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It’s time to pull out your best Halloween decorations, dress up your home or business in the colors and traditions of the season, and enter the Halloween Decorating Contest. Submit a photo of your best decor talents to Jackie Moore at jacqueline.moore@decaturga.com by Friday, October 23 and be sure to include your name and address in the email.

To vote for your favorite entry, visit our website by Sunday, October 25. Winners will be posted on the Decatur Minute blog and the Decorate Decatur Facebook page. Special yard signs will be posted in the yards of winners to display for Halloween.

The winner of the Commissioners Cauldron will be announced at the City Commission meeting on Monday, November 2! #DecorateDecatur

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The deadline to complete and return your household’s 2020 Census form has been extended until October 31. By responding to the 2020 Census each resident ensures that Georgians receive their appropriate share of over $675 billion in federal aid that is distributed to state and local governments using census numbers every year. These monies support a host of projects that are instrumental in keeping us safe and improving our quality of life right here at home. Census data is also used for federal, state, and local funding distributions, intergovernmental agreements drawing state and federal legislative districts, school districts, and congressional reapportionment.

If you have not already submitted your information, here are the ways to get counted:

1. Enter your information online at My 2020 Census (You don’t have to know your Census ID number to complete the form and languages other than English are available.)

2. Call the 2020 Census hotline at 844-330-2020 (Languages other than English are available.)

3. Return the paper form you received in the mail back in October 31st.

4. Stop by the City’s information tent on Friday, October 16th from 5pm to 8pm during the FAB Friday event on the Decatur Square to complete the form on a mobile device.

Speaking of FAB Friday, residents of Census Tract 226.02 (area shaded blue) should stop by the info tent to claim their prize for being the tract with the greatest percentage increase during the City Commissioner’s Census Tract Challenge back in September. 300 t-shirts are available so it’s first come, first served.

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The Decatur Strategic Plan is ramping back up! We’d like to continue hearing from you but you’ll have to let your creativity loose. Just grab some sidewalk chalk and answer this question with drawings or words on your sidewalk or driveway: “How can Decatur ensure a high quality of life for all?” Snap a photo, post to Facebook or Instagram with #decatur2030 so we see what you come up with. Happy Chalking!

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The City of Decatur is undergoing a communications audit and your input is needed. Please provide your feedback to consultants here by Oct. 23. Contact Renae Madison, renae.madison@decaturga.com, with any questions.

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Have you reviewed and commented on Decatur’s draft Storm Water Master Plan? Well, now is the time! We’re down to the final week of our month-long public comment period so make sure we hear from you by Friday, October 2. Visit the link below to provide your input:

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Trees Atlanta still has several great varieties of trees and plants left to choose from – including beautiful oaks. Online ordering will officially close on September 30 at 1:00 PM.

Orders will be available for pickup on Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, October 4 from 9:00 AM to noon. Please check your email for order pickup instructions after ordering.
 
If you’ve already placed an order, make sure you’ve selected a time slot here to pick your order up (unless you selected to have your items delivered).  

If you want to shop their remaining selection in person, they’ll be offering a Second Chance Sale at Freedom Farmers Market at The Carter Center on Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Selection and quantities are limited, and many items typically sell out within the first few hours.

If you share your newest additions with your friends and family on social media, be sure to tag @treesatlanta.

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We’re in this together, masking up makes a difference.

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There is still time to submit your response to the US Census Bureau to be counted in the 2020 Census. Between now and next Wednesday, September 30, complete your household’s form by going to https://my2020census.gov/, calling 844-330-2020 or mailing in your form.

Don’t forget we are in a city to city challenge with Avondale Estates. Avondale Estates currently has a self-response rate of 74.9%. We currently stand at 74.2%. If we lose, the City Commissioners will have to sport Avondale Estates logo wear and we’ll have to hang a banner on Decatur City Hall announcing that Avondale Estates is better. I doubt anyone wants to see that happen. Help us with a come from behind win!

Remember, Every One Counts.

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The Decatur City Commission will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, Sept. 28. Did you know you can get the latest #DecaturGA news and updates like this directly to your mobile phone? Just text CODAlerts to 313131 to join the list! #HappeningInDecaturGA

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Well it looks like a rumble folks! Maybe even a skirmish! A “friendly competition” you ask? Yesterday Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur and Mayor Jonathan Elmore of Avondale Estates met at the border and things did not go well. In a heated exchange they were heard criticizing each other’s noise ordinances and threatening to arm wrestle over public art. But the real point of contention was about who would have a higher response rate in the 2020 Census. So here today at this hour the challenge is being levied by the City of Decatur to its neighbor of Avondale Estates – try your best to beat our response rate by the end of the counting period on 9/30/2020. This one’s worth fighting for!

Our two fine DeKalb County gem cities are neck in neck right now with their census response rates (Decatur = 74.1% and Avondale Estates = 74.6%). Does Avondale Estates “have the right stuff” to best its longtime friend and neighbor, the City of Decatur? That’s the question on the table, dear residents, and we know who’s ready to be counted! Much is at stake and iron sharpens iron.

What do we win?

Here’s the deal, every person counts! By responding to the census each resident ensures that Georgians receive their appropriate share of over $675 billion in federal aid that is distributed to state and local governments using Census numbers every year. These monies support a host of projects that are instrumental in keeping us safe and improving our quality of life right here at home. Census data is also used for federal, state, and local funding distributions, intergovernmental agreements drawing state and federal legislative districts, school districts, and congressional reapportionment. As a result of the 2010 population count, Georgia gained a congressional seat. The 2010 Census yielded a count of 9,687,653 people in Georgia and provided the state with $15.88 billion. Each Georgian that participated in the 2010 Census effectively brought $1,639.10 to the state.

What do we really win?

Decatur will certainly win some bragging rights first and foremost. The details of the championship prize(s) are being worked out now. Ideas are welcome! If they lose should Avondale Estates have to brew a craft beer and name it after us – a 30030 IPA? Or if Decatur loses we may have to hang a large banner at City Hall congratulating Avondale Estates and our mayor will have to post on social media a top 10 list of her favorite things about their city. Let’s not make her do that!

Let’s get started!

Here’s how we win this thing and also meet our stretch goal for the 2020 Census!

1. Visit 2020census.gov to find out everything you need to know and to respond for your household 2. Visit https://countallkids.org/fixing-an-incorrect-census-submission/ if you need instructions on how to make changes to the response you already submitted

3. Share the link widely through your network via any social media channels you use

4. Place a sign in your yard to alert neighbors to the Census count

5. Visit www.decaturga.com/census find out more and help us super charge the census count the City of Decatur

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