Mini storage vote set for Monday

Bill Collins, Rome city commissioner

A special-use permit application for a mini-warehouse building on Dean Avenue is scheduled to go before the Rome City Commission on Monday night.

Thomas Shea wants to gut Dean Street Plaza, next to the Pick O' Deli cafeteria, and fill it with about 200 climate-controlled units.

Sizes would range from 5 feet by 5 feet up to 10 feet by 20 feet, according to a plat submitted to the Rome-Floyd County Planning Department.

Commissioners will hold public hearings before ruling on Shea's request and a proposed change to the Unified Land Development Code. The amendment would allow developers to use a mechanism with a vegetative strip instead of curb-and-gutter to direct rainwater runoff in subdivisions.

City Engineer Aaron Carroll has said there's been no local interest in the design yet. However, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has asked for the option to promote low-impact, environmentally friendly infrastructure.

The commission is slated to caucus at 5 p.m. Monday and start its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 601 Broad St. Both sessions are public.

Commissioner Bill Collins is expected to give a presentation during caucus on the National League of Cities' annual conference held last week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Nearly 4,000 city officials from around the country attended the four-day event, which featured workshops on topics ranging from economic development and climate change to transportation and leadership development.

The board also is scheduled to go into a closed session to discuss a real estate matter.

During the regular meeting, Commissioner Evie McNiece is slated to submit the proposed 2018 budgets for review. In addition to the general fund, the city adopts 26 other budgets governing operations at agencies such as the fire department, water and sewer, tourism and community development.

McNiece chairs the finance committee, which is not recommending a property tax increase for the coming year. Rates also are expected to stay the same for business licenses, cemetery fees and landfill fees.