Three houses on West Etowah Drive that consistently flood when it rains will be demolished.
According to a report in The Daily Tribune News, one of the houses will be torn down next month. The other two are still undergoing historical evaluations by the State Preservation Office.
Cartersville City Manager Sam Grove told the city council on Thursday night that one house had mold and mildew on the walls. In addition, insulation was falling out of the ceiling and the resident was wearing a mask when Grove and Mayor Matt Santini stopped by to see it.
“I drive past those structures every day, and there’s not a day that goes by I don’t take a look over there and say, ‘I wonder how those folks are doing,’" the newspaper quotes Mayor Matt Santini as saying.
The total project cost is $330,059.12, and 75 percent of that will come from the federal government. When the first house is demolished, its residents will be relocated. Once the houses are torn down, the properties will remain vacant.
In other business, the council voted to increase the water department's sewer repair project on Erwin Street by $24,437.64. Water Department Assistant Director Ed Mullinax told the council that the increase is due to the removing and disposing of concrete, and locating the sewer.
The Erwin Street project moved the sewer line from under the Legion Theatre and straightened it. The new project cost totals $83,337.64.