STOCKBRIDGE — An intergovernmental agreement between the city of Stockbridge and Henry County has been approved by the Stockbridge City Council.
Council approved the measure during the April 27 meeting.
The $22 million county Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project is set to be built at the Bridges at Jodeco development site inside city limits.
The agreement will put the donation of the property, design, location, permitting authority, building inspections, certificate of occupancy, impact fee waivers and all operations of the aquatic center in the hands of the county.
Additionally the county will be responsible for lighting, parking, landscaping and access roads.
City Attorney Jeremy Berry, working with County Attorney Patrick Jaugstetter, said an indemnity clause was added to protect the city.
Berry said the agreement was a “good partnership between the county and city,” adding that it makes clear the roles of each government entity pertaining to the center.
Mayor Anthony Ford said he hopes to meet with Board of Commission Chair Carlotta Harrell as soon as possible to sign the document.
Councilman Elton Alexander said the agreement is what county and citizens want to see.
“This is going to usher in a new era of cooperation between the city and the county and show we can work together,” he said.
County Manager Cherie Hobson Matthews is expected to give the board an update on the project during its next meeting on May 4.