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Today is the first Wednesday of October 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, 5 October 2017.

Sirens web

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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Community Meeting - W Howard

Over the past few months, Decatur residents and staff have explored ideas to improve the safety, comfort, and sense of place along West Howard Avenue. The Reimagine West Howard Avenue study is complete and includes a corridor that has been redesigned into an equitable multi-modal, livelier street, using public art, landscaping, street furniture, lighting, and programming.

Join us for a community information meeting on Thursday, October 12 as city staff shares project findings on how this corridor can be improved.

When: Thursday, October 12, 6– 7 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 W Howard Ave.

For more information, contact Michelle Hirose, Senior Engineer, at Michelle.Hirose@decaturga.com

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Electronic Recycling

Mark your calendars for the Fall Electronics Recycling event. Gather your old electronics, documents and even styrofoam to be recycled and shredded.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017  (9 am to 1 pm)

LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)

Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. Early drop-offs are not possible.

The fee for recycling cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs is $10 per TV set, and the fee for CRT monitors is $5 ea. Cash only, exact change required.

There is no charge to recycle other items. Any metro area resident can participate.

Visit the Electronics Recycling page to get a complete list of acceptable electronics, foam recycling and shredding guidelines.  Have additional questions? Contact Sean Woodson, solid waste superintendent, 404-377-5571.

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Update: Due to the threat of inclement weather, the tree tour has been rescheduled for October 28 from 4-7 p.m.


Join local arborists for a walk through the Decatur Cemetery. Learn about some of Decatur’s trees, tree types and needs, and listen to tree talks and stories. The event is free, but donations benefiting the Friends of Decatur Cemetery and Women Arborists of the Southeast are accepted. Visit Eventbrite to register.

Where: Decatur’s Historic Cemetery, 299 Bell St.

When: Saturday, October 7,  4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Kay Evanovich, kay.evanovich@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, September 24

Tuesday, September 26

  • Scout Wild Leap Launch Party, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27

Thursday, September 28

Saturday, September 30


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Open Office Hour

Decatur will host its fifth Open Office Hour with Commissioner Tony Powers on Thursday, September 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Commissioner Powers will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the role of the city and schools including ongoing and potential initiatives and partnerships.

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.) via Twitter (@downtowndecatur), here on Facebook, email (@openofficehour@decaturga.com), or phone (678-553-6569).


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East Lake Logo Flower

Thanks to a $100,000 Livable Centers grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission, stakeholders of three different municipalities, one transit system, and a variety of business and environmental interests are converging to form the Make East Lake MARTA Yours initiative.

The community is invited to participate in two public participation opportunities:


Monday, September 25 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive

Join the discussion on population density, demographics, transportation, and economic development topics within in the first hour, then allow for input, questions, and comments thereafter.


Tuesday, September 26 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive

Identified topics from the Community Academy meeting get repeated here in an open house environment. Drop by, review, and chime in. Expect a half hour to participate.

For more detailed information, visit decaturnext.com.

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Tree Removal

There may be extensive clean up required for trees that were downed or partially downed during Tropical Storm Irma.  In order to expedite clean-up efforts,

The City Manager has issued a waiver consistent with the provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance Section 9.1.4 (C) (2) exempting tree permitting during and immediately after an emergency such as  Tropical Storm Irma. The requirement to obtain tree removal permits for DEVELOPED commercial and residential properties is being waived for a period of 30 days until October 14, 2017.  New construction is not covered by this waiver. For homeowner occupied residential properties covered under the “no net loss of canopy requirement”, required tree replacement will remain  on a one to one replacement  with six foot tall trees to be planted by December 31, 2019.


Permitting will continue as usual.  There are no waivers or changes related to Irma.  However, Design, Environment & Construction Division will permit all Irma storm damage within 24-36 hours of permit submittal.  In addition, electrical inspections can be arranged same day if it is related to storm damage.

For more information, visit http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-departments/design-environment-and-construction

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As we continue to restore and recover from the storm, the City will resume regular collection of yard debris next week. Beginning Monday, Sept. 18, please put out household garbage, recycling, and yard waste on your regular collection day.


It may take a while to remove all of the debris and we may not get everything on the first collection date. In that case, we may also be collecting on Wednesdays and on the week-ends. If your debris is not picked up on your regular collection day, leave it at the curb so that it will be ready for pick-up when we return. We ask for your patience as we try to remove the debris as quickly as possible.


Please remember the ongoing regulations for yard waste placed on the curb including:


  • Yard trimmings should be placed in a container no larger than 32-gallons, or single-use yard waste bag.
  • Sticks, hedge clippings and small brush should be gathered into bundles and tied securely so that each bundle does not exceed 4 feet in length nor weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Yard trimming and containers should not extend into the street or obstruct the sidewalk.


If you have larger items as a result of the storm, the city will collect them. However, you should call 404-377-5571 to schedule a special pick-up because collection of larger piles, limbs and trees takes different equipment than that used for a normal collection route.


Please do not rake or blow your leaves or grass clippings into the street. Leaves and other yard debris which is raked or blown into the street can clog the storm drains and cause flooding and property damage.


Remember that if you use a tree or yard service, the private company is responsible for removal of debris.


We encourage you to compost yard debris on-site to the maximum extent possible. Composting yard debris adds nutrients back into soil, lessening the need for fertilizers.

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As of 10:00 a.m. today, Thursday, September 15, this map shows the most up-to-date road closures in the City of Decatur. The next updated map will be posted today, September 15 by 4:30 p.m.

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