Alice Park Renovations

Two deteriorating wooden pergolas that had been in Carrollton’s Alice Park since it was built 20 years ago have been replaced with new, upgraded metal structures.

“The pergolas were in bad disrepair,” said Randall Eidson, detail officer/project manager for the Carrollton Police Department. “Vines had overcome them so we cut back the vines and tore the wooden structures down.”

Eidson, leading a crew of Carroll County inmates, designed and built the new metal pergolas and supports and welded them at city shops at the East Carrollton Recreation Complex and on Bradley Street. They were installed by crane and forklift with the help of the city’s Facilities Maintenance employees. Workers also repaired concrete around the bases of the pergolas, painted the structures black and painted the concrete to match the brick.

The price tag for the project was just over $9,000. Eidson estimated city employees doing almost all the labor saved the city around $6,000. The improvements to the park took just over a month to complete.

Two houses that once sat on the property at the intersection of Tanner and East Center streets in Carrollton’s In-Town South Historic District had become dilapidated by the late 1990s. Roy Richards, Jr., (the park is named after his late mother, Alice H. Richards) bought the property and donated it to the city. Alice Park was built with donations from the community in 2000.

“Concerned neighbors worked together to clean up a blighted spot and it became a nice property,” said Parks Director Kent Johnston. “It has been a very positive addition to the community.”

Johnston said the park is a popular spot for weddings, hosting several ceremonies each year.

The new pergolas join Alice Park’s other signature fixture, a water feature that was renovated a few years ago, as the park enters its third decade.

As a finishing touch to the project, Facilities Maintenance electrician, Jeremy Mashburn, wired the pergola at the park’s entrance for electricity and installed a lantern-style light fixture, formerly used at the Depot on Bradley, on it.

“I wish everybody would go by at night and see it.” said Eidson. “It looks beautiful,”

Alice Park rents for $75 for a half-day and $100 for a day. For more information on park reservations, contact Janice Kerr at (770)832-1161.

Water Treatment Lab Honored

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals recently honored the Carrollton Water Treatment Plant’s lab for ensuring the city’s drinking water is of the highest quality.

The city earned the GAWP’s Laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control Silver Award for a city serving 10,000-100,000 people.

“This award recognizes that our state-certified lab is going above and beyond all state and federal minimum standards for water quality monitoring,” said Water Plant Superintendent Connie Nelms.

Nelms said the city last won the QA award in 2012

The city’s full-time lab analyst, Emily Williamson, analyzes and monitors microbiological water samples taken at locations around the city in the lab at the Water Treatment Plant on North Park Street. Each sample is tested for chlorine residual and coliform bacteria. Emily also performs courtesy checks and education when customers call with water quality concerns.

The number of samples is determined by GA EPD, based on population. Carrollton currently has 60 sampling sites distributed across the city. The sites are arranged along two routes of 30, which are sampled and tested on alternating months. Nelms said population growth will require additional testing sites and expects to have to increase to 40 sites per ​month when the results of the 2020 Census become available.

“What makes this award so special is, after evaluation by our peers using state and federal regulations, that we know we are doing what we need to do – plus,” said Nelms. “Every lab, like every plant, is different and peer collaboration is important. We continue to learn from other labs methods or ways to always improve.”

City systems under a certain population are allowed to send their samples off for analysis but above that point have to have their own lab onsite. The first state inspection of Carrollton’s lab was in 1975.

Emily is a Carrollton native and Carrollton High School graduate. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Georgia in December, 2019.

For more information about the Carrollton Water Quality Laboratory or Water Treatment Plant, please call (770)830-2021.

Mayor and Council November Work Session

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9 am in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.  The purpose of the Work Session is to review equipment purchases of dash cameras, stormwater projects, tow truck workman’s comp requirements, extended stay hotels/motels, food truck court request at 1654 Maple Street, food truck court request at 1665 Hwy 27 South, and the current sign ordinance.

There will be two voting items, Resolution 21-2020 SPLOST Intergovernmental Agreement & an Employee Retirement Plan Amendment. The work session will be streamed via Zoom, please email hbeaver@carrollton-ga.govfor the meeting ID. A summary of the work session will be posted on the City website within 48 hours after the meeting.  

