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As of mid-September, the City’s recruiters have held over a dozen internal and external stakeholder interviews reaching over 100 individuals to learn what each group is seeking in the City’s next Police Chief. Using feedback from the interviews, a community survey has been developed to gather additional feedback about the community’s priorities for the next Chief. This survey may be found at surveymonkey.com/r/Decatur-PoliceChief and will be available through October 3, 2021. The information from the stakeholder interviews and community survey will be used to prepare a position announcement that will describe the qualifications, skills, and expertise required of the position. After applications have been reviewed and interviews conducted, candidates will be selected to participate in an assessment center. An assessment center is used to evaluate candidates using real world scenarios that reflect actual activities for a Police Chief. Shortly after the assessment center, the City Manager should be prepared to select the Police Chief. It is anticipated that this decision will be made in January 2022.

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This Week in Decatur 9.20.21

Meetings

  • City Commission Meeting | RESCHEDULED for Monday, Sept. 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Historic Preservation Commission Meeting | Tuesday, Sept. 21 @ 6:30 p.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details. 

Events

  • Truckin’ Tuesdays | Tuesday, Sept. 21 • 6 p.m.
    Gather your friends, family, blankets, chairs, and most importantly, appetites! The area’s best food trucks will be offering up delicious fare from 6-9 p.m. at Legacy Park (500 S. Columbia Dr.).
  • Fleet Feet Wednesday Runs | Wednesday, Sept. 22 • 6:30 pm.
    Join Fleet Feet Decatur’s Wednesday Run club for 2, 3, & 4 mile routes every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Art for the People Workshop: Decolonize Through Culture (4 Week Course) | Begins Wednesday, Sept. 22 • 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 22 • 7 p.m.
    Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82950216731?pwd=cjdXbjM1Y2pQWU5nSWZ6ZGtZTUpEUT09
    Passcode: 852411

    Saturday, Oct. 2 • 5 p.m.
    Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89646549715?pwd=aTB1MVV3K0pNbDlEazU5d1hJekNpdz09
    Passcode: 740651

    Wednesday, Oct. 6 • 7 p.m.
    Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86573786630?pwd=Lzl1c1A0UFZ0eHpEL0dFTHRMWkpqUT09
    Passcode: 568223

    Saturday, Oct. 16 • 5 p.m.
    Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86260990674?pwd=RWtKSkFNM0F2YnpqRmlob1FIMUNZZz09
    Passcode: 461784

  • Neighborhood Clean Up Day: Oakhurst Neighborhood #3 | Saturday, Sept. 25 • 7:30 a.m.

    Spring St.
    Fayetteville Rd.
    Underwood St.
    Pharr (100 to 500 block)
    Russell St.
    East Lake Dr. (700 to 1000 block)
    McKoy St. (500 to 700 block)
    Adams St. (1000 to 1100 block)
    Lenore St.
    Sterling St.
    McDonough St. (800 to 1000 block)
    Lenore Pl.
    Oakhurst Common Dr.

    All items to be collected should be placed at the curb no later than 7:30 am. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late setouts. Collections run until 3:30 pm, or until finished-whichever is sooner.

    Visit decaturga.com/publicworks/page/neighborhood-clean-days for a list of acceptable items and to view the full schedule. If you have any questions, contact Sean Woodson at sean.woodson@decaturga.com or 404-377-5571.

  • Fleet Feet Saturday Runs | Saturday, Sept. 25 • 8 a.m.
    Join Fleet Feet Decatur on Saturday mornings at 8 am for an open group run. The group meets in front of Fleet Feet Decatur, 431 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., and the run starts and end there. 

City Updates & Reminders

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Nominations are now open for the 2021 Better Together Advisory Board Welcoming Business Award. The purpose of the award is to:

Reward and publicly recognize leadership actions that create a welcoming and inclusive business environment in the City of Decatur; Encourage businesses to prioritize inclusivity as a “best practice;” and Publicize and share “best practices” among local businesses.

