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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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A message from Captain Violante with the City of Decatur Fire Department:

The City of Decatur and Dekalb County have 2,100 homeless school age children and their families who are in need this winter.  We are asking for your help to assist individuals in need this season. Please donate non-expired food items or a winter coat. The City of Decatur Fire Department will be collecting items until December 19.  All items will go to Decatur Cooperative Ministries as they help families who face homelessness settle into safe, stable homes.

DCM offers comprehensive services helping to prevent, endure, and overcome homelessness. Drop off items at either of the City of Decatur Fire Stations (230 East Trinity Place or 356 West Hill St.), the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore St.), or City Hall (509 N. McDonough St.).

For more information you may call Captain Violante at 678-553-6583 or Decatur Cooperative Ministries at 404-377-5365.

Fire dept food drive

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The results of a project researching diversity in the City of Decatur were presented at a City Commission work session in August. The entire work session is archived and can be viewed here.

 The final written report, Findings on the state of diversity in the City of Decatur, is now available as a PDF.

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Decatur 2014 proposed annexation mapAs part of its 2014 annexation master planning process, the City of Decatur is currently accepting petitions to request annexation as well as requests to not be annexed. To be considered in the upcoming process, all completed petitions are due to the City Manager’s Office by Noon, Monday, October 20.

If you want to learn more about the City of Decatur’s proposed annexation plan, please visit www.decaturga.com/annexation. Here you’ll find the proposed map, answers to FAQs, and a sample petition to request annexation.

The Georgia Municipal Association offers several resources about annexation in the state of Georgia. They are available online here.

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City of Decatur residents have six days to give their feedback (via Open City Hall) about the City of Decatur’s proposed FY2014-2015 budget.

Introduction

The City of Decatur’s Revised 2013-2014 and Proposed 2014-2015 budgets have been presented to the City Commission and is available to the public for review. The City’s budget is scheduled to be voted upon by the City Commission on June 16, 2014.

Do you support or oppose the adoption of this budget by the City Commission? Click here to have your say.

Background

The City Commission is considering balanced budgets that maintain existing service levels at the existing millage rate. Highlights of the proposed budget include:

  • No change in the City millage rate of 13 mills
  • Maintain existing service delivery levels
  • Continued focus on supporting and maintaining quality of life services
  • Implementation of strategic plan priorities
  • Capital improvements – Completion of Beacon Municipal Center
  • 3% merit-based market adjustment for all positions in January 2015
  • 2.5% merit increase for in-step, non-probationary employees
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements
  • Completion of a Unified Land Development Ordinance
  • Support of Decatur’s Kitchen Garden at the United Methodist Children’s Home

The proposed 2014-2015 budget reflects the City’s “vision-based” budgeting process which is guided by the 2010 Strategic Plan and the results of citizen and employee surveys that provide an understanding of the community’s priorities. Five interdepartmental vision-based budgeting teams convened around the four 2010 Strategic Plan principles and one team focused on support of exceptional public service based on innovation, professional expertise and creativity. In addition to descriptive narratives around each strategic plan principle, the budget quantifies how each principle is supported financially.

The proposed 2014-2015 General Fund budget totals $21,830,940. This is $1,177,150 higher than the adopted 2013-2014 budget of $20,653,790. The proposed 2014-2015 budget anticipates contributing $769,930 to fund balance. This would result in a remaining fund balance of approximately $5,862,150 at June 30, 2015 or approximately 27% of the operating budget. The City’s financial policies recommend maintaining a fund balance between 20-30% of the operating budget.

Overall, the budget combines conservative revenue estimates, prudent expenditure requests, responsible use of fund balance and a commitment to the city’s strategic plan and long-term vision.

For more detailed information about the proposed budget and City priorities, you can visit the City’s budget resources page.

A summary of the budget and descriptions of projects and programs can be found in these three documents:

City Manager’s Budget Message (180 KB PDF file)
Budget Narrative (2.3 MB PDF file)
Summary of Fund Budgets (1.9 MB PDF file)

Do you support or oppose the adoption of this budget by the City Commission? Click here to have your say.

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Spend the weekend checking out the Lexicon of Sustainability artwork (photo above) at the Decatur Visitors Center and on the walls at Leon’s, Cakes & Ale, Chai Pani, and Farm Burger. Make sure to pick up a punch card at any of the five locations and the four participating restaurants will provide you with a weekly treat on Tuesdays in June.

Souper Jenny brings back its famous Lobster Rolls this Saturday for the rest of the summer (every Saturday). Also, the shop is also now carrying daily pressed juices from its sister store, Juicy Jenny.

The Pinewood is hosting its popular Alchemy Cocktail Class this Saturday at 4pm. Sign up here.

