Tuesday October 13th, 2015 8:05AM

Oakwood hopes new policy will save fuel, reduce pollution

By Ken Stanford Reporter
OAKWOOD - The city of Oakwood hopes a new policy covering city vehicles will reduce air pollution and cut the cost of fuel for its fleet.

City Manager Stan Brown said Wednesday the council on Monday adopted "An Idle-Reduction policy for city vehicles and equipment. The intent of the policy is to reduce idling of vehicles in order to enhance air quality and to safe fuel."

The policy sets parameters for initial warm-up; places limits on idling time, while providing for emergency situations; and leaves it to the operator's discretion "where safety may be compromised by shutting down the engine." (A copy of the ordinance is posted below.)

Also at the meeting, Mayor Lamar Scroggs, who has held the office since 1976, announced that he will seek re-election in this year's Nov. 5 city election. Councilman Sam Evans, who has been a council member since 1999, also announced plans to run again.

Qualifying will open Aug. 26 and end Aug. 28. The qualifying fees are $324 for mayor and $216 for council.


City of Oakwood

Vehicle & Equipment Idle Reduction Policy


The City of Oakwood is committed to the reduction of unnecessary vehicle / equipment idling as a means of reducing air pollution and fuel expense. The City is committed to the best environmental practices possible. The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the idling of municipal vehicles and equipment. Limiting idling times reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to healthier work environments and the efficient use of City resources.

2.0 SCOPE:

This policy applies to all City of Oakwood vehicles and equipment.


Idling is the operation of a vehicle or equipment while it is not in motion and not being used to operate related auxiliary equipment.

This policy applies to all vehicles or equipment items that operate on gasoline, diesel, propane or natural gas.

For the purpose of this policy, "vehicles or equipment items" refers to cars, light trucks, vans, heavy trucks, loaders, backhoes, graders, packers and any other equipment operated by staff.


Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations for idling.

4.2 INITIAL WARM-UP (Gasoline and alternative fueled vehicles)
Idle times up to five (5) minutes are allowed for vehicles during their initial shift warm up and subsequent times when the vehicle is being restarted after a prolonged period of shut down resulting in vehicle conditions similar to those prior to initial shift warm up.

© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes - on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills - a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
1:38PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
11:06AM ( 1 year ago )
Oakwood approves rezoning for new townhomes near JHS
Oakwood City Council voted unanimously to rezone a 12.76-acre tract of land on Poplar Springs Road to allow a townhome community to be built
6:00AM ( 2 hours ago )
Banks County pallet mill destroyed by fire
It took firefighters about five and one-half hours to bring a fire at a Banks County industry under control overnight.
4:13AM ( 3 hours ago )
Lula bridge closed because 'structure has failed again'
The wooden overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad on Cobb Street in Lula is closed again.
10:10PM ( 9 hours ago )
Judge sets trial date in hot-SUV death case for February
A judge ruled on Monday that she won't try charges that a Georgia man accused in his son's death had inappropriate online exchanges with an underage girl separately from murder charges against him.
4:39PM ( 15 hours ago )
Student arrested in alleged shooting threat at Ga college
A student from Emory University's Oxford College is facing charges after allegedly posting a threat on social media to shoot up the school.
4:32PM ( 15 hours ago )