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or prior to the work session. 

Christmas in Carrollton

Whether it’s an altogether magical musical performance, pictures downtown with Santa, finding a unique gift or just sharing a cup of good cheer, ’tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Carrollton!

Irish Folksinger Harry O’Donoghue

November 20, 2020, 7:30pm
Folksinger, storyteller and songwriter, Harry O’Donoghue, tells Ireland’s story in song. Harry has shared the stage with the Savannah Symphony, Mary Black, Cathie Ryan, Andy M. Steward, Natalie McMaster, the Furey Brothers, Tommy Makem and Danny Doyle. He performs throughout the U.S. and Ireland and hosts GPB’s The Green Island Radio Show. Harry was voted Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the readers of Connect Savannah. This show will feature special guest dancers. Sponsored by Bank OZK and Baxley Jewelers.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (12 and under)

Groove Gypsies: A Night of ‘70s and ‘80s Rock and Roll

December 4, 2020, 7:30pm
The Groove Gypsies bring their unique mix of ‘70s/’80s/’90s rock, Motown, new country and popular blues tunes to the Center for the Arts. The band consists of experienced and talented musicians from the West Georgia area.
Tickets: $10

Christmas in Downtown Carrollton

December 5, 2020, 1-4pm
‘Tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Downtown Carrollton. Bring your family to Adamson Square for an altogether magical day filled with festivities and fun. Check out the special offers at your favorite shops and eateries throughout the day and enjoy the lights and decorations that will add a sparkle to your evening. Follow us on social for details. From 1pm – 4pm, grab a cup of hot cocoa while carolers fill the air with sounds of the season. Shop the holiday gift market. Drop your wish list to Santa in our very special mailbox. Snap pics of your kiddos taking a sleigh ride with Santa – reservations required.
Click here for more info.

Handmade Greeting Cards Workshop

December 5, 2020
Make and decorate cards for the season. All kinds of craft and drawing media will be available for you to play with and instructors will be stationed to provide creative suggestions.
Ages: All ages (Ages 6 & under will need a parent or guardian to assist)
Class Size: 4 Min.; 30 Max
Cost: $5 All materials included
Register here.

Christmas in Carrollton

December 11 – 12, 7:30pm
December 12, 4pm
The Carrollton Christmas tradition continues as the Community Chorus performs classics such as Children Go Where I Send Thee, White Christmas, Go Tell It On The Mountain, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and some less traditional works like Fruitcake and These Christmas Lights.
Tickets: $10 (Season ticket holders attend on December 11)

Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert

December 15, 7:30pm
Let the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble transport you to a winter wonderland with sentimental favorites such as Sleigh Ride and White Christmas.  Conductor Terry Lowry will take your requests at the piano.
Tickets: $10

CJO: A World Jazz Solstice

December 17 & 18, 7:30pm
The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra presents A World Jazz Solstice, featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and other Christmas selections from around the world.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (12 and under)

Greeting Card Show: Art Contest and Exhibition

Through December 13
Let the season inspire you to create a piece of artwork to participate in this special contest. All submitted work will be displayed at the Center for the Arts during the Christmas season.
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Small Packages

Through December 13
These small-but-mighty works reflect the diverse interests and expertise of the members of the Carrollton Artist Guild and Carrollton Writers Guild. All purchased items may be taken home immediately and make great gifts for friends, family – and yourself.
Click here for more info.

The Art of the Quilter: West Georgia Quilters Guild

Through December 13
WGQG’s annual show of quilt projects, including bed quilts, wall hangings and home decor. Styles range from traditional Civil War and ’30s prints and patterns to modern abstract quilted art. The WGQG promotes the art and tradition of quilting through personal exchange, educational programs and community service. To learn more, visit

Lakeshore Renovations

Nearly $200,000 in needed improvements to Carrollton’s Lakeshore Pool complex included almost $70,000 in cost savings and could lead to millions in economic benefit to the community.