The deadline to submit nominations is October 25. Award criteria and nomination forms can be found at decaturga.com/welcomingbusiness. You may submit the form online, or return the form via email to Linda Harris linda.harris@decaturga.com or mail it to her attention at City of Decatur, PO Box 220, Decatur GA 30031. For more information, contact Linda Harris linda.harris@decaturga.com or Renae Madison, renae.madison@decaturga.com.

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September ZBA Meeting

September 13th, 7:30 p.m. – We are experiencing technical difficulties with the live broadcast of this evening’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting and the Zoom virtual meeting. Please send questions or comments to john.maximuk@decaturga.com or kay.evanovich@decaturga.com or attend the meeting in person. City Hall is located at 509 N. McDonough Street.

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This Week in Decatur 9.13.21

Photo credit: Instagram @placitalatinaga

Meetings

  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting | Monday, Sept. 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Active Living Board Meeting | Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ 8 a.m.
  • Better Together Advisory Board Meeting | Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ 6:30 p.m. (rescheduled from 9.7.21)
  • Planning Commission Meeting| Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ 7 p.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details. 

Events

  • Truckin’ Tuesdays | Tuesday, Sept. 14 • 6 p.m.
    Gather your friends, family, blankets, chairs, and most importantly, appetites! The area’s best food trucks will be offering up delicious fare from 6-9 p.m. at Legacy Park (500 S. Columbia Dr.).

  • Fleet Feet Wednesday Runs | Wednesday, Sept. 8 • 6:30 pm.
    Join Fleet Feet Decatur’s Wednesday Run club for 2, 3, & 4 mile routes every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Placita Latina: Coffee Tasting and Performance and After-Party | Wednesday, Sept. 16 • 4 p.m.

  • Neighborhood Clean Up Day: Oakhurst Neighborhood #2 | Saturday, Sept. 18 • 7:30 a.m.

    East Lake Dr. (100 to 300 Block)
    Winter Ave. (east side only)
    Johnston Place
    Bryan Place
    Beatty Place
    Madison Ave.
    Third Ave. (100 to 300 block)
    Feld Ave.
    Leyden St.
    Cambridge Ave.
    Hood Circle
    W. College (Mead to Cambridge)
    Park Place
    Fair Park Ln.

    All items to be collected should be placed at the curb no later than 7:30 am. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late setouts. Collections run until 3:30 pm, or until finished-whichever is sooner.

    Visit decaturga.com/publicworks/page/neighborhood-clean-days for a list of acceptable items and to view the full schedule. If you have any questions, contact Sean Woodson at sean.woodson@decaturga.com or 404-377-5571.
  • Fleet Feet Saturday Runs | Saturday, Sept. 11 • 8 a.m.
    The group meets in front of Fleet Feet Decatur, 431 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., and the run starts and end there. 

City Updates & Reminders

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  • Neighborhood Clean Up Day: Oakhurst Neighborhood #1 | Saturday, Sept. 11 • 7:30 a.m.
    Oakhurst Neighborhood #1 – September 11
    First Ave.
    Second Ave. (100 to 600 Block)
    Third Ave. (400 to 900 Block)
    Fourth Ave.
    North Fourth Ave.
    Fifth Ave.
    Gordon St.
    Northern Ave. (north side only)
    Oakview Rd. (1000 to 1700 Block)
    Maxwell St.
    East Lake Dr. (400 to 600 Block)

    All items to be collected should be placed at the curb no later than 7:30 am. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late setouts. Collections run until 3:30 pm, or until finished-whichever is sooner.

    Visit decaturga.com/publicworks/page/neighborhood-clean-days for a list of acceptable items and to view the full schedule. If you have any questions, contact Sean Woodson at sean.woodson@decaturga.com or 404-377-5571.

  • Fleet Feet Saturday Runs | Saturday, Sept. 11 • 8 a.m.
    Join Fleet Feet Decatur on Saturday mornings at 8 am for an open group run. The group meets in front of Fleet Feet Decatur, 431 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., and the run starts and end there. 

