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This week in #decaturga: Thursday-Friday

City Meetings
-Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting | Friday, Nov. 15 @ 8 a.m.

Events
-Different Trains Gallery 2 at Cornerstone Bank of Decatur presents “Around the Wheel”, a group exhibition of works by the teachers at Color Wheel Studio. The opening reception will be Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m.

-Come out for our first-ever Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk on this Terrific Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of exclusive, decadent chocolate treats and wine tastings at participating retail shops while you get a head start on your holiday gifting. For details and ticket information, head to visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

-The students at Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool will present their annual Harvest Festival to the community Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15.

-Join the Decatur Education Foundation for their annual Supper & Sips event this Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Marriott in Downtown Decatur. To purchase your tickets, visit givergy.us/supperandsips.

-The community is invited to the Fall Open House at the DeKalb History Center to kick off the “Give Five for the Archives” fundraising campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. Visit dekalbhistory.org for more information.

-Catch live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring The Good Graces with Virginia Plane, Sonia Leigh with Sarah Potenza, Joe McGuinness and Hannah Holbrook, Toby Lightman with Emmy Law and Trace Bundy. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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This Week in Decatur 111119

Please note the City of Decatur is open Veteran’s Day today, Nov. 11. Solid Waste and Recycling Services will operate as scheduled.

City Meetings
-Zoning Board of Appeals | Monday, Nov. 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

-Active Living Board Meeting | Tuesday, Nov. 12 @ 8 a.m.

-The Planning Commission’s November meeting is cancelled.

Events
-A traditional Veteran’s Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held this Monday, Nov. 11 at the Decatur Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m.

-Come out to Chai Pani to celebrate the release of Chandra Ram and Meherwan Irani’s Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook tonight, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Visit indianinstantpot.splashthat.com for tickets.

-Kick your week off with upcoming live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Puma Blue with Gabe Goodman and Robyn Hitchcock. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

-Little Shop of Stories will host Andrea Beaty on tour for her latest book: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez! Join them this Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

-The City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office is now officially the Elizabeth Wilson School Support Center. In celebration, there will be a dedication ceremony and reception Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 4:30-6 p.m. at 125 Electric Avenue on the first floor of the Wilson Center.

-Don’t miss Professor of English at Emory University, Deepika Bahri for the Writers & Scholars Series at Agnes Scott in the Alston Campus Center this Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m.

-Come out the the Decatur Library Auditorium to hear John Simon discuss his book, Strangers in a Stranger Land: the first comprehensive history of Finland’s Jewish community on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:15 p.m.

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Join us Tuesday evening as we prioritize the projects necessary to manage Decatur’s stormwater through the next decade. Everyone’s welcome. 6-8pm at the Decatur Rec Center. Details here: https://www.decaturnext.com/2019/07/save-the-date-stormwater-meeting-to-set-project-priorities/

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Talk Decatur dollars during upcoming public hearings on the fiscal year 2019-20 City of Decatur budget and property tax millage rates. Mark your calendars!
  • Monday, June 10 at 6 pm: Public hearing on 2019 Millage Rates
  • Monday, June 17 at 7:30 pm: Public hearing and scheduled adoption of Proposed FY 2019-20 Budget and Revised 2018-19 Budget and adoption of final 2019 Millage Rates
  • Both events will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

Copies of the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget and FY 2018-19 Revised Budget are available at Decatur City Hall and at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. as well as online at decaturga.com/budget.

Learn more about the city budget and budget process at decaturga.com/budget. Have questions or want more information? Contact City Clerk Meredith Roark, 404-370-4102 or meredith.roark@decaturga.com

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Are you interested in learning more about the City’s FY19-20 budget and 2019 millage rates? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 17, 2019.

