City of Milton: Glass recycling collection bin arrives at Bell Park after council vote

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05/24/2021 9:31 PM

City council decided on Monday to bring glass recycling back to Milton, paving the way for large collection containers in Bell Memorial Park – at no cost to the city.

Since 2017, after single-flow services no longer use glass, the City has dropped the requirement that certified waste haulers accept glass for recycling. Residents could drop off their glass at the Roswell Recycling Center until March 2020, when the Roswell banned people outside their city (including Milton) from doing so. This left the closest option in Sandy Springs to the Keep North Fulton Beautiful facility.

Meanwhile, there has been great public interest – as evidenced several times during the Global Plan 2040 process – in giving Milton residents more options to recycle more easily. This could lead to an overhaul of the current system and significant investments in the years to come.

But with Monday’s unanimous vote, people won’t have to wait that long for the gradual change many are calling for. In fact, they might be able to bring their drink to Bell by the first half of June.

“I hear people [who] I really want to recycle, “Teresa Stickels, the city’s conservation manager, said on Monday.” But it really needs to be more practical. This is something we want to help our residents do. “

This step is thanks to Ella Katekovich and Jeslyn Guo, two members of the Milton High School environmental awareness group known as the Clean and Green Club. They reached out to council member Peyton Jamison about setting up a container in Milton, then inquired of a company that could collect and recycle it.

Their efforts and the general idea of ​​offering glass recycling aroused great enthusiasm, as well as questions. The students originally wanted to place bins on the Milton High campus, but were unable to get approval from schools in Fulton County. So they turned to the city, which explored various options before settling on the gravel lot in the back corner, in the far southeast of Bell Memorial Park.

Since recycled glass is a hot commodity (this glass being imported into Georgia due to limited supply), Strategic Materials offered to place a large container there free of charge for the city.

Stickels explained that Milton will start with a baccalaureate, but Strategic Materials offered a second at a different, as yet undetermined location.

“He’s a pilot,” she said. “We want people to behave well.”

Board members praised the initiative, with Rick Mohrig calling it a “great initiative”.

“This is excellent service not only for our residents, but also for our environment,” said Mayor Joe Lockwood.

Also on Monday, the council has two memorandums of understanding with the town of Alpharetta.

The first discussion was about an idea first proposed by Alpharetta’s city administrator to his Milton counterpart, City Manager Steve Krokoff. At the time, Alpharetta’s clerk was retiring and this town was exploring where to hold hearings – at the same time Milton was opening his brand new courtroom in the public safety complex near Highway 9.

Milton signed a short-term deal in which his clerk, Brooke Lappin, would also take on these duties for Alpharetta while conducting a feasibility study to explore the move of the Alpharetta court system to Milton City Court. Newly promoted Deputy City Manager Stacey Inglis explained the results of this study, including:

  • The need to add two more workstations with furniture to accommodate Alpharetta’s four assistant clerks
  • A realization that IT needs could be easily managed
  • Work through the cashier requirements, helped by the fact that both cities have the same banking system and eCourt software
  • An understanding that Milton wouldn’t need to add his own staff
  • Taking into account cost considerations – namely, how much Alpharetta should pay for the space

Neither city has daily sessions, which means that sharing the courtroom itself doesn’t appear to be a major issue. Still, given that Alpharetta would share roughly 5,420 square feet of workspace, it was determined that a 60/40 split (with Alpharetta paying the highest) would be fair. At about $ 135,000 a year, that would mean Alpharetta would pay over $ 81,000.

Taking this and other factors into account, Inglis estimated that adopting this new approach would net the City approximately $ 140,000 each year. Alpharetta city council approved the same memorandum of understanding last Monday.

Milton City Council followed suit, with council member Carol Cookerly applauding a “well done” job.

Inglis was followed by Milton Parks and Recreation Director Tom McKlveen, who presented another draft MOU with Alpharetta that would allow residents of both cities to pay the same rates for non-residents for:

  • Football – as part of the North Atlanta Football League (NAFL) – which would be technically overseen by Milton, who would provide two of the three pitches used. (Currently, Alpharetta provides two fields and Milton one.) McKlveen noted that approximately 2/3 of NAFL participants are residents of Milton.
  • Softball, which would be supervised by Alpharetta. Milton does not have its own softball program, although Council Member Laura Bentley asked if women’s softball “depends on the two cities that make up these teams.” McKlveen agrees, saying the end of the previous Milton-Alpharetta memorandum of understanding on recreation programs “made things difficult for Alpharetta. [softball] to continue. “
  • Two free special needs camps would be available at non-resident rates to residents of the two cities. Alpharetta offers Camp Happy Hearts for children ages 6 to 12, while Milton offers Camp Joyful Soles for ages 13 to 22.

McKlveen explained that while the two cities would lose money on the difference in non-resident fees, the deal would not involve any significant exchange of funds as happened in the years after the constitution of Milton.

“We were looking for an agreement that was beneficial for both cities,” he said.

After a few questions, Milton Council strongly endorsed the resolution and the effort to work with Alpharetta for the citizens of both cities. Alpharetta must then approve the MOU for it to take effect.

Prior to these votes, Council approved a series of Consent Agenda items, including:

  • Engineers’ analysis of the Clarity Road Bridge over the Little River, which has been closed since a vehicle hit its railing in March
  • A five-year agreement with the Fulton County School Board to operate Friendship Park on the Crabapple Crossing Elementary Campus
  • A contract to allow the Milton Fire and Rescue Service to obtain a “quint”, or a combination of firefighters and ladder trucks

Although there were no “reports and presentations,” City Clerk Tammy Lowit then read six items from the first presentation, many of which were lengthy. Unlike the consent program, there is no final vote on items in the first presentation. This can only happen at a later date, usually the next “regular meeting” of Council.

Stickels described “tweaks” to the city’s solid waste ordinance (Chapter 46) aimed at remedying the problems of several years of his administration. The Board endorsed his suggestions, including:

  • The contract for each waste hauler begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of each year.
  • Allow mutual termination of a contract, including giving customers at least 30 days’ notice before their business ceases to service
  • Steps to Improve Screening for New Solid Waste Carrier Applicants

One or two of the city’s 25 garbage haulers tend to be chronically late, Stickels explained. Failure to pay their administrative fees could result in interest and financial penalties. Failure to comply with the other requirements by July 1, however, would “kick-start” legal efforts to potentially revoke the privilege to operate in Milton.

Also on Monday, Acting Director of Public Works Sara Leaders briefed Council on the city staff’s proposal for the list of projects for TSPLOST II – a second round of 3/4 of a cent sales tax. which, if Fulton County voters approved in November, would fund transportation improvements. The city of Milton is projected to get between $ 30.7 million and $ 36.1 million or more of the revenue the county will bring in through the tax – again, if the referendum wins.

Milton’s list is not as precise as in the past to allow such details to be generated by the local road safety plan developed this year, as well as the comprehensive transport plan to be completed in 2022. Council approved this approach. .

The last business update on Monday was about the farm wineries. City attorney Ken Jarrard referred to ongoing discussions about “the full availability of operating a wine farm in the town of Milton”. He noted that this may involve “the somewhat laborious task of changing (city) code”.

On Monday, council voted in favor of a 35-day moratorium on any winery seeking an application for alcohol, building permits and land disturbance. It is “intended to maintain the status quo.” After this period, the City could hold a public hearing that could lead to a 120-day extension of the moratorium, Jarrard noted.

City council will meet on Monday, June 7, when agricultural wineries are expected to be on the agenda for other reasons.


This press release was prepared by the town of Milton. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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