Join Decatur Active Living this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for the kick off of the 2014 Summer Youth Baseball league at McKoy Park, 1006 Adams Street.

‘Last Call’ Closing Reception of the Decatur Arts Festival Fine Arts Exhibit is Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Selected artists will give a brief discussion about their works.

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Make it a Camp-tastic Summer with City of Decatur summer camps!  Many camps are full and filling up for the summer season (June 2 – August 1) but there are still some spaces available.  Be sure to pick up the March Playbook and visit WebTrac to see which camps have room for your camper. Questions? Call 404-378-1082 to speak with Children and Youth Services staff.

Check out the following Camp-tastic camps:

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The contractor for Phase II of the 315 West Ponce construction project will be working this Saturday, May 10, to re-stripe the road according to the plan below. For the remainder of the project (approximately one year, or until May 2015) all vehicular traffic for the office will enter and exit off West Ponce de Leon. The drive through ATM will remain open. Construction staging and deliveries will be off of West Ponce de Leon.

The City of Decatur will collect traffic counts throughout the neighborhood in late May of this year through a private consultant. Also in late May, a landscaping meeting and Phase II construction timeline meeting will be scheduled.

Please contact Amanda Thompson, City of Decatur Planning Director, with any questions at 678.553.6513 or amanda.thompson@decaturga.com.315 Traffic Staging Plan May2014

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Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross, Community Information & Education Officer for the City of Decatur Police Department, shares the following information: 

On 04/20/14, Decatur Police responded to a residential burglary in the 100 block of Springdale Street.  The victim reported the burglary occurred between 9am-9 pm.  Entry was made by breaking a sliding glass door.  Electronics were taken.

On 04/22/14, Decatur Police responded to a residential burglary in the 500 block of Nelson Ferry Road.  The victim reported the burglary occurred between 12pm-7pm.  Entry was made by kicking in a rear door.  Electronics and bicycles were taken.  Based on the size and amount of items taken the suspect(s) were most likely in a vehicle.

No police department can function effectively without the concerned assistance of community members. There is no way for officers to know where approximately 20,000 residents live and who or what vehicles normally come and go from individual homes.  The police are dependent on you to call whenever you observe suspicious persons, activities or motor vehicles.

We sometimes fail to call the police simply because we are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Other times we may notice suspicious activity and be hesitant to call for fear of seeming nosey or rude. Sometimes we assume someone else saw or heard something and already called.  Call the police immediately about all suspicious activity and do it yourself, anonymously if you wish. You may have more information than another caller. Do not worry about bothering the police or being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Officers can quickly check out a person who may end up being a repair worker or friend who stopped by unexpectedly and make sure everything is okay.  Think of what might have happened if you didn’t call.

HOW DO I IDENTIFY A SUSPICIOUS PERSON AS SUSPICIOUS?

People aren’t suspicious, behavior is.  Although we say “suspicious person” or “suspicious vehicle”, it is in fact the behavior that is suspicious.

–       Do you see someone you do not recognize loitering on a neighbor’s property or going to/coming from the side or rear of the house?

–       Do you see a vehicle in your neighbor’s driveway, especially backed-in, that you do not recognize or at a time when nobody is usually home? 

–       Do you see person(s) going door to door, especially if they go to the side or rear of the house?

–       Do you see someone waiting or loitering near a neighbor’s house, looking around as though they are trying to check to see if anyone is watching them?

–       Do you hear glass breaking or the striking, banging noise caused by a door being kicked in?

–       Do you see the same unknown vehicle circulating the area, driving slowly, stopping in front of your neighbor’s houses?

REMINDER: The Decatur Police Department will be hosting a burglary prevention presentation to provide an accurate overview of trends and methods seen in Decatur, show you what products and methods are available to reinforce common entry points and to provide prevention tips from a former burglar to help you make your home a less desirable target.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

There is NO COST to attend. To reserve a seat for the presentation, click here or contact Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross at 678-553-6613.

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There are 15 days left to weigh in about the updated tree ordinance draft on Open City Hall. The question is “Do you support the adoption of the UPDATED Tree Conservation Ordinance?” You can select from “Strongly Support, Support, Neutral, Oppose, Strongly Oppose” and also have the option to submit a written statement.

What is Open City Hall?

Open City Hall is an on-line forum for civic engagement. Read what others are saying about important Decatur topics, then post your own statement. City officials will read the statements and incorporate them into their decision process.

When you post your first statement, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is only used to identify statements from residents in and near Decatur – so that users know which statements are from local residents.

Open City Hall is run by Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company whose mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. They will keep your information confidential per their strict privacy policy.

As with any public comment process, participation in Open City Hall is voluntary; city officials will consider input from this forum along with all other channels for participation. However you choose to participate, thanks for helping us build a better Decatur.

Share your opinion about the updated tree conservation ordinance right now, online

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