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The Callaway site redevelopment plan — in particular the planned W. Trinity cycle track, together with the relocation of a major Georgia Power underground power line — will require the removal of existing street trees along W. Trinity Place.

Though an unfortunate requirement for the project to proceed, each tree lost will be replaced during redevelopment as part of tree plantings across the site.

Decatur’s Tree Canopy Preservation Ordinance, which stabilized the city’s overall canopy percentage at 45% and now fosters equal or greater coverage city-wide for the years ahead, requires developers to submit and abide by a full canopy replacement plan.

That plan will result in the planting of 137 native trees that range in height from 10’ to 15’ at planting with increasing height and shade in the years ahead. Featured species will include Oaks, Elms, Hornbeams, Dogwoods, Hemlocks, and Cedars, among others. All are scheduled to be planted directly on the Callaway property and, despite existing site trees such as these scheduled to be lost to construction, will result in a net downtown gain of roughly a hundred trees, as well as increased downtown canopy over time.

Furthermore, earlier this month, the city successfully transplanted four healthy trees from this site to the Decatur Housing Authority property across Commerce Drive.
The work is scheduled to begin as early as Tuesday, March 14, and last a few days.

There will be a lane closing on the eastbound side of W. Trinity Place between Commerce and McDonough but traffic will continue to be accommodated. Pedestrians should use the north side of the street. Bicyclists should take an alternate route.

Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for March 18 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Great Lakes –
Clairemont Avenue (From William Street to Scott Blvd.)
Champlain Street
Seneca Street
Erie Avenue
Huron Street
Michigan Avenue
Superior Avenue
Lucerne
Geneva Streets
Superior Avenue (north of Scott Blvd.)
Vidal Blvd.
Lamont Drive
Garden Lane
Beaumont Avenue
Oakland Street
Montgomery Street
Fairview Avenue
Ponce de Leon Place
Northern Avenue
Wilton Drive
Church Street (600 Block To 1335)
Willow Lane
Pensdale Road
Eastland Drive
Parkside Circle
Landover Drive
Ferndale Avenue
North Decatur Road
Scott Blvd (800 to 1300 Block)

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, March 12

Wednesday, March 15

Thursday, March 16

Friday, March 17

Saturday, March 18

 

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The intersection at McDonough and Howard will be closed again on Saturday, March 11 to complete the grading and resurfacing associated with the reconstruction of the railroad crossing. This will allow the pavement to be raised to provide a gentler slope on the north side of the crossing and an accessible path for persons in wheelchairs or those using strollers. Parts of the PATH Foundation’s Stone Mountain Trail near the crossing will be closed to bicycle traffic as well.

How to manage

There will be no traffic through the McDonough-Howard intersection on Saturday, March 11. However, East and West Howard and North McDonough will be open to local traffic. Consult the detour map below for greater detail (click images for larger view).

*No impact is expected on the Tour deCatur road race on Saturday morning.

Visit http://www.decaturmakeover.com/ to sign up to receive updates.

The City Commission Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017 has been changed to Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  The meeting will be held in the City Commission Room, Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street, at 7:30 p.m.

This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Wednesday, March 8

Thursday, March 9

  • Bridge Club, 10 a.m.
  • Decatur Library Author Discussion: Windy City Blues, 7:15- 9 p.m.

 Friday, March 10

 Saturday, March 11

Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for March 11 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Lenox Place –
Greenwood Circle
W Howard (300 to 900 Block)
Patillo Way Eastlake Drive (2300 Block)
Atlanta Avenue
Hibernia Avenue
Ridley Lane
Adair Street
Cottonwood Place
Emerson Avenue
West Ponce de Leon Avenue (600 to 900 Block)
Drexel Avenue
Devonshire Avenue
Hampshire Avenue
Lansdowne Avenue
Melrose Avenue
Chief Matthews Drive
East Parkwood Road
West Parkwood Road
Upland Road
Wimberley Court
Parkwood Lane
Pinetree Drive
Scott Boulevard (100 to 700 Block)
Swanton Hills Subdivision

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

An announcement from City Schools of Decatur:

City Schools of Decatur and the Elementary Facility Planning Engagement Steering Committee are hosting a community meeting regarding the construction and grade configuration of our elementary schools. This engagement session will be an opportunity for community members to participate in a facilitated discussion to provide valuable feedback to the Board of Education. In addition, the committee will post an online survey to solicit further input after the meeting.

Event Details:
Monday, March 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Decatur High School Cafeteria
310 N. McDonough Street

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/EngageCSD2017.

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road-closed

The intersection at McDonough and Howard will be closed for grading and resurfacing on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5.

Parts of the PATH Foundation’s Stone Mountain Trail near the crossing have been demolished and will be closed to bicycle traffic as well.

Further work on the sidewalks and the Stone Mountain Trail on East Howard will continue for the next couple of weeks. East Howard will be closed to through traffic until 3 p.m. each weekday during this period.

How to manage

There will be no traffic through the McDonough-Howard intersection this weekend, March 4 and 5. However, East and West Howard and North McDonough will be open to local traffic. Consult the applicable detour maps below (click images for larger view).

Avoid East Howard before 3 p.m. each weekday until further notice. Access during the afternoon/evening rush hour will not be impacted.

For more detailed information and detour maps, sign up for Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition updates at decaturmakeover.com.

 

DeKalb County is one of 15 counties selected for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Residents will have an invitation-only opportunity to participate in NHANES. Individuals have been selected at random (in a process similar to taking names out of a hat) for NHANES. They include all ages, races, and ethnicities to represent the U.S. population as a whole. Respondents first participate in a health interview conducted in the respondent’s home followed by a health examination that takes place in one of three mobile examination centers.