Whether you attended the Concept Alternative/Evaluation Public Workshop #2 on January 16 and want more information, or you missed the workshop but would like to participate, you have come to the right spot. The graphic displays (links are below) will give you the same materials to what the attendees of theConcept Alternative/Evaluation Public Workshop #2 received. We have listed each document along with a description of how it was used at the workshop.

    •  Welcome This welcomed participants to the Workshop and tells you how to participate and provide your comments.
    •  Project Description This gives detailed information on the various aspects and history of the Railroad Crossing Improvements @ Atlanta Avenue.
    •  Goals & Objectives– This shows “word clouds” highlighting the greatest areas of concern and the most favored solutions, concepts and ideas. It summarizes project goals and objectives that have been developed from community engagement.
    • Thank You!– Stay tuned for the next public workshop. Please feel free to forward this to any friends and neighbors who may be interested in participating.

We encourage you to participate in the ONLINE WORKSHOP and use Open City Hall to provide your Evaluation Comments.  The deadline for comments is February 1, 2019.

Mark Your Calendars: the next workshop is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 4:30– 7:30 pm at the Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Avenue.


This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. The regular Monday City Commission meeting will be held on Tues., Jan. 22 at 7:30 pm.
Schedule for Solid Waste & Recycling Services

Regular services for Mon., Jan. 21 will be on Tues., Jan. 22.

Regular services for Tues., Jan. 22 will be on Wed., Jan. 23.

This Weekend in Decatur: 1/20



This weekend in #decaturga: An art show at Renfroe and English country dancing, too!


View art by Chris Kanne’s students at Renfroe Middle School (220 W. College Ave.) during an opening reception, Sunday, Jan. 20, 3-5 pm. Weeklong exhibitions at City Schools of Decatur pop up in partnership with Wild Oats and Billy Goats and Decatur Arts Alliance.


Enjoy English country dancing in Decatur. First and third Sundays of the month, 2-5 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 1:30-2 pm. $9. Information at ecdatlanta.org


Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

Calling All Volunteers


Volunteer for the MLK Service Project and join 1,000+ community members doing good this weekend! Anyone can serve – from leaf rakers to certified carpenters – to help our older residents live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes with home repairs and yardwork, free of charge. Sign up for one or more volunteer shifts this long weekend at mlkserviceproject.com and lend a hand:
• Saturday, Jan. 19: 9 am-1 and 1-5 pm
• Sunday, Jan. 20: 1-5 pm
• Monday, Jan. 21: 9 am-1 and 1-5 pm


You can make a difference – there are jobs for every skill level. Visit mlkserviceproject.com or contact Lee Ann Harvey at 770-652-8593 or leeann.harvey@decaturga.com for more information. Volunteers will weatherize, add handicap-accessible features, replace rotten wood, paint, do yard work and much more. Businesses, neighborhood associations, places of worship, civic organizations and individuals are invited to sign up to volunteer. (Must be 12 years or older. Youth groups must register in advance)


Volunteers meet at The Solarium, 321 W. Hill Street in Oakhurst, 30 minutes before the start of their shift. Breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday and Monday. A celebration dinner will be held at The Solarium on Monday, Jan 21 at 5:00 p.m.

This Week in Decatur: 1/14

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This week in #decaturga: Raise a glass to Camp Fire victims, learn local health care history, and look back at L.L. Wyatt’s watch over Greene County.
Support California’s Camp Fire victims with a drink at the Brick Store Pub (125 E. Court Sq.), Tuesday, Jan. 15. They’ll be pouring Sierra Nevada’s Resilience IPA and donating a dollar for every beer. Information at facebook.com/events/760672267630924


Dive into 125 years of Grady and the health care history of DeKalb during a FREE lunch-and-learn talk at the DeKalb History Center (101 E. Court Sq.), Tuesday, Jan. 15, 12-1 p.m. BYO-lunch. Information at dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_events-programs.htm


Participate in an open house and workshop for Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing improvements. All are welcome to drop in! Atlanta Friends Meeting House (701 W. Howard Ave.) Wednesday, Jan. 16, 4:30- 7:30 p.m. Information at http://www.decaturga.com/Home/Components/News/News/837/


Join Decatur’s Mayor Emerita Mary Elizabeth Wilson and author Claire Underwood Hertzler as they discuss The High Sheriff of Greene and growing up in Greene County, Georgia under legendary lawman L.L. Wyatt’s watch. Part of the DeKalb History Center’s ongoing Hops at the History Center book signings and sips series. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 101 E. Court Sq. Tickets: $5 members, $10 non-members; includes one drink ticket with the option to purchase more. Information at dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_events-programs.htm


Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events

This Weekend in Decatur: 1/12

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This weekend in #decaturga: Run With the Dogs 5K and a free flute concert at the library

The annual Run With the Dogs 5K and 1 mile Pup Run steps off tomorrow morning, Saturday, Jan. 12 at Decatur High School (310 N. McDonough St.) Registration and information at rwtd5k.com and fb.com/rwtd5k. (Watch for road closures at Commerce Drive behind the DHS stadium and in surrounding neighborhoods.)

