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Floyd County 2018 Annual Report Presented by: Jamie McCord, County Manager

Outline Land Bank Authority....................................................... 21 Law Enforcement | Police.......................................22-23 Floyd County Commissioners......................................... 3 Law Enforcement | Sheriff's Office.............................. 24 Airport............................................................................ 4 Metro Task Force.......................................................... 25 Tax Assessor................................................................... 5 Planning / Zoning......................................................... 26 Building Inspection......................................................... 6 P.A.W.S. / Animal Control............................................ 27 Coroner.......................................................................... 7 Parks and Recreation....................................................28 E.C.O. Center / Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful................. 8 Public Works..................................................................29 E-911................................................................................9 Recycling Center.......................................................... 30 Elections........................................................................10 Sara Hightower Regional Library................................... 31 Emergency Management............................................... 11 Solid Waste...................................................................32 Engineering...................................................................12 Tourism.......................................................................... 33 Extension Services.........................................................13 Water............................................................................ 34 Facilities Management..................................................14 Wellness........................................................................ 35 Fire Department............................................................ 15 Teamwork Approach................................................36-37 Fleet Services................................................................ 16 Social Media................................................................. 38 Human Resources & Risk Management......................... 17 Information Technology.................................................18 Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 2 Judicial Services...................................................... 19-20

2019 Floyd County Commissioners Post 1 - Rhonda Wallace Post 2 - Wright Bagby Post 3 - Allison Watters Post 4 - Larry Maxey Post 5 - Scotty Hancock Chair Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 3

RICHARD B. RUSSELL Airport REGIONAL | TOWERS FIELD (RMG) Richard B. Russell Regional Airport hosted several events in 2018 including the Wings Over North Georgia Airshow which brought thousands of spectators to the airport for a beautiful weekend of high flying entertainment, a Navion fly-in, Ace Aviation’s annual landing competition, the International Aerobatic Competition, and our very first hot air balloon festival which brought an estimated 15,000 visitors to RMG.   From the financial perspective the airport had a reduction of cash of approximately $53,000 for the year of 2018.  The operational expenses were approximately $40,000 more than in 2017, but the revenues were almost $90,000 less than in 2017.  The decline in fuel sales revenue was the main contributor to the reduction in revenues for 2018.   2013 SPLOST Update for Runway Extension: Currently the airport has submitted a supplemental funding request for 1/19 Runway Extension Project.  The county has the remaining SPLOST funds, after paying for ½environmental, engineering, design and bidding costs, which will cover approximately of the construction costs.  It is our understanding that decisions will be made in the near future concerning the grant requests.   2017 SPLOST Update for Airport Corporate Hangar Construction: With the 2017 SPLOST beginning April 1, 2019 the desire is to design the corporate hangar in 2019.  The timeline for construction of this hangar has not been determined.  More discussions will occur in the near future concerning this project. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 4

Tax Assessor THE MEDIUMS AVAILABLE Y O U R I N S P I R A T I O N SPresentations are communication tools that can be used as The Floyd County Board of Assessors are appointed to fixed Y O U R P A S S I O N Sdemonstrations, lectures, speeches, reports, and more. terms as defined by state law.  They are charged with the responsibility of establishing the fair market value of property Presentations are communication tools that can be used as for ad valorem taxation purposes. Presentdaetmioonsnsatreatcioonms,mleucnticuaretsio, nspteoeoclshtehsa, trecpaonrtbse, aunsdedmaosre. In 2018, the Board was responsible for the following:  39,582 residential properties valued at $3,654,695,230 demonstrations, lectures, speeches, reports, and more. 4,000 agricultural properties valued at $632,654,517 2,949 commercial properties valued at $1,001,548,800 FloFyldoyCdoCuonutyntAy nAnnunaulaRl eRpepoortrt22001818| |PPaAgGe E5 258 industrial properties valued at $302,632,042 94 public utility properties valued at $997,306,710 The Board reviewed 564 real property appeals, 130 personal property appeals, and 26 automobile appeals.

