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New flood hazard maps for the City of Decatur are ready for public review.  The preliminary maps are the result of a multi-year project to develop accurate and detailed digital flood maps for the Upper Chattahoochee Watershed based on data from the latest mapping and modeling technologies.  They are being released by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) under Georgia Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and communities throughout DeKalb County. The new maps reflect current flooding risks, replacing maps that are based on dated studies, of which some are more than 30 years old.  Revisions to these mapping products may affect residents and business owners in the City of Decatur.

Residents and businesses will want to be aware of how the maps are changing, and how the changes may affect new construction and rebuilding decisions, as well as requirements for flood insurance.  To help property owners better understand the project and changes, a public Open House is being held December 6 in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr. in Decatur from 5 – 7  p.m.  No formal presentation will be made so residents and business owners can visit at their convenience to view the new maps, understand how their properties may be affected, review options that they have and learn more about financial and material steps that they may need to take to protect their investment.

For those who cannot attend, the maps are available at www.GeorgiaDFIRM.com or they can visit the City of Decatur Design, Environment & Construction Division of Public Works, during normal business hours Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (404) 370 – 4104. More information about the new maps is also available at www.decaturga.com.

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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, Nov. 19

 Thursday, Nov. 23

Saturday, Nov. 25


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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. Offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27.

Regular solid waste and recycling services for Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, will be on Wednesday, Nov 22.

**​*Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and will be closed Thursday through Sunday.

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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, Nov. 12


Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • Dine Out for a Cure, 5 p.m.

 Thursday, Nov. 16

Saturday, Nov. 18


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This is the last week to register for the Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop. Full and half-price scholarships are available!

The Workshop offers specialized training about how to create small projects, like 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, which are residential, commercial or mixed use. The Workshop is a day-long session designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood based development projects.  The course assumes you know a lot about where you live, but not necessarily much about the real estate process or building development. Discover where you need help and meet the people who can help you. Through presentations on finance, design and site selection, a hands-on practice exercise, and networking with local like-minded people, this workshop is the first step to becoming a small developer yourself or creating a supportive ecosystem for small development in your city.

Register today at http://www.incrementaldevelopment.org/events/decatur2017

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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, Nov. 5

 Wednesday, Nov. 8

Thursday, Nov. 9

Friday, Nov. 10

 Saturday, Nov. 11


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East Lake Logo Flower

What could the East Lake MARTA Station look like in the future? Join us for the Walking Audit (Tour) and Design Workshop on Saturday, November 18, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., and help us decide! Here’s the breakdown of events for the day:

Walking Audit | 9 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

  • Meet at the East Lake MARTA Station on the North Parking Lot
  • The consultant team will lead groups on a tour of the area to understand the existing street conditions and to discuss opportunities to improve the streets (see map below).
  • Revolution Doughnuts and Coffee served while supplies last!
  • We want to make this a great event for you! Please RSVP if you’re interested in attending: https://elmwalkingaudit.eventbrite.com
  • This will be a 2.1-mile walk, so please dress accordingly!
  • We will end the Walking Audit at the Bessie Branham Recreation Center

Design Workshop | 11:30 A.M. – 4 P.M. (Open House)

  • Bessie Branham Recreation Center (2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta, GA)
  • Interactive Activities with 3D Conceptual Models
  • Join for lunch, too! Doggy Dogg Hotdog Stand will be there with hotdogs for sale from noon to 2 P.M.

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As part of this year’s Artwalk, Trinity will feature the artwork of two local creative scientists-turned artists, Jim Ingles & Dean Jones. Jim uses the world as his canvas creating non-objective abstracts, mono-prints & plein air landscapes. Dean’s impressionistic style is in great contrast from his scientific background and features acrylic serene seascapes and fresh fields of North Georgia.

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Open Office Hour (2)

REMINDER: Decatur will host its sixth and final Open Office Hour of the year with Commissioner Brian Smith TONIGHT from 7 – 8 p.m. Commissioner Smith will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the role of youth in the City of Decatur as well as development.

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

1. Facebook
2. Twitter- @downtowndecatur
3. E-mail: openofficehour@decaturga.com or
4. Phone 678-553-6569

*Please note that questions for this topic will not be accepted through these channels before 7 p.m.*

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sirenToday is the first Wednesday of November so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 2 November 2017.

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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