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We are at a moment in time when numerous conversations around racial injustice in our nation and in our community are happening. Many have acknowledged this is a time for listening, while others have focused on the need for action. Toward both of those ends, the Better Together Advisory Board is soliciting feedback from the Decatur community to better inform city officials about what is needed to improve racial equity in Decatur. We would appreciate if you would answer the survey questions and complete the demographic information.

The deadline to submit feedback is Monday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_9218

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

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 following information comes from the DeKalb County Board of Health:

The DeKalb County Board of Health has trapped West Nile virus positive mosquitoes at 3 locations in the county – Brookhaven, Chamblee and the Redan area of unincorporated DeKalb County.

Due to COVID-19, the Board of Health will not perform its usual door-to-door canvas of the affected areas. Larvacide application in low-lying areas and storm drains around the positive trap areas has already taken place, due to the high number of mosquitoes already collected from the traps.

To date this year, there have been no human cases of West Nile virus infection confirmed in DeKalb County.

According to the CDC, no data or scientific evidence suggests that COVID-19 or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes.

To reduce the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the Board of Health conducts a comprehensive mosquito control program. Throughout the county, technicians routinely trap mosquitoes that are tested for viruses. They also work with residents to eliminate infestations. Measures include placing larvicide in areas with standing water, like in storm drains. This keeps young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults.

The Board of Health advises people to take the following precautions:

  • Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.
  • Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas with large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. Apply according to label instructions.
  • Spray clothing with products containing permethrin according to label instructions.

For more information about the West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, contact the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental Health division at (404) 508-7900 or visit the DeKalb County Board of Health’s website.

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If you’ve had your eye on the City of Decatur logo mask, you can now get yours and more from the Decatur Visitors Center Store! Visit www.decaturmerch.com for various masks, shirts, and other Decatur pride gifts and apparel. Hurry, items are going fast. Order yours for pickup today.

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The City of Decatur Fire Department have mask on hand for community members in need of one. Mask are available on a first come first serve basis and limited to one mask per person. Stop by Fire Station One at 230 E. Trinity Place any day before 8 p.m. and ring the doorbell for someone to come out to meet you. #MaskUpDecatur

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If you have already completed the census only to realize you left off your baby, young child, or someone else living in your household on April 1st, you can correct your census submission. The Census Bureau along with its partner Count All Kids offer guidance on how to make corrections on forms that have already been submitted.

If you submitted an online form:

If you feel you have made a mistake, you can return to the online questionnaire and resubmit your information. The Census Bureau has procedures in place to resolve duplicate submissions. If you’ve already responded using your Census ID, select the link that reads “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” to submit a corrected response for your address. Be sure to respond for everyone who was living at your address on April 1.

If you submitted a paper form:

If you need to make a correction to a response on your paper questionnaire, carefully draw a line through the incorrect entry. Then, write the correct information as close as possible to what you crossed out. If you checked the wrong box, just draw a line through it and mark the correct box for the question.

You cannot make changes to your questionnaire once you have mailed it back. If you have serious concerns about your response, you can complete the questionnaire again online.

For additional information, check out https://countallkids.org/fixing-an-incorrect-census-submission/ 

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While times are still uncertain, Mayor Patti Garrett provides community updates on current City services and how we can work together to effectively flatten our curve.

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As of July 19th, the City of Decatur’s 2020 Census response rate overall is 71.2%. The City Commission set a goal of 90% so we have a ways to go before we reach our goal.

The City is comprised of nine census tracts, each with its own response rate. In an effort to help us reach our citywide goal, the City Commission will be hosting a census tract challenge during July and August with a focus on seven of the tracts. Residents in the census tract with the largest increase in response rate will be eligible to receive a prize in September. Details coming soon.

Responding to the 2020 Census is simple and quick. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time. Use a computer, smartphone or tablet and go to my2020census.gov to complete your form. Or you may call 844-330-2020. Several languages are available.  Count everyone in your household. By completing the 2020 Census you will help determine how Decatur will grow and thrive over the next ten years.

Here’s a map of the census tracts and the current response rates. Each has been assigned to a member of the Decatur City Commission. The winning City Commissioner will receive bragging rights for the next decade.

Want to keep track of your tract’s progress from now until August 20? There are two ways.

1. Check out the City’s GIS portal call Decatur OneMap at http://onemap.decaturga.com/cityofdecatur/ and add the “Census” layer to the map.
2. Check out the Census Bureau’s response rate map at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html and use the tool to drill down to view the City’s response rates.

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If you are a Decatur resident age 60 or older and in need of a face mask, please contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community Manager, at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or call her cell 770-652-8593 to arrange delivery of the mask.

Please pass this information along to your neighbors, especially those who do not have internet access.

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The City of Decatur’s Design Environment and Construction Division (DEC) is announcing that there will be a temporary road closure for Winn Way on July 18-19.

A portion of Winn Way near N. Arcadia will be closed on Saturday, July 18 from 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. The purpose of the closure is to enable the construction of a road safety feature in the street. The contractor, YLI Construction Co., will set up detour signs in the area.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DEC Director John Maximuk at 678-710-5165 or John.Maximuk@decaturga.com. The on-site point of contact for YLH Construction Co. is Project Manager Wesley Stubblefield at 770-900-2042.

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