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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 the public users that submit their #goodneighbordecatur posts to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 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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The September test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (9/5/18) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 6 September 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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The City of Decatur is updating the Stormwater Master Plan and your input is needed. The community is invited to the Decatur Recreation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 pm to help kick-off the effort. More info here: www.decaturnext.com/stormwater

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West Nile Advisory

The following information comes from the DeKalb County Board of Health:

A mosquito collection from a DeKalb County Board of Health’s sampling station which is located in Decatur has been reported as positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

While most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience mild flu-like symptoms, the virus potentially can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness. The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite is low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill.

The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. While the potential for WNV transmission exists throughout the metro area, this WNV positive collection does indicate a higher risk at this time in this area. Please remember to use the following precautions and remind your neighbors, friends and coworkers to do the same.

  • Apply insect repellent. DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention/index.html
  • When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Clothing may also be treated with permethrin.
  • Use extra care when mosquitoes are most active, particularly from dusk to dawn.

The DeKalb County Board of Health is aggressively working to prevent West Nile virus transmission. Program technicians will be in the area providing additional mosquito control services including applying larvicide and investigating for mosquito breeding sites. The larvicide product, metheprene, will keep mosquito larvae from developing into flying biting insects.

Along with the larvicide treatment, it is important to eliminate any containers and other removable breeding sites which may hold water for five or more days. Some items such as bird baths can be dumped and rinsed twice a week, but do need continual attention. Also, gutters should be cleaned and checked to make sure they drain properly.

For more information about West Nile virus, please refer to the following web sites:

Contact the Division of Environmental Health (404-508-7900) with any questions or concerns on this matter.

The City of Decatur will have mosquito repellent with DEET available at the Fire Department’s First Aid Tent, all of the Welcome/Information Tents around the festival and the Visitors Center during the Decatur Book Festival this weekend.

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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed Monday, September 3, for Labor Day.

Regular solid waste and recycling services for Monday, September 3, will be on Tuesday, September 4. Regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, September 5.


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DeKalb County’s Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl A. Anderson is proud to announce the creation of a new community education program this fall- the People’s Law School. The program, which is free and open to all incorporated and unincorporated DeKalb County residents , is designed to provide adults with a general overview of the court system in Georgia, with a special emphasis on DeKalb Magistrate Court. The curriculum will include instruction on civil, criminal, ordinance and mental health court matters. Registration will close on Friday, September 14. Space is limited.
Classes will take place on Monday evenings for four weeks, beginning October 15- November 5 from 6-8 p.m. After completion of all class sessions, participants will “graduate” from the People’s Law School, however, this course is not for educational credit and nothing presented or discussed should be considered legal advice.
For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.com and enter “People’s Law School 2018” in the search box, or e-mail dekalbmagcourtpls@gmail.com.

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The Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia invites the community to the “Tell Me About It” Pop Up Exhibit at Sycamore Place Gallery and Studios (120 Sycamore Place). The exhibit will open with a reception during the Decatur Art Walk, Friday, August 31 from 5-10 p.m. The exhibit will remain open September 1-2 from 1-4 p.m.

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Talley Street

Update: This meeting has been extended to 8:30 p.m.

What: Public Input Open House

When: Tuesday, August 28, 6 – 8:30 pm

Where: City of Decatur Public Works Building, 2635 Talley Street

The community is invited to attend the second drop-in public meeting for the Talley Street and Sams Street Transportation Improvements Study,Tuesday, August 28 from 6 – 8:30 pm . This is joint effort between the City of Decatur and the City Schools of Decatur is a project examining the transportation network and identifying improvements to accommodate the new developments and future changes.

With the new City Schools of Decatur 3-4-5 elementary school and the Avondale Transit Oriented Development, the southeast portion of the city is entering a transformative period. The study includes identifying improvements to address all modes of travel: pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles navigating through and around the area. This second open house is an opportunity for you to view the recommended improvements to the transportation network in the area and provide your feedback.  There is no formal presentation.

For more information, please contact Courtney Frisch, City of Decatur Project Manager, at 678-553-6577 or courtney.frisch@decaturga.com.



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