Cedartown City Commissioners voted Monday to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that will effectively transfer control of the old Polk Medical Center building to city oversight and control upon the opening of the new facility in November.
Harold Wyatt, chair of the Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority said the decision will bring about important economic development to downtown Cedartown.
“It is a significant move for downtown Cedartown and the community for a whole,” said Wyatt. ”To have this building re-purposed, reused, and occupied with healthcare agencies and numerous other tenants that will be bringing traffic into town and could be a huge economic boost for downtown Cedartown.”
Highland Rivers and Primary Healthcare will be the anchor tenants for the One Door Polk network, which will include other tenants in the future such as business incubators and educational opportunities.
“We take over the building when Floyd vacates in November,” said city commission chair Dale Tuck. ”We go into renovation then and hopefully that will be open to local contractors.”
City commissioners Jordan Hubbard and Gary Martin cast the lone “no” votes, citing that they support One Door Polk but not the city taking over the building. Both commissioners did express after the vote that they are on board with the commission’s decision.
Commissioners also approved an intergovernmental agreement with Polk County to lease the basement of the hospital building for a new E-911 call center and a new joint Emergency Operation Center. The agreement will be a 50 year lease.
Cedartown City Commissioners are set to vote on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cedartown/Polk County Hospital Authority that would set the table for the One Door Polk Network to become reality.
When the old Polk Medical Center building becomes vacant at the end of this year, supporters say the plan will help provide needed services to the community, while keeping the North Main Street hospital building in use.
A couple of commissioners have raised questions into why the city should be taking over the property rather than a private firm.
The commission will also be voting on an intergovernmental agreement with Polk County to move the county 911 call center into the basement of the Polk Medical Center building, while creating an Emergency Operations Center in the same location.
City manager Bill Fann says the agreement would be in effect for 50 years.
A vote on the 2014 millage rate will also be taken during tonight’s meeting of the Cedartown City Commission, which starts at 6:00 p.m.
Two people remain hospitalized after Friday night’s freak accident in Rockmart when an elderly man hit four pedestrians and several cars following a downtown fireworks display.
According to Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells, a 76-year-old man got into his pickup truck in the parking lot next to the former United Bank building and then rapidly accelerated, striking Jeremy Wheeler and Billy Hitchcock, both Rockmart residents. Sorrells said the pickup hit several vehicles and grazed two other teenagers before striking a building. They were not injured, according to police.
Wheeler was transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome and is expected to recover from his injuries, according to person close to the situation. Hitchcock was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center and was initially in critical condition, but family members say he is improving.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team was called in to investigate and a final report has not been released.
Karina Macedo (Photo courtesy of Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home)
Georgia State Patrol officials were in town Thursday, meeting with Cedartown Police as the investigation continues into the tragic single vehicle accident that claimed the life of Cedartown High School senior Karina Macedo.
Additional details on what actually happened in the accident should be finalized and released sometime early next week, said Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.
In the meantime, CHS students, faculty, and staff continue to deal with the loss of the 17-year-old Karina who was heavily involved with the drama and theater program at the high school.
Cedartown students gathered around the flagpole Friday morning as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes lead a memorial gathering for Karina Macedo.
Northwest Whitfield High School has indicated to Cedartown Head Football Coach Scott Hendrix that a moment of silence will be observed before tonight’s away football game.
The funeral for Karina Macedo will be conducted on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home chapel. The family will receive friends tonight at the funeral home from 5 – 9 p.m.
A phone scam has made its return to the Polk County area this week as numerous reports have flooded into the sheriff’s office about those fake solicitations.
According to Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats, someone claiming to be a Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy has been calling numerous residences and demanding money or they will go to jail. Particularly that they failed to show up for jury duty and a warrant was out for their arrest.
Sheriff Moats says his department will never call anyone and ask for money and arrest warrants aren’t usually issued for those who miss jury duty.
Often, the scammers would ask for several hundred dollars to be transferred to a Green Dot card. That fact should also raise a warning flag, according to Moats.
Sheriff Moats urges those who get calls to please report them.
Recently, a nationwide investigation led to a Georgia state prison where cell phones had been smuggled in to inmates. Those inmates would call unsuspecting people and scam them into putting money on their jail accounts using their Green Dot card.
Sheriff Moats asks everyone to share the information about this scam to all their friends and family.
Karina Macedo, 17, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Tuesday morning (Facebook)
Students, faculty, and staff at Cedartown High School are mourning the loss of one of their own as a 17-year-old senior student died in a car accident Tuesday morning.
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, Karina Macedo was pronounced dead at Polk Medical Center shortly after the single-vehicle wreck on Collard Valley Road near Clyde Street at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Cedartown High School Principal Derrell Wetherington says Karina was well loved by her classmates and teachers. (more…)
Cedartown, Ga. – September 2, 2014: The name of the teenager killed in an early morning car crash Tuesday has been released.
Karina Macedo, a Cedartown High School senior, died from injuries sustained in the single-car accident. Her name was being withheld earlier this morning out of respect for family, according to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.
Newsome confirmed Tuesday morning that Macedowas killed and two others injured in a single-vehicle accident on Collard Valley Road.
According to Newsome, the accident took place atapproximately 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, onCollard Valley Road in the Clyde Street area. Upon arrival, officers with the Cedartown Police Department found two male teenagers at the scene and Macedooutside of the vehicle. Initial reports indicate that theshe was ejected from the car during the crash, Newsome said.
Macedo was transported to Polk Medical Center and was pronounced dead. The two males, whose names have not been released, were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released earlier today, Newsome said.
All three teens were students at Cedartown High School; Macedo was a member of the senior class.
Newsome said that the Cedartown Police Department is conducting the investigation and has requested the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol’s Serious Crash Reconstruction Team. “With a tragedy such as this, with a loss of such a young life, we felt it necessary to seek assistance from the GSP team to make sure we know as much as we can about the accident,” Newsome said. “Right now, we ask that the community remember the families affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.”
Newsome did say that Polk School District Officials were notified of the accident this morning. “We wanted to let them know as soon as we could. She was one of their own and undoubtedly students will be in shock from this loss. We informed them so that they could offer support and help their students in coping with the news.”
No further information on the investigation will be released today.