But Assistant County Manager Blaine Williams cautioned that the cost of construction will determine whether the green is ready by the spring.
The 2006 special purpose, local option sales tax package contains $1.69 million to replace The Forum parking lot with a town green and interactive fountain.
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The drawings were finished last week, but we still have to price it, Williams said. Thats the next big hurdle.
It will take about a month for ADAMS Management to price the materials, then it will be up to the board to decide whether it has the money to move forward.
If not, well have to make some adjustments to the design, Williams said.
If all goes well, however, the green could be ready for use shortly after the mid-March completion of the bond-funded parking deck under construction between The Forum and Hawthorn Suites hotel.
ADAMS is overseeing both projects, as well as the planned riverfront plaza next to the green on the bank of the Oostanaula River. The plaza was slated to be up next for construction, but state funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation has been delayed.
The company has been working without a contract since the original expired Aug. 31.
Commissioners extended the contract Tuesday from Sept. 1 through Feb. 28, 2009, at a cost of $38,322 for the deck project and $7,072 for the green project. Williams said the money will come from the countys owner contingency policy.
Also part of the original contract are the SPLOST-funded parking lot planned to replace the lot at the Historic Floyd County Courthouse and the completed pedestrian bridge.
In other actions Tuesday, Commission Chairman Jerry Jennings announced he would seek agreement from the Rome City Commission to set up a new joint committee.
The umbrella committee as yet unnamed would bring together directors of all local and locally based courts, public safety, probation and emergency service agencies to share ideas, problems and solutions, he said.
Existing city and county committees covering judicial services and public safety would be combined under the plan. They would continue to meet monthly, Jennings said, but make quarterly reports to the new umbrella committee.
An initiative to link all the entities administrative information systems is already under way.
The board also issued proclamations recognizing retired fire chief Bobbie McKenzie; National American Indian Heritage Month in November; and Coosa Valley Regional Development Centers help in getting grant funding for the North Terminal area expansion at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.