A land swap expected to be finalized before the end of the year will close out a batch of loose ends, including an issue pending since Rome High School was built in the early 1990s.
The goal: solidify Rome and Floyd’s joint ownership of several shared assets.
Rome is transferring to the county the property that houses the Emergency Operating Center on East 12th Street and a riverfront parcel next to the Town Green, along with an easement to the new communications tower on Blossom Hill.
County Manager Blaine Williams said the city would retain full ownership of the dock — the floating riverfront plaza — it is constructing in the Oostanaula River.
Floyd County is transferring to Rome the land the Town Green and Third Avenue Parking Deck sit on, plus the John Ross Memorial Pedestrian Bridge.
The trades also end a long-running minor dispute regarding the higher price Rome had to pay for some of the high school land because the county forgot a promise to secure rights to it.
Williams said attorneys have the agreement drawn up but are awaiting a survey of the Blossom Hill easement, which should be completed by mid-January.
“When it’s done, we’ll just take it all to the boards of commissioners (to sign off),” City Manager John Bennett said.
Officials also were briefed on agreements that must be negotiated early next year.
The contract governing how the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority facilities and operations are funded expires in March, Bennett said, and several new functions should be added to the joint building inspection and planning agreement.
Cave Spring Mayor Rob Ware said the city also needs a written contract covering its water connection with the county system.
All three entities also must figure out how they’ll share revenue from the new vehicle tag fee, which starts replacing the annual “birthday tax” in March.