Newnan Council to hear trash service presentationsBy JOHN A. WINTERS
The Newnan City Council will hear presentations Tuesday from three sanitation companies hoping to win the contract for the city’s trash service.
The companies are Waste Industries USA, Inc., which currently has the sanitation contract; Advanced Disposal Services Inc.; and Waste Pro USA, Inc.
Back in April, the Newnan City Council decided to bid for a new sanitation contract that would include proposals for residential solid waste collection along with recycling, yard waste and commercial service for the Central Business District.
The current contract with CLM Sanitation, which was bought out by Waste Industries but continues under the CLM name, expires in September.
Last year, council denied a request from CLM for a rate hike, citing poor job performance.
Since then, company executives have said they are taking necessary steps to improve service.
City staff are currently reviewing the bids, which were opened a couple of weeks ago. Proposed cost to customers stated in the bids varies within $2 to $5 per month among the three companies and based on various scenarios.
Under one scenario, where the sanitation company would provide all services, including billing, proposals ranged from $13.35 per month to $15.59 per month for the three companies under consideration.
In comparison, if the city provided all services, billing would range from $18.80 to $20.22 per month, according to city documents.
Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at its chambers on LaGrange Street.
In other action, council will have a second and final reading to changes regarding neon signs and ordinances relating to telecommunication towers and antennas.
In the first reading of those ordinances at its last meeting, council:
• Approved changes to neon sign regulations for businesses.
Under the changes, neon tubing can only be in a window sign; neon is still not allowed as freestanding, building or wall signs.
Neon signs now will be allowed in three areas: the Quality Development Corridor Overlay District (QDC); the Building Exterior Quality Design Overlay District (BEQ); and the Downtown Development Overlay District (DDO).
Those areas are defined by: all businesses located on the Bypass, Bullsboro Drive, Clark Street/ Temple Avenue, Fair Street, parts of Franklin Highway and Hospital Road, Greenville Street and businesses located downtown, and on parts of Jackson, Jefferson and LaGrange Streets, according to Dean Smith, planner for the city.
• Approved revisions to ordinances relating to telecommunication towers and antennas.
Basically, the changes clarify that approvals for antennas, micro-cells or repeaters would require conditional approval handled by city staff; monopole and towers would require a special exception that must be approved by city council.
The other change is increase the fee for special exception approvals from $200 to $250.