Building Inspection Building Inspection is one of the many departments that works jointly for Floyd County and the City of Rome. INSPECTIONS SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING PERMITS 2018 - 6,439 2017 - 5,278 2018 - 166 2017 - 125 UP UP FROM 2017 FROM 2017 TOTAL OF $1,018,178 BETWEEN TWO GOVERNMENT ENTITIES IN 2018 Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 6

Coroner's Office In 2018, the morgue was completed and put into full operation.  Floyd County now has the capability to handle eighteen deceased individuals.  In disaster situations, the morgue is equipped to handle more. The building houses a complete investigative area for police agencies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to utilize.  In 2018, the Floyd County Coroner’s Office was responsible for over 500 cases, doubling the amount of cases from 2017.  With the purchase of a new vehicle, the Coroner’s Office began transporting when necessary to the GBI Crime Lab.  This has been a savings to Floyd County.  Electronic records are now being utilized to the benefit of local citizens and law enforcement. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 7

River FFllooyydd CCoouunnttyyAAnnnnuuaal Rl eRpeoprot r2t 0210818| P| APGagEe 8 Education towah oosa ostanaCuleanter In 2018, the E.C.O. Center implemented a widely successful monthly home school program and branched into the home school market.  The staff also welcomed two rough green snakes, a black racer, two corn snakes, a spotted gar, sturgeon, and nine anoles into our E.C.O. Center family.  The center had a great response to its Second Annual Community Speaker series with programs that included Snake Night and Bat Basics.  In May, the E.C.O. Center received a $6,000 materials grant from the NRA Teach Freedom Foundation for archery program equipment and in June, they hosted a hugely successful, first ever national pollinator week packed full of Bee City USA events.  Over the summer, a partnership with Chieftains Museum gave the community River Quest, an interactive family event that included a boat ride and scavenger hunt.  For the first time, the E.C.O. Center hosted Project WET and Project WILD Educator Workshops for local teachers this past July, and in August the E.C.O. Center staff received Adopt-A-Stream “Train the Trainer” certifications to conduct AAS workshops.  The E.C.O. Center wrapped up 2018 by partnering with the Forum River Center and Chieftains Museum to bring the ICE Experience, an interactive winter field trip, to local schools.

E-911 Total City PD: 52,514 Agency County PD: 45,426 In 2018, Floyd County’s E-911 handled 193,166 phone calls and Cave Spring PD: 1,476 there were 178,172 calls for service.  Calls for service are Calls: defined as calls that have an agency response.  Response Rome Fire: 6,567 includes Floyd County Police, Rome City Police, Cave Spring Police, Rome-Floyd Fire, Cave Spring Fire, Floyd County Cave Spring Fire: 328 Sheriff’s Office, Redmond EMS, Floyd EMS, and others.  The center’s average answer time is 7.45 seconds. Floyd EMS: 15,168 Redmond EMS: 4,345 Floyd County Sheriff's Office: 12,722 Other calls | Information calls: 39,626 The E-911 Center will begin to see much needed renovations in 2019 thanks to citizen support of the 2017 SPLOST. FFloloydydCCouonutnytyAnAnnunaul aRleRpeoprto2rt01280|18PA| PGaEge 9

Elections Hired new Chief Elections Clerk, Robert Brady. General Primary Election - May General Primary Runoff - July General Election - November Runoff Election - December Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 10

Emergency Management Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | PAGE Floyd County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) & Communications work diligently to Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 11 ensure the citizens of Rome, Floyd County, and Cave Spring are prepared for potential disasters.   Communications is a sub-department of EMA and their primary responsibility is the operation and management of the Floyd County Public Safety radio system. In 2018, this included, overseeing the $1.4 Million E-911 dispatch center with the upgrades to the dispatch consoles and system upgrades.   The Floyd County EMA hosted four training classes in 2018: ·        The Emergency Operations Center Operations Class with 21 attendees. The class was for local public safety personnel who would be activated to the EOC an opportunity to actively learn about the WebEOC (GEMA) and Emergency Operation Center guidelines and requirements. ·        Railcar Training with 22 attendees. The class was designed to familiarize first responders with the safety precautions of dealing with a hazardous material (Haz-Mat) incident involving railcars on a train. ·        National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Spotter Training with 34 attendees. The class was designed to familiarize and educate concerning significant weather events that would require them to submit spotter information to the local EMA and the NWS. ·        Region C Healthcare Coalition’s Moulage (Theatrical Makeup) Class with 12 attendees. The class is designed to teach participants how to apply theatrical makeup, for training exercises that will greatly support the preparedness efforts of first responder training.   Floyd County EMA also partnered with the Rome Braves to host their annual Preparedness Night at State Mutual Stadium which kicked off September Preparedness Month in Georgia. The event was able to successfully interact with over 2,000 citizens at the event. They also participated in community events at SAM’S Club and Home Depot to provide preparedness information to citizens in attendance by interacting with an estimated 250 participants.   Floyd County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) had five (5) partial activations during Tropical Storm Alberto, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, Cave Spring Flood, and 2018 January Snow Storm. All activations totaled 140 hours of monitoring.

