“This is a long time coming, in my opinion,” said Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap. “A lot of people don’t understand what a communications officer goes through … they have to make those split-second decisions on where they need to dispatch somebody immediately, if they need more information.”
Taylor said he sees the work of Bartow County’s E-911 personnel on a daily basis.
“You diffuse a lot of situations, you react professionally and we do appreciate you,” Taylor said.
Also approved by Taylor was an update to the County’s GIS mapping agreement with New York-based Pictometry International Corp.
“The imagery is used for assessing, planning and protecting Bartow County,” said Bartow County Director of Information Services T.J. Laffew. “It’s used by County departments, public safety agencies, engineering firms, surveying firms, consultants and County residents.”
Under the agreement, flights to capture Bartow’s topographical imagery are planned for 2021 and 2024.
“The agreement also includes a rapid access disaster response program,” Laffew said. “That means if certain disaster criteria are met, such as an EF4 tornado, Pictometry would activate an emergency flight and ensure the post-disaster imagery is available and accessible to Bartow County and the County’s emergency operations center.”
The contract amount comes out to $349,006, which Laffew said would be paid over a six-year period.
Taylor similarly approved a contract with Multiplex Construction Co. to construct a new equipment storage facility for the County road department.
“One of the deficiencies that we’ve had for a number of years that this new SPLOST is letting us catch up on is to build a storage shed for our expensive equipment, for the articulated dump trucks, the bulldozers,” said Bartow County Administrator Peter Olson. “This is going to construct about a 210-foot-long metal building that we’ll be able to put all that equipment under.”
Olson estimated the project will cost about $250,000.
Taylor also approved a contract to install new playground equipment at Hamilton Crossing Park, near the corner of Highway 293 and Beavers Drive.
“We actually have a spot there that’s perfect for it,” said Bartow County Parks and Recreation Director Greg Hight. “We’re not going to do it now, but maybe later come back and put picnic shelters in, where we can rent that out for birthday parties and whatnot.”
Hight said the new playground could be constructed, and ready for public use, in six weeks.
“Hamilton Crossing Park is a great park for our families in Bartow County, and it’s about to get a lot better,” Taylor said. “We’ve got an amphitheater coming around the new lake, we’ve got soccer fields coming, new tennis courts, a splash pad.”
Taylor noted that such developments are being financed under a “pay-as-you-go” model.
“You’re accruing money in your SPLOST account, so this is not on borrowed funds,” he said.
Taylor also approved an application to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for various water line and roadway infrastructure improvements near Carson Loop, which would open up the corridor for more commercial developments.
Also approved was a contract for water system improvements near the junction of Interstate 75 and Highway 20.
“We’ve identified a restriction in our water system and it just so happens to fall along Highway 20 there, right under the I-75 bridges,” said Bartow County Water Department Director Lamont Kiser. “An exaggerated example, basically, we have a swimming pool on both sides of that interstate and it’s connected with a garden hose.”
Kiser said the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) recently approved a permit to allow the County to go under the interstate instead of boring down and across the ramps.
“That saves us several hundred-thousand dollars in construction costs,” Kiser said. “It’s a 16-inch waterline extension that will extend out beyond Spur 20, just a couple of thousand feet beyond the interstate.”
The County ultimately selected K.M. Davis Contracting Co. for the project bid, which is tabbed at $841,525.
Taylor similarly approved two agreements with GDOT for engineering oversight on repaving projects along Chitwood Cove Road and McKaskey Creek Road. Cartersville-Bartow Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Planner Tom Sills said those contracts come out to $5,000 each.
Taylor similarly approved an agenda item that creates a new special district near the Mountainbrook subdivision.
Bartow County Community Development Department Director Brandon Johnson said the site has been dormant since about 2008.
“The roads were never deeded to us and the roads have gotten under needed repair,” Johnson said. “The County has the option to repair the roads and place the cost on the building permits … we are requesting a $1,000 fee be added on to the building permit.”
Taylor concluded the public meeting by approving a slate of rezoning applications. That included a request from developer CORE5 Industrial Partners to rezone a 31.6-acre parcel along Cass-White Road from C-1 commercial to a business park district classification.
The location is currently a KOA campground site. Conceptual plans indicate a roughly 375,000-square-foot industrial building would be constructed on the property.
The Bartow County Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning and land use amendment — shifting the parcel from C-1 general commercial to industrial — with a condition that an 8-foot-tall privacy fence be constructed at the top of the buffer area adjacent to existing houses near the south end of the property.
The proposed development would be situated in between the Loloi, Inc. distribution center and Chick-fil-A Supply, LLC facility.
“It’s already in an industrial area, so I’m not surprised that there’s not really any opposition,” Taylor said. “That is an area that’s getting developed pretty rapidly, really, as far as industrial development goes.”
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor approved a resolution Wednesday morning reclassifying the County’s E-911 personnel from clerical administrative staff to first responders.