The Cherokee Marshal’s Office is handling more calls in less time, county commissioners learned last week.

At the commissioners’ June 4 meeting Chief Marshal Ron Hunton explained that during 2018, the marshal’s office had handled 4,285 code and ordinance violations, as well as 4,594 incidents requiring animal control. At the same time, the number of animals that had to be impounded decreased from 2017, while the number of adoptions at the county animal shelter increased.

When looking at the numbers regarding calls coming in for emergency services, Hunton said the response times had decreased across the board, meaning responders were being dispatched quicker and arriving on the scene of an incident sooner.

In other business, commissioners also took action on the following items:

♦ The consent agenda, which included an amendment to the county budget to account for the sale of excess right-of-way on Wade Green Road for $24,400, a supplemental agreement with Wood PLC for additional design engineering services to complete an improvement project at the intersection of Highway 140 and East Cherokee Drive not to exceed $11,500, an amendment to the fiscal year subgrant agreement with ARC, increasing the amount $3,389.54, transferring property to complete an improvement project at the intersection of Univeter Road and Pinecrest Road and considering a final acceptance of all public rights-of-way, roads and related drainage structures in units of the BridgeMill and Overlook subdivisions, was approved.

♦ The commissioners passed a motion to purchase a 2019 Ford F250 service truck for the public works department from the low bidder, King Ford, for $31,945, as well as a Kubota Skid Steer Loader for the public works department from Nelson Tractor Co. in the amount of $58,036.

♦ A construction contract was awarded to A1 Contracting, LLC for services to complete the Earney Road Improvement Project for $2,432,015. A construction agreement was also awarded to Crown Retail Services for $108,200 to remodel the kitchens and bathrooms at Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Stations 4 and 12.

♦ The board approved a utility relocation agreement with Georgia Power to relocate facilities conflicting with the project to replace the bridge on Union Hill Road over Canton Creek.

♦ The commissioners amended the mowing and maintenance agreement for Highway 92 with the Georgia Department of Transportation, adding an additional 6.2 miles to its contract with Hutcheson Horticultural Company (1.5 miles between the Cobb County line and Wigley Road, 0.9 miles from Downsby Lane to Vicksburg Lane and 3.8 miles from Lummus Supply to I-75), which currently mows Highway 92 between Vicksburg Lane and Lummus Supply.

A motion to extend the current service delivery strategy to Oct. 31 and requesting cities in the county to do the same was approved.

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