What's Going On In Austell: May 2010

What's going on in Austell May 2010.

May marks the beginning of the yearly outdoor burn ban in the metro Atlanta counties and their cities. The burn ban is in effect until September 30, 2010. For those who do not understand why there is a mandated ban on outdoor burning, there are several reasons. Due to our very hot, humid, and usually low amounts of rain during this time of year, an outdoor fire could easily spread and be difficult to keep contained. Also due to the weather and poor air quality during this time of the year, the burn ban is put into place so we can all breathe a little easier. The outdoor ban does not include the following:

  • Grills or other fires used in cooking and immediate consumption of food.
  • Fires that are "prescribed" or those that are "slash burned".
  • Fires that are used for crop maintenance, pest control, or other production or harvest procedure.
  • Training fires for firefighters.
  • Fire for vegetative debris from storm damage, weed abatement, disease, and pest prevention.
  • Fire from tools such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters and other flame-making equipment.
  • Any fire that has been approved by the attainment of a permit. If you are unsure if you are allowed to use fire in a legal manner during the outdoor burn ban, always call your city or county clerk. Even many allowed fires during this time of year MUST have a permit to prevent a fine from being issued.

The City of Austell is taking sealed bids in repairing the flood damage to Legion Park. Bids must be submitted by PM on May 14, 2010. Bid packages may be picked up at the Threadmill Complex in the Community Affairs office. The address is:5000 Austell Powder Springs Road, Suite 101, Austell, GA 30106 . Bids are scheduled to be opened May 17, 2010. If you'd like more information, please call the city at: (770) 944-4309.

May 15 - Concert in the park at Collar Park. The concert will feature the band Rambunctious! The evening starts at PM, and ends at PM.

As always, keep CAMP in mind. They provide help and assistance to so many in our community, and with a 40% increase in demand, they could use your help! It is easy to contribute financially by just checking the box by the $1, $3, or $5 donation box on your monthly water bill. Or, if you prefer, they take donations of money, food, clothing, furniture, etc. at their site on Veteran's Memorial Hwy in Austell. I'm sure they could also use physical labor in the form of volunteers, as well. If you can help, please do. Remember that they are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please visit the CAMP website.

This information is compiled and gathered from the city website. If you know of or have a happening, please email it to: myrabaucum@ymail.com. Photo taken by Ash Baucum.

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