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Albany to consider recycling proposals

Albany city commissioners and officials, from left, Jon Howard, Ivey Hines, Christopher Pike, City Manager James Taylor, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, City Attorney Nathan Davis, Roger Marietta, Tommie Postell and City Clerk Sonja Tolbert conduct business Tuesday at the commission’s monthly night meeting. (Carlton Fletcher)

Albany city commissioners and officials, from left, Jon Howard, Ivey Hines, Christopher Pike, City Manager James Taylor, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, City Attorney Nathan Davis, Roger Marietta, Tommie Postell and City Clerk Sonja Tolbert conduct business Tuesday at the commission’s monthly night meeting. (Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — City officials will convene a proposal analysis group to make a recommendation on a vendor to provide curbside recycling pickup after the Albany City Commission’s vote Tuesday night to allow voluntary recycling in the city.

Public Works Director Phil Roberson said Wednesday morning his staff would start putting together a request for proposal soon that will be used to determine the interest of local solid waste companies.

“We’ll allow interested vendors to ask questions and we’ll respond to their questions,” Roberson said. “Once an appropriate deadline has expired, the proposal analysis group — which will be made up of people who have an interest in the process — will make a recommendation to the City Commission on a vendor. The commission will have the final say.”

The action by the commission comes after local solid waste company Waste Pro set up a curbside recycling program earlier this year, offering iot to city residents. Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis sent a cease-and-desist order to Waste Pro, noting that all solid waste collection in the city was under contract.

“What (Waste Pro) had proposed is the kind of thing we want to do with our recycling,” Roberson said. “It will be strictly voluntary, and the citizens (who opt for the service) will enter into a contract with the provider. The city’s involvement will be to give citizens recourse if they feel the provider is not doing what they said they’d do.

“There will be some form of regulation (by the city), but the idea is to give citizens what they want.”

Also at Tuesday’s night business meeting, the commission approved a $55,000 lump sum worker’s compensation settlement with former employee Vickie McCluskey; authorized acceptance of Georgia Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration grants to help fund Phase III construction at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, and OK’d a new five-year agreement with Chehaw Park that will provide $1 million in funding during Fiscal Year 2014 and a 3 percent decrease in funding for each of the next four years.

The wild animal park will receive $83,500 monthly payments for the first year of the agreement, $81,000 monthly payments the second year, $78,500 payments the third, $76,000 the fourth and $73,500 the fifth.

“We would have liked to have gotten the ($1 million annually) we requested, but we’re appreciative of what the commission does for us,” Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter said.

Commissioners also OK’d a one-day alcohol license for Ducks Unlimited’s annual fundraiser at the Merry Acres Events Center Ballroom on Sept. 5 and approved consumption licenses for Club Empriss at 402 Blaylock St. and Icons at 104 N. Washington St.

The board approved Good Life Holdings’ request to expand its existing self-storage facility at 1150 S. Slappey Blvd. and authorized the engagement of Ecological Planning Group to help implement a citywide stormwater management plan.