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Sewage spills increase, judge signs consent decree
See Spill on Page 7A
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Notice of Public HearingsJanuary 24 & 26, 2012
Notice is hereby given that the Board o Directors o the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authoritywill hold public hearings or the purpose o considering
Proposed Bus Service Modicationsfor April 24, 2012
Proposed routing and adjustments for the following bus routes:
Route 1 – Centennial Olympic Park /Coronet Way:
The temporary re-routingimplemented June 18, 2011 to improve bus turnmovement is proposed to become the permanentrouting.
Route 12 – Howell Mill Road / Cum-berland:
The temporary re-routing implement-ed June 18, 2011 to improve bus turn movementis proposed to become the permanent routing.
Route 32 – Bouldercrest / GeorgiaAquarium:
is proposed to terminate serviceat Five Points Station after 7:30 pm on all ser-vice days. The segment from Five Points Stationalong Marietta Street, Jones Avenue, Ivan AllenJr. Boulevard, Spring Street, Pine Street and WestPeachtree Street to Civic Center Station will bediscontinued after 7:30 pm on all service days.
Route 86 – Fairington Road / McAfeeRoad:
The re-routing implemented December17, 2011 due to the closure of the Evans MillPark and Ride lot is proposed to become the per-manent routing. From Evans Mill Road and MallParkway, Route 86 will continue Mall Parkway,Left-Stonecrest Trace, and Left-Mall Loop Road tobus shelter at Mall at Stonecrest which will be thenew terminus for Route 86. The segment alongMillwood Lane will be discontinued.
Route 115 – Covington Highway /South Hairston Road:
The re-routingimplemented December 17, 2011 due to theclosure of the Evans Mill Park and Ride lot is pro-posed to become the permanent routing. FromCovington Highway and Evans Mill Road, Route115 will operate via Left-Evans Mill Road con-tinue Main Street, Left-Max Cleland Boulevardand Right-Swift Street to Main Street which willbecome the new terminus for Route 115. Thesegment of Evans Mill Road south of CovingtonHighway, Mall Parkway and Millwood Lane willbe discontinued.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 Thursday, Jan. 26
55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta 30303
Downtown AtlantaCity Hall
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Bus route 49 from Five Points Station. Special bus shuttle also provided.
1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur, 30030
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Walk one block west of Decatur Rail Station.
Copies o the proposed bus service modifca-tions will also be available at MARTA’s Ofce oExternal Aairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta,Georgia 30324 during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.For ormats (FREE o charge) in accordancewith the ADA and Limited English Profciency regula-tions contact (404) 848-4037. For those patronsrequiring urther accommodations, inormation canbe obtained by calling the Telephone Device or theDea (TDD) at 404 848-5665.In addition, a sign language interpreter willbe available at all hearings. I you cannot attendthe hearings and want to provide comments youmay: (1) leave a message at (404) 848-5299;(2) write to MARTA’s Ofce o External Aairs, 2424Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30324-3330;(3) complete an online Comment Card at www.itsmarta.com; (4) or ax your comments nolater than February 3, 2012 to (404) 848-4179.All citizens o the City o Atlanta and thecounties o Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose interests are aected by the subjects to beconsidered at these hearings are hereby notifed andinvited to appear at said times and places and pres-ent such evidence, comment or objection as theirinterests require.
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D. General Manager/CEO
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comA full year after it wasannounced, a federal judgehas signed a consent decreein which DeKalb Countyagreed to pay a $453,000 penalty for excessive sew-age spills.In the consent decree,signed by U.S. DistrictJudge
William S. Duffey,Jr
., on Dec. 20, the countyagreed to pay the penalty,which was split betweenthe federal Environmen-tal Protection Agency andthe state’s EnvironmentalProtection Division. Thenes were paid earlier thismonth, according to
, the county’s direc-tor of watershed manage-ment.The approval of the de-
County enhances itsemergency alert system
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comThe alert system inform-ing DeKalb residents of emergency situations justgot upgraded.The Code Red systemthat the county has beenusing for several years has been enhanced with theCode Red Weather Warningsystems.The enhancement givescounty ofcials the abilityto pinpoint communitiesthat may be affected byweather-related emergen-cies.“This will allow recipi-ents of the alerts more timeto prepare and take precau-tionary measures while re-ducing the amount of falsealarms and unnecessaryalerts, as this system onlycalls those residents and businesses in the predicted path of the storm,” saidthe county’s Public SafetyDirector
during a Jan. 11 press con-ference.In the weather warningsystem, phone messageswill go out “moments af-ter the National Weather Service has issued a severethunderstorm, ood or tor-nado warning,” Miller said.The system “automaticallydisseminates warnings toresidents based on the pro- jected path of the storm,”Miller said.If the phone call fromthe system is missed, resi-dents will be able to call thesystem to retrieve the mostrecent warning.In the past the Code Redsystem has been used tonotify residents of severeweather, boil water advi-sories, gas main or water main breaks, road closings,and police or re activities,Miller said.“Some people didn’tget the alerts until after the National Weather Servicehad cancelled the warning,”Miller said.The system, which is being funded by a DeKalbEmergency ManagementAgency grant, is designedto give residents and busi-ness owners an “addedlayer of protection,” Miller said.A notice about the CodeRed system will go out inDeKalb County water bills.To receive the alerts, reg-ister at the DeKalb Countywebsite at www.co.dekalb.ga.us.