Cartersville council approves landmark expansion
by Neil McGahee
May 16, 2014 | 2053 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Mayor Matt Santini’s absence, Mayor Pro-Tem Diane Tate gaveled the Cartersville City Council to order.

The first order of business was the first reading of four rezoning applications, one of which included a Cartersville landmark.

The 100-year-old Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church requested a special use zoning for a religious facility located in a residential area.

“As you know, the church has been here more than 100 years,” said Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino. “This is just a formality to bring it into compliance and add a slight expansion.”

Randy Young, the architect of record from Young, Goldstein Architects, assured the council that there were no plans to touch anything on the sanctuary, however, plans call for an outbuilding to be torn down and rebuilt in the same “Carpenter Gothic” style as the main building.

“The church is being very courageous with this project,” Young said. “They have a building that has some significant maintenance issues, but rather than just expanding, they plan to demolish it and build it back in the same style of architecture.”

Other zoning requests included two annexation requests by the city of “donut hole” properties — an area that is completely surrounded by land owned by others — and a request to change to multiuse on Opal Street.

The council requested permission from the mayor to sign an agreement for a permanent traffic signal to be installed at Cherokee Place and state Highway 113.

Publix had applied for a permit to install a signal but agreed to cover the cost of running the light, but GDOT requires the local government sign the permit application to make sure the government is in agreement as to the necessity of the light.

Finance director Tom Reinhardt presented the March financial report noting that every fund experienced increased personnel and operating expenses due to increases in health and workers comp insurance costs.

In other business, the council;

• Approved NW Georgia Paving’s $694,471.40 bid for resurfacing city streets. The amount will be funded by grants and SPLOST monies.

• Approved a bid for $55,000 from T.J. Lyle & Co. to replace a failing culvert on Jones Mill Road.

• Approved a $28,000 bid from T.J. Lyle & Co. to replace water and sewer lines that are in conflict with the culvert repair.

• Noted that the city pools at Dellinger Park and Aubrey Street will open May 24 at noon.

The Cartersville City Council will meet next on June 5 at 7 p.m. at city hall.