News Briefs: Homeless shelter bill; Chastain sinkhole; streetcar signs

Atlanta’s Department of Watershed management has rejected a $100,000 payment from the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, which owes nearly $600,000 in unpaid water bills at the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. According to Creative Loafing, the city now wants payment by today, Sept. 22, or has threatened to turn off water at the facility. The city has indicated it will ask the United Way of Greater Atlanta, the Regional Commission on the Homelessness, and other organizations to guarantee a safe facility for the homeless if the Peachtree-Pine shelter is closed.

Barrels and barricades remain at the site of the sinkhole near Chastain Park. (Photo by Amy Arno)
Barrels and barricades remain at the site of the sinkhole near Chastain Park. (Photo by Amy Arno)

The sinkhole that originally opened on West Wieuca Road near Dudley Lane in August and then again earlier this month is still causing traffic headaches.  The Atlanta Department of Public Works urged patience and for residents and motorists to follow posted detour signs as crews work to shore up the roadway around the sinkhole to prevent from happening again.

Historic sites along a portion of the Atlanta Streetcar’s route will be better marked if the plan to install wayfinding signs wins expected approval from Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission. According to Saporta Report, the UDC is slated to consider the application to install the signs at its Sept. 24 meeting. The proposal calls for new signs to be installed at a series of addresses along Auburn Avenue.