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February 3, 2014

Council OKs asbestos removal at Lee building

The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to award a $43,690 contract to Kadima, a Buford-based company, to remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from the Lee Printing building on Hamilton Street.

Council member Tate O’Gwin was absent, and Mayor David Pennington generally votes only in the event of a tie. The building, which has been empty for over a decade, was donated to the city last year by Lee Deal LLC and McNeese Properties.

“We plan to tear it down, and we need to get that stuff out of there first,” Pennington said. “We hope to attract a private developer who’d like a site right there in the middle of town.”

Public Works Director Benny Dunn said Kadima should be finished by Feb. 20.

Council members also voted 3-0 to:

• Approve a contract with Marietta-based WFN Consulting to manage the city’s community development block grant (CDBG) program. The company will be paid based on the amount and type of work it does, with fees for most of its services set at $125 an hour.

• Approve alcohol beverage licenses for the Dalton Courtyard Bar on College Drive and Las Fiestas on Cleveland Highway.

Council members and Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful recognized Steve and Beth Laird for their efforts to pick up trash and keep their neighborhood litter free.

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