Rome Floyd Blight/Litter Task Force formed

August 15, 2019–7:52 a.m.


At their August 13, 2019 meeting, the Floyd County Board of Commissioners approved the creation and appointment of the Rome-Floyd Blight/Littler Task Force.  “It’s an exciting time in Rome and Floyd County and it is the right time to tackle the Blight and Litter issues that detract from the natural beauty of our communities,” said Board of Commission Vice-Chair Wright Bagby.

In previous meetings, Vice-Chair Bagby, Commissioner Allison Watters, and Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful director Emma Wells identified key stakeholder groups in our community to be represented on this Task Force. Over the past few weeks, individuals were identified from each of these stakeholder groups who have an interest in this issue and who are willing to serve. Following is a membership list for the Task Force.

The Rome-Floyd Joint Services Committee unanimously approved the appointment of David Mathis as Chair and Ralph Davis as Co-Chair to lead this inaugural year of the Rome-Floyd Blight/Litter Task Force.

Rome/Floyd County Blight/Litter Task Force:

  • Chair: David Mathis (Georgia Highlands College)
  • Co-Chair: Ralph Davis
  • Marketing/PR:
    • Kristi Kent (Rome City and Convention and Visitors Bureau)
  • Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful:
    • Emma Wells (Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful and Eco-Center)
  • Law Enforcement/Judicial:
    • Tim Burkhalter (Sheriff)
    • Gene Richardson (Magistrate Judge)
  • Real Estate:
    • Brooke Brinson (Hardy Realty)
    • Harry Brock (Brock Appraisal)
  • Education:
    • Lucy Burnes (Johnson Elementary School)
    • Stephanie Dean (Assistant Principal Main Elementary)
  • Healthcare:
    • Ben Simmons (Harbin Clinic)
    • Mai Lee Payne (Advance for Kids)
  • Economic Development:
    • Jennifer Coles (F&P Georgia & GREIA Board)

Included on the Task Force will be ex officio members from the Floyd County Commission, Rome City Commission, and Cave Spring City Council.

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