Following the retirement of longtime Chief Charles Stafford, Robert Jones was named Stafford’s successor in Adairsville. But he was away at the required chief’s school so Maj. Danny Moore, the assistant chief, briefed the crowd about some changes and introduced key department leaders to the group.
Moore said perhaps the most noticeable change is the navy blue uniforms the Adairsville police are wearing. He also said officers are being assigned to specific zones within the city to help become more directly acquainted with residents and business owners.
Former Cartersville Mayor Mike Fields also addressed the North Bartow business group about the impending special purpose, local option sales tax vote planned for Nov. 8.
Bartow citizens are being asked to extend the existing penny tax, which won’t expire until the end of 2013, for another six years.
Fields said the tax is expected to raise $220 million and, among other purposes, would provide $15 million to fund an upgrade to the county’s emergency communications system similar to the project that is currently under way in Floyd County. The tax would also provide $12.5 million for expansion of the county landfill. Some $34.7 million would be earmarked for countywide water and sewer improvements.
Each of the municipalities in Bartow County also has a wish list of projects to be funded by the SPLOST extension.
Clear Creek Elementary School Principal Kelly Wade encouraged members of the Adairsville business community to support his school, which is located at 50 Pleasant Valley Road. Wade said the school is renewing its effort to reach out to the community
“We have no corporate sponsors at the school right now,” Wade said. “We’re out here between Cartersville and Adairsville, and there are no businesses particularly close to the school.”