Several readers have asked us, “Now that we are in a City, who’s job is it to maintain the right-of-ways?”
One of the services the City of Brookhaven has taken over is Public Works, thus including the maintenance of the right-of-ways – among others.
From the City’s Website: The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining the streets, traffic signals, signs, and right-of-way in the City of Brookhaven. Our objective is to improve the roadways and traffic systems to make it a safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable place to live for Brookhaven’s citizens. We strive to provide quality service to our citizens through prompt response and practical solutions to the problems that concern them most. Our staff is eager to hear from you, and we have provided several outlets below for you to reach us.
The Brookhaven Post reached out to the City’s Public Works Director, Richard Meehan, and received the responses to our questions below:
Q: In the City of Brookhaven, who is responsible for mowing the grass in right of ways?
A: “For most locations in the city, it is the responsibility of the property owner whose property fronts the road or the neighborhood associations to mow and maintain the landscaping in the right-of-way. For those properties that are undeveloped or in those areas where the property backs up to a road, the city will mow the grass and trim vegetation.
Q: And if it is part of our Public Works contract, is there a schedule of when these will be addressed?
A: “We are in the process of determining these areas and as they are identified, setting a schedule for the city maintenance crews to mow grass and trim vegetation on a reoccurring basis.”
To assist the city in identifying these locations, residents can submit a location they feel needs to be addressed through SeeClickFix under ‘Right-of-Way Maintenance.”
Some neighborhood associations participate in the “Adopt-A-Roadway” program with DeKalb County, such as Hampton Hall along Johnson Ferry Rd.
As the Public Works Director mentions above, they are making a list of priorities and the best way to help them compile the list is to utilize See-Click-Fix. This also gives citizens a chance to “Vote” for certain reports which elevates their exposure on the site.
Alternatively, you may contact your city’s Public Works Department Director at:
Richard Meehan, Director