Outdoor drop boxes not related to the property they’re on are on their way to being outlawed in Flowery Branch.
City Council took its first vote Thursday night banning them. A second vote will take place later.
The new ordinance targets boxes that, even though they may be on private property with the owner’s consent, “have nothing to do with the existing business that’s on site,” city planner John McHenry has said.
Inspiring the ordinance are donation boxes, where people stuff in clothing, books and other items for a particular charity advertised on the box.
Over time, the boxes have become eyesores, “used by folks just rummaging through them,” McHenry said.
“From my point of view,” Police Chief David Spillers has said, “it’s an invitation for open criminality.”
Examples of a legal drop box would be the book deposit containers at the Hall County Library System’s branch off Spout Springs Road or recycling containers at the Publix grocery store off Spout Springs, officials said.