Engineering In 2018, the Floyd County Engineering Department continued to provide essential services that make Floyd County a place where people are healthy, safe, and connected to their community.  Some of their projects included: Finished moving the Myra H for restoration Completed the site design for the new Recycling Center Completed design and layout of the Rail Viewing site in Lindale Completed design of the new dog park Prosperity Way Extension North Floyd 100-acre Industrial Site/Reynolds Property grading plan Location and permitting of the Welcome To Rome-Floyd County sign on Hwy 101 Implemented an online address request process on Designed Jail sewer improvements Completed Stormwater Management Program Permit for the 5 year cycle running from 2018-2022 and submitted it to EPD. Completed an MS4 stormwater audit by EPD and satisfied all comments resulting from the audit Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 12

Extension Services 2ND Lauren Wood: Keith Mickler, Extension Coordinator: PLACE in STATE 2nd Place 2018 County Extension Coordinator of the Year: State Level Performing Arts & Participant in 2018 Leadership in the City through Ohio State University Dance Distinguished Service Award: National and State Level Veeka Mulunchuk: Abbie Salmon, 4-H Agent: 2nd Place Food for Health & Presented at the Association for International Agriculture and Sport Extension Education Conference held in Merida, Mexico Karmen Holbert: Joint Council of Extension Professionals Creative Excellence Award National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service 1st Place - Veterinary Science Award Master 4-H Member 4-H Lego Competition Representative at National 4-H Congress Insect / Plant Samples: 75 Achievement Total Enrollment: 891 Soil Samples: 474 in Service Youth Received Instruction in Public Speaking: 822 Water Microbiology: 13 Award Youth Received Instruction in Career Readiness: 808 Drinking Water Analysis: 10 Youth Served in After School Programs: 208 Animal Water Analysis: 5 Professional Youth Served Through Summer Educational Activities: 110 Feed/Forages Analysis: 69 Achievement Community Service Projects Completed: 7 Livestock Events: 21 Award 4-H RECEIVES Wheat Yield Contest: State WInner @ 129 bu/a 15-PASSENGER Soybean Yield Contest - Ultra Early Soybean: State Winner at 94 bu/a VAN Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 13

Facilities Management In 2018, the Floyd County Facilities Department: Assisted with renovations to new the Recycling Center and County Morgue Reinstalled hands and clock movements to the Historic Courthouse Developed process improvement for cleaning and reorganization of County cleaning schedules Worked with Floyd County Purchasing and Special Projects to create a bid outline for space utilization and energy efficiencies of County buildings Assisted in replacing carpet in the Law Enforcement Center and County Administration Building Facilities Manager Ryan Davis completed the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s Management Development Program Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 14

Rome-Floyd Fire Department The division taught 8 state re-certification classes.  Automatic aide training was continued with Cave Spring Fire Department. A total of 4 live fire training exercises in acquired structure were completed for both for new recruits as well as new officers.  Emergency Medical Technician training was completed with each medic completing a minimum of 40 hours.  COR re-certification was completed by the entire department.  Educators conducted training throughout the community. Public 1,360 79,168 Education: Specialized Training 337 events 44,025 people Training Hours Hours reached Fire pails made New engine Over 2,000 Walk-A-Mile for 5th Grade purchased for toys In Her Shoes Station 2, Cave Fire Safety collected for Program Spring Road Toys for Tots 7 employees 14 graduated 6,017 to retire with from 12-week Specialized 222 years of Rookie School Training service Hours 3 Firefighters Trench First 6,843 Ribbon-cutting 4 Firefighters completed Rescue Methodist Departmental Rome-Floyd currently EMT School Trailer Preschool & ISO Training Fire Memorial Program enrolled in EMT Hours School

