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Decatur voters residing in the 5th  Congressional District may cast their ballots in person, by mail, or by drop boxes tomorrow, December 1st. The 5th Congressional District includes voters that cast ballots at the following precincts: Decatur, Glenwood, Oakhurst, Ponce de Leon and Winnona Park. (If you voted at a temporary location during the November 3rd General Election, you will return to that location for the run-off.)

If you would prefer to drop off your absentee ballot, use the box at Decatur City Hall. A complete list of designated drop boxes for the 5th Congressional District’s special election runoff is located at DeKalbVotes.com.

Not sure if you are in the 5th  Congressional District? You can check by visiting the City’s elected officials map or the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Author Travis Swann Taylor will be discussing his new guidebook, 111 Places in Atlanta That You Must Not Miss, which features eclectic, historic, and just plain fascinating places in the city of Atlanta that should not be overlooked. Each page features a beautiful photo to accompany the fascinating information about the highlighted spot; it’s a book that every resident in or near Atlanta should have on their book shelf. The talk will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, November 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

A resident of DeKalb County for a collective 15 years of the 25 he’s lived in Atlanta, Travis Swann Taylor has been writing since childhood and has an ever-growing sense of wanderlust. He has authored the Atlanta tourism blog “wanderlust ATLANTA” for 10 years. He’s also excited to be the photographer for the book.

Interested parties should visit the DeKalb History Center website for the Zoom link to participate.

Mayor Patti Garrett implores us to fight COVID fatigue amid the holidays and show appreciation to our community by continuing to follow best practices for public health. #StaySafeDecaturGA

Early voting for the special election runoff for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District started November 9 and concludes November 25 and available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., with Saturday voting on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. DeKalb voters residing in the 5th Congressional District can cast their ballots in person, by mail, or by drop boxes in and around the district during the designated early voting period. The list of designated drop boxes for the 5th Congressional District’s special election runoff is located at DeKalbVotes.com The only designated early voting location for the special election is the DeKalb VRE office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

The runoff election is Dec. 1.

Not sure if you are in the 5th Congressional District? You can check by visiting the City’s elected officials map here or the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Map Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The holiday season is here so remember to cut out your waste and recycling schedule from the November Focus for this year. You’ll find the November 2020 to September 2021 schedule of changes due to city holidays on page 3 of the Focus or online here.

Please note collection services are not impacted for Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Holiday collection schedules and schedule changes are posted to the City website, the Decatur Focus, and social media.

This Week in Decatur

This week in #DecaturGA:

  • The Environmental Sustainability Board will host an online talk on climate change and health with Decatur resident and pediatrician Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn, on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Dr. Philipsborn is a founder of Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action (GCCA) and serves on its executive committee. GCCA is a coalition of health professionals and health organizations concerned about the impacts of climate change on Georgia residents, especially those in vulnerable populations. For more information and the Zoom link, visit earthdaydecatur.org/schedule.
  • Don’t miss the first session of the Decatur 202s for a deep dive into Transportation and Mobility this Thursday, November 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find common ground among differing perspectives. Input from these groups will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?” Visit decatur2030.com for more information.
  • Dine and shop outside at FAB Friday! Re-imagine a night OUT in Decatur with streeteries, expanded patios, curbside storefronts, sidewalk pop-ups and an open-air tent market on the plaza. Wear a mask and join us this Friday, November 20 from 4-9 p.m. For more info, head to visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

There is still time to make the holiday season brighter for children and senior citizens in Decatur by participating in A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur. This year, more than ever, your assistance is needed to help provide holiday gifts. For this year only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have virtual giving. Donors are asked to provide monetary donations, rather than purchasing gifts.

Traditionally, donors have spent $100 to $150 on gifts for a specific person. Your assistance in any amount will help us to purchase gift cards so parents may purchase winter coats and other necessities. You can also help provide actual gifts for our older residents by making a donation that will be used to order gifts that will be sent directly to the older resident. We are striving to make this a safe program this year for parents, children, donors, volunteers, and older residents.

Go to legacydecatur.com/give and designate your donation to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur. Legacy Decatur is a 501 (c) (3) registered charity. For additional information, email aseasonofgiving@decaturga.com or call 404-378-8068.

Agnes Scott College’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center and the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion are proud to collaborate with Emory University, Georgia State University, and Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights on this Native American Heritage Month community conversation to be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.

The event titled “This Land Tells A Story: Decatur’s Indigenous African Connection” will feature Beth Michel, MPH, Tohono O’odham citizen, Associate Dean of Admission and Lead for Native American Outreach at Emory University; Natsu Taylor Saito, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University; John Winterhawk, Member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation; and Akinyele Umoja, Ph.D., Professor ofAfrican-American Studies at Georgia State University. It will be moderated by Fonta High, Co-Chair of Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights. Yves-Rose Porcena, Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion at Agnes Scott College will deliver the opening remarks.

To attend, please go to Beacon Hill Conversation.

The City of Decatur is currently conducting an impact fee study that will establish an Impact Fee Program including fees for the City to use in 2021. The community is invited to attend the Advisory Committee virtual Kick Off Meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The meeting agenda will include an explanation of impact fees, review of the study process, schedule of events and committee’s role in the study and conclude with a question & answer session.

The virtual meeting can be accessed using the following Zoom Link and Meeting Id.Additionally, there is a call-in option for this meeting, which does not require video.

Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84749584630

Meeting Id: 847 4958 4630

Call-in:  +1 929-205-6099

If you would like more information about this topic, contact John Maximuk, 678-553-6570 or email at John.Maximuk@decaturga.com.​

The City of Decatur is partnering with Trees Atlanta to establish a front yard tree program. Residents pay a $25 application fee and Trees Atlanta will plant a tree in their front yard and maintain the tree for 2 years. This is a great way to replace canopy lost from recent storms. Homeowners will be able to choose from a list of trees suitable for our area. Please visit the Front Yard Tree page at Trees Atlanta to apply. There are a limited number of trees in the first year of the program and it will be first come, first served.