It will be hard to miss the WellStar Paulding Hospital once it is completed in about two years.
After holding a brief public hearing during their meeting Tuesday, Hiram councilmen approved an application for an additional variance to increase the height of the main hospital tower from seven stories to 11 stories for the new WellStar Paulding Hospital. WellStar President Mark Haney presented the plan during the meeting.
The zoning request had recently been approved by the Paulding Zoning Board, and Tuesday's vote completed the last part of that process. The hospital project will hold its groundbreaking ceremony April 9 at the site at the corner of Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway and Bill Carruth Parkway. Construction is expected to take about two years.
Councilmen Tuesday also voted to change elected officials’ pay schedule. The annual amount paid to each elected official would be exactly the same, but it would be paid in 12 monthly payments equal to the amount previously paid in two payments. The council approved the motion unanimously, which City Attorney Glen Stinson after the meeting said was a housekeeping process better aligned with the city charter for making the change in the pay schedule to elected officials.
In other business, councilmen:
- Voted to place a moratorium of up to 90 days on vehicles for hire and on poolroom businesses while local ordinances undergo further review. The moratorium could be lifted as early as next month at the council’s next regular meeting.
- Accepted a quote from Southern Contracting and Roofing Inc. to build a storage space at Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park. The price tag, according to Operations Manager Jody Palmer, was $15,803, and the expenditure will be funded through Parks & Recreation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
- Voted to support Alpha Team Outreach Project. Alpha Team Outreach spokesperson Gary Davis said the program would focus on only Hiram Elementary this year. The outreach program provides the “Give a Kid a Chance” project each year, which helps through contributions of school supplies. Davis said the $1,000 donation from the city would go to purchase bookbags for about 200 kids.