High school students from Cartersville High School and Excel Christian Academy, who ran for office in mock elections, got a first-hand look at local government by participating in a mock school board meeting and filling various government positions such as mayor, city manager, council members, and fire and police chiefs.
“We will start by doing things a little bit special,” Mayor Matt Santini said. “We will start with the invocation by Seth Goodman from Excel Christian Academy, then we will hear the national anthem performed by Morgan and Maya Jones from Cartersville High School.”
Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino told the council that the terms of four members of the Historic Preservation Commission had expired. He recommended Greg Frisbee for reappointment, and nominated Vandi White, Ron Goss Jr. and Lynne Pritchett for the posts. Council approved the appointments unanimously.
Mannino also received council approval to add changes to the existing zoning map and to rezone the property at 7 S. Bartow St. from single-family residential (R-7) to professional services (P-S).
Mannino also asked council to authorize the mayor to sign a Georgia DCA PlanFirst program application.
“The Department of Community Affairs did approach us to take part in the program,” he said. “This was based on past planning efforts by the city of Cartersville. If chosen as a PlanFirst community, it does allow us to get extra points in the grant application process.”
Councilmember Dianne Tate asked if this was an honor, and Mannino said yes.
Several contracts came up for vote, including an easement agreement with Academy Sports + Outdoors for a water line extension and a change order with McNeilus Truck Body.
“The council had previously approved moving the body of an old garbage truck — the part that holds the garbage — onto a new truck,” said Public Works director Tommy Sanders, “but when McNeilus, the manufacturer of the body, started moving it, they found a lot of areas of improvement that needed to be addressed. This change order is for $16,646.66 more to repair or replace the electronics and hydraulics.”
The total cost, including the purchase of the truck, $112,500, an additional $8,550 to change the body and $16,646 came to slightly more than $137,000, which is only half the cost of a completely new truck, Sanders said.
In other business, the council:
• approved $21,100 for the purchase of 400 garbage carts from Consolidated Disposal.
• approved $21,339 in 2003 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds to purchase Geographic Information System software. City manager Sam Grove described GIS as a “computer generated- mapping system, which we overlay all of our utilities, and it helps us know where everything is and it helps us in zoning and land-use planning.”
• approved a $5,557 additional premium for property and casualty insurance.
• approved $9,544 to replace a PoolPack compressor at the Senior Aquatic Center.
Cartersville City Council’s next meeting will be on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m.