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The December test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (12/5/18) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 6 December 2018.

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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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. Offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.

Regular solid waste and recycling services for Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, will be on Wednesday, Nov 21.

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Due to the threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours for the remainder of the work week, the test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will not be audible this month. The next audible test has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

If you do hear the sirens in the next few days, they are indicating an actual tornado emergency and you should seek shelter immediately. Want to know more about what to do in a tornado emergency? Check out the new edition of the Emergency Services insert in the November Focus arriving in your mailbox or online at http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=12787





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The community is invited to an open house and workshop, Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4-8 pm, to kick-off planning for improvements to the railroad crossing at Atlanta Avenue. Learn about the project scope and schedule and share your vision and ideas about how to make the rail crossing and intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

City of Decatur staff and the design team lead by Landis-Evans & Partners and Atkins will listen to your suggestions, ideas, and concepts about the problems and opportunities at the railroad crossing. This will be the first of at least three workshops over the next several months to help develop a plan for the rail road crossing.

Please plan to drop by the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue, anytime during the workshop to learn about the project and share your thoughts.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue
When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-8 pm

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As everyone has noticed, the new traffic signals at McDonough and Candler are finally being activated. The process, which will result in safer intersections for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, has not been a smooth one. We apologize for the inconvenience many of you have experienced.

Activation began last Thursday. Since then, significant traffic delays have occurred along East Trinity PlaceSouth Candler StreetNorth McDonough Street, and College Avenue.

This has been an unusual project for the City because College Avenue is a state highway and all modifications along it are governed and managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). GDOT has supplied the technology and hardware being installed at each intersection and is managing the activation and programming of the signals.

Each of the two intersections now feature protected left turns which increases overall cycle times. Finding the right balance between all segments requires a real-world process of observation and adjustment. Adjustments have been made and additional signal time has been added to the most trafficked streets to relieve congestion when possible. This will continue until the best balance is found to provide safe and workable conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

There have also been occasional service interruptions. The default condition when a service interruption takes place is a flashing red signal. Motorists should treat this as an all-way stop until normal service resumes.

Daily reports and observations indicate improvements are occurring. These efforts will continue until acceptable performance returns.

Got questions? Direct them here. Visit decaturmakeover.com to sign up for updates.

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Dine out at any of the participating Decatur restaurants throughout the day on Tuesday, October 30. A percentage of the day’s proceeds benefit the Decatur MLK Service Project.

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A message concerning an upcoming tree removal at 232 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Downtown Decatur Residents and Business Owners:

Over the past few months, the City’s Public Works Department has been working to improve a drainage problem in front of the business located at 232 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue. In order to fix the problem, the sidewalk area has to be re-graded and, unfortunately, this will require removal of a nearby tree.

Staff tried to design the repair without removing the tree, however in order to make the fix, the tree must be removed.  Be assured that a replacement tree will be planted immediately.  A root barrier will be included in the installation so that the tree will not damage the sidewalk.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact DEC Director John Maximuk at John.Maximuk@decaturga.com

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Walk and talk stormwater tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 18, 8-10 a.m. Meet up at Oakhurst Park (307 Feld Ave.) with representatives from the city and our Stormwater Master Plan consultant team for a stormwater walking tour through Oakhurst neighborhood. Take a look at real-world effects of rain and runoff in our community, discuss successes, envision future solutions, and get some fresh air while you’re at it. After a great kick-off session earlier this month, the City of Decatur wants to keep the conversation going and bring innovation and community input to our new stormwater masterplan. So, step up! – we want to hear from you. 

This tour provides an additional weekday morning opportunity for community members to contribute to the conversation. Follow along with Decatur’s Stormwater Master Plan initiative and add to our stormwater Wikimap at decaturnext.com/stormwater

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Early voting for the November 6 election began Monday, Oct. 15. Here are the early voting locations and times.2018 GE - Advance Sites




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Decatur Cemetery

Give the ghosts a rest – try a tree tour instead! Join local arborists for the Walking Past the Dead tree tour at the historic Decatur Cemetery (229 Bell St.), Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Walk the trail with tree talks and stories. Join for free or make an optional donation to the Women Arborists of the Southeast scholarship fund. For more information, contact Kay Evanovich at kay.evanovich@decaturga.com.

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