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Cartersville Council hears update on Urban plan
by Monica Burge
October 09, 2012 04:35 PM | 2466 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville City Planner Richard Osborne said the city continues to work with residents, nonprofits and others in the community to move forward based on an Urban Redevelopment Plan adopted by Mayor Matt Santini and City Council in 2010.

Osborne gave an update on the plan to Santini and the Council during a meeting held Oct. 6.

Based on the plan, the city hoped to improve neighborhoods and started specifically with the North Towne area.

Since moving forward with the plan, the city first received grants totaling $200,000 in 2011 for improvements to homes in the that area and this year additional funds totaling about $750,000 were received from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Supplement to build a total of five houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Osborne said two more homes are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Osborne said the plan has been instrumental in transforming the North Towne neighborhood, specifically reducing the number of dilapidated and deteriorating houses in the area.

“It’s been exciting to watch,” said Council member Louis Tonsmeire. “You can see the difference.”

Also during the meeting, council approved a contract to hire Prime Engineering for an amount not to exceed $280,708.18 for design engineering, permitting, surveys, construction management and inspection of a Tennessee Street water main replacement project.

According to Cartersville Water Department Director Jim Stafford, surveying for the project could begin in a month and once completed the Georgia Department of Transportation will move forward with a resurfacing project.

Also during the meeting Council approved the submission of an application to the Water First Community Program for designation.

Public Works Director Bobby Elliott said the designation is a voluntary partnership that would be beneficial to the water and sewer department.

“This proactive approach to water resources requires local government to make the connection between land use and water quality, and requires thinking beyond political boundaries to recognize the inextricable links created by shared water resources,” Elliott said.

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