November 6, 2012

Dalton council approves renovation of senior center

Charles Oliver

— The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to award a $148,561 contract to Dalton’s Felker Construction for renovation of the Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center.

Mayor David Pennington was out of town, and Mayor Pro Tem Dick Lowrey presided over the meeting.

The contract calls for an overhaul of the center, including new kitchen equipment, flooring and cabinets, as well as bathroom renovations and new painting for the walls.

“This is basically updating the senior center. The work can begin as soon as Felker is ready. I don’t exactly know how long it will take, but it shouldn’t take more than a month or so,” said City Administrator Ty Ross.

Senior center programs will move to the Mack Gaston Community Center while the work is under way.

The senior center is jointly funded by Dalton and Whitfield County, but it is managed by the city recreation department. All of the funding will come from a federal community development block grant.

Council members also voted 4-0 to:

• Accept a $183,400 bid from Club Car LLC for 65 new golf carts for Nob North Golf Course.

“The carts we have are old and need to be replaced. This will be paid for with funds from the golf course,” said Ross.

• Rename Civitan Park for former Dalton City Council member Harlan Godfrey, who passed away recently. The Civitan Club and the Dalton Tree Board requested the change. Godfrey was a long-time member of both organizations.

“Harlan was a member of Civitan for 47 years, and he held every office in Civitan,” said club president Ron Blaylock. “When Civitan Park was founded, Harlan was the driving force, so we thought this would be an appropriate honor.”

• Approve an amendment to the 2012 budget that, among other things, adds $35,000 to the public works budget for fuel and oil.

“That’s due to both increased costs and increased use. We budgeted for $3 per gallon, for both diesel and unleaded. On diesel, we’ve been running at about $3.32, and on unleaded we’ve been running at about $3.16. We don’t buy at the pump, so we get a discount,” said Public Works Director Benny Dunn.

In addition, Dunn says the department did work such as the demolition of the old City Park school and an old plant that Mohawk donated to the city that wasn’t anticipated in the budget.

“That caused us to have to run our vehicles more than we’d planned,” he said.

• Approve a lease with the U.S. Forest Service for a city emergency communications facility on forest service land on Dug Gap Mountain.

• Renew 98 alcoholic beverage licenses and approve two new alcoholic beverage licenses.

• Remove the “no right turn on red” sign at Waugh Street and Thornton Avenue.