The Floyd County Commission elected Commissioner Rhonda Wallace as its chairman Tuesday — the first woman to lead the board in nearly three decades.
It was the first meeting for new commissioners Wright Bagby Jr. and Allison Watters, although they’ve been attending sessions since they won seats in the November election.
“We’re already working together well as a board,” Wallace said. “And we look forward to working with Rome, Cave Spring and other partners in the community.”
Wallace was chosen unanimously, as was Commissioner
Scotty Hancock to fill the vice chair position. The only other woman to hold the gavel was Ann Rigas in the late 1980s.
The board also adopted the 2017 budget, set standards for tiny home communities and recreational vehicle parks, accepted several renovation contracts for The Forum and approved the hiring of a new human resources director.
County Manager Jamie McCord said Darryl Bowie — who currently is the human resources director for Rockdale County — was chosen from a field of 46 applicants. Bowie’s salary will be $79,500 and he could start work as early as this week.
The position has been vacant since Larry Johnson retired in the fall.
In other actions Monday, commissioners:
- OK’d a change to the Unified Land Development Code to allow tiny home communities on tracts of 1 to 2 acres if houses meet the same standards as site-built or modular homes.
- “It’s an effort to accommodate a new type of affordable housing,” Rome-Floyd County Planning Director Sue Hiller said.
- Added to the ULDC a set of regulations for new RV parks that emphasize the facilities are for travelers, not permanent residents.
- The law also addresses sanitation, landscaping, internal roads, recreation and buffers.
- Adopted the 2017 budget, which relies on drawing $1.24 million in savings.
- McCord said no property tax increase is proposed.
- Approved contracts with Peacock Partnership totaling $92,000 for design services and construction management at The Forum.
Funding for the renovations is through the 2013 special purpose, local option sales tax.
“There will be drastic changes, some of them structural,” Assistant County Manager Gary Burkhalter said.
Revel Systems’ bid of $8,312 for concessions hardware and a $53,555 bid from Rome-based Logical Systems for Wi-Fi also were accepted. The Wi-Fi will support up to 1,000 connections for ticket software, concession sales, employees and the public during events.