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(UPDATE) Decatur City Commission considers contracts for design services, cleaning up Ferndale property

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(UPDATE) Decatur City Commission considers contracts for design services, cleaning up Ferndale property

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Update: The City Commission at its Sept. 3 meeting approved all of the items mentioned in this article.

Here is our earlier story … 

Decatur City Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 3 — a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday — and there will be a few items of note on the agenda.

The regular City Commission meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. There will be a work session prior to that starting at 6:45 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. A live stream of the meeting will be available here.

Commissioners will consider awarding two contracts for design services to AECOM. One, for $58,350, would be to design the South Columbia Drive Multi-use Path Phase 2.

“This second phase will address the design from Talley Street Upper Elementary maintenance driveway to Legacy Park,” a memo from Assistant City Manager David Junger says. “The first phase of the multi-use path fronting the Talley Street Upper Elementary school is complete, including sidewalk facilities constructed on a portion of Shadowmoor Drive, providing connectivity to South Columbia Drive.”

The other contract, for $141,150, is for sidewalk design services.

The city is proposing sidewalks on the following streets:

Garden Lane – Approximately 0.4 miles between Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue, providing a sidewalk connection to Westchester Elementary School.

Shadowmoor Drive – Approximately 0.3 miles between South Columbia Drive and Inman Drive, providing a sidewalk connection to Winnona Park Elementary School and Talley Street Upper Elementary School.

Derrydown Way – Approximately 0.4 miles between S. Columbia Drive and Craigie Avenue, providing a sidewalk connection to Winnona Park Elementary School, Talley Street Upper Elementary School, and the East Decatur Greenway.

Source: City of Decatur

Commissioners will also be asked to address code violations at 2284 Ferndale Drive.

City Code Enforcement Officer Cynthia Hardnett is asking the City Commission to “find the property at 2284 Ferndale Drive to be in violation of Chapter 54, Health and Sanitation, of the City Code and that the City Commissioners authorize action to have this property secured, cleaned and brought into compliance with the Health and Sanitation Ordinance and that the property be assessed for the costs of such work.”

“The property at 2284 Ferndale Drive is being maintained with fallen tree limbs, trash, debris, tall weeds, grass and overgrown hedges,” a memo from Hardnett says. “In addition, the dwelling at 2284 Ferndale Drive is vacant. The property is a blighting influence on the neighborhood and constitutes a dangerous and unsanitary condition. These conditions must be corrected in o rder to bring the property into compliance with Chapter 54, Health and Sanitation, of the City Code.”

Hardnett says the city notified the property owner about the condition of the property and the owner didn’t respond or take any actions to fix the problems.

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