Decatur Christmas Tree Recycling Thru Saturday, Jan 6th This Year

From the City via Steve in a FAFF comment (harder to find the info online this year!)…

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, through Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, City of Decatur residents may drop off live Christmas trees at the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event at the Agnes Scott College parking lot between 184 and 206 S. Candler St.

Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Agnes Scott campus.

DeKalb Hazardous Waste Recycling This Saturday

The DeKalb County Sanitation Division is hosting its biannual household hazardous waste recycling event this Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. – noon, at the Sanitation Division’s Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive in Decatur.

If you’re a DeKalb County resident, dead on over and recycle aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals, artist supplies, paint and paint-related products!

However, don’t try to recycle s agricultural waste, ammunition, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials, and biohazardous and biomedical waste.  Those items won’t be accepted.

Photo courtesy of DeKalb Sanitation 

After Property Sale, United Methodist Children’s Home Signs Leases On New Facilities

After selling it’s 77 acre property to the City of Decatur earlier this year, the United Methodist Children’s Home announced in a press release yesterday that they have signed leases on residences, offices and a flea market in nearby Clarkson and Tucker, GA.

According to the UMCH, the sale of the Decatur property will allow them to reach 25% more children and families in the coming year and provide “more modern, safe and appropriate housing” for current and future residents.

“UMCH also signed a lease for new administrative and volunteer office space and UMCH Flea Market at 1967 Lakeside Parkway, Building 400 in Tucker.”, according to the release.

Decatur is planning to hold community-based master planning sessions in the coming months to determine how the expansive UMHC property (MAP) will be used by the city.  The city also secured a low-interest loan to help with the purchase of 22.08 acres of the property, which  “will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation” according to the city.

Correction: The city’s low-interest loan will protect 22.08 acres of land at the UMCH site, not the entire site, as the post previously stated.

City To Evaluate City-Owned Trees

If you start seeing Xs spray-painted on trees around town in the coming weeks, here’s what’s up according to the Decatur Focus

City of Decatur arborist Kay Evanovich is working with the Urban Forestry Management Plan team to mark certain city-owned trees for either tree health care or removal as part of the city’s Urban Forestry Management

Using a tree risk management system known as ALARP (As Low as Reasonably Practical), which manages tree risks by reducing them to a level that demonstrates due diligence and a proactive approach, the team is able to assess trees and categorize them by their risk level.

Trees that are identified as high risk are being marked with an orange X for removal and moderate risk trees are wrapped with yellow caution tape to be pruned or treated.

The community can help by leaving flagging tape on trees so that crews can locate them.

Once all necessary trees are flagged the information at right will apply:

On streets that experience reduced canopy levels each spring, new trees will be planted through the Trees Atlanta planting program.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree In Decatur Through Saturday, January 7th

From the City of Decatur website

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

City of Decatur residents can drop off live Christmas trees at the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event at the Agnes Scott College parking lot between 184 and 206 S. Candler St. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Agnes Scott campus.

East Decatur Greenway Trail Construction Begins Next Week


A sign posted at the entrance of the Katie Kerr neighborhood announced that construction of the East Decatur Greenway Trail will begin next week.  (If you didn’t get that already from the post title! 🙂 )

Here’s the text in full from the picture above, courtesy of Kat …

Construction of the East Decatur Greenway Trail will begin November 7, 2016 and continue through March 2017.  The trail will be located on county right-of-way on Katie Kerr Drive.  We will do everything possible to minimize any impact to your daily routine during construction.  Please be patient with their task of clearing and grading your area.

Contact for questions or concerns:

Jonathan McCaig

Construction Manager

PATH Foundation

[email protected]

See for a trail map and more information.

As shown in the map below, the East Decatur Greenway will connect from a new community park on S. Columbia Drive – a former vacant gas station, up Katie Kerr Drive around the backside of the United Methodist Children’s Home to the new Avondale MARTA mixed use development.

Click the map below to enlarge…


Decatur Lays Out Plan To Install – and Asks For Patience Regarding – New LED Streetlights

From the Decatur Minute blog

The City of Decatur 2010 Strategic Plan calls for the City to be good stewards of environmental resources and one of the tasks in the plan is expanding the use of more sustainable lighting options on streets and within city parks and public areas.  In addition, the City of Decatur Police Department has received community feedback requesting better and brighter lighting to increase safety and deter criminal behavior in our neighborhoods and business districts.

To achieve those objectives, the City of Decatur LED lighting project is designed to provide quality lighting for city roadways and sidewalks and reduce electricity consumption. We have contracted with Georgia Power to upgrade approximately 1380 streetlights from high pressure sodium light fixtures to LED fixtures.

The benefits of the LED lights include:

  • Smart LED streetlights enable Georgia Power and the city to monitor the system for non-functioning streetlights to improve system operation.
  • Reducing street light energy consumption by 40% to 60%.
  • Improving lighting quality and visibility to enhance street safety.
  • Real-time communicating of non-operating streetlights for improved response.
  • Eliminating the use of hazardous materials contained in sodium vapor lamps.
  • Preserving the night sky.

Georgia Power has started replacing fixtures in the Winnona Park, College Heights, Lenox Place and Great Lakes neighborhoods.  We anticipate that it will take approximately one month to complete installation city-wide. The new LED lights are brighter than sodium vapor lights and emit a much clearer light. It will be different and they change the lighting along the street. Once city-wide installation is complete, we will be working with Georgia Power to make adjustments and add light shields, so please bear with us as the new lights are installed.

Photos courtesy of Georgia Power.