Friday, February 15, 2013
'I apologize for the harsh tone of those letters.'
ORMEWOOD PARK — Taxpayers received something they don't often hear from Atlanta City Hall: an apology. In a meeting of the South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development, Thursday night, Richard Mendoza, commissioner of the the Atlanta Department of Public Works, apologized to Ormewood Park residents who received letters in the last few weeks regarding the condition of the sidewalks on Delaware Avenue and other streets. The letters, which he admitted are harsh in tone, told residents they were responsible for fixing their cracked or dilapidated sidewalks and driveway curb cuts. But they caused a row in Ormewood Park, the first community to be hit with them, part of what public works officials say will be citywide crackdown on broken …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Public Works representatives will do onsite walk-throughs on Feb. 23.
ORMEWOOD PARK — Property owners who have received letters from the city ordering them to repair sidewalks in front of their homes will have a chance to question the Atlanta Department of Public Works. A DPW representative is scheduled to attend the monthly meeting of the South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Beulah Heights University, 892 Berne St. Anyone who wants to ask a question in advance to is asked to send an e-mail to SAND: email@example.com. As part of the DPW's outreach to homeowners, it also will do a a walk-through in the neighborhood on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. to address individual homeowner concerns and reservations. A sign-up sheet will be provided at the SAND meeting for …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
'The State Constitution does grant our cities the power to tax and pass laws that they see fit. If someone is trying to fight the City's authority to pass the Ordinance, they are probably not going to win that argument.'
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, February 12
by David H. Glass Case law is well established that a landowner is responsible if injuries occur due to the landowner's creation of a defective condition on the sidewalks (Broken Sidewalks Build Pathways to Controversy, Feb. 8, 2013). If the landowner has nothing to do with the creation of a defective sidewalk, liability should rest with the City. In a Georgia Appellate case, Reed v. Baston-Cook Co., (1970) the Court reasoned: Where the injuries occur not on the property but on a sidewalk adjacent thereto, a different rule is applicable. 'The law places upon a municipality the duty of keeping its sidewalks safe for travel in the ordinary manner. Codes, §§ 69-301, 69-303; Hammock v. City of Augusta, 83 Ga.App. 217, 63 S.E.2d 290. The …
An Ormewood Park resident received one of the letters from the Atlanta Department of Public Works that says his sidewalk needs repair. But a photograph of the pathway in question, suggests otherwise.
Tuesday, February 12
Dear Editor: Here's my sidewalk at 833 Gilbert St. The city says it needs $1,000 in repairs, and the curb needs $3,000 in repairs, and it needs to be done in 45 days, or they'll fix it and send me the bill. (Broken Sidewalks Build Pathways to Controversy, Feb. 8, 2013). The sidewalk is in good condition and the curb is buried underneath layers of pavement, courtesy of Public Works. When has Public Works gotten anything done in 45 days? — Ken Boff, Ormewood Park
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Vehicle later found in southwest Atlanta's Greenbriar neighborhood.
NORTH ORMEWOOD PARK — On the same day Atlanta Police Department announced the capture six men suspected in a string of carjackings including in East Atlanta and Cabbagetown and other parts of the city, a woman reported that she was the victim in yet another incident. The victim, who was injured in the 5 p.m. incident and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, becomes at least the eighth motorist to be carjacked in an East Atlanta Patch community since Jan. 1. The victim told police she was heading to her car in the parking lot of Glenwood East Apartments at 390 Stovall St. SE after visiting a friend. As she headed toward her vehicle, she noted two men following her. She put some miscellaneous items in the trunk of her vehicle and …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Atlanta Department of Public Works sent a series of letters sent to Ormewood Park residents in recent days regarding broken sidewalks it says they are responsible for paying to repair.
ORMEWOOD PARK — Following a 2012 complaint of a disabled man who reported difficulty in traversing parts of Delaware Avenue in his wheelchair, the Department of Public Works sent 26 certified letters to homeowners that order them to repair cracked sidewalks and driveways. If they don't repair the sidewalks and driveway curb cuts that are uneven, cracked or broken, the city will fix them, and then charge the homeowner. It's the first step in a larger crackdown that public works officials plan for the entire city. The move has renewed a longstanding debate over just whose responsibility it is to pay for sidewalk repairs: Public works officials say it rests squarely with the property owner. But homeowners and at least one pedestrian safety …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Ormewood Park resident notes suspicious activity in recent days.
ORMEWOOD PARK — In Crime Prevention 101, police and public safety heads of the different neighborhoods stress the importance of alerting law enforcement whenever something seems suspect. One Ormewood Park resident who lives on Delmar Avenue has done just that, following several recent incidents, including the vandalism of her car. She e-mailed East Atlanta Patch wanting to warn fellow readers to be vigilant and aware: There has been some suspicious activity on Delmar Ave in Ormewood Park. On Thursday of last week, someone went through my car. They took a pair of sunglasses and my owners manual. Yesterday (Jan. 27) a young man rang our doorbell asking to rake our yard. We have a posted no trespassing sign and live on a hill with 2 dogs. …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Victim told police that gunman took $900.
ORMEWOOD PARK — A man waiting on a friend in the parking lot of the Krystal restaurant at 415 Moreland Ave. said he was robbed by a gunman Saturday afternoon, Atlanta police said. The victim told police he was at the fast food eatery to meet a friend. The victim said he happened to be waiting outside his vehicle and was chatting on his mobile phone and as he finished the conversation, he saw another man exit a newer model white Jeep Cherokee on the other side of the parking lot. The victim told police the man approached him asking to use his mobile phone and when the victim agreed, the man pulled out a black-colored gun with a tan handle and demanded his money. The victim, whose son was in the back seat of his vehicle, said he had $900 and…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Responding officer injured; Atlanta police searching for carjacking suspect.
WOODLAND HILLS — Atlanta police are looking for a suspected carjacker of a red pick-up truck that struck a Woodland Avenue home in the early morning hours of Jan. 2. The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. on Woodland near Vickers Street. A responding Atlanta police officer was injured when he fell into a creek, Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones told East Atlanta Patch. That officer was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Jones said. The incident "was a result of a carjacking," Jones said, adding the suspect remains at large. The homeowner told WSB-TV that the vehicle, which knocked out a column, in front of the home, struck the house near where his toddler slept.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Urban Residential Finance Authority will have to vote a second time in the spring before the issuance of up to $15.6 million in bonds.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Péralte Paul
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Urban Residential Finance Authority approved Thursday a proposal to issue up to $15.6 million in bonds for the planned redevelopment of the Trestletree Village apartment complexes in Ormewood Park and Grant Park. The approval is just the first step in the project. The finance authority, which is part of Invest Atlanta, the city's chief economic development body, will have to take a second vote — possibly in March if not earlier — of approval to authorize the bonds' issuance. The redevelopment would begin in April and is slated to be complete within a 12-month period. Trestletree Village includes the 80-unit Trestletree North at 794 Ormewood Ave. SE in Grant Park and the 108-unit Trestletree South at 904 Confederate Court SE in Ormewood…