Monday’s Rome City Commission meeting has three key issues on current agenda: urban camping, panhandling and expanding areas for public alcohol consumption (including Barron Stadium).

Monday’s Rome City Commission meeting has three key issues on current agenda: urban camping, panhandling and expanding areas for public alcohol consumption (including Barron Stadium).

The penultimate Rome City Commission meeting before the Nov. 5 election has a few key topics to watch Monday evening.

Up for second and final readings are the so-called “urban camping” and “panhandling” ordinances. Homeless advocates have worked with the city to review some of the changes outlined in both. You can read the current versions of both ordinances below.

Also worth monitoring: First reading of an expansion of areas preapproved for public alcohol consumption. Here’s what the proposed change states:

BE IT ORDAINED by the Rome City Commission, and it is ordained by authority of same, that Section 14-3 of the Code of the City of Rome, Georgia, be amended by adding new subparagraph o. to paragraph (3), and moving the previously identified subparagraph o. of paragraph (3), to be delineated as subparagraph p., which shall read as follows:

Section 14-3. Drunkenness; drinking in public place or building …

(3) To be drinking any intoxicating beverage while that person is in any street, avenue, alley or in any public place or building in the city, except:
p. The Rome Area History Museum, 401 and 403 Broad St.
q. The City Clock Tower and Grounds (when this property has been duly rented)
r. Fort Norton Events Facility
s. Barron Stadium (when this facility has been duly rented)
t. Any area approved by the Alcohol Control Commission through a temporary consumption permit granted under Section 3-33 (10) of this Code.

The caucus begins at 5 p.m. with a presentation from Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington on a mobile command station. The commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. You can watch it live online. Also, please click Agenda

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