Recycling carts

Auburn will continue its efforts to offer more residents the opportunity to participate in the city's single-stream recycling program after the City Council approved contracts to purchase additional roll-out carts at its meeting on Tuesday. 

The contracts with Otto Environmental Services (AZ) LLC will give the city an additional 560 roll-out carts for single-stream curbside recycling for about $26,000. The council also approved an additional contract to purchase 560 roll-out carts for household garbage collection for about $25,000. 

The purchase cost of the roll-out carts for recycling will be reimbursed to the city by The Recycling Partnership through a previously approved grant, according to meeting documents.

The city has rolled out the single-stream recycling program in phases over the past two years, with 5,600 carts being purchased in the fall of 2017 and the cost covered by a recycling grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. 

The second phase came last fall, with the city purchasing 7,000 roll-out carts, 6,600 of which were covered by a $350,000 grant from ADEM.

The city's 12,600 recycling carts is still about 3,000 shy of what is needed to meet the need of the 15,500 eligible residential customers, Environmental Services Director Tim Woody told The Villager last September.

At the meeting, the council also approved unanimously an agreement with the Auburn City Board of Education that will bring one more school resource officer to various schools and events, starting April 1. 

The salary of the school resource officer will be reimbursed to the city, while the city will pay for the officer's benefits. 

The hiring will bring the school system's total school resource officers to eight, said Public Safety Director Bill James, who added that there have been discussions to add additional school resource officers as well. 

The hiring off the additional SRO will add $53,940 to the current $223,828 agreement between the city and BOE, according to meeting documents. The BOE will pay the city a total of $277,768. 

The City Council also unanimously approved ordinances renewing three ad valorem property taxes, including two for city taxes that go for general purposes (5 mill) and the Special 5-Mill Tax, as well as two others that total 16 mill for the Special School Tax Fund.

Also at its meeting Tuesday night, the City Council denied unanimous consent to zoning ordinance and zoning map amendments that came out of recommendations from the Harper Avenue Focus Area study.

The zoning ordinance amendment proposes the creation of two new zoning districts — Corridor Redevelopment – East and the Medium Density Residential District.

The Council will reconsider the two ordinances, as well as the proposed regulations for Academic Detached Dwelling Units, at its meeting on April 2.

The council also requested that a review of the Harper Avenue Focus Area study be added to a planned work session on Monday for the proposed ADDU housing designation. That work session will begin at 4 p.m. Monday in the City Meeting Room at 122-B Tichenor Ave. 

Councilwoman Connie Fitch Taylor also announced that the third Diversity Task Force meeting will be held on April 3 and feature a presentation by Taffye Benson Clayton, vice president and associate provost for inclusion and diversity at Auburn University.  

That meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Center at 425 Perry St.

The city also approved a contract with Gillespie Construction LLC for $626,590 for the construction of the Moores Mill Sidewalk project. The five-foot sidewalk on Moores Mill Road will span from Samford Avenue to East University Drive. 

The Alabama Department of Transportation will reimburse the city $400,000 of the project cost under the Transportation Alternatives Program.

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