UMCH Aprl 30 Meeting

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The Decatur community took another step forward in the master planning process for the former United Methodist Children’s Home property – arriving at a single, unified concept for the 77 acre site’s future uses and programming.

Click here for details and to hear the June 26 presentation.

 UMCH Meeting



A revised draft of the East Lake MARTA Station LCI Study, responsive to neighboring concerns voiced during an additional round of community input meetings, is now complete and ready for review in advance of consideration by Decatur’s Planning Commission and City Commission.

Read about the changes that occurred and access the final document here.

The revised draft is the final draft that will be presented to the Planning Commission on August 14. The City Commission will consider it on August 20.



Beginning July 2, the City of Decatur Sanitation department will be collecting comingled and glass recycling. We will no longer be using a private contractor to provide this service.

What does this mean for you?

Your recycling collection will remain on the same day as your scheduled sanitation day. Please continue to separate your glass recycling from the comingled recyclables. See below for what can and cannot be recycled.

Potential Impacts

While your collection day remains the same, the time when your recycling is collected may change.  . Please be patient during the transition period. If your recycling has not been picked up by 3:30 pm on your recycling collection day, please contact the Public Works Department at 404-377-5571 or sanitation@decaturga.com.

Glass Recycling Bins

All glass must now be placed in a red recycling bin. You may use your existing red bin or request one by contacting the Public Works Department at 404-377-5571 or sanitation@decaturga.com.




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The City of Decatur has been recognized as one of 10 cities selected by the National Civic League (NCL) for the 2018 All-America City Award (AAC). The National Civic League presented this honor to recognize Decatur’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.


NCL President Doug Linkhart explains the importance of using inclusive civic engagement: “These finalist communities are building local capacity to solve problems and improve their quality of life.” Projects submitted by Decatur included the Better Together Initiative, Community Policing, and the I Am Decatur project, a collection of portraits and stories from a diverse cross-section of the community who make Decatur the city it is.


Other winning communities include:

Springdale, AR, Stockton, CA, Longmont, CO, Las Vegas, NV, Charlotte, SC, Kershaw County, SC, Mount Pleasant, SC, El Paso, TX and San Antonio, TX.

All-America City Awards

All applicants submitted their community-wide work on equity and civic engagement and three projects for consideration. Finalist communities presented their projects and their communities to a jury. Decatur’s presentation demonstrated the results of the Better Together Community Action Plan, the Police department’s intentional focus on community engagement and training, and the I Am Decatur portraits and stories that represent the diverse backgrounds and lifestyles of community members.


To learn more about these projects visit:

Better Together: decaturga.com/better-together-community-action-plan

Community Policing: decaturga.com/pdstrategicplan

I Am Decatur: iamdecatur.com


To view the presentation visit https://www.facebook.com/decaturga/

Photos by Beate Sass from the I Am Decatur collection.

Photos by Beate Sass from the I Am Decatur collection.


Innovation, inclusion, connection – What makes Decatur your All-America City? The City of Decatur is a finalist for the National Civic League’s prestigious All-America City Award, which recognizes the work of communities using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and bring all voices to the table. Representatives from the city are in Denver now to present the Better Together community action plan, community policing strategic plan, and the I Am Decatur project. Check out these initiatives and cheer Decatur on! Tune in for Facebook Live streaming from the awards ceremony tomorrow at 1:40 p.m.



The City of Decatur's delegation at the 2018 All-America City Awards

The City of Decatur’s delegation at the 2018 All-America City Awards


Learn more about the National Civic League and the All-America City Award here.


Photo by @brittkall on Instagram


Decatur Days of Summer are officially here – and we want to see how you celebrate them! We’re asking our community to share local summer-fun photos with the hashtag #decaturdaysofsummer on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and enter to win sweet City of Decatur swag from now until Labor Day (Sept. 3). Get out there and show us your favorite hang-outs, scenes, shops, patio dining spots, double-scoops with sprinkles on top… allll the summer vibes!


Official rules:

1. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the list of users that submit their #decaturdaysofsummer photos to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Entry begins at 12 p.m. on 6/21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. 9/3.

2. Submitted photos may be shared, with credit for the photographer, by the City of Decatur across social media streams.

3. Contest winner will be notified via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter post or private message. Contest winner must be able to pick up their prize at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

4. The City of Decatur is not responsible for any issues or problems that arise after the winner claims their prize.

No purchase required.

The odds of winning are subject to the number of users that submit #decaturdaysofsummer photos.

By submission of an entry, or participation in this contest, each entrant or participant agrees that they hereby waive, release, and forever discharge, the City of Decatur, Georgia, and Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, actions, and causes of action of every nature and kind, arising out of their use of Facebook/Instagram/Twitter in this contest.

This contest is sponsored solely by the City of Decatur, Georgia, and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.

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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The impact

The City of Decatur, ChargePoint LLC, and Craft Electric & Maintenance will be installing Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations — one in the North McDonough parking loop in downtown Decatur, one in the Oakhurst Village — beginning Thursday, June 9 (downtown) and Monday, June 11 (Oakhurst).

Dates are subject to change based on weather and related circumstances. Installation of both stations should take about one week.

Once installed, each station will be able to serve two parking spaces. For the first year of operation, there will be no charge for the electricity at these stations. However, vehicles will still be subject to the existing two-hour parking limit and regular downtown parking fees for the North McDonough station.

How to manage

Minor impacts to on-street parking are expected at both locations during construction, though vehicle circulation should remain unaffected.

For more information and updates visit decaturmakeover.com.

The June test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (6/6/18) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 7 June 2018.

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.


Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March-June, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for June 9 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Winnona Park Neighborhood–
S. Columbia Drive
Commerce Drive (RR Underpass to S. Columbia)
Conway Road
Avery Street
Hilldale Drive
Winnona Drive
Poplar Circle
Bucher Drive
Derrydown Way
Heatherdown Road
Shadowmoor Drive
Inman Drive
Missionary Court
Candler Oaks Lane
Kirk Road
Kirk Crossing
Mimosa Drive
Mimosa Place
Missionary Drive
Oldfield Road
McKinnon Drive (Decatur Only)
Midway Road
Clarke Hill Subdivision

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.