January 21, 2014

Dalton could conduct historic survey

Charles Oliver

— The city of Dalton wants to conduct the first formal inventory of its historic districts, and on Monday City Council members voted 4-0 to submit a letter to the state Historic Preservation Division supporting a grant request by the Dalton Historic Preservation Commission.

“The downtown district, the McCarty subdivision and the Murray Hills subdivision historic districts were surveyed and set up over 25 years ago,” said City Administrator Ty Ross. “This would let us update the inventory of the districts and bring everything up to date.”

Officials also want to conduct an aerial reconnaissance of the city to help identify other areas that could potentially be designated as historic districts. The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is currently trying to develop an estimate for how much the project will cost.

Council members also voted 4-0 to:

• Renew the city’s contract with GeoComm, a Minnesota-based company, to maintain the city’s geographic information system (GIS) database through 2014 for $3,090.

• Approve an agreement with Eastern Aviation Fuels of New Bern, N.C., for the next year at that company’s posted dealer price at the time of each purchase.

• Re-appoint Bill Davies and Frank Robertson to the board of the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority (JDA) and Rob Cowan to the board of the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.

JDA Vice President for Economic Development Andrew Carnes briefed council members on development activities in 2013.