Commissioners also will get a first look at the proposed 2013 budgets, and they’re scheduled to go into a closed session for the annual evaluation of City Manager John Bennett.
The board caucuses at 5 p.m. and starts its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 601 Broad St. Both meetings are open to the public. (Click here to see the agenda.)
First up is a public recognition of Rome City Schools Superintendent Gayland Cooper, who is retiring in December after 10 years at the helm.
Throngs of well-wishers and admirers attended a reception for Cooper on Saturday at Elm Street Elementary School, where he first joined the school system as a principal. After a 40-year career in public education, he’ll teach masters-level classes in school law, policy and ethics at Berry in the spring.
Among the other items on the City Commission’s agenda is a public hearing on a rezoning request for lots at 212 and 214 Broad St. One parcel contains a house and the other is undeveloped.
The Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a change to neighborhood-office-commercial zoning from the current office-institutional classification.
Planning Director Sue Hiller said the request by owner Russell Donnie Thompson of Cartersville states he plans a residential use.
“The application indicates there would possibly be a second single family dwelling added to that other property,” she noted.
The property is in the South Rome redevelopment and overlay districts. Hiller said the overlay plan encourages NOC zoning along transportation corridors like South Broad Street “especially when there’s already sort of a mix between residences and small businesses.”
While the rezoning also would allow limited office or commercial use, Hiller said it would serve as a buffer for the Hillsboro neighborhood to the west. She also noted that there is a separate review process for any construction or demolition in the special district.