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TONIGHT, Decatur will launch its first Open Office Hour with Mayor Patti Garrett from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of Decatur’s commitment to being a just, welcoming, equitable, inclusive and compassionate city and the activities and efforts around that commitment.

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 via the following channels

Twitter: @downtowndecatur

Facebook: City of Decatur, GA- Government

E-mail: openofficehour@decaturga.com

Phone: 678-553-6569

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Decatur will launch its first Open Office Hour with Mayor Patti Garrett on Monday, March 27 from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of Decatur’s commitment to being a just, welcoming, equitable, inclusive and compassionate city and the activities and efforts around that commitment.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email, or phone.

Do you have a question relating to this topic that you would like for her to answer? Visit http://www.decaturga.com/whats-new/open-city-hall to submit your questions.

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NLC Culture Diversity Award

The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized six cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote diversity in their communities.  The City of Decatur received 2nd place in cities with populations under 50,000 for the Better Together Initiative which resulted in the Better Together Community Action Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Engagement.

NLC described the Better Together Initiative as a “shining example of diversity and total community collaboration and partnership.”  Mayor Patti Garrett accepted the award on behalf of the City of Decatur.

Cities honored for 2017 are:  Morrisville, NC; Decatur, GA; Rock Hill, SC; Westminster, CO; Winston-Salem, NC; and Aurora, CO.

The Better Together Initiative, a year-long, community-wide visioning process designed to cultivate a more just, welcoming, inclusive, equitable and compassionate experience for all who live, visit or work in Decatur included conversations across differences, a community engagement outreach designed to include all, especially those who might not feel welcome at the “table.”

The Better Together Community Action Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Engagement outlines 60 action items for individuals, organizations and local government to undertake to carry out Principle B of the 2010 Strategic Plan “Encourage a diverse and engaged community.”

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Come join staff and residents on the Marta Plaza tonight from 5-7 p.m. to learn about the fiscal year 17-18 budget. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll move to the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street.

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Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for March 25 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Decatur Heights Neighborhood-
Barry Street
North Candler Street
Pate Street
East Maple Street
Grove Street
Hillcrest Avenue
Hickory Street
Lockwood Terrace
Sycamore Ridge Drive
Renfroe Court
Fitzgerald Court
Wilburn Court
Grovemont Court
Woodland Court
Mountain View Street
Oak Lane
Pinehurst Street
Poplar Street
Ridgeland Avenue
Springdale Street
Sycamore Drive
Sycamore Station
Fairview Street
Sycamore Street
Ponce de Leon Court
Hillyer Place
Sycamore Place (Commerce to E. Ponce)
East Ponce de Leon Ave. (400 to 1100 Block)
Glendale Avenue
Glenn Circle
Pinecrest Avenue
Mt. Vernon Drive
Forkner Drive
Glenn Court
Village Walk

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, March 19

Monday, March 20

  • Charlie Lovett at the Decatur Library, 7:15 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21

Wednesday, March 22

Thursday, March 23

Saturday, March 25

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A message from City Schools of Decatur:

Join the Conversation- Elementary Facility Planning Community Survey

Thank you to everyone that attended the Elementary Facility Planning Community Meeting regarding the construction and grade configuration of our elementary schools. As a follow-up to the community meeting, we have posted a survey to solicit more community feedback. The feedback from the survey and community engagement session will be compiled by the steering committee for the Board of Education. Please read all of the documents from the March 13th community meeting before taking the survey. The survey will close on Sunday, March 26 at 11:59 PM. The documents and survey can be found here—->http://bit.ly/EngageCSD2017

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The Callaway site redevelopment plan — in particular the planned W. Trinity cycle track, together with the relocation of a major Georgia Power underground power line — will require the removal of existing street trees along W. Trinity Place.

Though an unfortunate requirement for the project to proceed, each tree lost will be replaced during redevelopment as part of tree plantings across the site.

Decatur’s Tree Canopy Preservation Ordinance, which stabilized the city’s overall canopy percentage at 45% and now fosters equal or greater coverage city-wide for the years ahead, requires developers to submit and abide by a full canopy replacement plan.

The impact

The work is scheduled to begin as early as Tuesday, March 14, and last a few days.

How to manage

There will be a lane closing on the eastbound side of W. Trinity Place between Commerce and McDonough but traffic will continue to be accommodated. Pedestrians should use the north side of the street. Bicyclists should take an alternate route.

 

Visit Decatur Extreme Makeover for updates and detailed information on this project.

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There is a possibility of trees being blown down on Tuesday, March 14th  between 10AM and 8PM.

This week, the ground is saturated by the recent rains and trees roots are in loosened soils. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected.  This makes the trees susceptible to being blown down by wind gusts.

For this reason, please use caution around mature trees.  Do not park under trees if it can be avoided.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your trees, please contact a certified arborist for an inspection.

Kay Evanovich, Landscape Infrastructure Coordinator, City of Decatur
Kay.Evanovich@Decaturga.com

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The Callaway site redevelopment plan — in particular the planned W. Trinity cycle track, together with the relocation of a major Georgia Power underground power line — will require the removal of existing street trees along W. Trinity Place.

Though an unfortunate requirement for the project to proceed, each tree lost will be replaced during redevelopment as part of tree plantings across the site.

Decatur’s Tree Canopy Preservation Ordinance, which stabilized the city’s overall canopy percentage at 45% and now fosters equal or greater coverage city-wide for the years ahead, requires developers to submit and abide by a full canopy replacement plan.

That plan will result in the planting of 137 native trees that range in height from 10’ to 15’ at planting with increasing height and shade in the years ahead. Featured species will include Oaks, Elms, Hornbeams, Dogwoods, Hemlocks, and Cedars, among others. All are scheduled to be planted directly on the Callaway property and, despite existing site trees such as these scheduled to be lost to construction, will result in a net downtown gain of roughly a hundred trees, as well as increased downtown canopy over time.

Furthermore, earlier this month, the city successfully transplanted four healthy trees from this site to the Decatur Housing Authority property across Commerce Drive.
The work is scheduled to begin as early as Tuesday, March 14, and last a few days.

There will be a lane closing on the eastbound side of W. Trinity Place between Commerce and McDonough but traffic will continue to be accommodated. Pedestrians should use the north side of the street. Bicyclists should take an alternate route.

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