Cedartown City Commission raises fines for code enforcement

The Cedartown City Commission Monday night voted to change the city littering and code enforcement fines. According to Cedartown City Manager Charles Akridge, the current fines were less than most other municipalities and that a higher fine may deter those from littering. Akridge recommended that the city charge a fine of $200 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and $1,000 for a third. Commissioner unanimously approved the motion. Also from Monday’s meeting, the commission conducted a public hearing dealing with the consideration of placing a 4-way stop sign at the intersection of North Cave Spring Street and West Guard Avenue. Two residents voiced their opposition, one saying that the human element will always be present. Another speaking against said that the removal of several large tree branches might make the intersection more visible. During the regular meeting, the motion was not raised and alternative solutions would be sought in the matter.