city that requires one elected official’s signature and staff member’s signature on all general operations checks.

• directed staff to develop a request for proposal (RFP) for solid waste collection service.

• approved a variance request from Greg and Emily Plimpton to enclose an existing west porch at Rosabella Manor, 108 King St.

The Adairsville City Council will hold a special called meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at the Adairsville Rail Depot to review the 2012 audit.