FCSO shifts 2 cars to county po­lice

♦ The trans­fer is a stop­gap un­til SPLOST funds for new ve­hi­cles be­come avail­able next year.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­ner@RN-T.com

Floyd County Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved on Tues­day the trans­fer of two ve­hi­cles from the sher­iff’s of­fice to the po­lice de­part­ment un­til new po­lice cars are de­liv­ered.

“The po­lice de­part­ment has had a rash of cars go­ing down in their fleet,” As­sis­tant County Man­ager Gary Burkhal­ter said. “This is just a stop­gap mea­sure and we ap­pre­ci­ate the sher­iff’s of­fice work­ing with us on this.”

Po­lice will get a 2005 Chevro­let Im­pala with 115,000 miles and a 2007 Dodge Charger with 175,000 miles. At least one new car is on order but it was un­clear Tues­day when it would be de­liv­ered, since po­lice ve­hi­cles need to be out­fit­ted with a spe­cial equip­ment pack­age.

The 2017 spe­cial pur­pose, lo­cal op­tion sales tax pack­age con­tain $3.4 mil­lion for county ve­hi­cles and equip­ment, but col­lec­tions won’t start un­til April.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port to the Ci­ti­zens SPLOST Com­mit­tee by Spe­cial Projects Man­ager Bruce Ivey, the av­er­age age of the po­lice de­part­ment’s fleet was 7 years and 63 per­cent of the ve­hi­cles had over 100,000 miles. The av­er­age age of ve­hi­cles in the sher­iff’s of­fice fleet was just un­der 6 years and just 46 per­cent had over 100,000 miles on them.

In other ac­tions, the board agreed to a change in a state grant ap­pli­ca­tion for the Rome-Floyd County Li­brary. Orig­i­nal plans called for ren­o­vat­ing the meet­ing rooms but Burkhal­ter said the li­brary board de­ter­mined the need for a new boiler is greater.

State of­fi­cials are pro­cess­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion and needed the County Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval to pro­ceed. The grant, which won’t be funded un­til next Septem­ber, would pro­vide $33,000 to­ward the $66,000 project. The county has bud­geted $25,000 and the li­brary will pay the rest from its fund bal­ance, Burkhal­ter said.

Com­mis­sion­ers also awarded a con­tract to Ge­or­gia Safe Side­walks to con­tinue the side­walk re­pair and re­place­ment project in the River­side com­mu­nity. The $60,000 con­tract is funded through the 2013 SPLOST.

Gary Burkhal­ter

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