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(UPDATE) Decatur Commission approves plan to replace courthouse lawn grass with artificial turf

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(UPDATE) Decatur Commission approves plan to replace courthouse lawn grass with artificial turf

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Update: The City Commission approved all of the agenda items mentioned in this article. Here is our earlier story …

The Decatur City Commission at its Aug. 5 meeting will consider a contract to install artificial turf on the courthouse lawn.

Turf will cover the two lawn areas east of the bandstand. The $39,383 contract would be awarded to Synthetic Turf International of Atlanta.

“The benefits of installing artificial grass include but are not limited to virtually no maintenance, no watering or mowing, no use of chemicals and fertilizer, optimal drainage, and zero damage from the high traffic environment,” a memo from Assistant City Manager David Junger says. “The recommended system is a SoftLawn® Fresh Zoysia artificial turf product and is constructed with a two-color thatch and thin blades creating a more natural appearance. The result is a comfortable and attractive lawn that is able to withstand large public gatherings and require minimal maintenance.”

Decatur has tried over the years to maintain a natural lawn near the bandstand, but those efforts have come up short.

In other business, the City Commission will consider:

– Approving a plan to reconfigure Atlanta Avenue so it can undergo more extensive planning, design and construction. The recommendation is to fix the Atlanta Avenue intersection by extending Adair Street to West College Avenue.

As with any proposal, there will be benefits and drawbacks.

The benefits include improving access at Adair Street, keeping the existing railroad crossing open during construction, simplification of traffic movements and reducing signal delay.

The drawbacks? It could encourage cut through traffic on Mead Road, affect residential driveways on College Avenue and may require regrading to accommodate the railroad crossing elevation.

Also, residents at Olympic Place are not happy about not having a designated signal.

– Approving a $64,351 contract with Solutionz, Inc. for technology upgrades in the City Commission meeting room and the Legacy Park administration building.

“The first project includes installing nine new microphones in the City Commission Meeting Room at the dais and the podium as well as make the necessary adjustments to volume and sound quality in the room in order to correct audio issues in the room during system use,” a memo from City Clerk Meredith Roark says. “The second project includes equipping the Dining Room and Auditorium in the Decatur Legacy Park Administration Building with ceiling mounted projectors, wall mounted remote control touch panels and wireless microphone systems. It also includes removing an existing ceiling mounted projector in the Main Meeting Room and replacing it with an 80′ LED display.”

– Approving a $214,400 contract with Sunbelt Traffic of Tucker, GA for construction of a Talley Street Signalized Intersection.

“The signal is necessary to accommodate the increase of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular traffic from the Avondale MARTA development, East Decatur station redevelopment and Talley Street Upper Elementary School,” the memo from Project Manager Courtney Frisch says.

The Aug. 5 meeting begins with a work session at 6:45 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at Decatur City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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