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As an outcome of the Affordable Housing Summit held in November, the Decatur City Commission announces the creation of a citizen Affordable Housing Task Force. The Task Force will review the recommendations that came out of the Summit including ongoing research and education. They plan to have the citizen task force in place by April 15. If you are interested in serving on this task force, please fill out a Statement of Interest Form by March 15. Access to the form can be found at decaturga.com/resident-boards-commissions. You can return the form via email to City Manager Andrea Arnold, andrea.arnold@decaturga.com or mail it to her attention at City of Decatur, PO Box 220, Decatur, GA 30031.

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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18.

Regular solid waste and recycling services for Mon., Feb. 18 will be on Tues., Feb. 19;

Regular solid waste and recycling services for Tues., Feb. 19 will be on Wed., Feb. 20.

 

The next Decatur City Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Commission Meeting Room, Ground Floor, Decatur City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street.

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This weekend in #decaturga: Free rides, free trees, free dance party, and more!

 

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Get a Friday Night Lyft with $5 off all around Decatur! TODAY 2/15 from 5-11 pm, use code FRIDEC0215 in the Lyft app. Information at decaturga.com/lyft
 

FREE TREE giveaway to the first 200 City of Decatur residents at our Celebrate Arbor Day event – Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 am-1 pm on Decatur’s downtown square, 138 E. Court Sq. Meet local arborists, landscapers, and tree services, too.
 

L’Arche Atlanta hosts a Valentines Potluck and Dance Party for all ages and abilities – Saturday, Feb. 16, 5:30 pm at St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Information at larcheatlanta.org/community-events
 

Brick Store Pub hosts BelgianBALOOZA / Cantillon My Wayward Son / Fonzie Day – with so many interesting pours they couldn’t decide on a name. All day Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Brick Store Pub, 125 E. Court Sq., while supplies last. Information at facebook.com/events/366188027547687
 

The Iberian Pig presents the Grey Goose Sensory Experience, a hands-on cocktail workshop, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-4 pm. Tickets: $30, reservations are required. Information at facebook.com/events/2329566120608277
 

Registration is now open for the Southern Harp Festival – a seminar and performance event for harpists of all ages and skill levels – hosted at Courtyard Downtown Decatur / Decatur Conference Center March 15-17. Information at southernharpfestival.com
 

Enjoy English country dancing in Decatur. First and third Sundays of the month, 2-5 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 1:30-2 pm. $9. Information at ecdatlanta.org
 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

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Read along all month long with book club picks from Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories that celebrate Black History Month. This week: Meet your heroes. 📚✨

 

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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins. A quintessential Who’s Who in Black History for readers ages 9 and up. Featuring an impressively wide range of figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., Nina Simone, W.E.B. Dubois, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this book celebrates the depth and breadth of black excellence throughout history, as well as present day.

 

Books are available for purchase at Little Shop of Stories, 113 E. Court Square. littleshopofstories.com

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Read along all month long with book club picks from Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories that celebrate Black History Month. This week: Inspire young minds. 📚✨

 

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. Charmingly illustrated and chock-full of facts, this book provides a survey of trailblazing black women who have or are currently making American history. Short bios and engaging pictures invite sharing and are certain to foster conversation with young readers and future leaders!

 

Books are available for purchase at Little Shop of Stories, 113 E. Court Square. littleshopofstories.com

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The February test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (2/6/19) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 7 February 2019.

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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 week in #decaturga: State of the City, Hogwarts party, book talks, casino night, and more!

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Decatur’s State of the City Address has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, Decatur Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Ave. Reception at 5:15 pm; address begins at 6 pm. All are welcome!

 

Book talk: Author Tayari Jones discusses “An American Marriage,” Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 pm. First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave. Information at georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=1069

 

Hogwarts Party! Brick Store Pub and Little Shop of Stories host a night of Harry Potter magic for all ages. Thursday, February 7 at 6 pm – wizarding robes encouraged. Information at facebook.com/events/325959321349040 and littleshopofstories.com/calendar/list _

 

Agnes Scott hosts Isabel Wilkerson Summit Signature Series Talk and Book Signing: “The Great Migration and Immigration” Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm. Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. Information at www.agnesscott.edu/featured-events/2019/02/summit-signature-isabel-wilkerson.html

 

Book talk: Author Devi Laskar discusses “The Atlas of Reds and Blues,” Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:15 pm. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Information at georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=1068

 

Glennwood’s Casino Night and Silent Auction raises money for the Glennwood PTA with a night on the town. Friday, Feb. 8, 7-10 pm. Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Information at eventbrite.com/e/glennwoods-casino-night-silent-auction-tickets-50941361985

 

Get in on the Guinness Gilroy glassware giveaway every Friday in February at the Marlay House, 426 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Information at facebook.com/events/347055312691010/?event_time_id=347055319357676

 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

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The City of Decatur’s 2010 Strategic Plan identified four principles that the community felt were important to creating and sustaining a wonderful place to live. Since the implementation of the plan, it has become the guide to direct financial resources and planning in almost every aspect of government. The plan included 89 tasks and as of January 2019, 86 of those tasks have been completed or are underway.

