This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Sunday, May 29
Decatur Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Callanwolde Concert Band Memorial Day Concert at Decatur First UMC, free, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1
Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, June 2
• City Commission budget work session, open to the public, 3-6 p.m.

Saturday, June 4
Decatur Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Decatur City Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss challenges and opportunities in the FY16-17 proposed budget and FY15-16 revised budget.

Budget 2016

The work session will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street and is open to the public. The work session will also be available for viewing online at https://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video.



Summer is right around with the corner and with it comes hot temperatures and extreme heat. Extreme heat events occur when temperatures are substantially higher than average for a particular location at a given time of year. The impacts of extreme heat can cause widespread suffering and fatalities – there were more than 7,400 heat-related deaths in the U.S. between 1999 and 2010. That’s why the Federal Government is working to help state and local communities prepare for potential extreme heat events this summer.

Fortunately, the majority of heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. If we take actions to prepare for and respond to extreme heat events, we can  dramatically reduce the risks associated with extreme heat—especially for the most vulnerable populations, including the elderly and very young, people with certain health conditions, people like public works employees or construction workers who work outside, and people in low-income households.  There are a number of resources that can help:

In the event of extreme heat this summer, stay tuned to this blog for information regarding the locations of cooling stations that could be opened around the City.



If you would like to help place flags and/or flowers on the graves or memorials in the Decatur Cemetery for those who were killed while serving in the military as part of your Memorial Day Weekend activities, please contact Chris Billingsley at cbillingsley1823@gmail.com. You can also show up for any of the following:

May 26, 6:00 P.M. Place Flags On Graves- Meet at the Veteran’s Rock in the new cemetery (enter Church Street gate).

May 29, 6:00 P.M. Place Flowers On Graves- Meet at same location described above, Veteran’s Rock.

Monday, May 30, 5:00 P.M.- Brief Remembrance Ceremony. Afterwards we will pick up all flags and flowers from graves.

This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Tuesday, May 24
• Decatur Arts Festival Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:15-7 p.m.
Community Budget Gathering, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25
Blue Sky Concert, noon-1 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26
Bright at Night Walk, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27
• Decatur ArtWalk, 5-10 p.m.
EnCORE: Dance on Film, 7-8:30 p.m.
Eight is Great at Worthmore Jewelers, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, May 28
Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Decatur Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Concerts on the Square, 7-9:30 p.m.

The Decatur Police Department and Decatur Active Living will be hosting a bicycle registration for the “Bike to Work Day Commuter Breakfast” in front of the Decatur Recreation Center tomorrow, Friday, May 20, 2016 from 7am-10am.



Bicycles are a commonly stolen item and are not registered like vehicles. Bicycle registration includes bringing your bicycle, providing owner contact information, having the manufacturer and serial number documented and having a numbered decal applied to and a photo taken of your bicycle.

The process takes just a few minutes.  Registering your bicycle allows officers to look up recovered bicycles and contact the owner and allows for us to quickly look up the needed information about your bicycle if it were to be stolen.  The information is kept in a secured database only accessible by police department staff.

We will also register scooters that do not meet the size requirements for state tag registration. There is NO CHARGE to register your bicycle or scooter.

For additional information, please contact Lt. Jennifer Ross.

The presentation of the results of the Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s Transportation Survey has been postponed. We regret any inconvenience caused by this rescheduling. The board would like to thank everyone who has taken the survey and we look forward to presenting the results. You will be notified about the new date. If you are interested in joining one of the board’s committees (Transportation, Housing, Taxation and Affordability, Communication, and Decatur Neighbors), contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community Coordinator, at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.


Thank you Jeff

Thank you so very much to Decatur resident/local attorney/Citizen’s Police Academy alumnus Jeff Lell who delivered twenty pounds of homemade chicken wings for the officers today.  It was a delicious treat for National Police Week.  Thank you Jeff!

Chicken Wings


The proposed FY 2016-2017 budget will be presented to the City Commission tonight during the regular meeting and will be publically available by Wednesday, May 18th. So if you’re interested in learning about what’s included in the proposed ”pending spending” plan, join Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold and Budget Manager Meredith Roark on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Community Budget Gathering will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street in the City Commission Conference Room.

This is your chance to find out how the budget process works and share feedback. Sign up today with Meredith, Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com or call 404-370-4102, if you think you’ll be attending.

Budget 2016

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year’s National Police Week dates are Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016.

National Police Week is a time to honor officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty but also a time to recognize the officers who serve the community day and night, weekends and holidays and quite often at the expense of spending time with their families.

Please feel free to post or email any words of thanks or support for me to share with your Decatur Police officers.

NPW Collage