Enjoy a free flute performance by the Perimeter Flutes quartet at the Decatur Library (215 Sycamore St.) Saturday, Jan. 12, 3-4 p.m. Information at events.dekalblibrary.org/event/1412343 and fb.com/perimeterflutes
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Bring One for the Chipper! Now through Saturday, Jan. 12, Decatur residents may drop off live Christmas trees during the annual tree recycling event at Decatur Legacy Park (former Children’s Home), 500 S. Columbia Dr. Look for signs indicating the drop-off area to the right of the chapel. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Decatur Legacy Park property.
All ornaments, stands, and lights should be removed from trees before drop off.

Due to several days of rain, the construction company at the future Talley Street school will be working overtime in efforts to remain on schedule with completion. A special extension of work hours has been granted for January 5-11:  Saturday, January 5, construction is expected from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.;  Sunday January 6, construction is expected from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and the week of  January 7-11, construction is expected all day with some work days extending from 3 a.m. to midnight to accommodate concrete pours.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact DEC Director John Maximuk at John.Maximuk@decaturga.com or 678.710.5165 (cell).

Thank you for your patience.


The Decatur City Commission is accepting statements of interest from residents for volunteer service on the Environmental Sustainability Board, Active Living Advisory Board, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Descriptions of the board responsibilities and access to the Statement of Interest form can be found at decaturga.com/resident-boards-commissions. You can return the form via email to City Man-ager Andrea Arnold, Andrea.Arnold@decaturga.com or mail it to her attention at City of Decatur, PO Box 220, Decatur GA 30031.

About the Boards

Environmental Sustainability Board

The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) provides recommendations to the City Commission regarding the city’s environmental regulations, plans and initiatives. The ESB also assists with implementation of city projects that affect the natural environment, to protect and improve the quality of life for citizens and property owners.

Four active committees are responsible for researching specific is-sues and making recommendations to the board: Natural Systems, Resource Conservation, Energy and Transportation, and Education and Outreach. Upcoming projects for the ESB include the Green Restaurant Recognition program, festival waste management, the Decatur Focus Green Insert, and serving as liaisons for the Stormwater Master Plan.

The board meets on the third Friday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center.

Active Living Advisory Board

Active Living Advisory Board members are appointed by the Decatur City Commission to serve as advocates and advisors to the Active Living Division on projects and programs that help citizens safely incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. They also support the city’s ongoing efforts to improve sidewalks and intersections, calm traffic and expand the network of bike paths and walking trails. It seeks to educate residents about obesity and lifestyle issues and implement programs designed to change behavior and encourage healthier habits.

The board meets the first Tuesday of every month, 8 a.m., Decatur Recreation Center and welcomes ideas to help make Decatur a model healthy community.

Historic Preservation Commission

The HPC was established by local ordinance to ensure that renovations and new construction in Decatur’s five Local Historic Districts are consistent with the character of the neighborhoods. The five districts are McDonough-Adams-King’s Highway, Ponce de Leon Court, Old Decatur, Parkwood, and the Clairemont Historic District.

The Commission must approve exterior projects for homes located within these districts by issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness be-fore a building permit can be issued. Some projects may be administratively approved through the issuance of a Certificate of Exemption.

The board meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., in the City Commission meeting room at Decatur City Hall.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), established by local ordinance, con-ducts public hearings on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and of the UDO administrator, and considers requests for variances from zoning requirements.

The board meets on the second Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m., in the City Commission meeting room at Decatur City Hall.


The community is invited to a second open house and workshop to help plan improvements to the railroad crossing at Atlanta Avenue. Ideas and concepts that were sketched out by residents in November and December have been evaluated and used to develop several preliminary plans to make the rail crossing and intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

City of Decatur staff and the design team lead by Landis-Evans & Partners and Atkins will be available to explain the preliminary plans, respond to comments and suggestions and move towards a common plan for the crossing.  A community “academy” providing information about modern traffic signal design will be held continuously throughout the January 16 workshop.

Plan to drop by the Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Avenue, anytime during the workshop to learn about the project and share your thoughts.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue
When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 4:30-7:30 pm