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storm waterAstra Grading and Pipe will begin work during the  week of June 20 on Phase 2 of the Downtown Decatur Storm Drainage Improvements.  A plan of the new storm drainage system is included below.

As part of its efforts to eliminate flooding in and near downtown Decatur, the City of Decatur is making storm drainage improvements on East Trinity Place, East Howard Avenue, Barry Street and North Candler Street.  The project will start in front of Decatur Fire Station No. 1 and includes the replacement of undersized and deteriorated storm drainage facilities on East Trinity Place, Barry Street, North Candler Street and across private properties in the area.  All new storm drainage improvements will take place in City rights of way.

This project was originally planned almost 40 years ago and will reduce or eliminate frequent flooding on private properties on Barry Street, North Candler Street and East Howard Avenue. It completes the major planned improvements to the upper Peavine section of the downtown Decatur drainage system and replaces some of the oldest storm drainage infrastructure in metro Atlanta.

The work will be phased in 300 foot sections, with one lane closed while work is taking place in that section.  The work will start with location of utilities, saw cutting pavement and establishing a temporary construction office and storage area at 250 East Trinity Place.  Except when crossing intersections, two-way traffic and pedestrian access will generally be open during the entire job.  The work is expected to take 9 to 12 months.

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The City of Decatur is deciding whether to continue to keep glass in the residential curbside recycling program or remove it and send it to a landfill with other household waste. Your input will be helpful to this process.

>Click here to visit Open City Hall and take a 5-minute survey<

 

 

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Why is this necessary?

Metro Atlanta recycling companies have announced that they will only accept glass for recycling if it is separated from other materials. The City’s current recycling firm, Latham Home Sanitation, is obligated to pick up glass in Decatur through June 30, 2016; however, as of July 1, 2016, City of Decatur residents will no longer be able to mix glass with the other recyclables.

The Decatur Public Works Department and the City’s Environmental Sustainability Board are exploring options to address the new limits on glass recycling. The options are outlined below, along with their financial impacts on residents.

For more details and updated information visit decaturga.com/glass

 

What Are the Options?

Current Recycling Program
Cost: Annual Sanitation Fee $250

  • The Annual Solid Waste Fee covers the cost of offering co-mingled curbside residential recycling service in addition to household trash and waste, yard debris and other sanitation services.
  • Glass is mixed in with other recyclables and collected at the curb. This will no longer be an option after June 30, 2016

Option 1- Continue to Offer Residents the Convenience of Recycling Glass at Home by Separating Glass from Other Materials
Cost: Annual Increase of $25-$35

  • Resident separates glass from other recyclables and places it on the curb in its own container during normal collection day.

Option 2- Glass is Not Recycled and Goes to Landfill
Cost: Annual Increase of $10-15

  • Resident places glass in pay-as-you-throw garbage bags and the City of Decatur takes it to the landfill.
  • Currently glass makes up about 20% of most residents’ recycling.
  • Cost estimate includes $5 increase in Annual Solid Waste Fee and cost to the resident for purchase of additional pay-as-you-throw bags.

 

Please visit Open City Hall to give us your feedback.  The survey should take less that 5-minutes to complete.  If you have any questions about this issue contact Lena Stevens, lena.stevens@decaturga.com, 404-377-5571

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While you are putting the final touches on your costumes, don’t forget to drop by Decatur Public Works with your old electronics.  The Autumn Electronics Recycling Day will be held this Saturday, October 31st from 9am-1pm.  Almost anything with an electrical cord can be recycled at the event for free, but there is a $10 charge for televisions.  You can also bring paper materials for secure shredding and styrofoam too!  Since we started these events in 2005, we’ve diverted more than 1 million pounds of electronics from landfills, and since we added paper shredding we’ve collected 50,000 pounds.

