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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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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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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 community is invited to a drop-in Community Open House on Wednesday, August 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Decatur City Hall (509 N. McDonough St.), to meet with Heidi Vorhees, Executive Recruiter from GovHR, in order to provide input on the experience, background and necessary skills, qualities and traits that are critical in a new manager. Information collected will be used by GovHR to develop a recruitment brochure.

*Please note that Open Office Hour with Commissioner Brian Smith has been cancelled due to a conflict with this meeting.

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Are you interested in learning more about the City’s FY18-19 budget and 2018 millage rates? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 18, 2018.

  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 2018 millage rates. We have two more public hearings scheduled this upcoming Monday, June 18th –  3:30 p.m. and 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 FY17-18 revised budget and the FY18-19 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

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Open Office Hour (1)

Decatur will host its second Open Office Hour of the year with Mayor pro tem Tony Powers on Wednesday, May 23 from 7 – 8 p.m. Mayor pro tem Powers will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of myths and facts of development in the City.

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 the following channels:
1. City of Decatur, GA-Government
2. Twitter: @downtowndecatur
3. Openofficehour@decaturga.com
4. 678-553-6568

 

 

 

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And Swears in Newly Elected Commissioner Kelly Walsh

The Decatur City Commission elected Patti Garrett to serve as Mayor for 2018. Garrett was elected to the City Commission in 2009 and has served as Mayor since 2016. She served as Mayor pro tem in 2015.

Garrett is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb, a member of the 2010 class of the Regional Leadership Institute and serves on the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).

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The City Commission elected Commissioner Tony Powers to serve as Mayor pro tem. Powers was elected to the City Commission in 2015. He is a native of Decatur, grew up in the Oakhurst community and is a graduate of Decatur High School. He earned a degree in marketing from the University of Georgia and is a co-owner of Intown Ace Hardware.

Before being elected to the City Commission Powers joined the Planning Commission in 2009, ultimately serving as chair and was a founding member of the Decatur Education Foundation, serving as its chair from 2010-2012. He received a Decatur Hometown Hero award in 2002.

Mayor pro tem Powers is the third African American to serve on the City Commission following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Wilson and Kecia Cunningham. He is the first African-American male to serve as Mayor pro tem.

commissioner-kelly-walsh-tnNewly elected Commissioner Kelly Walsh was sworn in at the meeting by her cousin Polly Jesson. Jesson lives in Boulder, CO where she practices environmental law. The two grew up together in Wyoming.

Commissioner Walsh has lived in Decatur since 2005 and works as a residential realtor for Keller Williams at the downtown Decatur office. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Walsh has served on several local boards and committees including the Decatur Active Living Advisory Board, Clairemont Elementary PTA, and the Decatur Education Foundation PTA Council. She is a member of the Decatur Business Association and is in the 2018 Leadership DeKalb class.

Walsh joins Mayor Patti Garrett, Mayor pro tem Tony Powers, Commissioners Scott Drake and Brian Smith. City Commission meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the City Commission Meeting Room, Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.

The Decatur City Commission elects one of its own to serve as Mayor and Mayor pro tem annually at the first City Commission meeting of the year. Both the swearing in and the election as well as all City Commission meetings may be viewed on streaming video on the City of Decatur’s website at decaturga.com.

More information about the Decatur City Commission is available here.

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