STOCKBRIDGE — The first draft on an intergovernmental agreement between Stockbridge and Henry County is now in the hands of the city’s attorneys.
The IGA addresses the new $22 million aquatic center to be constructed in the city of Stockbridge at the Bridges at Jodeco site, but run by Henry County government.
“Provided it’s all squared away, I’m ready to put pen to paper with (Board of Commissioners) Chair Carlotta Harrell and get this thing moving. I’m itching to sign my name,” Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford said.
The agreement, according to City Manager Randy Knighton, 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.
“The IGA appears to follow the resolution you have previously seen,” Knighton said to the council. “We want to make sure you are comfortable as a council regarding it.”
On Monday, City Attorney Jeremy Berry said he received the document on April 9 and is currently reviewing to make sure “it’s in the city’s best interest.”
In February, the mayor and council approved a resolution voicing their support of the center’s location.
The new facility will be funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V monies. The park will feature a competition and therapy pool, an outdoor water park and playground.