Fleet Services In 2018, Floyd County had a total of 423 vehicles in their fleet. Out of the 423 vehicles, 385 vehicles were assigned to departments and 38 were in surplus. The County also has 89 tractors / off-road equipment and 22 trailers at its disposal. Special Projects Director Bruce Ivey completed his first full year at the helm of our fleet services management. Master Mechanic Brad Walker and his employees completed 2,188 total work orders in 2018. Over 930 of those work orders were scheduled preventative maintenance, and sixteen were for accident repairs. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 16

Human Resources FlFolyodydCoCuonutnytAy nAnnunaulaRleRpeoprotr2t0210818| P|APGagE e 17 & Risk Management In 2018, Floyd County Human Resources saw many accomplishments including: GLGPA Large Agency Achievement Award SHRM – Atlanta Impact Award Finalist Awarded $10,000 Safety Discount by ACCG-LGRMS Launch of the Employee Self Service (ESS) phone application Created Online Applications for Law Enforcement Developed Automated Applicant Testing/Scoring KRONOS Upgrade and Modernization Approval Acquired and transitioned to ACCG as our Third Party Administrator for Workers’ Compensation Developed electronic records keeping of payroll Created new pay code for reporting non-cash uniforms (757) Created the capability for citizen claims to be reported online at Over 1,700 training hours were produced in 2018 Developed practices for addressing unemployment benefits claims Coordinated with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to bring EEOC Training to Floyd County Developed Corrective Action Practices and Training endorsed and adopted by the Floyd County Merit Board Developed and initiated new Personnel Action (PA) Training Developed and established standardized protocols for the new FMLA Tracking Program Developed records management practices and protocols Completed GEBCorp Retirement Census Initiated the use of registers and recruitment by job classifications Eliminated the use of all documents and materials that conflicted with Floyd County Rules and Regulations

Information Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 18 Technology In 2018, Information Technology added a position to focus on technology needs for the Floyd County Jail.  This has helped to improve services and security at the jail. During this time, the fiber was relocated in preparation for building the new training center as part of the Jail Medical SPLOST project.   At the Law Enforcement Center, IT helped in the training room renovations with the installation of new presentation and audio systems.  Managed Wi-Fi was also added for the Police Department to improve the car video uploads.   Information Technology was instrumental in helping with technological needs at the new Rome-Floyd Recycling Center by installing their switch, firewall, and internet services.     Information Technology was able to increase Floyd County’s internet bandwidth used by all departments to a 1-gigabyte connection and to add Malwarebytes protection to help secure our network. IT also upgraded the fax server and replaced the network backup software with the ArcServe system.  This moved the IT work order system to a free application to reduce cost and better track equipment inventory. Departments are encouraged to use this work order system to make sure we fix problems as efficiently as possible.

Judicial Services Finding Your Creative Niche | CHC 2020 Juvenile Court | Judge Greg Price was awarded the State Bar of FloFylodyCd oCuonutyntAynAnnunaulaRleRpeoprot r2t02108 1|8P|aPgAeG1E9 Georgia’s “Lovett Award” by the Bar’s Child Protection and Advocacy Section at the Georgia Bar’s Annual Meeting at Amelia Island, Florida on June 8, 2018.  The Lovett Award is given annually to the Juvenile Judge/Attorney who has a history of dedication to advocacy for children, children’s rights, or child protection; who  exemplifies excellence and professionalism as an attorney or judge; who has been active in bar activities or professional associations; and also has been active in non- law related community service organizations.  The Award was presented to Judge Price by Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, State Bar President Buck Rogers, and Niki Vaughn, Chair of the State Bar Child Protection and Advocacy Section. Mental Health Court | The Mental Health Court overseen by Judge Jack Niedrach graduated 10 participants in 2018 and currently has 5 on aftercare. In January, the court will be part of the $1.25 million Medication Assisted Treatment grant. This grant will apply to those participants who have an addiction and agree to have treatment through medication, i.e., Methadone, Suboxone, etc.   The grant provides for enhanced services to include childcare, job training, medical and dental assistance.  It will also require additional treatment and surveillance.

