This successful neighborhood-wide yard sale is back for another year. The Boulevard Neighborhood Association has reserved Saturday, August 10, for this year's BouleYard Sale.
The sale is planned for the weekend after move-in takes place at UGA, so it's a good chance to rehome housewares, decor, furniture and any knick-knacks that might help an apartment feel more like home.
Here's how it works:
IF YOU WANT TO SELL STUFF: Register your house via our online form (https://forms.gle/8j2DEnookJMC9xsF7). Then, share this event and start organizing your stuff.
The Boulevard Neighborhood Association will create maps of all the properties, update the website and Facebook event with addresses, and promote the event. In past years we've seen hundreds of people come out for this event, so it's a great opportunity to sell some stuff and make some cash.
Oh, and speaking of cash, this event is a fundraiser for the BNA, so we ask that participating houses donate 10% of their proceeds to the neighborhood organization. It's not mandatory, but since we all came together to make your sale a huge success, we just ask that you give a little back in return.
IF YOU WANT TO SHOP: Mark Saturday, August 10 on your calendar, share this event and bring your friends. The more the merrier!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boulevard Neighborhood Association recently reached out to Rodney Walters, Athens-Clarke County's community forestry coordinator, about the health and safety of the trees in the neighborhood. With recent extreme storms, the group was wondering if there was a need to investigate the trees for any potential issues, or even move to replace less desirable species. Here's what Walters said:
"We have just recently completed a safety review of trees along Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods as part of an annual level 1 inspection of the trees. Our approach is to monitor the trees for safety and to remove trees as needed. There are water oaks on Boulevard along with many other tree species, including willow oak, southern black oak, elms, dogwoods, redbuds, and many others."
Walters also said that the condition of the trees along Boulevard is varied, since they represent a range of species and ages. In addition, they are monitored for both their health and structural integrity.
"If a tree is discovered to have to have a defect(s), a level 2 inspection is conducted to assign a safety rating. Trees that are found to have unfavorable safety ratings are mitigated by pruning, cabling, or removal," he added. "When trees are removed, they may or may not be replaced, depending on the location. Athens-Clarke County plants trees every year and, as the community forester, I work with citizens through the Community Tree Council to raise funding for the planting trees beyond what the Athens Clarke County budget allots."
If you have additional questions for Walters, email the BNA and we will compile an additional follow-up email from the neighborhood.
The Community Advisory Committee, which comprises community members, hospital representatives, the construction team, and design team, met in April to get updates on the hospital's construction plans. At the time, the addition of the fourth floor above the emergency department was 85% complete on the outside and about 95% complete on the inside. Also, the King Avenue sidewalk was set to be reopened. This phase of the construction will be finished in October or November.
The next phase is the demolition of the old part of the hospital and construction of the new tower. This encompasses primarily the part of the existing hospital from the Talmadge street entrance north to Prince Ave and includes all of the original 1919 structure, which is hidden inside all the additions made in the 40s and 50s.
The tentative schedule of this phase of construction is as follows:
Not much to report for the past two months, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. No incidents were reported in March. In April, police responded to a theft in the 100 block of Grady Avenue on April 25.
Remember, even if the incident is minor, it's important to report it to ACCPD. You can call the non-emergency line at 706-613-3345 (in case of emergency, though, please dial 9-1-1!).
The Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives voted 6-5 Wednesday morning to pass House Bill 302 prohibiting local governments from regulating building design of one or two-family dwellings.
The Georgia Conservancy notes that HB 302 "has the potential to hinder, if not completely remove, innovation at the local level to address needs or leverage assets related to natural resources, housing, revitalization, or other land use conditions." Read more about this bill and how it might affect local governments' abilities to regulate new construction in Flagpole and Oconee County Observations.
You can also find the full text of the bill online.
Folks from ACC, Koons Design, and the BNA met at Boulevard Park recently to do the penultimate inspection prior to the park being open again to the public. Only major item is to put in two benches (in progress), clean out some dead tree limbs, and a few minor fixes to playground and paths. No firm dates, but in general things should be wrapping up within about a month.
Other good news from Alex Bond at Athens-Clarke County is that there is now a mechanism in place for private contributions to fund water fountains in the county. Phase II will have a water connection for landscaping, which can be used to supply a water fountain in the future. Perhaps a water fountain (human + dog) could be part of the park's future, via private funds, once the dust settles on Phase II.
According to the ACCPD the following crimes were reported in January 2019:
Athens-Clarke County police encourage all residents to say something if they see something suspicious in the neighborhood. You don’t need to wait for a crime to happen before you call the police. The number to call is 706-613-3345. The police will respond and check things out. Residents can also call 911, explain that it's not an emergency, and the police will respond.
Voting on the agenda for the Chase Street reconfiguration by the Mayor and Commission has been postponed until September 4, 2018.
The Chase Street corridor study includes the following elements.
Read more on the Athens-Clarke County website.
Local businesses Jittery Joe's, the Grit, Ike & Jane, Old Pal, Pulaski Heights BBQ, Heirloom Cafe, White Tiger and Seabear Oyster Bar were all included in a write-up in the April issue of Atlanta Magazine.
Read the full story online.