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Boards to sign off on recycling plans

February 13, 2017 GMT

The Rome and Floyd County commissions are moving in concert on several items this week. City commissioners meet tonight and county commissioners meet Tuesday.

Both boards are slated to approve a shared recycling center lease and sign on to a multi-jurisdictional resolution in support of a road

linking Floyd County with Interstate 75.

They also plan to jointly urge the state not to adopt the new International Energy Conservation Code as a building standard.

The resolution, also expected to be signed by the Cave Spring City Council, states that the change from the 2009 IECC “would limit the creation of new affordable residential housing construction starts in Northwest Georgia.” Industry officials say it could add $6,000 to $10,000 to the cost of a new home.

Cave Spring also is slated to be a party to the resolution calling for “expeditious construction’ of the Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor.

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The new road proposal is a substitute for the long-stymied 411 Connector and has the support of officials in Bartow County as well.

Two high-speed routes are under consideration, both starting at the U.S. 411 intersection with U.S. 41 west of Cartersville. One would hit I-75 near Cassville-White Road at Exit 296.

The other would connect at the overpass at Old Grassdale Road.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials are also weighing whether the road should have controlled access like an interstate or limited access, with a few intersections and curb cuts. A decision is expected this year, although construction remains several years away.

Rome and Floyd County also plan to approve a lease agreement for Rome businessman Ira Levy’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse at 412 Lavender Drive.

Recycling center operations will be moved to that site from Watters Street.

The Rome City Commission caucuses at 5 p.m. tonight, with its regular meeting following at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 601 Broad St.

The Floyd County Commission meets at noon Tuesday for a work session and starts its meeting at 2 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

The Cave Spring Council’s monthly meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the city hall on Georgia Avenue.