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For all the details visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling 

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WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2015 (9 am to 1 pm)

LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)

MORE INFORMATION: Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent, 404-377-5571

 

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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

Regular trash and recycling services for Monday will be on Tuesday, September 8. Regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, September 9. There will be no trash or recycling pick up on Monday, September 7.

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The third annual Decatur’s Dinner Party is sure to be one of the best food events of the season and ticket are selling fast. Decatur’s most talented chefs are joining forces with organic farmers to cook up a feast benefiting Global Growers on Saturday, September 19th from 6-10pm. More than 150 guests and community leaders will dine family-style on the beautiful grounds of the historic Decatur cemetery.

The event will feature a multi-course meal featuring fresh produce, handcrafted cocktails, local beer, and a superb wine selection. Silent and live auctions will offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts to take home. All proceeds support Global Growers, a nonprofit organization well-known for their two Decatur urban agriculture projects – Decatur’s Kitchen Garden and Umurima (the Burundi Women’s Farm).

Buy your tickets online today!

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For more information, check out the Decatur’s Dinner Party Facebook page or contact Robin Chanin of Global Growers with any questions or to register as a sponsor: robin@globalgrowers.org

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Pictures From the 2014 Event:

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Don’t forget!  This weekend you can recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)

Location: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  Please enter from Columbia Drive.

Contact Sean Woodson at 404-377-5571 or sean.woodson@decaturga.com for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling.

Paper Shredding

This is a great opportunity to ensure that your important personal documents are disposed of properly. AAA Security Shredding provides secure on-site document shredding, and all shredded documents will be 100 percent recycled. Most document types are acceptable, including bills, invoices, correspondence, canceled checks, tax records, financial statements, purchase orders, and blueprints and maps.

These items cannot be shredded: Cardboard, glass, plastic, magazines, napkins, newspapers, paper cups and plates, plastic or spiral-bound notebooks, phonebooks, three-ring binders, and trash.

 

Styrofoam Recycling Tips

  • Make sure foam has the “6” symbol on it
  • Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam
  • No straws, lids, tape or stickers
  • No foam peanuts or insulation material

 

Electronics Recycling

Free Items:

Adding machines
Answering machines
Batteries, any kind
Cable converter boxes
Cables
Calculators
Component parts
Computer mouses
Computers
Copiers
Digital cameras
Digital projectors
DVD players
Electric lawn mowers
Fax machines
Garden equipment
GPS receivers
Game controllers
Keyboards
Label makers
Mini-towers
Monitors
Pagers
PDAs
Portable CD players
Portable game players
Printer cartridges
Printers
Radios
Remote controls
Routers
Scanners
Servers
Speakers
Stereo equipment
Telephones
Telephony equipment
3-in-1 devices
Typewriters
UPS units
VCRs
Workstations
Zip drives

Recycling fee for TVs: $10 (cash only – exact change required)

 

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Your favorite recycling events — combined!

Recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)

Contact Sean Woodson at 404-377-5571 or sean.woodson@decaturga.com for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling.

Paper Shredding

This is a great opportunity to ensure that your important personal documents are disposed of properly. AAA Security Shredding provides secure on-site document shredding, and all shredded documents will be 100 percent recycled. Most document types are acceptable, including bills, invoices, correspondence, canceled checks, tax records, financial statements, purchase orders, and blueprints and maps.

These items cannot be shredded: Cardboard, glass, plastic, magazines, napkins, newspapers, paper cups and plates, plastic or spiral-bound notebooks, phonebooks, three-ring binders, and trash.

