Newnan City Council
Changes to yard trimming collection ordinance considered
by CELIA SHORTT
Newnan City Council is considering changes to the city’s sanitation ordinance’s yard trimming collection practices.
The council met Thursday rather than the usual Tuesday date.
According to the sanitation ordinance, yard trimmings would be collected by the city contractor once every week if placed at the curbside for collection. It also stated that a private contractor who provided landscaping maintenance must remove yard trimmings from the premises and those should not be placed at curbside to be collected by the city contractor. If a city contractor had to make a special trip to a residence to remove yard waste too large to be taken in the curbside collection, the resident would be charged for those services.
“I want to make sure they are not being charged too much,” said Mayor Keith Brady. “Are we charging too much to non-contractors, putting yard waste out at the curb to pick up?”
An answer to that question was not determined, but after much discussion, it was determined that more research into the situation needs to be done before a solution can be determined.
Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips mentioned that city officials need to know the frequency of residents being charged if a non-contractor had done the work, but the amount of yard trimmings was too large for the weekly pickup.
“We need to know how often this is happening,” he said.
Council members discussed changes to policies, including basing the requirement for a private yard waste pick-up on volume rather than on whether it was done by a contractor. Other suggestions included redefining in the ordinance what a contractor is.
It was determined by the council that discretion in regards to charging the residents does need to occur for six months while the staff gathers data and does more research to find a course of action. To give the city staff the necessary discretion, the council approved a motion to further study the situation, have staff study it and come up with some options and allowing the staff leeway with charging for yard waste pick-up from non-commercial yard workers.
In other business:
• The council approved and adopted as presented the Intergovernmental Agreement between Coweta County and Newnan, dealing with improving the Five Points intersection of Poplar Road, Turkey Creek Road, East Newnan Road, and Martin Luther King Drive.
• A requested PILOT Taxes waiver by the Housing Authority of Newnan in the amount of $35,000 was approved, but the council also granted a request to engage the Housing Authority in giving updates of the current PILOT Tax system.
• The council awarded a contract to Tomco Construction for construction services for the Wellness Center Buildout at city hall on LaGrange Street in the amount of $125,500. and one to Innovative Fitness Solutions in the amount of $31,710.00 for commercial fitness equipment for City Hall Wellness Center.
• The council declared surplus the equipment and vehicles listed as surplus and/or obsolete.
• Public hearings were held on allowing Class IV day-care facilities in the CUN District as a special exception, thereby amending the buffer requirements for a Child Day Care Center, and on repairing or demolishing 2 Midland Park Lane. The resolution to repair or demolish 2 Midland Park Lane was approved.
• City council approved Central Baptist Church’s request to block Brown Street between West Broad and Spring streets from 8 a.m until 1 p.m. every day during the week of July 8 to 12 for safety during their annual Vacation Bible School.
• Approved was Michael Riley’s request, on behalf of Stalwart Films, LLC, to film scenes in Newnan in July at 16 Carmichael Street and to use the former Newnan Hospital located on Jackson Street for overflow parking.