The City of Calhoun has approved the first 10K race for Calhoun since the 1980s, according to Calhoun Administrator Eddie Peterson.

Calhoun Chick-Fil-A Connect Race Series will include a 10K, 5K and 1-mile race. The race will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, and all the proceeds will benefit the Voluntary Action Center.

“It’s certainly a good cause,” Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer said.

Since Chick-Fil-A brought the idea forward a few months ago there have been changes made to the route.

The original route was in the county and city, but the county commissioners didn’t think a stretch of the race on state Route 156 was safe. Therefore, Chick-Fil-A went back to the drawing boards.

The new route is solely in Calhoun, and city council members believe there should be no safety issues.

The 1-mile race will be hosted by the Calhoun Recreation Department on its walking trail.

The 5K race begins at the recreation department and follows Recreation Drive, left on McDaniel Station Road, right on state Route 53, right on Maplewood Drive, left onto Greenbriar Circle, continue on Forest Heights Drive, right on state Route 53 spur, and ending at the recreation center.

As for the 10K race, it follows the same route at the 5k, but continues down state Route 53 Spur, left on McConnell Road, right onto West Line St., right onto South River St., and turn right onto Recreation Drive to finish the race.

Now Chick-Fil-A has to get Georgia Department of Transportation approval for the state routes.

Amended sign ordinance

After Calhoun adopted the new sign ordinance last year it’s experienced a few issues. Signs on state Route 53 near Interstate 75 are turning out to be one of the main issues.

The problem, according to Calhoun Attorney George Govignon, in the old ordinance there was not a structure for granting variances. Therefore, many of the signs in the area are not close to what the ordinance calls for.

“The variance has actually become the norm around 53 and 75,” Govignon said.

To counter this issue, he proposed creating a Highway Interstate Exchange zone, where Govignon took the average of the signs in the area in hopes of creating a fair size for signage.

The new designation would also include the Red Bud Road interchange, since most of the area is property of Calhoun.

Govignon hopes by designated the Red Bud Road interchange a HIE before the area starts developing it will help keep uniformity in signage.

“Lets get a head of the curve,” Govignon said.

Another issue that was unforeseen is how to treat benches, since many of them have signage.

Govignon proposed a simple idea, not allow them on a city right-of-way.

“If it’s on private property it’s fair game,” Govignon said.

Some have concerns with the amount of window signage in downtown Calhoun. Therefore, Govignon is set to meet with the Downtown Development Authority on April 8 to find a solution, and present it to the Calhoun City Council at a later date.

Members of the Calhoun City Council held the first reading for the proposed changes on Monday. The amendments are eligible for a public hearing on April 14.

Other business

 Calhoun City Council approved for two decommissioned water tanks in Resaca and Sugary Valley be labeled surplus equipment, so the tanks can be dismantled and disposed.

 Calhoun City Council held the second reading of a beer package license request by Laiba Noor for Foodmart, 549 state Route 53. The proposed manager is Arif Shekh. The public hearing will be on April 14.

 The City of Calhoun was designated a Tree City for the 20th consecutive year.