The Union Recorder

March 28, 2013

Recycling center denied special use

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder


Milledgeville City Council conducted a public hearing considering a special use at ACE Recycling Tuesday. Afterwards, council unanimously denied the request approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Adam Pabian, owner of the 901 S. Jefferson St. business, requested the same special use granted Feb. 10, 2009 minus the restrictions that only non-ferrous metals be dropped off and that all operations, including drop-offs, shall be conducted inside the building.

Pabian did erect a privacy fence around the building per the city's request last June. 

“I want to be able to take in other recyclable materials as in light iron and other items due to the new state laws that restrict the way things can be brought in,” he said. 

The recycling center starting taking those additional materials in July 2012. Pabian said 60 percent of the materials get moved every 30 days complying with EPA storm water permits.

“I don't ever like anything sitting on the ground,” Pabian said. “ I want it gone.”

No motors are allowed on the lot without a drain, according to Pabian.

Materials have been dumped into the parking lot before they go inside the facility, which violates the 2009 agreement. Jeanette Walden, District 2, said she's seen debris piled.

“When we granted your request, you said you were not going to, and you did have debris on the ground,” Walden said. “When you said everything was going to be done on the inside, that's one of the reasons I voted for it, but then I've had several complaints.”

Steve Chambers, District 6, asked when the city was notified that ACE Recycling would be doing things other than what the original agreement stated. 

Pabian said there were no documented communications, but he had conversations with code enforcement personnel about the additional materials. Phillip Joiner, District 4, mentioned it was good to see a young businessman invest in the community but was worried about lack of records detailing that the center was accepting metals not previously detailed in the 2009 special use.

“What I'm asking to do is exactly what I've been doing for the last seven to eight months,” the ACE owner said.

Before the vote Chambers voiced concerned about what the special use opens the city back up to.

• Complete Streets

Council withdrew the second reading of the City of Milledgeville's new Complete Streets Policy. Chambers asked for a work session to flesh out the policy.

“I would suggest to the city manager that we do schedule a work session,” Mayor Bentley said. 

Bentley also assigned a Bicycle Pedestrian advisory ad hoc committee made up of community health advocates along with Councilmen Chambers and Joiner to review the policy.

The policy ordinance draft currently reads that “roadways projects, to the extent practical, should accommodate all users of transportation system including pedestrians, bicyclists, users of mass transit, people with disabilities, the elderly, motorists, freight providers, emergency responders, golf carts and adjacent land users.”

• Moratorium placed on historic special use

The city accepted a temporary suspension of all rezoning applications for special use within the Milledgeville historic district for four months. Jarrett said the city would like the opportunity to look at the current code to see if any changes are necessary.

• Voting districts pass final council approval

After a second public hearing, the ordinance to establish the reapportioned election districts passed. 

This vote sends the redistricting blueprint to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for approval. Once submitted, the Justice Department has 60 days to comment and review the districts. 

The current version has the six districts falling at an optimal 8.81 percent deviation range from the target population of 2,748 per district.

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