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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.


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. 


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.


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)

-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.

-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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Happy New Year!

The January test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (01/06/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 7 January 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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The third of four Decatur 202 Zoom discussions– this time on equity and racial justice — is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. The sessions are part of the city’s current strategic planning efforts and drill down on the input provided during the Citizen Roundtables and the Virtual Forums.

Interested participants can get involved by registering on Zoom.

The presentation and discussion format for the two-hour 202 session is the same for all four topic meetings. If you missed the small group discussions and introductory presentations during the previous 202 sessions, check out the recap videos on the Decatur 2030 website.

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Completed Camp Registration includes the following:

 Deposit of $25 per camp to hold camper spot (opens at 9 am on the first Saturday in January)
 Completed Camper Information and Release Form for each camper
 Completed Health History Form for each camper

WHEN: Summer Camp Registration begins the first Saturday in January at 9:00 am online. Registration is ongoing until camps reach maximum enrollment levels.

WHAT: Registration for City of Decatur summer programs for children including the following programs: Legacy Park Day Camp including enrichment “E” camps, sports camps. For online registration, a family account must be created in CommunityPass at register.communitypass.net/cityofdecatur. Follow the steps below to prepare for camp registration.

Note: in order to pay a $10 financial assistance deposit you must contact our offices at 404-378-1082 or 404-377-0494. City facilities remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Requires submission of a completed financial assistance application before the end of April.

Before Camp Registration Begins…

1) Plan Your Summer
Review the Camp Playbook to explore the various options for your camper.

Visit the Forms & Documents Page of decaturga.com/cys to find these tools:
□ Camp Planning Worksheet (PDF) – fill out the camp planning worksheet for each camper complete with first and second choices and activity registration numbers.
□ At-a-Glance PDF of all Camps (includes fees, instructors, location, grades/ages)
□ Camp Playbook (descriptions of each camp)

2) All camp registrants will need to visit the City of Decatur CommunityPass site at register.communitypass.net/cityofdecatur. This will allow you to set up your family account in order to register for programs. Proof of residency is required for resident fees and is subject to verification (Acceptable documents include: tax bill, utility bill, rent receipt, current signed lease, or mortgage property deed). Camp registration will NOT occur in RecTrac/WebTrac for summer 2021.

3) Communication Note: As you are setting up your family account, we recommend that you Opt In for all forms of communication from us as well so you don’t miss out on future information from Active Living and Children and Youth Services.

4) Once you have your new family account in CommunityPass, visit the My Account menu. Use Add Child to add all your campers.

5) IMPORTANT!! Forms have been set up as prerequisites to camp registration this year. The camp forms are located WITHIN the CommunityPass software. To expedite your enrollment on registration day, we highly recommend completing your forms BEFORE January 2 at 9 am.

Detailed Instructions on How to Complete Summer Camp Forms in CommunityPass

*** Special Note on Forms: Though completing these the first time in CommunityPass will be a chore, after you have completed the form once, those fields will auto-populate the next time you are asked to complete a form!

6) If you wish to apply for Financial Assistance you may complete your application before camp registration. The link to the Financial Assistance Application for camp is available on the Forms & Documents page of decaturga.com/cys. The minimum weekly rate for camps is $40 per camper. A completed application for financial assistance requires submission of proof of income and proof of residency. Note that these documents may be submitted as part of the forms completion process. Use the paperclip icon at the bottom of the Form window to attach files.

Fees are based on a sliding scale based on household size and total members of the household. Proof of residency and income verification are required annually for financial assistance applications. Proof of residency is verified by tax bill, utility bill or rent receipt. Income is verified by one of the following: Copies of three (3) most recent paycheck stubs, letters of supplemental income, Medicaid letters, or copies of the preceding year’s filed taxes naming the children as dependents. All information remains confidential. Families receiving financial assistance for camp may receive an adjusted rate for no more than three (4) weeks of special interest camp per child (special interest includes Sports, Enrichment, Tennis and Swim camps), and up to four (4) weeks of day camp (day camp refers to the K-5th Legacy Park Day Camp program).

On Registration Day:

1) Make sure you have already completed the prerequisite Info and Release and Health History forms for each camper.

2) Have the following at hand: your login information for CommunityPass, a Visa or MasterCard, and your completed Camp Planning Worksheets.

3) Go to: register.capturepoint.com/CityofDecatur and login to your account at 9 am (or thereafter).

4) Select the 2021 Summer Camp Registration option.

5) On the Select Participants Page select each child for whom you will be completing camp registration. *If you HAVE NOT already completed the required forms you will need to DO THIS FIRST – see steps below — If you already completed forms go to Item 8.*

6) On the Select the program(s) page, select both the 2021 Summer Camp Registration and the Annual Child Health History Forms for each child and click on “Continue”

7) On the next page, complete the form for each child and click on “Continue”

8) Camps each child is eligible for will appear under their name. Click the checkbox for each activity you would like to add for that camper.

9) Complete the remaining pages until you reach the Registration Receipt page, click on “Finish”.

10) Pay at least $25 (non-refundable, non-transferable deposit) per camp to hold the sessions. Payment in full at the time of registration is required for after camp care.

11) Review your activities by selecting My Account > My History. If you see any issues with your registration, contact CYS or Active Living within 72 hours of the registration so that we can work with you to correct any mistakes or errors.

CALL OUR OFFICE WITH ANY ISSUES ON REGISTRATION DAY – our staff is standing by to assist you 9 am-10:30 am. 404-377-0494 or 404-378-1082

After Payment/Before Camp Begins Visit the Forms & Documents Page of our Website:

1) Complete any additional forms relevant to your camper (Food Allergy, Asthma, Financial Assistance Application)

2) Review the Camp Parent Handbook on the Forms & Documents page and contact us with any questions.

3) The balance of your camp fees will be due by April 1, 2021.

See also the Summer Camp Programs FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

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Decatur residents may drop off live Christmas trees at Decatur Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive beginning Monday, December 28 until Saturday, January 9.

Look for signs indicating the drop-off area to the right of the chapel. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Legacy Park property.

Photo Credit: Jason Getz for the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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