Powder Springs Council splits on financial expenditures

Concerning various expenditures, the Powder Springs City Council agreed unanimously on Aug. 16 that $5,400 should be paid to Norfolk Southern to determine potential safety improvements for at-grade crossings on Finch and Angham Roads.
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Concerning various expenditures, the Powder Springs City Council agreed unanimously on Aug. 16 that $5,400 should be paid to Norfolk Southern to determine potential safety improvements for at-grade crossings on Finch and Angham Roads.

Credit: Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

Credit: Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

With Mayor Al Thurman out of town, Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman Henry Lust broke the tie vote on various matters on Aug. 16.

Opposed were Councilwomen Nancy Farmer and Patricia Wisdom. Councilman Patrick Bordelon and Councilwoman Doris Dawkins voted in favor of these measures.

Farmer and Wisdom were opposed to paying $30,000 to Barry Yeager for six months to implement the city’s annexation plan and strategy.

On another matter, the city previously budgeted $225,000 for the Linear Park signal, which has been denied approval by the Cobb County Department of Transportation for not meeting signal warrants. Instead the City Council voted 3-2 to make one-time purchases with most of this money.

For $92,146 from Seasonal Designs, holiday decorations will be replaced and updated, including the existing Christmas tree, decorative pole fixtures in the park and power pole fixtures on Marietta Street. Then for $50,887 from Playsouth, fixtures and furniture will be purchased and installed in the paseo and patio, fronting Thurman Springs Park in downtown Powder Springs. For $5,400, Norfolk Southern will assess at-grade crossings on Finch and Angham Roads to determine potential safety improvements. Also for $2,500, the city’s Economic Development Department will buy a table to attend the Council for Quality Growth Four Pillars 2021 Tribute to Andrew Young.

Farmer said she was opposed to all of the above expenditures except for the one involving Norfolk Southern, saying the other “stuff” was “not necessary.”

“We may need the money for the courthouse,” Farmer added.

Information: CityOfPowderSprings.org