October 16th, 2023 – 6:00 AM
WRGA staff reports –
Monday (October 16th) is the first day of early voting for the November 7 municipal elections.
You can vote in advance this week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Floyd County Elections Office located at the Health Department on East 12th Street.
You will also be able to vote this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the elections office.
Beginning next week, early voting will expand to the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill.
The week of October 30, the Anthony Recreation Center in Garden Lakes will open for advance voting.
City of Rome voters are deciding six seats on the Rome City Commission.
In Ward One, incumbents Jim Bojo, Mark Cochran, and Sundai Stevenson are running along with businessman Harry Brock and community activist Charles Love.
In Ward Three, the candidates are incumbents Bonny Askew, Bill Collins, and Craig McDaniel, along with local developer Wayne Robinson.
The top three vote-getters in each ward are elected. Meanwhile, voters in the city and county will be casting ballots in a special purpose, local option sales tax referendum.
The extension of the extra penny sales tax would go to fund a number of projects.
The duration of the SPLOST would be expanded from five years to six, with the sixth year being dedicated to transportation projects.
Infrastructure & Technology Improvements:
Cave Spring Elementary School roof repair — $200,000
City of Rome Clocktower structural repair — $800,000
Additional T-Hangars for airport $1,739,000
Recycling technology improvements $1,000,000
Water & Sewer:
Cave Spring water main replacement — $3,000,000
City of Rome Highway 411 water main expansion — $3,400,000
City of Rome Enterprise Corner sewer expansion — $4,500,000
Floyd County Southeast water main extension — $2,600,000
Rome-Floyd Fire Department capital — $5,750,000
Floyd County Police Capital — $2,000,000
City of Rome police headquarters — $22,481,289
City of Rome police radios — $1,200,000
Floyd County Police training facility — $2,000,000
Floyd County Police secure parking & evidence facility — $270,000
Floyd County Jail improvements — $2,890,000
Floyd County Prison improvements — $1,900,000
Land Purchase for economic development — $10,000,000
Public Works & Transportation:
Floyd County Public Works capital — $4,048,000
Mango Road improvements — $2,500,000
Turn lane at Park Avenue & Dragon Drive — $1,200,000
Floyd County paving & infrastructure — $10,600,000
City of Rome paving & infrastructure — $6,500,000
Chulio Road improvements — $6,000,000
Eden Valley Road improvements — $160,000
Three Mile Road improvements — $1,800,000
Quality of Life:
Alto Park $915,000
Etowah Park w/ splash pad — $3,650,000
Garden Lakes Park — $2,500,000
Lock & Dam Park splash pad — $235,000
North Floyd Park splash pad — $235,000
Shag Williams Park splash pad — $235,000
Wolfe Park splash pad — $235,000
Jackson Hill to Ridge Ferry connector boardwalk — $2,000,000
Eagle Park renovations — $550,000
Oostanaula Paddle in Campsite — $850,000
Ridge Ferry Ramp replacement — $60,000