Adairsville council pondering city hall revamp
by Neil McGahee
Jun 13, 2014 | 810 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Compared to the spirited work session on Tuesday, Thursday night’s Adairsville City Council meeting seemed downright lethargic.

Yes, people still had strong feelings about how the marble facade of the old Bank of Adairsville building should be used.

Chartered in 1899, the Bank of Adairsville occupied a single building downtown until 1987 when three buildings were combined behind one facade to become city hall. About a year ago, a renovation project exposed the marble front of the old bank building, which had been hidden for nearly 90 years.

Once the marble facade was uncovered, the city council had to decide whether the marble could be saved, said City Manager Pam Madison.

At first, the city only had two options: Plan A — tear down the old facade, build a new brick facade and build a replica inside city hall using the salvageable marble, or Plan B — restore the existing marble facade. However, Madison told the council that she had a Plan C, which calls for the Downtown Development Authority to locate and recover marble from various places around town, combine it with the marble on hand and use that for the facade.

After discussion, the council decided to further study the options and costs before taking a vote.

At Tuesday’s work session, Bartow County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk told the council that one central polling place should be used when city and county elections occur on the same day. He reiterated his message Thursday.

“In the last election, if you wished to vote in both elections,” Kirk said, “you had to cast your city ballots at the old depot and your county ballots at Manning Mill Park.”

He advised the council that a simple ordinance would fix the problem and encouraged them to do so.

Council directed staff to publish a public notice informing the public of council’s intent to move the voting location for the city of Adairsville from the old depot to Manning Mill Park.

Council staff were also directed to request the city attorney draft an amendment to the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance to allow beer and wine to be served in certain places through issuance of a special event permit.

Finally, council approved continuing use of Hach Technologies as the water monitoring system for the Adairsville Water Treatment Plant and authorized $19,838.16 for the purchase of a monitoring system for the plant.

In other business, council;

• directed staff to move the management of the auxiliary fund from the police department to the finance department consistent with all other city accounts.

• authorized city manager to enter into an agreement with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to attend a retreat in August.

• authorized purchase of $14,500 from Optical Engineering for GIS mapping equipment, software and training.

• authorized $23,500 to Architect Roofing to reroof the Adairsville Public Library and the south sewage water treatment plant.

• adopted resolution establishing the City of Adairsville Beautification Committee.

• approved the transition of code enforcement to the Public Works and Community Development Office from the police department.

Adairsville City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, July 8, at the Adairsville Railroad Depot.