Hines to hold community meeting Saturday

A new solid waste ordinance will be the focus of the meeting, the Ward II Commissioner says.

— The public will have an opportunity to learn more about planned changes to the city’s solid waste ordinance Saturday in the first of a series of community town hall-style meetings hosted by Ward II Commissioner Ivey Hines.

Ward II Community Forum

WHEN: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12.

WHERE: Law Enforcement Center Community Room,

201 West Oglethorpe Boulevard

Hines’ featured guest for the meeting, which is set for 10 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center’s Community Room at 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd., will be Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson, who, along with a committee of others, is in the process of finalizing proposed changes to the way garbage and debris is picked up and removed from residential neighborhoods.

As the committee works through the proposed changes to the city’s ordinance, it will likely consider amnesty periods where trash of all shapes, sizes and colors can be dumped in roll-off containers positioned throughout the city, and fees for those who set out items illegally.

“It’s time that we stop punishing the people who are following rules by using them to subsidize the one’s who aren’t,” Roberson told the Albany City Commission Tuesday.

Hines said he believes the meeting will be a good opportunity for the public to learn about the ordinance and to also bring to his attention other issues and concerns citizens may have.

“One of the reasons for this kind of meeting is so that people who need some kind of help with something can air it out and bring it to my attention so I can try and get something done,” Hines said. “I’m the one they’ve chosen to represent them, so I need their input.”

Roberson has been making the rounds. He’s spoken at Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard’s monthly town hall meeting and has conducted several interviews with media about some of the proposed changes.