Due to the threat of severe weather tomorrow afternoon, the March test of the tornado outdoor warning siren system has been postponed until Thursday, 2 March 2017 at the regular time of 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute.

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.



The Decatur Focus is the official newsletter of the City of Decatur. Supported by the City of Decatur, the Decatur Business Association and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, the Focus is published 10 times per year and mailed to every household, business and professional license-holder in the city. January/February and July/August are combined issues.

The Decatur Focus publishes announcements and information about the City of Decatur including city services, downtown development, school news, business news, and news about individual residents and neighborhood associations. The purpose of the newsletter is to promote the city and encourage the exchange of information among residents, business owners, and the school system.

Submissions are encouraged and should be submitted by the first of the month prior to the month of publication (i.e., information that appears in the April issue should be submitted by March 1). The Decatur Focus also accepts advertising. For information about ad rates call 404-371-8386.

Letters to the editor, editorials, or other opinion pieces are not published. All press releases, announcements, and other information received for publication are subject to editing.

Information found in the Focus is also posted on Decatur’s official website. The deadline for submitting articles, announcements, or advertising is the first day of the month preceding publication. Contact: Editor, Decatur Focus, P.O. Box 220, Decatur, GA 30031, 404-371-8386; fax 404-371-1593; email decaturfocus@decaturga.com.

Fayettville Rd

Fayetteville Road storm pipe repairs are scheduled to start Wednesday, March 1, for a duration of three days- weather permitting.  Access to driveways will be maintained for local traffic.  Thru traffic will be redirected in accordance with the detour map.  Questions can be directed to Jennings Bell at (678) 553-6529.

This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Thursday, Feb.  23

Friday, Feb. 24

Saturday, Feb. 25


The City of Decatur will begin storm drainage repairs next week on East Lake Drive between 3rd Ave and Oakview Rd. The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and should last 4 days. This section of East Lake Drive will be open to local traffic only. A detour will be provided for all through traffic. See detour map above. If you have any questions please contact Tony Kemp, Decatur Public Works, at 404-557-3671 or 404-370-4104.

Celebrate Arbor Day in Decatur on February 18th

Join us tomorrow (2/18/17) from 10AM to 1PM to learn about trees, talk to arborists, and help plant trees.

Attendees will also have a chance to meet the City’s new Landscape Infrastructure Coordinator/Arborist Kay Evanovich.  Other area arborists will also be there to talk about trees with residents.  And best of all, residents will be able to take home a free tree seedling! This year, the City is giving away 100 trees on a first come first served basis per household.  There are about 50 Catalpa trees and 50 Redbud trees available.

We hope to see you there.

City of Decatur Recreation Center

231 Sycamore Street, Decatur


Where: Scott Park (behind the recreation center), 231 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us on February 18th to learn about trees, talk to arborists, and help plant trees. You’ll have a chance to meet the City of Decatur’s new Landscape Infrastructure Coordinator/Arborist Kay Evanovich. Other area arborists will also be there to talk about trees with residents. And best of all, residents will be able to take home a free tree seedling!

This year, the City of Decatur is giving away 100 trees on a first come first served basis per household. There are 50 Catalpa trees and 50 Redbud available.

We hope to see you there!

Decatur Active Living’s annual Valentines Dance for 1st – 3rd grade has been moved to the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St, due to an overwhelming response from parents, and limited capacity in the studio room at Ebster Recreation Center. The RSVP list has maxed out; therefore, the location of the dance has been moved to Decatur Rec. in order to accommodate the additional requests to attend for that age group.

Join Core Performance Company at Lunchtime in the Studiodiscuss
Life Interrupted and how Core Performance Company uses performance as a catalyst for social justice dialogue.  This event is FREE!
Reserve your lunch and beverage here. 


Public Works is gearing up for the 2017 Neighborhood Clean-Up days.

The City offer these days once a year to help residents dispose of bulky items that don’t easily fit into Pay-As-You-Throw bags. Each street in the city is assigned to a Saturday between March and June. Dates for the 2017 event are now available.

Neighborhood Clean Up Schedule 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Woodson at sean.woodson@decaturga.com or 404-377-5571.

Collection Times

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

Acceptable Items
• Yard trimmings
• Building materials (not from the work of private contractors)
• Tires
• Furniture
• Appliances (not containing Freon)
• Trash that won’t fit into pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags

Materials we will not collect
• Liquids
• Dirt
• Bricks
• Blocks
• Stone, rocks, or concrete
• Motor vehicle batteries or parts