Newnan Notes: 'Safe Step' awareness in play as spring approaches

By GINA SNIDER
City of Newnan Public Information Officer
As the city approaches spring and warmer weather, we would like to remind citizens of “Safe Step,” our Pedestrian Safety Awareness campaign.
Here is a myth and fact for drivers.
Myth: Wearing white or bright colored clothing at night makes you as a pedestrian visible to drivers.
Fact: It is difficult for drivers to see a pedestrian dressed in white or bright clothing soon enough to be able to stop for him/her. The best way to be seen at night is by wearing reflective clothing and by carrying a flashlight.
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The Carnegie’s schedule of events this week:
• Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m. Travels by Elizabeth – “Greece.” Join local traveler Elizabeth Beers for an informative presentation and discussion with fellow travelers on Greece.
• Thursday, March 14, 2:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga – Instructor Elizabeth Dorsey guides gentle yoga exercises for stress relief, flexibility, stretching and strengthening. Wear comfortable clothes.
• Friday, March 15, 10 a.m. Family Movie – “Hotel Transylvania,” rated PG. Popcorn will be served.
For more information please call 770-683-1347.

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Get your fix! The City of Newnan has an app for smartphone technology to encourage citizens to report service needs or issues of concern.

Leveraging SeeClickFix, a tool that can be used on any Android, Blackberry or iPhone, citizens can simply click a picture of an issue and send it to the city of Newnan. SeeClickFix.com is an online web application that allows any individual to report non-emergency issues such as graffiti, potholes or traffic safety issues on a map for everyone to see. Once reported, the issue appears as a flag on a Google Map that can be viewed from the City of Newnan website or within the SeeClickFixapplication. Issues can also be reported using the SeeClickFix link on the city’s website at www.ci.newnan.ga.us or go to seeclickfix.com to download the app.

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Five new occupational tax certificates have been issued by the city. The businesses are: Colfin JIH AHI Properties, LLC, Quality Inn Newnan, Guara Bi, Inc., Leviathan Records Music Group and Schan, Inc. DBA Fournier Electrical Contracting. For more information on tax occupational certificates or city taxes please contact the Finance Department at 770-253-2682.

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Spring is near and the Engineering Department would like to remind you of some pruning, tree and brush removal, and planting information. Please remember to be careful when working near a creek. Only hand cut small underbrush and minimize tree pruning. Trees and bushes help moderate the temperature of the water; filter pesticides, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment; and help prevent bank erosion. State and local ordinances prohibit clearing of buffers without a permit. The tree’s shade moderates the temperature of the water while helping to support aquatic life and wildlife. For more information visit www.cleanwatercampaign.org or contact the Engineering Department.

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City of Newnan Animal Control Officer Cyndi Hoffman offers advice for people and pets for parvovirus prevention.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, and loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration. Puppies, adolescent dogs and canines who are not vaccinated are most susceptible to the virus. Breeds at a higher risk are Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, Labrador retrievers, American Staffordshire terriers and German shepherds.

You can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure he’s up-to-date on his vaccinations. Parvovirus should be considered a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs.

Parvovirus can live in an environment for months; you will want to take extra care if there has been an infected dog in your house or yard. Some things are easier to clean and disinfect than others — and even with excellent cleaning, parvovirus can be difficult to eradicate. Parvo is resistant to many typical disinfectants. A solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water can be used where organic material is not present. The infected dog’s toys, food dish and water bowl should be properly cleaned and then disinfected with this solution for 10 minutes. If not disinfected, these articles should be discarded. You can also use the solution on the soles of your shoes if you think you’ve walked through an infected area. Areas that are harder to clean (grassy areas, carpeting and wood, for example) may need to be sprayed with disinfectant, or even resurfaced. If you notice your dog experiencing severe vomiting, loss of appetite, depression or bloody diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.


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