Graphic for Sanitation Reminder

As we prepare to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20 here’s your friendly neighborhood reminder of the holiday scheduling for City of Decatur Solid Waste and Recycling Services:

-Regular services for Monday will be on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, Jan. 22 following the holiday.

General Use

Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

This Week in Decatur

This Week

City Meetings
-Zoning Board of Appeals | Monday, Jan. 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Planning Commission | Tuesday, Jan. 14 @ 7 p.m.
-Environmental Sustainability Board | Friday, Jan. 17 @ 8 a.m.

-Get up close and personal with the Historic DeKalb Courthouse on a behind the scenes tour this Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m. Visit dekalbhistory.org for ticket information.
-Join Little Shop of Stories at the Georgia Center for the Book at Decatur Library on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of Ransom Riggs’ fifth novel, The Conference of the Birds. Visit Little Shops of Stories on Facebook for ticket info.
-Stop by the Square Pub for live music every Thursday at 7 p.m. featuring Jess Goggans. They’ll be $5 local drafts and 1/2 off apps from 6-11 p.m.
-Georgia Center for the Book will host a poetry reading with Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris this Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:15 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30. Event is free and open to the community.
-Join the Decatur Arts Alliance for the art opening of Forked Tongues, Thumbprints, and Floral Abstractions showcasing the works of Matthew Blodgett this Friday, Jan. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the DAA Gallery (113 Clairemont Ave).
-Don’t miss these upcoming events and live performances at Eddie’s Attic including Comedy Open Mic hosted by Windy Peach Comedy, Songwriter’s Open Mic, David Bromberg with Jordan Tice, Emily Hackett with Sydney Rhame and Travis Denning. Visit eddiesattic.com for show times and tickets.


Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson presents Black History Month Meeting for the Decatur Business Association on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairemont Ave.

The program will feature a moderated conversation with actor Louis Gossett, Jr., known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman” and as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television miniseries “Roots.” He will speak about his latest role as Will Reeves in the HBO series “Watchmen” (filmed mostly in downtown Decatur), black commerce, and his Eracism foundation. The program will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the community, however, tickets are required. Space is limited. Tickets are available at freshtix.com/events/decatur-black-history-program until February 21 or until sold out. Note: you MUST have a ticket to enter the event.

This Weekend in Decatur

This Weekend for Post

-Decatur Glassblowing invites you to Make Your Own Glass Flower this Saturday, Jan. 11. Visit their Facebook to view group class times and pricing.

-Join Brush Izakaya & Pine Street Market on Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. for ISSHO, a private dinner bringing together Chefs Jason Liang and Rusty Bowers as they guide your experience while merging their talents for a 6 course meal at Brush Sushi Izakaya. Visit brushatl.com/events to purchase tickets.

-Join Java Speaks at the Pinewood for their first Open Mic of 2020! Come out this Sunday, Jan. 12 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. for poetry and music. Visit Java Speaks on Facebook for more info.

-Check out this weekend’s upcoming live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Patrick Davis, Becky Shaw, Travis Meadows and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

Cover Photo: Decatur Glassblowing

2020 City Commission

The Decatur City Commission has re-elected Patti Garrett to serve as Mayor for 2020 as well as Tony Powers to serve as Mayor pro tem. Garrett was elected to the City Commission in 2009 and has served as Mayor since 2016. Powers was elected to the City Commission in 2015.

Newly elected Commissioners Lesa Mayer and George Dusenbury were also sworn in at the Jan. 6 City Commission meeting. Dusenbury and Mayer join Mayor Patti Garrett, Mayor pro tem Tony Powers and Commissioner Kelly Walsh. 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 City Commission holds an annual retreat to set its work plan and goals. The 2020 retreat will be held January 30-31 at Brasstown Valley, Young Harris, GA.

Mayer and Dusenberg

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.

Strategic Planning for Post

Decatur’s Citizen Roundtables, the heart of our once-a-decade Strategic Planning process, will launch Thursday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott’s Decatur Conference Center. Everyone’s welcome.

For the past 10 years, Decatur’s leadership and city staff have been making decisions and setting yearly budgets based on the 2010 Strategic Plan. From the Unified Development Ordinance to Better Together, public art to bike lanes, green space acquisition to downtown apartments, some of the decade’s most defining initiatives began with hundreds of Decatur neighbors sharing their perspective in a series of meetings and roundtable discussions.

Now it’s time to do it all again, beginning with our January 23 kick off meeting. Thereafter, participants will meet with their assigned Roundtable group three times over a period of roughly two months.

Will your voice be represented? Our quest for the broadest, most inclusive process in Decatur history will only be made stronger with your participation.

Learn more and register to participate at: decatur2030.com.

This Week in Decatur

This Week

City Meetings
-City Commission | Monday, Jan. 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Better Together Advisory Board | Jan. 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
-Environmental Sustainability Board | Friday, Jan. 10 @ 8 a.m.
-Decatur Development Authorities | Friday, Jan. 10 @ 8 a.m.

-Don’t miss Mobile Mondays at Chick-Fil-A in Downtown Decatur! Place a Dine In or Drive Thru Mobile Order on Mondays in January and February from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. via the Chick-fil-A® App and you’ll receive a free reward uploaded to your app!

-There will be an opening reception for the exhibit “Once He Learns How to Read: A Legacy of Literacy” curated by former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from at 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library. The exhibit features his collection of rare books, newspapers and magazines that document African American history and culture from the 1770s. The exhibit will run through Jan. 22 during library hours.

-Are you parenting a teenager or college student? Join Gathered and Grounded for a Thursday-Night-In book discussion of Grown and Flown on Jan. 9 from 8-10 p.m. Visit gatheredandgrounded.com for more information.

UPDATE 01/02/20 2:30 p.m.: Due to the rainy weather today and tomorrow, the test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will not be audible this month. The next audible test has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th at 5:00 p.m.


Happy New Year!

The January test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen on Thursday (01/02/20) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Friday, 3 January 2020.

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.


This Week in Decatur

This Week

-For New Years Eve, the White Bull will be only offering a five course pre-fix menu, curated by Chefs Pat Pascarella and Gregory Gettles. An additional wine pairing selection will be offered also. Reservations are required so call or visit opentable.com to book for Tuesday, Dec. 31.

-Dress up in your finest 1920s garb and join the DeKalb History Center for a roaring New Year’s Eve bash on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Admission includes catered heavy hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket, a champagne toast, and a DJ spinning your favorite tunes as we countdown to midnight. Visit dekalb-history-center.square.site to get your tickets!

Cover Photo: The DeKalb History Center