As the time frame on the 2010 Strategic Plan nears its completion date, city staff would like to know how you think it should spend its time and your tax dollars on the few remaining strategic plan tasks that are either underway or yet to be started. City staff and decision-makers will review the overall feedback from this topic as they begin the annual budget development process for fiscal year 2019-2020.

The survey is available on the Open City Hall forum until February 8 at 5 p.m. – opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_7164

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Update: The National Weather Service has cancelled the winter weather advisory for January 29. However, patches of black ice are still possible on roadways and sidewalks this afternoon through tonight. The potential for black ice can be expected especially in sheltered and protected areas or on untreated roads and sidewalks. If you must leave your home, exercise caution when travelling.

If you are in need of a warm place to hang out during the next few days while the temperatures are at their lowest, DeKalb County has opened warming centers for citizens to use as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. The following stations will open from 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, through noon, Friday, Feb. 1.

  • Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Ave, Avondale GA 30002
  • Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Fire Station 15, 2107 Flightway Dr., Chamblee, GA 30341

 

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for DeKalb County from 3 a.m. through 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 29. A winter weather advisory means that winter weather is expected and that residents should use caution.  Light amounts of wintry precipitation or patchy blowing snow will cause slick conditions and could affect travel if precautions are not taken.

At this point, the City offices will be open for regular business hours tomorrow, but the State of the City address has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Active Living programs, Children & Youth Services after-school programs, and court sessions scheduled for tomorrow have all been cancelled. Updates will be posted here, decaturga.com and the city’s official social media channels.

For more information on the difference between a winter weather advisory, watch and warning, check out the National Weather Service’s winter information page at www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/ww.shtml.

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Winter Weather Safety Tips

Preparing for winter isn’t complicated or expensive. While winter is dangerous, a few simple steps can help you and your family stay safe this season. Here is what NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) recommends:

Know Your Risk

  • A few inches of snow or ice can shut down a city and leave you trapped at home for days.
  • Driving on ice and snow-covered roads can lead to car wrecks, injuries and death.
  • Snow, ice and wind associated with winter storms can have a huge impact on travel, infrastructure, schools and businesses.
  • Some winter storms can cover nearly half the nation, affecting tens of millions of people.  Annually, damages from winter storms add up to over $1 billion.
  • Frostbite may develop on exposed skin when temperatures are below freezing. Add wind to below freezing temperatures and frostbite can set in even quicker.
  • Other winter dangers include hypothermia and avalanches.
  • Flooding is also possible due to snowmelt, ice jams and coastal storms such as Nor’easters.

Take Action

  • Before you go out, check the forecast at weather.gov to make sure you’re prepared for the elements. Follow NWS on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest weather news
  • At home: have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water, prescription medications and other supplies. Also consider obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged when a storm is approaching and also anytime you’re planning to leave the house. It could become your life-line should disaster strike.
  • In your car: make sure you have food, water and blankets in your trunk. Stay off the road when advised to do so by local authorities.
  • Dress for the season: wear loose, warm clothing in layers.
  • Don’t forget your pets! Keep them inside during cold weather.
  • During and after the storm: never use a generator or kerosene heater indoors – carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer.
  • After the storm: take breaks when shoveling snow and stay clear of downed power lines.

Be a Force of Nature

  • Create a Family Communication Plan so that your loved ones know how to get in touch during an emergency.
  • Help your neighbors before and after winter storms – especially the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable.
  • Look for opportunities to help your town prepare, such as volunteering with the American Red Cross.
  • Register for Smart911

In the event of snow and/or ice in Decatur

  • The city will concentrate on providing a usable travel lane in each direction on major streets and clearing sidewalks near MARTA stations.
  • The city will work with City Schools of Decatur to make sure entrances, exits, and driveways at the schools are clear.
  • Residents should expect to clear their driveways and sidewalks. It is unlikely that the city will be able to clear interior neighborhood residential streets.
  • If you, or a neighbor, are a senior, someone with a medical need or someone with special needs, consider creating a safety profile at smart911.com. Stay tuned to thedecaturminute.com blog, City of Decatur GA-Government on Facebook, @downtowndecatur or Twitter, and the city’s website for information about facilities closures.

These simple steps will help keep you safe from blizzards, ice storms and other winter hazards. A little bit of preparation can make a big difference. And many of these steps – such as preparing an Emergency Supplies Kit – will also come in handy for other hazards, such as hurricanes or power outages.

Stay tuned to www.decaturga.com, social media and thedecaturminute.com for up-to-date information.

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