  1. Take some time to read through the budget document. It’s available online at www.decaturga.com/budget. Or if you prefer to look at a hard copy, head over to the Decatur Library reference desk (215 Sycamore Street) or stop by the City Clerk’s Office (509 N. McDonough Street) to check one out.
  2. Attend a public hearing and let the City Commission know your thoughts on the budget and the 2019 millage rates. We have two more public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks. One is Monday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m. and the other is Monday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall (509 N. McDonough Street.)
  3. Let us know your thoughts via the Open City Hall forum. If attending a meeting at City Hall just doesn’t work for you, you can still let the City Commission know your thoughts by sharing them here.
  4. Watch the archived video of the City Commission work session focused on the FY18-19 revised budget and the FY19-20 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

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Affordable housing is coming to Legacy Park! – Now what? Join in the Decatur Legacy Park Affordable Housing Workshop THIS SATURDAY, April 13, 9 am to noon at the gymnasium at 500 S. Columbia Drive to help decide. All are welcome in this community conversation on the affordable housing portions of the property’s master plan. Here’s more:
 

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Through community visioning and values, the Legacy Park master planning process (decaturnext.com/category/umch) took shape. The property’s master plan identifies two areas — the North and South Villages — for affordable housing. But exactly what form should such housing take? What scale and design can best address this pressing need while also remaining sensitive to the character of the historic United Methodist Children’s Home campus and its surrounding neighborhoods?
 

On Saturday, April 13, from 9am-Noon we will drill down on exactly how, within the context of Decatur Legacy Park, we might serve that need most effectively. This is a pivotal, hands-on opportunity for affordable housing stakeholders and the broader Decatur community to make a substantive contribution to our city’s long-term affordability, as well as to the related diversity and inclusion ambitions that inform it. A facilitated, 3-hour event, the workshop is open to all and will focus on activities — both indoors and, weather-permitting, outdoors — that help visualize and rank different housing approaches.
 

Questions? Visit decaturnext.com/2019/04/community-workshop-to-address-legacy-park-housing-affordability or contact Angela Threadgill, Planning Director, angela.threadgill@decaturga.com

 

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The Decatur Legacy Park master planning process wasn’t just an exercise in visioning. It was also a means by which the Decatur community voiced and prioritized its values. Those values, including affordable housing, are now embedded in our long-term goals for the property. The property’s master plan identifies two areas — the North and South Villages — for housing. But exactly what form should such housing take? What scale and design can best address this pressing need while also remaining sensitive to the character of the historic campus and its surrounding neighborhoods?

Please join us Saturday, April 13, from 9am-Noon as we drill down on exactly how, within the context of Decatur Legacy Park, we might serve that need most effectively. This is a pivotal, hands-on opportunity for affordable housing stakeholders and the broader Decatur community to make a substantive contribution to our city’s long-term affordability, as well as to the related diversity and inclusion ambitions that inform it. A facilitated, 3-hour event, the workshop is open to all and will focus on activities — both indoors and, weather-permitting, outdoors — that help visualize and rank different housing approaches.

Questions? Visit https://www.decaturnext.com/2019/04/community-workshop-to-address-legacy-park-housing-affordability/ or contact Angela Threadgill, Planning Director, angela.threadgill@decaturga.com

Please make plans to join us:

DECATUR LEGACY PARK AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 | 9AM-12PM

GYMNASIUM, 500 S. COLUMBIA DRIVE, DECATURDecatur Legacy Park SoHo Village

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If you are interested in running for elected office later this year or were recently elected/appointed, consider attending this free seminar offered by the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission at the Decatur Recreation Center on Monday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This training seminar is open to all residents interested in seeking a statewide, county or municipal elected office.

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To register for the seminar, contact City Clerk Meredith Roark at Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com. Or if you have questions about the topics to be covered during the training, contact DeAngelo Hall at dhall@ethics.ga.gov.

 

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Walk and talk stormwater tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 18, 8-10 a.m. Meet up at Oakhurst Park (307 Feld Ave.) with representatives from the city and our Stormwater Master Plan consultant team for a stormwater walking tour through Oakhurst neighborhood. Take a look at real-world effects of rain and runoff in our community, discuss successes, envision future solutions, and get some fresh air while you’re at it. After a great kick-off session earlier this month, the City of Decatur wants to keep the conversation going and bring innovation and community input to our new stormwater masterplan. So, step up! – we want to hear from you. 

This tour provides an additional weekday morning opportunity for community members to contribute to the conversation. Follow along with Decatur’s Stormwater Master Plan initiative and add to our stormwater Wikimap at decaturnext.com/stormwater

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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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