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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).

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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When: Thursday, Oct. 26 • 6-8 p.m.

Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

You are invited to attend the first public workshop to help kick off preparation of Decatur’s Community Transportation Plan (CTP) Update. Beginning in October, the city will conduct public workshops to identify various mobility needs and to take a deep look at the state of mobility in Decatur. We want to hear from those who work, live, and recreate in the community.

All participants are encouraged to bring their ambitious goals to the kick-off and other input opportunities. Input opportunities are designed to be easy, informative and fun for everyone to discuss the future of all modes of transportation, identify current and future needs, make short- and long-term recommendations, and develop a vision for new mobility options and improvements throughout the city.

Public input is a large part of the Decatur’s CTP Update. Through this plan, we want to address the equity, sustainability, and active living community goals in Decatur’s 2010 Strategic Plan, as well as build off the framework of Decatur’s 2007 CTP: Decatur Gets Around. Decatur has hired the professional consultant team of jB+a, a division of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., and Toole Design Group to assist in the plan update.

Stay informed on the CTP Update by watching the city’s website and future issues of the Decatur Focus for project information and meeting announcements. For more information, contact Angela Threadgill, 678-553-6575, or angela.threadgill@decaturga.com, or visit DecaturNext.com.

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Are you interested in learning more about the City’s FY17-18 budget? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 19, 2017.

  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 2017 millage rates. We have three public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks – Monday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m.; Monday, June 19th at 3:30 p.m.; Monday, June 19th 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 FY16-17 revised budget and the FY17-18 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

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Decatur will launch its first Open Office Hour with Mayor Patti Garrett on Monday, March 27 from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of Decatur’s commitment to being a just, welcoming, equitable, inclusive and compassionate city and the activities and efforts around that commitment.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email, or phone.

Do you have a question relating to this topic that you would like for her to answer? Visit http://www.decaturga.com/whats-new/open-city-hall to submit your questions.

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Audio is now available on the City of Decatur website of the Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s information session on the Homestead Exemptions that will be on the November 8 ballot. City Manager Peggy Merriss, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Dr. David Dude, and City Schools of Decatur Board Chair Annie Caiola were on the panel. The talk was moderated by Lifelong Community Advisory Board member Maria Pinkelton. Special thanks to Lifelong Community Advisory Board member Elizabeth Burbridge for recording the talk.

We apologize that the audio is a little grainy at the beginning but it gets better. Please be certain to listen for at least the first 15 minutes and you will get a good summary. Visit the City Schools of Decatur website for more in depth information. Also, visit the City website for information regarding Homestead Exemptions currently available.

If you would like more information about the Lifelong Community Advisory Board and its committees (Taxation and Affordability, Transportation, Housing, Decatur Neighbors, and Communication), please email leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6548.

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Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s Taxation and Affordability Committee is hosting a Third Thursday information session for City of Decatur residents to learn more about the new homestead exemptions that will come up for vote on the November 8 ballot. Please join us on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, to learn more about the exemptions.

A panel from City Schools of Decatur and City of Decatur will answer questions and provide information about these five homestead exemptions. One of them is an exemption from school property taxes for homeowners over the age of 65—an exemption that expires in five years when it will be re-evaluated.

For more information about the Decatur for a Lifetime initiative or the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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The Decatur City Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss challenges and opportunities in the FY16-17 proposed budget and FY15-16 revised budget.

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The work session will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street and is open to the public. The work session will also be available for viewing online at https://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video.



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Transportation Alternatives
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

RoadWhere do you want to go? Find out about the many transportation alternatives for getting around when you can’t or don’t want to drive, bike or walk. Some options are ones we take for granted, such as Marta. There are also many more creative options from local nonprofit organizations and universities.

Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board invites you to discover what is currently available and encourages you to offer suggestions for other options that you would like to see in the future. For more information about Lifelong Decatur and the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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A full recap with photos of Saturday’s Better Together kickoff is posted on DecaturNext.com.

If you were unable to join the conversation on Aug. 29, there are many more ways to participate and make your voice heard. The community survey is still open and can be filled out anytime you have an internet connection (for hard copies of the survey to share with those who are not online please come by the Community & Economic Development Department of City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.). There is a conversation toolkit to help you or your organization host a conversation this month (the deadline for submitting information from your group discussion is Oct. 3).

On social media, use #BTDecatur to share photos and reflections from your experience on Aug. 29 or from any of September’s smaller conversations.

More than 250 people gathered in Ebster Gym on Saturday, Aug. 29 for the Better Together kickoff


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