Judicial Services Finding Your Creative Niche | CHC 2020 Superior Court | 2018 saw the retirement of the Superior Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | PAagGeE 20 Court’s Chief Judge Tami Colston, who has served as Chief Judge of the circuit since 2016, following the retirement of Judge Walter Matthews. She was originally appointed to the bench in July 2001 by Governor Roy Barnes. She will be remembered for her efforts in getting addicted offenders into rehab in order to help them beat their drug addiction. To this end, she started the Floyd County Felony Drug Court in 2017. This court utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure public safety and rehabilitation to its participants. Currently 24 participants are enrolled in the Drug Court Program. Judge Billy Sparks will now preside over the Felony Drug Court and Judge Bryant Durham will take over as Chief Judge in January following Judge Colston’s retirement.  Judge Kay Ann Wetherington was elected in May to replace Judge Colston. Judge Wetherington served as an Assistant District Attorney in Floyd County for 20 years and was in private practice prior to her service with the D.A.’s Office. Probate Court | Probate Court issued 2,543 weapons carry permits and 628 marriage licenses in 2018.

Land Bank Authority The Rome/Floyd Land Bank Authority (LBA) had a very successful year in 2018.  The LBA sold 56 parcels during the year and collected a total of $116,331. We had a variety of purchasers- some were investors with a development plan (rehabilitation, new construction, etc.) and others were adjacent property owners that purchased the property for control of it and to either keep it clean and/or enlarge their yards, extra parking space, etc. All of these 56 parcels were placed back on the tax rolls and are no longer “dead properties”. The LBA will be able to receive 75% of taxes collected (City and County) for the next five years to help with operations. FFllooyydd CCoouunnttyy AAnnnnuuaall RReeppoorrtt 22001188 || PPaAgGeE21

Law Enforcement - Police The year 2018 was a year of transition and great accomplishment for the Floyd County Police Department.  With the retirement of longtime Police Chief, Bill Shiflett, Mark Wallace began his tenure as the new Chief.  In his first year at the head of the department: Tom Ewing was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police. In August 2018, Chief Wallace and Captain David Bohannon scored top honors at Shoot for the Horizon, an annual shooting competition hosted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. Community relations and communication with the public increased with neighborhood watch meetings, self-defense classes with civic groups, and public appearances by police at expo events where officers educate the public on: scams, online predators, and distracted driving. Events: Shop with a Cop, Coffee with a Cop, lectures at area schools, leading Blood Assurance Heroes Unified fund raiser, Salvation Army volunteering, and the Annual Celebrity Golf Shootout benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of NWGA. Social media helped highlight the department and give the public another means to communicate directly with an officer. Channels were created on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.  Social media has helped locate missing children and missing dementia patients, identify and prosecute law breakers, and streamline emergency messages to the public. At the request of parents and the Board of Education, the police department has increased the number of officers in schools to give the children an opportunity to talk and socialize with police in an atmosphere where crime and distress are absent. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 22

Law Enforcement - Police Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 23 Training was held for field training officers, SWAT certification, child death investigation, self-defense tactics for civilians. The Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault hosted a class to educate first responders and school officers. Officers were provided equipment during a training offered by Stop the Bleed Georgia and Floyd County Wellness. This important class gave insight on how to stop large scale bleeds by using tourniquets and other clotting agents during life threatening emergencies. Officer Katy Walters put the training to good use in July 2018 when she saved the lives of two children who had been shot at their home in Lindale. Her efforts were recognized by not only medical staff but by the department in her award of 2018 Officer of the Year. The police department worked with the GBI and federal law enforcement to investigate online predators with a focus of arresting adults who were luring underage children with illicit conversation and plans to meet.  Twenty arrests were made, including one who attempted to run over arresting officers. Officer Jim McCormick sacrificed his personal safety to block the path of the speeding vehicle that would have struck a mail carrier. A second K-9 officer was added to the roster. Sgt. Shea Hovers and his partner Lex recently began work on patrol to search out drugs and to assist with search of lost persons and missing articles. Sgt. Matt Henry and his K-9 partner Blaze have been working here for several years and were featured in the May issue of a magazine called “Versatile Hunting Dog.” In August the police department assisted the City of Cave Spring with a mutual aid operation when a flash flood shut down the city for more than twelve hours. Officers blocked highways, assisted with emergency evacuation and property removal. In October 2018 the police department received sizable donations from the Exchange Club of Rome to purchase car seats for children and infants. Officers also received teddy bears at the event for officers to use with children who are victims or witness to traumatic events. Training continues in active shooter response, including a drill at State Mutual Stadium that was hosted by Floyd Medical Center and included the SWAT team and patrol officers.

