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As many are aware, bike and pedestrian access along the PATH trail along E. Howard has been rerouted for the last couple of months due to construction at the Trinity Triangle site.  At this time, the City of Decatur is pleased to announce that bike and pedestrian access will be restored to this corridor with a new crossing on E. Trinity Place.

Here’s how it works:  The new crossing is located between the construction site (west) and the triangle where N. Candler Street meets E. Howard (east). Look for the pedestrian crossing beacon and the street paint. Cyclists and pedestrians traveling east on the PATH  Trail or north across E. College Avenue may now cross E. Trinity Place at a new temporary crossing. Cyclists and pedestrians traveling west across E. Trinity Place may now safely make their way across E. College Avenue or west on the PATH Trail.

Be careful! The crossing is well marked, but since it is a new location a bit closer to the railroad crossing, all cyclists, pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution.

The Decatur Police Department and Public Works Department will monitor use of the crossing. Updates will be provided as the project continues. This bike and pedestrian access is considered temporary because use of the new sidewalk is subject to construction phasing at the Trinity Triangle site through 2015.

For more information contact  Design, Environment & Construction Division Director John Maximuk at 678.553.6570.

 

 

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Independence Day is Friday, July 4! There will be no trash pick up on the holiday. As a reminder, put out your bins a day early (tomorrow): Friday, July 4 services will be on Thursday, July 3.

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The Decatur Makers, a community organized makerspace for adults and school-aged kids, are busy readying their new space in the First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W Ponce de Leon Ave. On Saturday, March 22 Makers big and small participated in a clean up day. Volunteers carried out over a ton of garbage, which Decatur sanitation workers crushed with a garbage compactor and hauled away. (Check out this impressive video of a couch being crushed during the clean up.)

The Maker movement promotes creating, repairing, repurposing and otherwise making things from electronics to textiles, usually around shared equipment and community space. More information about Decatur Makers, including how to join as a founding member, is available here or by calling 404-822-2279.

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Please join City of Decatur Public Works and City Schools of Decatur Facilities Maintenance

on Monday, March 24 at 8:30 a.m.

for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the recently renovated Eloise T. Leveritt Building

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Thank you to everyone in the community for staying off the roads last night and today. It continues to be fairly quiet in the city, and most city offices are closed. Winter storm and ice storm warnings are still in place across Georgia today through Thursday morning, and more precipitation is expected to fall tonight.

Remember, if the power goes out or you see a tree or other object fall on power lines, contact Georgia Power at 1-888-891-0938. Continue to charge medical devices, phones and other electronics so you are ready in case there is a power outage.

Staff members from the City’s Public Works department are out clearing city sidewalks of slush, and the tractor (pictured above) is busy clearing streets. Please do your part by clearing the sidewalk in front of your home or business.

As always, call the police non-emergency number (404-373-6551) if you require assistance or 911 for life-threatening emergencies.

If there is a loss of power, the city may use the CodeRED Emergency Notification System to communicate with the community. Please take this opportunity before a power outage occurs to register your phone number here.

About CodeRED:

CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a telephone communication service that allows us to quickly notify citizens of emergency situations requiring immediate action.

All residential phone numbers in the BellSouth/AT&T system should be in the telephone database. All city of Decatur businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.

The system can dial up to 50,000 phone numbers per hour and deliver a recorded message to individuals or their answering machines.

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City of Decatur government buildings will open at noon tomorrow. This includes City Hall, the Design, Environment and Construction division of Public Works at Talley St. and the Decatur Recreation Center. Evening activities at the Recreation Center are cancelled for tomorrow night, and the center will close early.

Trash & recycling pick up is expected to have a delayed start time of 10 a.m. tomorrow. If sanitation crews can safely get to your rear yard they will pick up trash tomorrow. If they cannot, they will pick it up next week. Please use good sense when deciding if it is safe to put your recycling bin by the curb. If your driveway is too frozen to safely move your bins leave them until next week’s pick up.

While most of the major roads in the City of Decatur are currently clear and mostly dry, GEMA continues to recommend staying off roads. It is possible that roads and sidewalks could refreeze overnight so continue to exercise caution if you decide to leave your house.

While there have been a few minor traffic accidents in the past 24 hours, no one has been seriously injured in the City of Decatur. The community has done a great job of staying safe and warm indoors. If you do require emergency assistance, please call the police non-emergency number 404-373-6551.

Stay warm, Decatur! Photo courtesy of Ashley Hizer

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Due to the weather, residential recycling pick up was suspended before today’s routes could be completed. If your recycling is normally picked up on Tuesday but was not picked up today, it will be picked up later this week. Please continue to check back here for updates on trash and recycling pick up.

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Changes for Permitting in the City of Decatur

Starting January 21, 2014, permitting services will take place in a new location at the renovated Public Works Facility, 2635 Talley Street.

The move takes place at the same time as the formation of a new one-stop shop for permitting that will make it easier for residents and applicants to access these services.  This one-stop shop is part of a larger reorganization and the creation of the new Design, Environment & Construction Division of Public Works.  The new Division will be home to permitting, inspections, engineering, streets, the storm water utility, and codes enforcement.

Limited Permitting Next Week:  What you need to know

Between Jan. 13 – Jan. 17 the City of Decatur will provide limited permitting services during the move from City Hall to the Talley Street Public Works Facility.  During this time, roofing, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fencing permits will be issued. Staff will be available largely by appointment only. Inspection requests will continue as usual. For more information, call 404.370.4014 or email  John.Maximuk@decaturga.com.pwsign2

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The former Waste Managment Advisory Board, working with the Public Works Director and the Special Events Coordinator, has produced a guide  for “greening” events, block parties and other gatherings in the city of Decatur. The brochure is available for downloading at www.decaturga.com or at Decatur City Hall.

The Guide offers many tips for planning a special event beginning with selecting the location, planning purchases to minimize waste on the front end, planning for recycling and food waste and more. The guide also encourages planners to educate the attendees on protecting the environment.

The Decatur Business Association has already jumped on the “green” wagon. Food vendors at the June Beach Party will be required to use biodegradable paper goods as well as recycle plastic, glass and cardboard. The Public Works Department will also be on hand to distribute information on the City’s recycling plan and give out tattoos with the recycling logo. As you may know, all city sponsored events currently include both trash cans and recycling containers for plastic, metal and glass. We hope to encourage all event planners, both large and small, to recycle and produce greener events.

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