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February 18, 2014

Council hopes to bring history programs downtown

The old freight depot in downtown Dalton could soon be a showcase for artifacts held by Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia.

The Dalton City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to lease the meeting area and event space — about 2,700 square feet —  at the freight center to the Bandy Center for $1 a year. That agreement must still be ratified by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The council also voted to modify the lease held by the Dalton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for the freight depot. The CVB currently leases the entire depot. But the modified agreement will remove the meeting area and event space from that lease.

City Administrator Ty Ross said the Bandy Center should begin having programming and exhibits in the freight depot later this year. The Bandy Center’s mission is to preserve and educate the public about the history and culture of Northwest Georgia. Its collection includes artifacts from the period of Indian dominance of the area though the Civil War to the rise of the textile and floorcovering industries and beyond.

The council also received a presentation from the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Management Authority for the city’s curbside recycling program.

Liz Swafford, recycling and education program coordinator for the authority, said the recycling program collected 1,279 tons of materials in 2013, up from 1,252 tons in 2012 and 1,088 tons in 2010. That saved the city $34,934 in landfill disposal fees and saved roughly 218 cubic yards of landfill space.

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