Posts Tagged ‘DeKalb County’

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DeKalb County announces its Arts and Culture Relief Grant, funded
by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to support professional artists who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson allocated $250,000 to launch the program which will provide grants of up to $20,000, based on documented financial impact.

The Spruill Center for the Arts and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will manage the program for the county’s Community Development Department and District 3.

The grants are limited to professional artists who reside in DeKalb County, who are at least 18 years old, in any artistic disciplines which includes, but is not limited to music, dance, drama, theater programs, creative writing, painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, folk arts, visual arts, media and other major art form.

Online applications will be available beginning Oct. 19 on the websites of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (www.callanwolde.org) and Spruill Center for the Arts (www.spruillarts.org).

For more information, contact one of the following:

• Alan Mothner, 770-394-3447, ext. 233, amothner@spruillarts.org
• Andrew Keenan, (404) 872-5338, akeenan@callanwolde.org

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The following information comes from the DeKalb County Board of Health:

The DeKalb County Board of Health has trapped West Nile virus positive mosquitoes at 3 locations in the county – Brookhaven, Chamblee and the Redan area of unincorporated DeKalb County.

Due to COVID-19, the Board of Health will not perform its usual door-to-door canvas of the affected areas. Larvacide application in low-lying areas and storm drains around the positive trap areas has already taken place, due to the high number of mosquitoes already collected from the traps.

To date this year, there have been no human cases of West Nile virus infection confirmed in DeKalb County.

According to the CDC, no data or scientific evidence suggests that COVID-19 or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes.

To reduce the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the Board of Health conducts a comprehensive mosquito control program. Throughout the county, technicians routinely trap mosquitoes that are tested for viruses. They also work with residents to eliminate infestations. Measures include placing larvicide in areas with standing water, like in storm drains. This keeps young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults.

The Board of Health advises people to take the following precautions:

  • Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.
  • Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas with large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. Apply according to label instructions.
  • Spray clothing with products containing permethrin according to label instructions.

For more information about the West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, contact the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental Health division at (404) 508-7900 or visit the DeKalb County Board of Health’s website.

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A message from DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management –

A temporary road closure to facilitate Sanitary Sewer System improvements on Superior Avenue is expected to begin on Monday, November 30th and weather permitting, will last approximately three (3) weeks.

Be advised that Superior Avenue between Scott Boulevard and Willow Lane will be closed to thru traffic. Access will also be limited to local traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The County is alerting residents that detours will be in effect, and heavy equipment and construction noise may be noticeable. However, County crews will work diligently to minimize the duration of the construction period and road closure. Patience is appreciated while the improvements are made.

Please call the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) information line at 1-800-986-1108 with any questions or concerns.



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A message from Captain Violante with the City of Decatur Fire Department:

The City of Decatur and Dekalb County have 2,100 homeless school age children and their families who are in need this winter.  We are asking for your help to assist individuals in need this season. Please donate non-expired food items or a winter coat. The City of Decatur Fire Department will be collecting items until December 19.  All items will go to Decatur Cooperative Ministries as they help families who face homelessness settle into safe, stable homes.

DCM offers comprehensive services helping to prevent, endure, and overcome homelessness. Drop off items at either of the City of Decatur Fire Stations (230 East Trinity Place or 356 West Hill St.), the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore St.), or City Hall (509 N. McDonough St.).

For more information you may call Captain Violante at 678-553-6583 or Decatur Cooperative Ministries at 404-377-5365.

Fire dept food drive

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Here’s a quick update on when everyone can expect a smoother surface on Ansley St. in Oakhurst:

An earlier blog post reported that the repaving of Ansley St. would take longer than originally expected due to an unexpected water leak. The good news is DeKalb County is almost finished with the installation of the new water main line, and repaving is expected to begin the first week of December (weather permitting, of course). Any questions about this process should be directed to John Madajewski at the Design, Environment and Construction Division, 404-370-4104.


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UPDATE to the update: DeKalb County estimates it will take 30 days for its crew to finish upgrading the water system, weather permitting. Once that is done, final paving of Ansley St. will be completed.

The repaving of Ansley St. started on Monday, and as sometimes happens, an unexpected water leak issue developed. The city is currently working with DeKalb County to replace and upgrade the water system underneath Ansley St. before finishing the repaving process.

The good news is this means once everything is complete Ansley St. will have a new, smooth surface AND an upgraded water system. The only downside is Ansley St. will be torn up for a bit longer than anticipated. Once an updated work schedule is finalized we will share it here on this blog.

Questions? Contact the Design, Environment and Construction Division at 404-370-4104 and ask for John Madajewski.


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Too Good To Be True

Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.

Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday series hosts a panel of experts on avoiding fraud and scams, especially those targeting older adults. Whether you are concerned for yourself or a loved one, learn steps to prevent being taken advantage of by investment scams, telemarketing schemes and other fraud, identity theft, and financial exploitation of older adults and other vulnerable individuals.

The panel includes Sgt. Jennifer Ross, Decatur Police Department Community Information and Education Officer; Jeanne Canavan, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office; and Elder and Family Law attorney Donald S. Horace, Esq.

Think you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam? Here are some resources for help:

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The City of Decatur has approved a one-time only permit for the Alexan to carry out overnight construction at its site near 160 Clairemont and Commerce Dr. The developer is in the process of relocating an 8” public water main located on Montgomery St. In order to abandon the existing water line and transfer to the new line, water will need to be turned off for four to five hours.  This will disrupt the water flow to the nearby buildings.

In order to minimize the inconvenience to the adjacent buildings, DeKalb County has suggested this work take place in the evening, starting at approximately 11:00 p.m. As part of the work, the new water line will be filled with water, chlorinated and flushed prior to the switchover, which should help with any sediment or air gaps in the water line. For questions, please contact John Maximuk, John.Maximuk@decaturga.com, 678-710-5165.

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DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management will be smoke testing the sewer system from March 19 through April 20. The testing will take place at various locations throughout the City of Decatur.

From the Watershed Management notice:

This will enable us to detect any defects in the sewer system. You may experience smoke escaping throughout your sewer inside the house, do not be alarmed. In the event (which is extremely rare) this does occur the smoke is harmless, just open a window and it will escape the house.

For more information, please contact the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management at 770-621-7230.

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