The plan to create a sanitation service for the downtown commercial business district continues to inch closer to becoming a reality.
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, a rate schedule was proposed and approved by council members. According to Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver, the fees are in line with what private haulers are charging.
“Some in the downtown district currently pay a lot more than what we would charge,” Craver said. “Others are paying around $25 to $30 a month, so it’s across the map.”
The proposed rate schedule shows fees ranging from just under $30 a month for residential users all the way to $500 a month for larger restaurants.
Residents and businesses within the proposed service area would receive service on all days except Monday, Craver said.
The projected capital cost of the program is expected to be $242,500, which includes the purchase of two garbage trucks – one new and one used – along with 250 trash bins.
Annual operating costs are estimated to be around $180,000, and includes the salaries of 2.5 sanitation workers along with fees, billing, fuel and maintenance.
City Manager Cleatus Phillips said the program hopes to be in full operation by January 2018.
“These fees don’t currently include things such as recycling, but we’re looking into finding a facility that can accommodate this,” he said. “We’ll make adjustments in the future. It’s not a static thing.”
The city has continued to show interest in turning city-owned property into a recreational park for kids and dogs.
The council awarded a $47,142 contract to Robert and Company – an Atlanta-based design firm - to begin the design work for Harper’s Farm Recreational Park. The proposed park, off Sprayberry Road on Julies Way, was purchased by the city years ago.
In a previous meeting, Council Member Rhodes Shell said the area would be ideal based upon its location to the proposed LINC trail system.
The company has partnered with the city on several existing parks, including Ray Park on Spring Street.
Norma Haynes, a member of the Newnan Christmas Committee, also spoke to the council and expressed her gratitude for allowing the Christmas lights to be on display during the weekends in downtown Newnan.
“Having them on during the weekend has brought great comments, and it’s truly alive at night,” she said.
Haynes petitioned the council to look into having the remaining trees around the court square lit – making a total of 31 trees to have lights.
“Riding through our town with all the trees lit would be an amazing sight,” she said. “Please consider it, and know we appreciate it.”
In other business, the council:
• Denied an application for an alcohol license to the Target Store on Bullsboro Drive after the applicant failed to appear before the council.
• Approved an application for the transfer of an alcohol business license for Brian’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on Newnan Crossing Bypass.
• Carried motion to approve the new millage rate for 2017 property taxes. The rollback rate goes from 4.05 mills to 3.87 mills. A mill is one dollar of tax for each $1,000 of assessed property value.
• Approved the sale of a small portion of property located between 65 and 59 Wesley Street.
• Approved the request on behalf of the New Cultural Arts Commission to host another Jazz in the Park event at the Greenville street Park on Sept. 8, which would also allow for food trucks.
• Approved agreement with the Coweta Community Foundation for management of the Howard Warner playground.
• Approved final readings for the annexation of the 75-acre lot located at 120 Whitlock Road into the city of Newnan and the rezoning of the area into RU-7 – urban single family residential dwelling high density.
• Approved a request from Richard Mix at Full Circle Toys to close a portion of Madison Street for the fifth annual Zombie Day event held on Oct. 14.
• Approved a request from Caleb Stanley to use three spaces in the parking area beside the Wadsworth Auditorium for an ice cream truck to park and serve while events are held at the auditorium.
• Approved request for filming at several location in downtown Newnan for a feature film, “The Boarder,” which will not require any closings of streets or sidewalks.
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