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In order to continue to protect the health and safety of our community, please be advised that the July 4 fireworks are cancelled this year.

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Trinity Anglican Church in Oakhurst invites you to participate in a Red Cross blood drive at the church on Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must register online in advance here. The church is located at 630 E. Lake Dr., Suite C.

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Changes in Decatur Polling Locations

Five of the 7 polling locations in the City of Decatur are unavailable for the June 9th Primary Election. If you plan to vote in person on Primary Election Day, please review the temporary locations.

The Clairemont West and Decatur polling locations have not changed. Voters will still go to the Church at Decatur Heights (Clairemont West) or Evergreen Baptist Church (Decatur) to cast their ballots.

To confirm your poll’s location, check out the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

If you have questions, contact DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections at voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-298-4020.

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We are angry, outraged, frustrated and sad about recent events including the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County and the blatantly racist videos created by teens and youth in the City of Decatur.

Decatur, we can do better; we will do better.  At our meeting on June 1st we pledged at least $50,000 in the current year’s city budget to fund community anti-racist education and training.

Talk is not enough. We have to restore trust. We need to hear the stories of people of color before we can move forward. We need to take the training, listen and move the needle in our community.

We need to act with purpose to root out racism where it lives and shine a light on the path we can take together. There is always more that we can do and all of us together need to do this. We need to push the conversation on this pervasive issue as we strive to create a culture of anti-racism within our community.

We are participating in an ongoing collaborative dialogue with community partners including City Schools of Decatur, Decatur Parents Network, Beacon Hill Black Alliance, Decatur Prevention Initiative, Better Together Advisory Board, and Decatur Education Foundation to design a town hall meeting. We pledge to work with DeKalb and State elected leaders to remove symbols of hate from the city. And, we plan to increase our commitment to listening to each other, learning from each other and through meaningful conversations as a community identifying other actions that will make a positive, long-lasting difference in our city.

We are proud of our Decatur community that came together this week to peacefully protest and set an example of how anger and sadness can be expressed with love and compassion.  We are also proud of our Police department who protected all protestors and treated all with empathy and respect.

The Decatur community values every individual and strives to create and maintain a place where everyone feels welcome and safe. We will use this as an opportunity to show how Decatur can become stronger and better through adversity and we invite the community to join us as we move forward.

-Mayor Patti Garrett
Mayor Pro Tem Tony Powers
Commissioner George Dusenbury
Commissioner Lesa Mayer
Commissioner Kelly Walsh

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Are you interested in learning about the City’s FY20-21 budget and 2020 millage rates? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 15, 2020.

1. Take some time to read through the budget document.

2. Spend some time with the City Manager and the City Clerk while enjoying your favorite beverage or snack at the virtual Budget Happy Hour on Monday, June 8th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

3. Attend a public hearing and let the City Commission know your thoughts on the budget and the 2020 millage rates. There are three public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks. One is Monday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. and the others are Monday, June 15th at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in via Zoom. Check out the schedule for the registration links.

4. Let us know your thoughts via the Open City Hall forum. Since City Hall is closed to the public right now, you can still let the City Commission know your thoughts by sharing them here.

5. Watch the archived video of the City Commission work session focused on the FY19-20 revised budget and the FY20-21 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

6. Send your questions &/or comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold (andrea.arnold@decaturga.com) and City Clerk Meredith Roark (meredith.roark@decaturga.com).

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UPDATE: The monthly test has been cancelled. The next audible test of the system will take place on July 1st.


The June test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today, June 3 at 5 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until tomorrow.


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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COD Budget for Social (Facebook)

This year’s budget work session is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 1. City Manager Andrea Arnold will walk the City Commission through the City’s “pending spending” plan for the FY20-21 proposed budget as well as the revised FY19-20 budget.

There are two ways to access the work session:

1. You can view the session at decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
2. You can register as an attendee in “view only mode” at zoom.us/j/96411777669

Following the work session, the PowerPoint presentation will be posted to www.decaturga.com/budget.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the budget with the City Commission, consider attending a virtual public hearing on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. as well as June 8 at 6 p.m. and June 15 at either 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Registration information is below.

June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Register at zoom.us/j/93855477195 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 938 5547 7195)

June 8 at 6:00 p.m.: Register at zoom.us/j/97831285721 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 978 3128 5721)

June 15 at 3:30 p.m.: Register at zoom.us/j/98216847954 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 982 1684 7954)

June 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Register at zoom.us/j/98743958590 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 987 4395 8590)

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DU Social Graphic - Final Week

Legacy Decatur is now in the FINAL week of fundraising efforts for the city’s emergency small business loan program. Give at Legacy Decatur while there’s still time!

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COD DYC Graphic

Are you a rising 9th through 12th grade student living in the City of Decatur? Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 Decatur Youth Council (DYC). The council is a city-sponsored, community-based leadership program for high school students who live within the city limits of Decatur and attend public, private and home-based schools. Members of the DYC can develop into young leaders through structured monthly educational programs and team-building activities. If you like to serve on the Decatur Youth Council, complete the application of interest form by Tuesday, June 30. The application is available at decaturga.com/dyc. For more information, contact staff liaison Meredith Roark at Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com.

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Graphic for Sanitation Reminder

As we prepare to observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 25 this is a friendly neighborhood reminder of the holiday scheduling for City of Decatur Solid Waste and Recycling Services: Regular services for Monday will be on Tuesday, May 26 and regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, May 27 following the holiday.

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