Law Enforcement - Sheriff's Office FloFyldoyCdoCunotuynAtynAnunanluRael pRoerpto2r0t 1280|18Pa| gPeAG24E Jail Medical Phase II/Infrastructure Improvements - The two phase project funded through allocations in the 2013 and 2017 SPLOST packages for Floyd County Jail Improvements is now under way to make room for the medical wing expansion. Jail Administrator Bob Sapp helped to develop a solution to involve the FCSO and Facilities department, while also utilizing inmate labor.  The training center is the first phase of a $7.4 million project that will add a medical and mental health wing with 60 beds to the jail. 2018 ended with the installation of The TEK-84 “Intercep Body Scanner”  which only takes 4 seconds to transmit an internal image to check for concealment and may very well save a life, protect, as well safeguard our employees.  A high resolution of grey scale pixels derived from scanning beam passes through the person being scanned moving up and down vertically to reveal possible contraband, drugs etc. This is the newest evolution in high security ionizing x-ray technology design and created for use in jails, prisons, and airports. The jail hopes to render immediate care should ingestion of harmful foreign objects occur. 2018 Sheriff Santa Program completed its 21st year, generating $6,000 through its 1st Annual Unity in the Community Golf Tournament, and helping more than 400 children with winter coats and needed items.  Toys for Tots provides toys for children 12 and under who have signed up, however, the FCSO generates funds to meet the needs of teens 13-15 years of age who are otherwise left out during the Christmas season. The 2019 event is planned for June 14, 2019.   FCSO enlisted the support of the community to help the flood victims in Florida and North Carolina Sheriff’s Office by establishing a non-profit entity called RomeGACares to manage the donations and logistics of these disaster relief efforts. We acquired a donation drop-off and storage at 1929 North Broad Street, and tractor trailers for transport.  Volunteers helped in accepting and assembling donations and load trailers.  Specific items that were needed most were allowed as well as Disaster Relief Kits. The RomeGACares Disaster Relief Hotline is 706-252-0978.

Metro Task Force The Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force is a joint agency that operates undercover to help eliminate illegal drugs from the streets of our community.  In 2018, this agency was responsible for getting over $6.7 million of illegal drugs off the streets.  This included meth, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, prescription drugs, and cocaine among others.  Seventy firearms were seized during these investigations. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 25

Planning / Zoning River District Public Outreach event – received great opinions and participation from the community regarding the River District plans Trail audits – worked with T.R.E.D. (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) for better way-finding throughout the existing trail systems School walk audit at Main Elementary – staff analyzed the surrounding areas that children may utilize to walk to school to improve safety and walk-ability Staff attended bicycle ride across Georgia Staff participated in International Walk to School Day to encourage students and parents to walk to school Coordinated Pup-A-Palooza, a pop-up dog park. to encourage more funding for the future dog park and acquired donations of dog food for P.A.W.S. Staff completed Tripper Services App - The Tripper App was designed as a visual tool to help transit supervisors, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students better understand the Tripper route system. Each school year, transit supervisors were tasked with updating and publishing Tripper routes. A master route document was then assembled and passed along to each city school for distribution to parents and students. With 26 Tripper routes divided into morning and afternoon runs, his document became quite large and problematic to use. The Tripper App takes that document and digitizes it into a visual format that is easier to use and understand. Staff coordinated the Hike Through History event (May 2018) – 150 attendees Heritage Trails System is now a certified historic site on the Trail of Tears National Register Hosted a “Planning and Zoning 101” training for Georgia municipalities City of Rome celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by participating in the CLG program. Staff worked with a consultant to complete Joint Service Delivery Strategy (Rome, Floyd County, Cave Spring) Staff worked with a consultant to complete the River District Multimodal Analysis and Redevelopment Plan Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 26

