April 29, 2017
“Water customers are urged to continue complying with the state-mandated restrictions.”
Stonecrest hosting public appreciation, ceremonial inauguration By Jennifer Ffrench Parker
The new city of Stonecrest’s five council members and mayor are hosting a “Public Appreciation & Ceremonial Inauguration” ceremony on May 1 at the Mall at Stonecrest. The 7-to-9 p.m. event will take place on a stage near Sears on the mall’s lower level. Four of the five council members – Jimmy Clanton Jr., Jazzmin Cobble, Diane Adoma and George Turner – and Mayor Jason Lary took the oath of office in private ceremonies. Clanton, Cobble and Lary, who were elected on March 21, took the oath of office on March 27. Adoma and Turner, who were elected in the April 18 runoff, were sworn into office in a private ceremony at the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute Conference Center on Evans Mill Road on April 24. DeKalb Associate State Court Judge Ronald Ramsey, who swore all five of them into office, is expected to do the public honors as well. District 2 elected Councilman Rob Turner, who is out of town but is expected to attend Monday’s inauguration festivities.
Stonecrest City Council members Diane Adoma and George Turner take the oath of office in a private April 24 ceremony. With Adoma are her son and grandson, James and Kingsley Augustus. With Turner is his wife, Pat. They will be part of a May 1 public inauguration at the Mall at Stonecrest.
It will be the first time that all five elected council members and mayor will be together since the runoff. During the ceremony, the council will recognize members of the Governor’s Commission on Stonecrest, community council and volunteers who worked while they were campaigning for election. Voters approved the new 29-square-mile
Drought status bans car washing Despite recent April showers, DeKalb County is still under a Level 2 drought status, and the county is reminding businesses and residents that state-mandated water restrictions prohibit the outdoor washing of vehicles, including charity car washes. DeKalb Watershed Management says that commercial car washes that are connected to the sanitary sewer or that use recycled
water are the only ones excused from the restrictions. It says metro Atlanta’s and DeKalb’s drought status is still severe because Lake Lanier, DeKalb’s water source, has not recovered. “Water customers are urged to continue complying with the state-mandated restrictions,” the April 18 statement said.
city of 50,000 residents last November. The City Council will begin meeting on May 8. Lary said Thursday that they are hoping to meet in the auditorium of the Stonecrest Library on Klondike Road but are awaiting confirmation. The Stonecrest Commission, appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal, wrapped up its business on April 21.
Chairman Joel Thibodeaux said the commission will hand off its reports and recommendations from seven committees to the council at its first meeting. The reports and recommendations are on Economic Development, Code Enforcement & Beautification, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Zoning, Education, Public Safety, and City Operations.
Aging sewer lines prone to breaks CONTRACTS,
data to develop a wastewater stream model that will be used to determine trunk sewer pipe sizes for existing and future growth. DeKalb’s aging sewer lines are prone to breaks and overflows and the county is in the midst of a $1.35 billion federally mandated consent degree to repair and upgrade its sewer lines and capacity. Countywide, fats, oils and grease account for a significant number of sanitary sewer overflows and reduced sewer capacity. Ted Rhinehart, the county’s deputy chief operating officer for infrastructure, says the county can’t do it alone. “With 60 percent of sanitary sewer overflows in DeKalb County caused by fats, oils and grease being poured down sink drains, residents and businesses also play an important partnership role with DeKalb County,” he said. The county also is addressing its sewer capacity issues with a systemwide assessment of the wastewater collection system to identify deficiencies and with ongoing smoke
Contractors will remove tree roots, FOG and other debris that clog sewer lines.
testing that has identified problems such as illicit connections, failed private sewer laterals and missing clean-out covers. The county says the removal of these extraneous sources of stormwater will help to reduce the overloading of DeKalb’s sewer system that can result in sanitary sewer overflows.