Dunwoody's infrastructure -- its streets and sidewalks, stormwater pipes and conveyances, parks and multi-use trails and all the behind-the-scenes equipment and structures that form the physical backbone of the city -- are in the care of the Public Works Department.
The Public Works Department is comprised of the Capital Projects, Stormwater, Parks, and Operations and Maintenance divisions. Employees of each of these divisions efficiently and responsibly care for:
310 lane miles of pavement 63 linear miles of sidewalk
2 miles of multi-use trails Over 170 acres of parks
69 miles of stormwater pipes 18,700 stormwater structures
58 traffic signals 4,000 traffic signs
Public Works Director
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Public Works responds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to emergencies that occur on city right-of-way such as flooding, icing, traffic signal outages, and obstructions such as downed trees and sink holes. On weekends and after-hours, report urgent maintenance issues by calling (678) 382-6700 and pressing 2 to be connected to the on-call staff member. Urgent service calls during the work week (Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) should be directed to the Public Works Department at (678) 382-6850.
Mind the Leaves to Help our Waterways
Help protect our storm system and streams by keeping the leaves out. Leaves and debris can build up and adversely affect the wildlife that lives in and around the streams.
Cooler temperatures are on the way. This is a delight for many residents as they spend more time outside enjoying the fall weather and crisp days of autumn. Cooler temperatures also mean leaves have begun to change and fall, creating a bit of extra work for everyone.
The City of Dunwoody Public Works Department would like to give you some ideas about what to do with the leaves now that they have hit the ground.
Because leaves are a good source of mulch, the best thing to do is to rake or blow the leaves into natural areas. This will keep the ground moist which is good for growing plants and shrubs, as well as preventing erosion of the soil. Bare soil is very susceptible to erosion by water so the more it is kept covered, the less erosion will take place. Keeping the ground covered with leaves will also prevent weed growth as the weeds will not have soil to root into.
Ideally, leaves should be used on the property where they fall in order to return nutrients to the ground through composting. However, most properties will have more leaves fall than can be used on their property, so another method of disposal must be used. DeKalb County Sanitation will pick up bagged leaves as long as they are in biodegradable bags and each bag does not weight more than fifty pounds. DeKalb County will recycle these leaves to create mulch and compost that is made available to the public at no cost.
Leaves should never be disposed of by being blown into the street. Not only can this be an eyesore for the neighborhood, it can also wreak havoc on the City's storm drains. Once in the street, leaves will eventually be washed into the storm drain system where they can cause clogging and even flooding of the system. When the leaves eventually pass through the system, they can cause sediment and debris build-up in ditches and creeks. This buildup can adversely affect the wildlife that lives in and around the streams.
Some landscape companies will blow the leaves and yard debris into ditches and the storm system. These companies are the biggest contributor to this problem of leaves getting into the storm system and streams. Blowing leaves into the storm system is a violation of both City and State ordinances. Please do your part to help protect our city's assets by reporting these violations. Once reported, the Code Enforcement Officers for the City will cite those responsible and have them make the necessary corrections.
Composting leaves and yard debris is an easy and effective way to transform the seasonal debris into nutrient-rich, water-saving, soil-enhancing material. The practice of composting also reduces the volume of yard waste sent to landfills. Also, by using the compost in your garden, you can lessen the need to purchase expensive commercial soils in the spring.
Dunwoody needs every citizen’s help to protect our storm system and streams by keeping the leaves out. Preventing leaves from being put into the storm system and disposing of your leaves properly will both be critical steps in preserving the system and maintaining water quality for the future. If you would like to report leaf violations please call our Code Enforcement Department at 678-382-6807.