The City of Cartersville is always striving to provide the most efficient services, at the lowest possible price to the residents and businesses of Cartersville. The hard work of many departments and employees is often recognized by various organizations and agencies, therefore, we believe these awards should be noted:
- Jim Stafford, City of Cartersville Water Department Director, was presented the honorary membership award at the recent GAWP conference. This is given to a person of acknowledged eminence in one or more fields of activity within the scope of the objectives of the Association. The recipient of this award becomes a life member and no longer has to pay association dues.
- Ed Mullinax of the Water Department, Assistant Director/Department Engineer, received recognition for being an active member for 30 years of GAWP.
- The Clarence B Walker Water Treatment Plant received an award for being in compliance with Georgia state permit 100% of 2007. This GOLD award is given to recognize any plant which has no violations for one complete year. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated, professional team of employees that make this happen.
- Lisa Tilley, Laboratory Director for the Water Department, received the Ira C. Kelley Award at the 2008 Georgia Association of Water Professional’s Fall Conference and Laboratory Symposium. The purpose of this Award is to further encourage and promote advancements and achievements in the environmental laboratory field.
- Kenya Poston, Laboratory Manager for the Water Department, received the WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award at the 2008 Georgia Association of Water Professional’s Fall Conference and Laboratory Symposium. This award was established to recognize individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism, and contributions to the water quality analysis profession.
- Best Tasting Tap Water - 1999
Dan Porta, Finance Director/Assistant City Manager, received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award was granted by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
PARKS & RECREATION
The Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department won the Georgia Recreation and Park Association 5th District Agency of the year on Wednesday, October 22nd, at the annual awards banquet held at Red Top Mountain State Park. The Georgia Recreation and Park Association 5th district includes 30 recreation departments from the Tennessee/Georgia line, all the way over to Gilmer and Pickens County and on the east, Haralson County on the west and Cobb County in the south. The Cartersville Parks and Recreation was awarded agency of the year for its many accomplishments this year which have included: renovating 2 pocket parks, completion of the Pine Mountain west trail loop, renovation Aubrey Street Pool, renovated exercise stations at the baseball complex, 2 trail grants, and the numerous tournaments hosted by CPRD. Greg Anderson received the award on behalf of Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department also attending was Britt McGill, James Gordy, Becky Pruitt, and Kristin Strickland.
OVERALL CITY AWARDS
PLANTIUM START! FIT FRIENDLY COMPANY
The City of Cartersville was recognized in a special edition of Forbes Magazine on becoming a Plantium Start! Fit Friendly Company
. The Platinum Level is the highest level of recognition from the American Heart Association Start! Movement. The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program is a catalyst for positive change in American business. Companies throughout the nation can be part of the Start! movement by demonstrating progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. As a Start! Fit-Friendly Company, the City will receive recognition on the American Heart Association website, by the American Heart Association at local events, and in the America Heart Association’s communication materials.
CITY OF ETHICS CERTIFICATION - 2000
In 1998, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) appointed an Ethics Task Force to address concerns over a trend toward less confidence in public officials. The Task Force was comprised of municipal elected officials, community and industry leaders and academics. As a result of their work, the "Model Code of Ethics for Georgia City Officials" publication was published in September 1999 and the implementation of GMA's Certified City of Ethics program took place.
Certification under this program is an attempt to raise awareness about ethics issues at the local level. The use of a local ethics ordinance allows citizens to raise their concerns and participate in the ethics investigation process at the local level, where the voice and influence of the individual citizen is strongest.
CITY OF EXCELLENCE - 2001
Each year, 10 Georgia cities are selected by a panel of judges, and honored by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine as Cities of Excellence. Points are awarded in 14 different categories: administration, citizen participation, community and economic development, cultural/arts, education, environment and natural resources, fiscal management, infrastructure, intergovernmental cooperation, planning, public safety, recreation and leisure services, social services and technology/innovation.
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING - 2010
The City of Cartersville has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
Outstanding Sensitive Rehabilitation/Restoration Award – 2010
The City of Cartersville is a proud co-winner of the Outstanding Sensitive Rehabilitation/Restoration Award for the Georgia’s Last Italianate 1869 Courthouse Restoration Project; Historic Augusta / Stovall-Barnes, LLC was recognized for the rehabilitation of the Stovall-Barnes House. This award honors façade or interior improvements and reuse of existing downtown resources with concern for the historic material and overall adherence to downtown design guidelines. Award winning projects must show creativity and best utilization of existing space.