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County approves recycling center lease agreement

February 14, 2017--4:04 p.m.

By David Crowder

The Floyd County Commission has followed the Rome City Commission in approving a lease agreement that is expected to lead to the relocation of the recycling center from Watters Street in North Rome to Lavender Drive in West Rome.

Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord said the lease agreement with Ira Levy through SEBE Investments is just one step in the process before the move takes place.

"We have one other agreement that we have to ratify," he said.  "It will be our services agreement with Mr. Levy regarding the material, but I think we have that worked out.  I know there are some concerns over in the Oakdene Community and Mr. levy is working with the city to help them establish the right way to put some buffer between the neighborhood and his operation.  Our increase in what is going there is going to be very insignificant in the overall scheme of what Mr. Levy does, I think it's less than 2% of his operation that he brings in total."

McCord added the lease agreement will allow the county to procure some equipment and make improvements that are needed to make the facility capable of handling the recycling operations.

"I think it's going to be a good thing to move it out of North Rome and have in the West Rome area and a more suitable environment," he added.  "It's a heavy industrial environment with other industry in the area.  I just think it's a good place and a good fit for the whole community."

.You can read the lease agreement here.