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Superior Ave water main update

The Decatur Minute:

DeKalb County
Department of Watershed Management
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division

Project Bulletin -- The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division is scheduled to begin construction on the Superior Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement Phase II project.
The project is slated to begin October 2015, and is expected to last approximately nine months. Initial activities will be comprised of site preparation, and may include the installation of silt fence in the construction area.   [READ MORE]


*NEW* DeKalb County Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers

Comissioner Rader: DeKalb has made it easier to pay your water bill. Please click here to view a listing of Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. Payments can also be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the new DeKalb County automated payment line at 404-371-6294.   [READ MORE]

Georgia Power "outage map"

From the East Atlanta Patch: The outage map lets customers track or report power outages.

Neighbor comment on Desmond Drive utility poles

From a neighbor commenting on structural issues regarding neighborhood utility poles, and recent power outage: Angel Medina, emeritus Ga. State. Ga. Tech. Report on the problems that we have had with our electric service, Comcast, etc.

The last storm and consequent tree uprooting was only the last among several in the past few years.  I became aware in those years that there was a critical zone were the loss of power comes from. Because of the work of electricity personnel in the stretch between Park lane and North Superior in most of those occasions, I realized that the problem was damage  in the lines because of their weight and the wind, or transformers being hit by lightning, directly or nearby, or stress being transmitted to the power station(s), or perhaps for other reasons harder to establish. When a tree from Ira Melton Park fell on a fence and a pole the last time, I first thought that the broken pole that GaPower replaced was too weak to withstand the force of the fallen tree and the wind.

Storm aftermath

Update: power was restored in Clairmont Heights area around 10:30 p.m. the same day (Tuesday).  Thanks to the utility crews!

Local observations and reports ...

  • 8:30 a.m. Power out on N Superior to Heritage Hills. 
  • 8:30 a.m. Fallen tree debris on N Superior between Desmond and Heritage Hills.
  • 8:30 a.m. Desmond Drive blocked between Reckle and Park.  Power lines on street.
  • 8:30 a.m. Tree down and blocking Blackmon Drive

WSB has a comprehensive list of road problems here: http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/traffic/latest-wsb-24-hour-traffic-cen...

Georgia Power says to wait 24 hours before reporting outages: "Following a severe storm with widespread power interruptions, customers should wait a reasonable amount of time before calling to report an outage. There's no need to call within the first 24 to 48 hours. The company knows where the power is out because its automated system alerts a technician when a line goes off. As the restoration progresses, Georgia Power will announce through the media if residents in specific areas should call in if they're still without power."http://www.georgiapower.com/storm/pofaq.asp#q4

To check power outage status online: https://customerservice.southerncompany.com/Outage/OutageHome.aspx?src=LN

As of 9:30 a.m. the site indicates that the outage on N Superior was known, a crew dispatched, but no estimated time to restoration of power.

Gas Line Replacement Project Punchlist

CHCA resident Don Sprinkle has created a punchlist, a list of follow up tasks to be addressed after the project has been completed, that he is offering to the rest of us to use for building a collective list or as a model for creating individual task lists: "More than likely, AGL reps will leave a notice in everyone's mailbox once they have completed their work - letting us know to inform them if any problems were left. They'll then give a few days to respond.  ... having been in this situation before on both sides of the deal, it will help if we are prepared.

Repairs after utility work: what to expect, what to do

From local resident Don Sprinkle: "As a former 'underground-utility / road' contractor, I can tell you from my experience what I believe is a "reasonable" expectation regarding repairs after damage to your property.  This is based solely on my past experiences, and I assume no liability for any outcomes:

CHCA gas lines replacement update 2/11/10

Update 2/11/10: Rain and other issues are making the project messier.  From a resident: "I had a couple of my co-workers tell me that the Atlanta Gas Light pipeline replacement program has been a nightmare in their neighborhoods. The main problem is messes made are not cleaned up and sidewalks and other built structures are not replaced or replaced with like material. There advice was that homeowners should take before and after pictures and stay on top of crews when they are working on the property nearest them."  Contact information for the project can be found below.

Update 2/4/10: Work recently has centered on N Superior.  And it's gotten messy.  A crew leader informed us today (2/4/10) that they unexpectedly hit a lot of granite bedrock and that has forced them to open larger holes and take more time. 

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