Ag Center, Jail upgrades and renovations to Historic Courthouse top finalized list of 2017 SPLOST proposal on November ballot.

Ag Center, Jail upgrades and renovations to Historic Courthouse top finalized list of 2017 SPLOST proposal on November ballot.

The 2017 SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee approved their final slate of projects this week. The list of projects totaling over $63.8 million will be submitted for approval as an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Cave Spring, City of Rome, and Floyd County before being placed on the November ballot. There will be a joint commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Commissioners Caucus Room located on the second floor of the County Administration Building located at 12 East Fourth Avenue.

Among the top projects on the list include $8 million for a new ag center, $5.2 million for jail medical phase II and infrastructure improvements, $5 million for the Historic Courthouse renovations and judicial improvements, $5 million for public works and infrastructure improvements, $4.5 million on paving, infrastructure and bridges and $4.4 million on public safety facility and equipment improvements.

According to previous reports, the ag center or ‘Floyd County Farmers Market’ would serve as a cash-flowing “hub” for a number of community interests and would include: A covered farmers market, arena, a  Georgia Grown store, dog park, a coffee shop, a bar, space for food trucks and offices. The original proposal had a price tag of $9 million, but was cut to $8 million the final list. Background 

The new proposed jail improvements would include the next phase for the Medical and Mental Health expansion project, included in the current 2013 SPLOST. Approximately $2.2 million is being used to add 40 beds to the jail’s medical/mental health facility to meet national standards. In addition, another $1.9 million from the current SPLOST is being used to upgrade security at the jail including new locks, intercome and paging systems, access control systems, perimeter lighting and a second elevator.

The current SPLOST also includes $1.4 million for public works and public safety equipment and $1.4 million in county infrastructure. The new 2017 proposal includes another $13.9 million in public works, infrastructure, paving, bridges and public safety facility/equipment improvements. 2013 SPLOST projects

 

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