Amidst a litany of agenda items at Wednesday morning’s public meeting Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor signed off on contracts for two major infrastructure projects.
That includes inking an agreement with Edison Engineering Group for survey, design and construction administration work on the County’s water and sewer project along Third Army Road.
The agreement with the Paulding County-based contractor is tabbed at $184,024.
Bartow County Water System Director Lamont Kiser said six requests for quotations were received for the County’s “Pumpkinvine basin” project.
“That’s just an expansion of our sewer system in the southern part of Bartow County,” Taylor said, “and that would really help economic development there as it moves forward.”
Taylor also approved a contract with Bartow Paving Co., Inc. for intersection improvements near the junction of Cass-White Road and Interstate 75.
“This is a project that we’ve been working on for some time to get a slip lane added,” said Bartow County Administrator Peter Olson. “If you go north on Peeples Valley and you want to turn right and then get right on the interstate onramp going south, that tends to back up in the morning, with some occasional person needing to turn left.”
The total contract is tabbed at $194,339.70.
“We did get a grant from the State Department of Transportation to pay a percent of those costs,” Olson said. “Our costs will be pretty small on that.”
Olson indicated Bartow Paving will begin work on the project “within a couple of months.”
Taylor similarly approved an agreement with Cherokee County concerning Bartow’s paramedic program. Bartow County Fire Chief Dwayne Jamison described the agreement as a “win-win” for both counties.
“We’ve been looking to add some paramedics to our program,” he said. “Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services is offering to have us two students in the program that they have, in return they’re asking that we send a couple of our instructors that are paramedic instructors to help teach in that program.”
Jamison noted that the station in Adairsville already has two paramedics trained in advanced cardiac life support.
“One of the areas that we’re working to improve in is emergency medical response,” he said. “Of course, we have our EMT advanced program going on across the street here at the EMA office, and that’s been very successful for us.”
Taylor also authorized two agreements with Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at Wednesday morning’s meeting. One agreement funds the local drug court to the tune of $443,332 while the other funds the local family treatment court in the amount of $194,231.
An agreement with the City of Cartersville to de-annex about 55.23 acres along Bates Road was also approved.
“I think they’re interested in a large lot, a high-end subdivision,” Olson said. “So the City’s approved it and we have to approve it to accept the de-annexation — it also puts a moratorium on any development or permits until we go through the zoning process and get it zoned.”
Taylor similarly gave his approval to a $61,468 contract with Cartersville-based ABC Fence Co. for services in Adairsville.
“We’re taking over the Frank Moore Recreation Complex, which is off Hall Station Road,” Olson said. “We’re doing some capital improvements and actually, Adairsville’s going to reimburse us on it for that.”
Olson said the County will operate programs at the facilities after they are refurbished and renovated.
“We work well with a lot of cities in the county, but Adairsville, especially,” Taylor said.
Two development regulation amendments were approved by Taylor at Wednesday morning’s public meeting.
“We’re going to allow some flexibility on 10-acre lots that are being split off large properties,” said Bartow County Community Development Department Director Brandon Johnson. “Right now, there’s a public water requirement, and we’re going to waive that, or give an exemption, if the County engineer feels it’s necessary.”
The same amendment, Johnson said, would also allow the County to provide exemptions for stormwater planning at such properties.
The other amendment approved by Taylor modifies the usage of fees collected from “legacy subdivision” building permits in the County’s special assessment districts — which, previously, were only allowed for roadway improvements.
“This would expand that to also allow for repairs that the County has to make to stormwater detention facilities and other infrastructure,” Johnson added.
Taylor also applied his signature to a series of zoning ordinance text amendments.
“This is minor changes to allow accessory structures such as storage buildings, garages [and] swimming pools to not just be in side and rear yards, but for large lot, A-1 agriculture-district properties, if they’re five acres or greater, they could be in the front as long as they’re at least 100 feet from the front property line,” said Bartow County Zoning Administrator Richard Osborne.