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The April test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (04/07/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 8 April 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the https://www.decaturga.com/ems/page/tornado-outdoor-warning-sirens page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The City of Decatur has reinstalled the basketball goals in all of its parks and opened the park restrooms as of Monday, April 5. The community is invited to shoot baskets while remembering to wear a mask, wash hands and remain socially distant. Please review the CDC guidelines related to sports cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/playing-sports.html. Reminder signs will be posted near the goals. Restrooms are scheduled to be cleaned twice a day on a regular basis. Please bring your own equipment and water.

Decatur remains committed to safely providing opportunities for outdoor activities as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. For information contact Greg White, greg.white@decaturga.com or Renae Madison, renae.madison@decaturga.com.

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Decatur’s 2020 Strategic Planning process has reached a new milestone with a draft release of the Vision and Mission Statements that will frame its soon-to-be-released recommendations for the next ten years. Public review and comment is encouraged through Sunday, April 4.

Those discussions – both in person and online after the pandemic restrictions were in force – were designed to move from broad-ranging ideas to more focused topics. Key among the emerging themes were concern for addressing community affordability; racial equity and diversity; a full range of transportation options; and the challenges of climate change.

As the conversations progressed, the advantages of thinking comprehensively emerged. Since so many problems – housing affordability and equity, for instance – are interconnected, why not prioritize solutions that are interconnected, as well?

Over the next few months, City staff and the consulting team hired to help will draft strategies in keeping with the Vision and Mission Statements. With additional community check-ins along the way, a final draft Plan will be presented for public review this summer.

Review and comment on the proposed Vision and Mission Statements using the online survey at the project’s Virtual Activities page.

For more background on the process, review the stages that led to this point on the project website.

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The March test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (03/03/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 March 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the https://www.decaturga.com/…/tornado-outdoor-warning-sirens page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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In December 2020, after two years of community engagement, the City Commission adopted a new Storm Water Master Plan Storm (SWMP). The plan is directed toward mitigating flooding, solving existing drainage problems, improving water quality and the quality of life in Decatur. According to the SWMP, $38 million is needed to implement high priority capital projects by 2040. 

The City has made major storm water infrastructure improvements in downtown Decatur over the past two decades. Infrastructure in most residential neighborhoods is generally more limited, older and not designed to modern standards. Ponding and flooding are observed in many of Decatur’s neighborhoods during significant storm events. 

The City Commission will consider the proposed storm water fee schedule at its regular meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021.

HOW WILL WE PAY FOR THIS?

Funding for storm water improvements can be raised equitably with an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) fee system for commercial and non-single family properties and a 4-tier fee system for residential properties, based on a property’s impervious area, as follows:

The proposed fee schedule is the SWMP‘s recommendation to generate funding needed to complete  proposed high priority projects over the next 20 years. 

The present fee of $100 per ERU was adopted in 2016 and will not provide the revenues to meet the infrastructure needs of Decatur’s aging storm water system. 

WHAT’S MY NEW STORM WATER FEE? 

Property owners can use this search tool determine their proposed storm water fee.  Credits are available for a portion of the fees by reducing run-off and saving tree canopy.

WHEN WILL I PAY THE NEW STORM WATER FEE?

The City Commission will consider the proposed storm water fee schedule at its regular meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021.  If approved, the new fee will be due on June 1, 2021.

For more information, take a look at the SWMP or email david.junger@decaturga.com.   

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The February test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (02/03/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 February 2021.

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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Join us, Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. for the January meeting of the Decatur Business Association. The program will feature the 2021 State of the City Address presented by Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett. Tasha White, CSD Board Chair, will also provide the State of the City Schools address.

Registration is required. After registering, you’ll receive an email with information about joining the meeting.

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This Week in Decatur

Headshot of Loretta Ross
Photo: Loretta Ross (via Agnes Scott College website)

Meetings
-City Commission (regular Monday meeting rescheduled due to MLK Holiday) | Tuesday, Jan. 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting| Tuesday, Jan. 19 @ 9 a.m.
-Historic Preservation Commission Work Session | Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6:30 p.m.

Events
-Don’t miss Agnes Scott’s MLK Commemorative Week Keynote Address with Loretta Ross ’07. Ross is the author of the forthcoming book “Calling In the Calling Out Culture,” and visiting associate professor at Smith College. The event is free and open to the community, but registration is required. To register, visit https://agnesscott.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qaUh-7TbR_e5l-HHP84J_g.

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As we prepare to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18, this is a friendly neighborhood reminder of the holiday schedule for City of Decatur Solid Waste and Recycling Services: Regular services for Monday will be on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The complete 2020-2021 schedule may be found at decaturga.com/sanitation.

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Georgia’s COVID-19 case rates are climbing following the holiday season. Recent data show that our current case rate per 100,000 residents in Georgia is the highest it has been since the start of the pandemic and at least 60% higher than the summer surge. In DeKalb County, the number of cases over the past 14 day period has increased 10% over the prior 14 day period, and in the 30030 zip code, the number of cases over the same period has increased 11.5% to 873 cases. 

As cases rise, ICU and hospital capacities are struggling to meet the demand. In our hospital region, over 88% of ICU beds are in use. If the situation continues to worsen, it will become harder for hospitals to provide care to every patient in need. As soon as you are eligible to receive the vaccine, schedule your appointment. 

Until you are eligible to receive the vaccine, continue to protect yourself and others by practicing the 3 W’s: watch your space, wash your hands and wear a mask. Remember the people you want to gather with are likely the same people you want most to protect. Avoiding indoor gatherings now can keep you and others safe. 

The city of Decatur’s mask ordinance remains in effect as does the Governor’s Executive Order that requires specific safety measures by restaurants, bars, gyms and other indoor facilities.

The DeKalb Board of Health Vaccine Rollout is currently in Phase 1A+. Eligible groups in Phase 1A+ include:

  • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Adults aged 65 and older and their caregivers as applicable
  • Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders

Those interested in additional information or appointment availability should visit dekalbhealth.net. Check the site regularly for updates regarding appointment availability.  Individuals without access to the internet or those with special needs can call 404-294-3700 to obtain assistance from a call center representative. Vaccines will be given by appointment only based on vaccine availability.

Learn more about the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program: https://bit.ly/3ppRU4H.

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