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FEATURE

SEVENKE/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

AAA
MAKES A
DIFFERENCE
ON LOCAL
ISSUES
Spotlight on DeKalb's FOG Ordinance
BY MARY LOU JAY

LOCAL LEGISLATIVE AND regulatory
Issues that impact apartment owners and
managers can pop up at any time. To help
ensure that our industry's viewpoint is
considered, AAA's Government Affairs
team, Penny Moceri and Chelsea Juras,
regularly monitor all local legislative
activity and attend public meetings in
each city and county within our 16-county
footprint. They also meet regularly with
elected officials and staff in each of these
jurisdictions so that as issues arise, we
can have a seat at the table and access to
people who are willing to consider to the
industry's point of view.
"Sometimes things move very fast;
an ordinance can appear on an agenda
one week and be adopted the next. Other
times we may work with local elected officials and government staff on an issue for
several months or even years," said Juras.
BEHIND THE SCENES ACTIVITY
DeKalb County's proposed FOG ordinance is a good example of how the
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government affairs team makes a
difference.
It's been seven years since DeKalb
County first targeted multifamily communities as a primary source of sewer
overflows from fats, oils and grease (FOG).
Throughout those years Penny Moceri
and Chelsea Juras have been working
with the county's elected officials and
staff to find a mutually acceptable solution to the problem.
In December 2010, the County signed
a consent decree with the EPA, which
among other capital improvements,
requires the county to develop a FOG
management program. Shortly after the
consent decree went into effect, a DeKalb
County Commissioner suggested that the
problem could be solved if multifamily
residents were compelled to stop putting grease down the drain. The AAA government affairs team immediately got
engaged and agreed to partner with the
county on a FOG collection pilot program,
in hopes of avoiding a costly mandate.

Over the next two years, AAA worked
with county commissioners and
Department of Watershed Management
staff to develop the FOG collection and
recycling pilot program. A third-party
vendor was selected to run the pilot program. The plan called for the vendor
to install collection containers onsite
at apartment communities to collect
FOG from residents, collect and clean
the containers regularly, and recycle the collected grease. Several AAA
member companies signed on to participate in the program. The pilot, supposed to start in spring 2013, fell apart
when the vendor failed to produce the
collection containers.
The County and the Association spent
several years trying to develop a successful FOG pilot program. "It ultimately never
went anywhere, because it didn't make
economic sense for the vendors. When we
had initiated the program back in 2012
gas prices were high and it made sense to
recycle the grease; but as the years passed


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Habitat - March/April 2018

Chair's Message
Legal Corner
Getting Engaged in Government Affairs
Government Affairs
AAA Makes a Difference on Local Issues
Education Connection
Curb Appeal
Workforce Development Update
Volunteer's Corner
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: PDQ Services
New Members
Advertising Index
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Habitat - March/April 2018 - Chair's Message
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Legal Corner
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 11
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Getting Engaged in Government Affairs
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 13
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Habitat - March/April 2018 - Government Affairs
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 17
Habitat - March/April 2018 - AAA Makes a Difference on Local Issues
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 19
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Education Connection
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Curb Appeal
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 22
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 23
Habitat - March/April 2018 - 24
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Workforce Development Update
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Volunteer's Corner
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Habitat - March/April 2018 - AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: PDQ Services
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Habitat - March/April 2018 - New Members
Habitat - March/April 2018 - Advertising Index
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