Over the next several months, we will be attending events throughout the city where people can write down their thoughts on ways we can improve the city. Please write anything - but keep it clean and reasonable :)
There will be chalkboards located in Artisan Alley and on the south side of The Elusive Grape where you can write your thoughts down about any topic that you think will improve our city. Trader Joe's anyone?
Also, to get the word out, we have setup a selfie spot with our logo by each chalkboard. Please feel free to post a photo Facebook or Twitter with comments on how to better our community with the hashtag #YouAreDeLand - we might even share your ideas on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Ultimately, your comments will be used to guide the update to the city's 2050 Vision Plan.
The bottom line is we want your input on how we can make DeLand an awesome place to live, work and play for future generations.
Be sure to check back to this site for any updates or new announcements.
How you can contribute
Come see our chalkboards at Artisan Alley or on the south side of The Elusive Grape where you can write comments on issues concerning the future of our community.
If you cannot visit our chalkboards, we have a survey for you to fill out. Please consider taking a few minutes of your time to complete either one.
Attend one of the public events scheduled around the DeLand region. You will be able to discuss the present and future of the DeLand region with our staff and provide input about You Are DeLand. Keep an eye on this website and the City's Facebook page for updates.
Here are the events we are planning to attend:
Tropical Nights - July 19
Mayor's Backpack Giveaway - July 20
DeLand Craft Show - September 28
Your input through the public participation process will shape future planning so please send us your comments and let others know about our project.
As we compile citizens' comments in the coming months, we will ultimately present what we have learned and provide more opportunities to receive input at future public meetings. This should help us focus on key aspects of our community's future as the city updates its plans.
Fat, oil and grease (FOG) are a real "pain in the drain" because they are the major cause of problems we find in sewer lines. They come from meats, oil, butter, margarine, shortening/lard, pan drippings, dressings, dairy products and sauces and they can cause blockages in sewer lines. This can lead to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it can also run into a nearby stream or river which affects our drinking water. Clogged sewer lines are bad for the environment, and can be expensive.
The best way you can prevent sewer spills is to never pour fat, oil or grease down the drain. Instead, let it cool down, collect it in a container -- like a used soup can or mayonnaise jar -- and throw it away in the trash.
Running hot water along with the fats, oil and grease doesn't help! Don't believe the myth that it's okay to pour grease down the drain as long as you run the water at the same time. No amount of hot water keeps grease from eventually congealing. This only gets the grease through the part of the pipes in your home. Once it goes into the sewer and cools, it sticks to the walls of the pipes and creates an expensive and messy problem of sewer backups - for you, for your neighbors and for the creeks and rivers in your neighborhood.
It's never okay to pour any type of fat, oil or grease down the drain.
Here are some more ways to "Cease the Grease":
Wipe or scrape your dishes before washing them.
Remove excess oil from pots and pans with a paper towel and throw away the towel in a trash can.
Use strainers in sink drains to collect food scraps and throw away the scraps in the trash.
Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans or garbage bags.
Avoid using your garbage disposal
Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape or wipe off excess grease and put it into the trash.
Put used fat, oil and grease in a foiled lined bag, such as a foiled coffee bag or a used soup or vegetable can.
Recycle Cooking Oil. If you generate large amounts of used cooking oil, like when you fry turkeys, you can reuse or recycle it.
For Additional Information, Please check out our Grease Power Point and Grease Brochure links below.