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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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Housing Summit Graphic

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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Happy National Neighborhood Day, from the City of Decatur!


We want to know WHO makes your #decaturga neighborhood stand out. City of Decatur residents are invited to enter your neighbors in the new Good Neighbor Decatur contest. From now until the end of October, post about your neighbor nominee and tell us what makes them so good with the hashtag #goodneighbordecatur. Submit your shout-out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Prizes and honors await. See below for contest details:


Good Neighbor Decatur contest rules:

1. Participants must be City of Decatur residents.

2. One (1) winner will be selected from users that submit their #goodneighbordecatur posts to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter by tagging City of Decatur accounts. Entry begins at 9 a.m. on 9/16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. 10/31.

3. Submitted photos may be shared, with credit for the photographer, by the City of Decatur across social media streams.

4. Contest winner will be notified via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter post or private message. Contest winner must be able to pick up their prize at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

5. The City of Decatur is not responsible for any issues or problems that arise after the winner claims their prize.

No purchase required.

By submission of an entry, or participation in this contest, each entrant or participant agrees that they hereby waive, release, and forever discharge, the City of Decatur, Georgia, and Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, actions, and causes of action of every nature and kind, arising out of their use of Facebook/Instagram/Twitter in this contest.

This contest is sponsored solely by the City of Decatur, Georgia, and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.


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Welcoming Week Kicks Off Today



Decatur welcomes you! The City of Decatur knows that fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, enhances our cultural fabric and brightens our future. Decatur has joined Welcoming America in its national campaign to build inclusive communities and to celebrate Welcoming Week! Sept. 14-23 – and beyond, of course! – extend hospitality, openness, and welcome to all people, and watch our community thrive. Learn more at and get involved at welcomingamerica.org.

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Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss announced her retirement from the City of Decatur effective December 31, 2018 after 25 years of service as City Manager. The Decatur City Commission hired GovHR to lead the executive search for the City Manager’s position. As part of the process the search firm is seeking community input on the qualities, skills and traits that are important for a new city manager. The information collected on Open City Hall will be used by GovHR for selecting possible candidates for the City Commission to consider. This forum topic will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018 so you still have time to share your feedback.

Go here to share – https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_6629


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