“The renovations to the Lakeshore Natatorium made during the spring and early summer of 2020 had a profound effect on the appearance and functionality of the pool area,” Parks Director Kent Johnston said. “Visitors are now greeted with a nicely painted structure and pools with new liners and amenities that should serve us well for many years to come.”

Work was completed while the facility was closed due to the pandemic, from early spring until the pool reopened, September 8. CPRD planned to close the pool in August to install new liners but, after thorough inspection, several new items were added to the to-do list.

While replacing the motors and track that open the building’s sliding roof, flaking paint and bare metal were discovered on the pool’s metal housing structure, which had not been painted in almost 20 years. The CPRD contracted with a company to do a specialized electrostatic painting process using an epoxy coating.

Prior to and during the painting process, staff removed the liners from both the Junior Olympic sized and training pools. This involved removing the thick rubber liner, then scraping, grinding and torching a felt layer that was glued on under the rubber. Doing this labor-intensive and time consuming work in-house saved the city more than $17,000.

To ensure the pool is the proper length for sanctioned swim meets, which can bring millions of dollars in spending to town, the walls of the competition swim area were sanded and ground to remove concrete that was added during repairs over the years. Staff removed and repaired the concrete and re-installed parts of the pools’ gutter circulation system. More than $50,000 was saved by employees doing this work. A contractor installed the new liners in August.

“When we reopened, all our swimmers were thrilled to be able to get back into the water,” said Recreation Director Julie Ivey. “Our Bluefin Swim Team and lap swimmers were the first to reap the rewards of the improvements. Our swim lesson and water aerobics numbers have increased due to the newly renovated area. We are grateful to the mayor and council for supporting this project and we look forward to being able to host swim meets and other activities in the future.”

Other improvements made during this time included new ladders in both pools, a new drain grate, painting the pool deck, replacing sand in pool filters and replacing the main blower assembly of the pools’ heating and dehumidifier system. The Warrior Garage out of Bremen, part of the wounded warrior program that helps military veterans, also removed and powder coated all 16 of the diving blocks used for competition swim.

The total cost of the renovations was $177,898. The work done by employees saved the city nearly $70,000.

For more information about the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department or its programs, please call (770) 832-1161. 

SNAP Helps First Responders Help the Community

The more information first responders have when they arrive at the scene of an emergency, the better they are able to assess the situation, leading to a more positive outcome. Carrollton Police Department’s Special Neighbor Assistance Program is an effort to identify citizens with special needs and better assist them.

“Enhancing our citizens’ well-being and confidence by deploying proactive and progressive policing methods will elevate our most vulnerable population’s life in our city,” Sgt. Omereo C. Potts said. “It is of the utmost priority to deliver the most professional, efficient services to the residents of Carrollton.”

The program utilizes information gathered from a form, which is filled out by residents on a voluntary basis. This information is then given to 911 dispatch and entered into their system where it shows up on the computer monitor during a 911 call from that resident. Dispatch advises all responding agencies this residence may contain a person with special needs, such as being non-ambulatory, wheelchair-bound or bedridden, hearing or visually impaired. It also provides a secondary contact person for the residence. By having this information available, response time is significantly reduced and there are fewer miscommunications on the scene.

Some goals of the department’s community policing programs, including SNAP, are to increase police presence and visibility in neighborhoods, do door-to-door knock-and-talks, establish rapport and community feedback, hand out crime-prevention material, provide information on crime affecting that neighborhood and identify citizens that might require special assistance.

The SNAP program increases residents’ feelings of security, enhances cohesiveness between neighbors and public safety personnel and decreases response and reaction times for all public safety and emergency response personnel.

All members of the department are encouraged to identify residents who live in the city limits of Carrollton who may qualify for SNAP. Information may also be collected via officer/citizen contact, computers, phone, mail or from contacts made by other officers or city employees.

“Sgt. Kurt Catudal established the SNAP program while he was here,” said Sgt. Potts. “He put his heart and soul into it. I proudly keep this program going just as he intended.”

For questions concerning this program or to submit your or a loved one’s special needs information to the Carrollton Police Department, please call (770) 834-4451.