Public Animal Welfare Services Averaged 96.13% live outcome for 2018 compared to 2017. 73.49% of that: 1,449 pets went to rescue, 1,164 pets went with adopters = 2,613 pets found a loving environment P.A.W.S. has worked diligently with animal advocacy groups to implement various programs. These programs have positively impacted the pets at P.A.W.S. with thanks to Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a low-cost microchip program was implemented. This program allows citizens to bring their pets to P.A.W.S, and we can microchip and register the pets at an affordable price. Thanks to Claws for Paws and the Floyd County Prison, an outside covered area was created to enable pets and potential adopters to have some protection from the outside elements. Finally, one major change is the ability to have a positive impact on the health of the pets at P.A.W.S. While at our facility, Veterinary Assistant Nicole Farrell works closely with veterinarians to provide healthcare to the animals at the facility. Since the inception of this position, there has been a significant reduction in diseases which has increased the number of high live outcomes. Nicole is a great asset and is currently working to pursue her degree and license in veterinary technology and hopes to go on to pursue a Master's degree in Animal Shelter Medicine. FloFyldoyCdoCuonutyntAy nAnnunaulaRl eRpeoprotrt22001818| |PaPAgGe E27

Parks and Recreation Leprechaun-a-thon’s number showed an increase and the Hero Hustle had over 100 more people participate Baseball numbers increased by over 100 New catch net placed at Etowah Driving Range, 300 feet Boat dock at Lock and Dam was removed and replaced with a new boat dock Repaired and reinstalled historic flag pole at Shannon park Started construction on 20x20 building at Etowah Driving Range, 50% completed Prepped baseball and football fields for 1,125 games = 80,000 participants Planted wildflowers at Heritage, Ridge Ferry, Lock and Dam, Alto Park, and Shannon FloyFdloCydouCnotuynAtynnAunanluRaelpRoerpt o2r0t1280|1P8a|gPeA2G8E

Public Works Floyd County Public Works had a really productive year in 2018.  The department paved 17.7 miles in addition to completing another six miles of paving for the City of Rome.  Public Works crews provided construction support on the new Recycling Center.  Our Bridge Shop, led by John Housch, poured more than 100 yards of concrete at the Recycling Center.  Most of that included work on the trench required for the infeed conveyor, a new accessible ramp, and the ramp and pad for the new truck scale.  In addition, Public Works crews worked on grading, cleaning and paving the parking lot and the driveway, and enlarging the public drop off area.   Thanks to the 2013 SPLOST, Public Works used $278,000 of the committed funds in 2018 to purchase a new tandem dump truck, a new right-of-way mower, and a post driver.  Additional funds were used for infrastructure improvements in Riverside and Lindale.  Public Works crews made significant improvement by pouring, replacing and contracting work on sidewalks in Riverside to remove more than 2,000 trip hazards and in Lindale to provide ADA access on sidewalks from Gilbreath Park to Pepperell High School.  Additional work was done in both areas to help get pedestrians off the roads in the higher traffic areas.   In 2018, Public Works received 4,266 work orders which included repairing 843 traffic signs, striping more than 96 miles of center line and 39 miles of edge lines, pouring 331 cubic yards of concrete, mowing more than 5,900 miles of shoulders, and hauling more than 1,100 loads of limbs and brush debris. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 29

BEFORE AFTER Recycling On December 27th, 2018, the new recycling center located at 412 Lavender Drive received its Certificate of Occupancy.  The new center has increased production in a major way.  In a typical day at the old center in North Rome, the center would produce about 1,000 pounds of baled plastic.  In four hours one morning in December, the center baled 10,000 pounds of plastic.  Currently, the center does not see that much volume to run that much daily, but the test run shows what is capable with the new equipment.  The new center will focus increasing materials through education and partnerships with additional local governments and private businesses. Grand Opening Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 30

Sara Hightower Regional Library FLOYD COUNTY LIBRARY Adult Programs:  57 Circulation: Includes Adult and Children's Materials Participants:  7,325 Books:  187,232 Children Programs:  181 EBooks (downloaded from our databases):  9,094 Audio Books:  12,035 Participants:  7,670 Audio Books (downloaded from our databases):  9,378 DVDs, CDs, and all other Audio Visual materials:  118,003 Patron Total:  335,742 T H E MViEsiDtsI:U M S A V A I L A B L E Summer Reading Program Participants:  2,569 Presentations are communication tools that can be used as Summer Reading Program – Hours Read:  26,584 Adult Reading Program Participants:  656 191,043demonstrations, lectures, speeches, reports, and more. # Books Read:  980 Computer Sessions:  56,879 Friends of the Library Book Sale:  $12,355.56 Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 31

