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Drop boxes get final boot in Flowery Branch
Council also approved agreement with Hall for road projects
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Drop boxes unrelated to the property they’re on are officially banned in Flowery Branch.

The city council gave its final OK Thursday night to an ordinance outlawing them.

The council took its first vote on the issue last month, following police concerns the boxes — particularly ones where people can dump clothing and other items — invite criminal activity.

The boxes also have been decried as eyesores, where people are dumping household trash and other items that can’t fit in the boxes, such as sofas.

Allowed are boxes that tie directly to the property, such as a book drop-off at the Spout Springs Library.

The issue drew some public comment, including from Kevin Fitzgerald of USAgain, a for-profit company that, according to its website, works to reduce textile waste through recycling.

He urged the council to consider an ordinance that would allow companies and organizations to continue operating and help curb the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills.

“What we have found effective is not a prohibiting of the bins but a regulating of (them),” he said.

In other business, the council voted to approve an agreement with Hall County that kick-starts several road projects involving the city, including resurfacing Gainesville Street and improvements at Jim Crow Road/Gainesville Street and McEver Road.

As part of an overall $4 million project, the county also wants to rebuild McEver Road — through a process involving recycled materials — between Buford and Oakwood’s southern city limits.