 

Styrofoam Recycling Tips

  • Make sure foam has the “6” symbol on it
  • Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam
  • No straws, lids, tape or stickers
  • No foam peanuts or insulation material

 

Electronics Recycling

Free Items:

Adding machines
Answering machines
Batteries, any kind
Cable converter boxes
Cables
Calculators
Component parts
Computer mouses
Computers
Copiers
Digital cameras
Digital projectors
DVD players
Electric lawn mowers
Fax machines
Garden equipment
GPS receivers
Game controllers
Keyboards
Label makers
Mini-towers
Monitors
Pagers
PDAs
Portable CD players
Portable game players
Printer cartridges
Printers
Radios
Remote controls
Routers
Scanners
Servers
Speakers
Stereo equipment
Telephones
Telephony equipment
3-in-1 devices
Typewriters
UPS units
VCRs
Workstations
Zip drives

Recycling fee for TVs: $10 (cash only – exact change required)

 

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Trees give us shade, clean our air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, and beautify our landscapes. The City of Decatur recognizes that all of us can contribute greatly to the health and structural integrity of these living treasures if we are empowered to recognize common problems and take proactive steps. Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.

What: Decatur Trees 101 – The homeowner’s role in caring for Decatur’s urban forest

When: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015

Where: Community Room of the Eloise T. Leveritt Public Works Building, 2635 Tally St.

How much: FREE (for 20 City of Decatur homeowners only)

How to sign up: Email India Woodson at India.Woodson@decaturga.com with your name, address and contact information (must have email response with seat number for verification)

City of Decatur Tree Ordinance Overview:  This session will explain the new ordinance, what it means to the average homeowner and show you how to measure the canopy of your trees.

Tree Identification: The first step in taking proper care of your trees is to know what you have. Decatur Trees 101 will guide you through the steps on how to develop an inventory of what is on your property. You will also learn the basic characteristics of trees that will help you identify the species of trees that you have.

Tree Planting and Maintenance: This information session will teach you how to choose the right species for your landscape and feel confident that you are planting it in a way that ensures success. If you have planted trees that are struggling with the transition to their new home, learn what it takes to direct your trees toward long productive lives.

Structural Pruning: Also known as ‘formative’ pruning, this method of care can provide surprising benefits. Decatur Trees 101 can take the mystery out of this technique and show you how easy it is to work pruning into your tree maintenance plan

Tree Walks (TBD): Get to know your local trees while getting to know your community. We will introduce the trees to you by name and explain the distinguishing features that make each species unique. These events are always interactive and participants are challenged to practice their newly acquired skills!

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Through a partnership between the City of Decatur and Trees Atlanta‘s NeighborWoods program, volunteers will be planting trees on Saturday, Feb. 28 in city right-of-ways. Trees Atlanta has been planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods across metro Atlanta for about 30 years. The organization waters the trees diligently for two years, and mulch and prune the trees for three years after planting to insure that the trees are well-established.

If you’re interested in volunteering to plant trees in Decatur, gather at Glennwood Elementary, 440 East Ponce De Leon Ave., at 9 a.m. on Feb. 28.

If you have any questions regarding your right of way tree, do not want a right-of way tree, or would like to add an additional shade tree in your front yard, contact NeighborWoods Program Manager Susan Pierce Cunningham at susan@treesatlanta.org or 404-681-4896.

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Sheep are returning tomorrow to the Agnes Scott Oakhurst Greenspace to eat away invasive ivy and privet. This is an area adjacent to the Green Street PATH trail and just south of the Agnes Scott campus. The flock is expected to be on site for one to two weeks or until they run out of invasive vegetation to eat.
They will be visited daily by the shepherd (Jennif Chandler) or one of her assistants. The sheep will be contained by low-voltage temporary electric fencing—the fence delivers a shock similar to a strong static charge which is not harmful, but it is still advisable to prevent children and pets from contacting the fence. Dogs usually make a beeline for the sheep when they see them, so please keep dogs leashed while in the greenspace.
Thanks for your support of the invasive removal project and for allowing the sheep to be your temporary neighbors! If you have any further questions or concerns, or notice a problem while the sheep are onsite, please contact either Jennif Chandler with Shady Brook Sheep (706-248-3745) or Brian Williams with Trees Atlanta (404-681-4901 or 912-856-1600).
Sheep in Decatur cemetery, September 2013

Sheep in Decatur cemetery, September 2013

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