May 9, 2013

City Council gives up small portion of Gordon Street

Charles Oliver

— The Dalton City Council voted 2-0 Wednesday night to abandon a 0.06-acre portion of right of way on Gordon Street to First Presbyterian Church of Dalton.

Council member George Sadosuk was absent. Council member Dick Lowrey abstained because he is a member of the church, and Mayor David Pennington votes only in the event of a tie.

The church recently acquired the old library building and plans to build a sanctuary on the site and needs the additional space to do that. Public Works Director Benny Dunn said the move should not impact traffic or pedestrian traffic on Gordon Street. The church has agreed to pay to relocate the sidewalk and curb and gutter at the site.

Council members voted 3-0 to:

• Approve an amendment to the 2013 budget that will, among other things, account for a $5,000 donation to the Parks and Recreation Department from Academy Sports and Outdoors as well as $115,715 for sidewalk and drainage rehabilitation on Crawford Street. City Administrator Ty Ross said the improvements will basically extend Streetscape improvements to Crawford Street.

• Approve the rezoning of 6.42 acres at the southeast corner of East Walnut Avenue and Abutment Road to planned commercial from heavy industrial. According to minutes from the April 25 Dalton-Whitfield County Planning Commission meeting, the owner of the property has no immediate plans but a restaurant was looking at the front portion of the property.

Council members heard a presentation from Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority Executive Director Elyse Cochran-Davis on community improvement districts, a new tool provided by the General Assembly for economic development.

The council recognized May 25 as Poppy Day.