  • Turning Towards Each Other: 20th Anniversary 9-11 Interfaith Service | Saturday, Sept. 11 • 11 a.m.
    Outdoors at Ebster Pavillion, Trinity and Electric Avenues
    Live In-Person & Virtually on Facebook Live

    An Open Interfaith Service hosted by representatives from a variety of faith traditions and the City of Decatur. First responders (EMTs, Fire, Police) will be recognized. Indra Thomas, Soprano will perform.

  • Art for the People | Sunday, Sept. 12 • 1 p.m.
    New art is coming to Decatur! See artist Ellex Swavoni unveil “What Sonia Said,” a fiery, heroic phoenix inspired by Sonia Sanchez’s poem, “Catch the Fire,” on Sept. 12 at 1 pm on the plaza at the Beacon Municipal Center, between the Ebster Recreation Center and the Decatur Police Department at 420 W. Trinity Place.

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7:30 PM: We are experiencing technical difficulties with tonight’s City Commission Meeting and won’t be able to livestream or host comment virtually on Zoom. If you want to speak during the public comment portions of the meeting, you will need to attend in person.

City Hall is located at 509 N. McDonough Street.

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The City Commission will be considering revisions to the City’s tree canopy conservation ordinance in the coming months. Changes under review will include additional protection for trees located on single-family residential, townhome and multiple-family residential properties and new requirements for commercial developments.

Among the significant changes under consideration are a requirement for a pre-permit conference with the City arborist at the start of the building permit process, additional protection of higher-value trees during development and more aggressive enforcement.  Many participants in the 2020 Strategic Planning process have expressed concern about the City’s tree canopy and its importance in mitigating the impacts of climate change, the urban heat island effect and global warming.

More information is available at Decatur Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance Update.

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This Week in Decatur 9.6.21

Meetings

  • City Commission Meeting | Tuesday, Sept. 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Better Together Advisory Board Meeting- RESCHEDULED | Tuesday, Sept. 14
  • Decatur Development Authorities Meeting | Friday, Sept. 10 @ 8 a.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details. 

Events

  • Truckin’ Tuesdays | Tuesday, Sept. 7 • 6 p.m.
    Gather your friends, family, blankets, chairs, and most importantly, appetites! The area’s best food trucks will be offering up delicious fare from 6-9 p.m. Legacy Park (500 S. Columbia Dr.) has plenty of space for you to spread out and relax while you enjoy a tasty bite with your pod. There is lots of space for the kids to run around and the Decatur community to come together, all while remaining socially distant.

  • Fleet Feet Wednesday Runs | Wednesday, Sept. 8 • 6:30 pm.
    Join Fleet Feet Decatur’s Wednesday Run club for 2, 3, & 4 mile routes every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

    Check out the Fleet Feet Facebook page for more details. On Strava? Join Fleet Feet Decatur Run Club for more access to routes, run club event reminders, etc.

City Updates & Reminders

  • Labor Day Holiday Sanitation Schedule: Monday trash and recycling pickup will be on Tuesday, Sept. 7; and Tuesday pickup will be on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
  • City of Decatur is hiring. Visit decaturga.com/jobs to view open positions.

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The City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Cleanup Days on Saturdays starting in September through December to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the city has been assigned a Saturday. See the instructions noted here, and find the date specified for your street. Please read carefully to note changes.

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb no later than 7:30 am. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 pm, or until finished-whichever is sooner.

Visit decaturga.com/publicworks/page/neighborhood-clean-days for the full schedule. If you have any questions, contact Sean Woodson at sean.woodson@decaturga.com or 404-377-5571.

Acceptable Items:
• Yard trimmings
• Building materials (that are not from the work of private contractors)
• Tires
• Furniture
• Appliances (not containing Freon)
• Trash that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags

Unacceptable items:
• Liquids
• Dirt
• Bricks
• Blocks
• Stone, rocks, or concrete
• Motor vehicle batteries or parts

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