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We received a notice today from DeKalb County regarding their efforts to move forward with an assessment and rehabilitation program for their sanitary sewer lines.  There is a public meeting scheduled for:

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be at the Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy., Decatur, GA 30034

MAJOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN YOUR AREA

DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management

The Office of Engineering and Construction Management Services will host a community meeting to update residents on

Priority Area Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program (PASARP) activities.

Please join us to get details on the project!

You may also call 1-800-986-1108 with questions or email projectinfo@dekalbcountyga.gov

Please share with your neighbors and your neighborhood social media sites.  We want everyone who is interested in this issue to have the opportunity to express their concerns and support to the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management.

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, Feb. 7
Parker’s on Ponce Prime Rib Sunday – the restaurant’s slow-roasted prime rib is only available on the first Sunday of every month.

Wednesday, Feb.10
Decatur Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11
Souper Jenny: Family Dinner Night, 5-9 p.m.

 

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Here are a few local ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day:

Natural Body: Get an additional $30 on a purchase of a $150 gift card or schedule one of the spa’s Valentine services.

Trinity Mercantile: Stop in Trinity now through Feb. 13, snap a selfie with your perfect gift, share it on Facebook/Instagram and tag your special someone & Trinity with #hinthint. If they take the hint, the shop will give them 25% off your gift!

Wahoo! Grill: Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two, $49 per person prix fixe menu, add wine pairings for $22, 404-373-3331.

Jeni’s Ice Cream: Check out the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide and pre order now.

Doggy Dogg: Scout Mob is offering hand-crafted hot dogs for two for $21. The deal includes two dogs of your choice, two bags of Zapps chips, two craft beers, and an Ashley Sue’s Nutella Brownie to share.

Parker’s on Ponce: Valentine’s Day Weekend – treat your sweetheart to a candlelight dinner in front of restaurant’s stone fireplace, 404-924-2230.

CORE: Dance Sampler dance party, Feb. 13, Learn, Move, Eat Chocolate. Click here for more info.

Greene’s Fine Foods: Place your order for chocolate-covered strawberries, $25/dozen, 404-387-2001.

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Community members are invited to participate in a survey on current and future transportation options. An important component of a great community is the ability to easily get from one place to another, within and outside its boundaries.

This survey will gather information from City of Decatur residents regarding the transportation options currently used, and help us plan for future options.

The Lifelong Community Advisory Board looks forward to receiving suggestions on options you would like to have in the future. Help make Decatur a place for a lifetime – for people of all ages and abilities.

To complete the survey online go to surveymonkey.com/r/decaturtransportation. Or contact Lee Ann Harvey, 678-553-6548, leeann.harvey@decaturga.com, if you would like to have a hard copy sent to you.

The City of Decatur’s primary interest during the 2016 Georgia General Assembly session is to support the passage of homestead exemption legislation amending and creating tax relief for our resident homeowners, particularly for seniors.  Mayor Patti Garrett said, “Property tax relief for long-time residents who have been a part of our community for many years is our top priority, and we are focused on getting homestead exemption legislation passed this session.”

School Board Chair Annie Caiola said, “Over the past decade there have been significant austerity cuts to the State’s education budget, meaning that local residents have had to pay more and more property taxes in order to maintain the strength of our school system.  The increasing property taxes are forcing too many seniors out of our community, and it needs to stop.  The City Schools of Decatur School Board strongly supports legislation that will exempt our seniors from ad valorem school taxes.”

Proposed homestead exemption legislation would authorize referendums in November, 2016 and, if approved by the voters, would be effective in 2017.

In the 2015 General Assembly HB 663 was adopted by the Georgia House of Representatives that authorized a referendum to annex areas to the east of the existing city limits of Decatur.  “We have new City leadership, a new School Superintendent and new Board of Education leadership,” said Mayor Garrett, “and we need to look at a variety of issues, including annexation, so we will not be pursuing adoption of HB 663 by the Georgia Senate during the 2016 session.”

It is anticipated that the City Commission and the Board of Education will revisit annexation later in 2016 to determine what options should be pursued in the future.

Due to the forecasts for inclement weather tomorrow, the test of the outdoor tornado warning siren system will take place on Thursday, February 4th at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute.

Should you hear the sirens tonight or tomorrow, seek cover.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Decatur Craft Beer Festival has been nominated in USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

Voting ends Monday, Feb. 29 at 11:59 a.m. EST and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, March 4 at noon.

You can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Currently Decatur is at #18 so we’ve got some work to do to get it up to #1. Help spread the word!

Vote here: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-beer-festival/

Every other year for the past 10 years, the City of Decatur has surveyed its residents through the National Research Center (NRC.) Today the NRC sent out a postcard notification announcing the 2016 survey to a random sample of Decatur residents. If you don’t receive a postcard in the coming days, you are not one of the households randomly chosen this time.

The actual survey will be sent out twice on February 5 and February 12 to the random sample. The survey is completely anonymous and we only get the final tabulations from NRC. If you are one of the lucky ones to receive the survey, please make sure to fill it out and send it back via mail or online. We’ve had a 40% response rate for the past five surveys, which is fantastic but we want more!

If you’d like a better idea of what the final tabulations look like, click here to view and download the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 survey results. The data from the survey is used by the City in its budgeting, strategic and annual planning processes.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact Budget & Performance Measurement Manager Meredith Roark at meredith.roark@decaturga.com or call 404-370-4102.

 

DeKalb County currently has a 48″ water main break on McClendon Avenue between Tanner Drive and Brook Drive, northeast of the city of Decatur. DeKalb has turned the water pressure down in order to make repairs.  Currently the break is not affecting City of Decatur residents, but if it becomes necessary to turn the water off to make repairs, city residents on the east side of Decatur may be affected.

Mayor Patti Garrett

Mayor Patti Garrett

Mayor Patti Garrett will deliver her first State of the City Address at the Decatur Business Association (DBA) Meeting on Tuesday, January 26 at the Courtyard by Marriott Decatur Conference Center.  Reception and networking begin at 5:15 and the program will start at 6 p.m.  The community is invited to attend.

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey

Mayor Garrett has some special surprises in store including a guest appearance by Decatur resident and 2012 U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey who will close out the program by reading her poem Meditation At Decatur Square.  Natasha won a Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 2007 and she is Professor at Emory University.  She debuted Meditation At Decatur Square at the Decatur Book Festival last year.  Mayor Garrett said “it is a distinct honor to have Natasha come and read it again at the close of my first State of the City Address.”