The Calhoun City Council on Monday held the first meeting of 2017, holding hearings on various topics.

Council members were appointed, for reporting purposes, to City departments. Those appointments were:

Councilman Al Edwards: Water and Sewer Operations, Water and Sewer Construction, Police, Municipal Court, Court Services and Enforcement, Fire and Building Inspection.

Councilman Matt Barton: Electric, Telecommunications, Downtown Development Authority, Main Street Program, Historic Preservation Commission, Schools and Safety Committee.

Councilwoman Jackie Palazzolo: Street, Sanitation, Cemetery, Animal Control, Recycling, Golf, Recreation Authority, Recreation Advisory Committee and Zoning Advisory Board.

Councilman David Hammond: Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Revolving Loan, Library and Airport.

After appointments, a public hearing was held for a building height variance for North Georgia Hotel Developers, for a location of 1007 East Highway 53 SE, also known as the old Shepherd’s Hotel. The applicant requested to exceed the current maximum building height of 50 feet per the zoning code and allow a proposed hotel building up to a height of 70 feet. The Council approved the variance. According to City Clerk Paul Worley, the hotel chain is still being determined at this time.

The Council also approved qualifying fees for the 2017 General Municipal Election for City Council Posts 3 and 4, and for School Board Posts 1, 2 and 3. The qualifying fee for City Council is $252, with a fee of $1 being set for the School Board.

A special event permit request by Baxter|Dean for the sixth annual Baxter|dean Runway Show on Friday, April 21, was approved by the Council. The event will require Court Street from Park Avenue to South Wall Street be closed from 3 - 11 p.m. that day.

IPR Southeast, LLC was the low bid for the Pisgah Area Sewer Replacement project and was awarded the project at the meeting.

Various late annual business licenses were approved at the meeting for Gondolier’s Pizza, Taco House, Duke’s, Calhoun’s GEM Theatre, Calhoun Drug Company, Kenneth Hand Fast Lane Title Pawn, Inc. and Los Buenos Amigos.

The final move of the night was the selection of Mayor Pro Tem for 2017; the Council selected Matt Barton to hold the position.

The next meeting of the Calhoun City Council will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 at the downtown Depot Conference Room.