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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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Watch out for those Trees!

Decatur Residents –

The City expects that we will experience some impacts from Hurricane Michael.

According to the National Weather Service, tonight we expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches. Winds will be 15 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph.

• We advise caution parking under and being around large older trees with root issues or hollows in the trunk.

• There is also a risk of falling branches. The City of Decatur has been diligent in removing the trees and damaged branches that have been identified as a high risk of failure to reduce the impact from such storms. Unfortunately, there is no way to reduce all risk associated with tree failure during a wind event.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the City Arborist Kay Evanovich at Kay.Evanovich@decaturga.com.

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The recruitment and selection process for Decatur’s next City Manager has yielded 100 applicants from 21 states and the District of Columbia.  More than 40 of the 100 candidates are from the state of Georgia. The City’s consultant, Heidi Voorhees, from GovHRUSA is in the process of reviewing the credentials of the candidates and will meet with the City Commission once her report is completed.  “At the start of this process we estimated that 40-50 candidates would apply based upon other recruitments our firm has conducted for similar positions.  This extraordinary response to the recruitment is a reflection of the City’s progressive approach to governance, its political stability and the overall high quality of life the City has to offer.”

Decatur’s City Manager, Peggy Merriss, is retiring at the end of the year after serving the City for 35 years, 25 as its City Manager.  The City has had only two City Managers in the last 45 years.

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The Decatur Makers are currently accepting applications for a Makerspace Manager.

The Makerspace Manager will work part-time (15 hours per week) to assist with all aspects of managing the makerspace and the organization. They will help with member management, coordinating classes and other uses of the space, communication and outreach, volunteer and event coordination, and facilities management. The expectation is that they will work closely with the executive director to help the larger community get more value from the space. The Makerspace Manager will need to potentially give tours and respond to inquiries about the space. In particular, the job will require some availability after school hours, weekday evenings, and weekends. This position includes a basic individual membership to Decatur Makers.

Job description and requirements may found on the job listing.

To Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume, names of references, and cover letter addressing why you are interested in the job to Irm Diorio, irm@decaturmakers.org.  Applications will be accepted for review through October 19, 2018.

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The City of Decatur invites the community to contribute to a conversation on inclusive and affordable housing, Saturday, November 10 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

The day-long Summit will establish a shared understanding of Decatur’s housing context, define the often subjective term affordability as it relates to Decatur, explore viable approaches and strategies, and conclude with ways for all participants to be a part of local solutions.

The Summit includes a combination of speakers; round-table, small group community conversations; and interactive components inviting consideration, collaboration, and collective action moving forward.

Everyone within the community is invited including residents, business owners, employees, and others who simply want to contribute to this fundamental issue. The Summit is free and includes lunch but participants must register to attend so there is an accurate head-count for planning purposes. Interested participants may register at eventbrite.com/e/decatur-ga-housing-summit-tickets-50695254872.

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The October test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (10/3/18) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 October 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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Open Office Hour (2)

Commissioner Walsh will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of shared spaces within the City on Wednesday, 10/3 from 7-8 p.m.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen via livestream, http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video, and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live (beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday) via the following channels:

1. Facebook
2. Twitter
3. openofficehour@decaturga.com
4. 678-553-6569

If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now –https://www.opentownhall.com/6774. This question will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

Social media links, e-mail address and phone number will be posted on Wednesday right before the meeting. Check this post for updates.

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Join the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Arts Alliance for the 2018 Decatur Holiday Ornament Unveiling Party on Thursday, September 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Wild Oats & Billy Goats, 112. E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Come see the ornaments, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments and music. Then drop by any of Decatur’s great restaurants and pubs for dinner.

The 2018 ornament will be available for purchase at Wild Oats and Billy Goats that night. They will be available in other Decatur shops including Little Shop of Stories, Trinity Mercantile, Found Co., and HomeGrown, etc. soon.

The ornaments are $18 each and you can save $5 if you join or renew your Decatur Arts Alliance membership. All proceeds go toward the creation of the 2019 ornament.

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