Solid Waste Floyd County applied and received a grant for a scrap tire program in 2018 through the EPD.  The event was held in June, 2018 at State Mutual Stadium.  Three tractor trailer loads of tires (approximately fifteen tons) from local ditches, yards, and waterways were collected and disposed.  The event cost $4,800 and was completely reimbursed from the EPD.   Floyd County hosted six special events at the Recycling Center in 2018 to collect Household Hazardous Waste material and Electronics to help keep them out of our landfill.  Eight-four thousand pounds of liquids and other hazardous waste and eighty-two thousand pounds of electronics and televisions and other periphery equipment.   The center’s largest volume collection and disposal program is for leaves and limbs/brush.  In 2018, more than one million pounds of leaves and eleven hundred pounds of limbs and brush were collected.  This correlates to more than twenty-four thousand cubic yards of limbs/brush.  All of this material is recycled either as mulch or fuel. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 32

Tourism Travel and tourism generated a 5.9% year over year increase in total impact in 2018. Estimates include travel expenditures, travel generated employment and payroll income, as well as tax revenues for state and local government. In Floyd County, the tourism industry supported 1,409 jobs throughout the service and hospitality industries. Travelers to Rome & Floyd County generated $6.44 million in state tax revenue and $4.60 million in local tax revenue*.   Each Floyd County household would need to be taxed an additional $311 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism economic activity.   *2017 estimates provided by US Travel Association. 2018 estimates will be available in Fall 2019. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 33

H-4 Water In 2018, the Floyd County Water Department saw the completion of the 2013 SPLOST project bringing water to the Everett Springs area of Floyd County.  This included a distribution system with approximately seventeen miles of new water mains and fifty-two new fire hydrants, a new one million gallon storage tank, a new pump station, and fixed based meter reading.    The department also upgraded four pump stations and one water source location at Old Mill Spring. Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 34

Wellness Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 35 The Floyd County Wellness Department saw many achievements in employee health offerings.  The year started off with a bang with a “New Year, New You” weight loss challenge with over fifty participants who lost more than three hundred pounds collectively.  A partnership with Floyd Medical Center created a weekly diabetes prevention class providing each participant with a life coach.  Two successful training sessions on Self Defense and Active Shooter response were co-hosted with Floyd County Police.   Three new wellness events saw great participation from employees and families.  The department hosted an employee kickball tournament at State Mutual Stadium, home of the Rome Braves.  Then in June twelve team competed in a Poker Walk.  The winning team walked over 1,000 miles.  Later in the year, the Employee Christmas Crawl health walk ushered in over 220 participants.

Teamwork Approach Floyd County Admin Building Rome GA Cares Donation Floyd County Sheriff's Office Floyd County Police Department Rome GA Cares Hands -Free Law Filming Floyd County Juvenile Court College Colors Day Floyd County Morgue Floyd County Employees & Family Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Heart of the Community Walk Rome-Floyd Fire Department National Fire Pet Safety Day County Manager Jamie McCord Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 36 Rome Braves Opening Day - First Pitch

Teamwork Approach Rome-Floyd Planning Department Floyd County Public Works Richard B. Russell Regional Airport Employees Pup-a-Palooza 2018 Chainsaw Training Class Halloweeen Costume Contest Floyd County Prison Rome-Floyd Recycling P.A.W.S. \"Mascots\" Women in Leadership Grand Opening Delilah & Gunner Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 37

Social Media @floydcountyga The hub of all things Floyd County Educate | Engage | Inform | Promote News, Events, Meeting Notices, Press Releases, Holidays, Closings, Weather, Recognition, Job Vacancies Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube  Facebook - most popular platform 4,490+ followers PROMOTING JOBS YouTube - SPLOST, \"Get To Know Your County INFORMING CITIZENS Departments\" ENGAGING CITIZENS EDUCATING CITIZENS Floyd County Annual Report 2018 | Page 38

2018 Floyd County Annual Report Designed, developed, and produced by the Floyd County Administration This publication can be viewed online, in PDF or Floyd County Clerk's Office 12 East 4th Avenue, Suite 209 | Rome, GA 30161 HTML format, at the Rome-Floyd County website: [email protected] (706) 291-5111

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