Tropical hurricanes and not Purple Hurricanes were on the minds of the city council during their business meeting at City Hall on Thursday night.

The water department asked the council to consider a resolution that would authorize the refund of water and sewer charges related to water produced by the Anheuser-Busch brewery that is used for emergency drinking water. The council approved a refund of up to $2,500, which would equate to just under 500,000 gallons of water.

The city received their first displaced family from Hurricane Harvey on September 1st. The family of six had been living in a jeep in a local resident’s driveway before getting approved by the American Red Cross for shelter in Cartersville. The American Red Cross asked the city if it could waive the $30 connection fee and the advanced payment for the utility service. The request was granted. The council passed a resolution that would do the same for any refugees from Hurricane Harvey and upcoming hurricanes in the next couple of weeks.

Fire Chief Scott Carter spoke at the meeting and is asking residents to please monitor the weather. He is expecting a wind and rain event stemming from Hurricane Irma in Cartersville on Monday or Tuesday and the CFD is preparing for it.

Tune into our local newscasts for more details.