** REVISED UPDATE 12/13/18 - The DCSD has since agreed to temporarily suspend ALL blasting until the New Year, January 2nd date **
Working in partnership with the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) the NCA has managed to negotiate a suspension of the rock removal/blasting during the Christmas holiday period. As a result, DSCD has agreed there will be no blasting between December 22, 2018, and January 2, 2019. Prior to December 22, there will be three test blasts: one each on December 17, 19, and the 21. The three test blasts are all scheduled for 3:30 PM. We feel this is a reasonable comprise by DCSD that supports neighbors and keeps the school on track to open for the 2020 school year.
What Does This Mean for Residents?
The NCA has been appreciative of DCSD’s willingness to listen to feedback from the neighborhood over the timing of the blasts, particularly since it fell during a busy holiday period. It does not mean that there will be no further blasting (it is still scheduled to commence in full beginning January 3, 2019) but does mean a small reprieve for holiday time spent with family and friends in the neighborhood.
What to expect during rock blasting
For more information about blasting, please download and read the PDF 'Facts About Blasting for Georgia Property Owners'.
Reporting issues during the test blast period
During the three test blasts, neighbors can address any issues to Ryan Fernandez, the site Project Manager from the construction/project management company AECOM. His contact information was on the letter sent by DCSD. Please also notify the NCA via the Contact Us form so that we can stay informed on this issue.
Questions submitted to DCSD
This temporary suspension of the rock removal/blasting does not affect the questions submitted recently from neighbors via the NCA website. The NCA team is still expecting to receive the answers from DCSD by the end of the day on December 13, 2018, and plans to publish them on our website on December 14, 2018.