2 arborists to hold tree education seminar

Peter “Treeman” Jenkins and Tom Coffin, two prominent certified Atlanta arborists, will be featured at a tree education seminar sponsored by The Tree Next Door organization Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Buckhead home of Dr. Jeri Breiner, 3488 Woodhaven Road.

Jenkins will speak on “How to Spot a Dangerous Tree.” He has inspected, pruned, and removed dangerous trees all over the Atlanta area for over 30 years.

Jenkins will outline and illustrate a systematic way for homeowners to identify many signs of diseased, dying, or hazardous trees and how to determine whether a professional arborist’s help is needed.

The city of Atlanta’s former senior field arborist Coffin will speak on the history and possible future of Atlanta’s Tree Protection Ordinance.

Coffin will discuss the history of the law from its inception in 1965, major advances made from 1997- 2003, and his perception of a loss of will and direction to enforce the law by the administration of Mayor Shirley Franklin since 2006. His talk will conclude with suggestions for how citizens can help revive the law.

There will be time for discussion following both presentations.

For directions to the seminar, call Dr. Breiner at 404-848-9100

Atlanta $6 million in black, for now

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and her staff announced Aug. 20 that the city is about $6 million in the black so far this budget year, which began July 1.

But it may not be time yet to pop the champagne or toss the confetti. The numbers are based on early data that still had not been analyzed by each department, according to Chief Financial Officer Jim Glass.

The initial information showed the city spent about $7 million less than it expected but collected approximately $1 million less than projected.

More importantly, the city is waiting to see how much money it receives from Fulton County from its collection of taxes from Atlanta property owners. The city typically begins receiving that money in October, but it could take longer this year because of the number of challenges to property taxes.