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During last night’s meeting, Decatur City Commission approved an amended meeting schedule moving the second September meeting back to its regular third Monday, Sept. 21 as it no longer conflicts with the City Schools of Decatur Fall Break (which has been canceled). Meetings are currently conducted online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings are also streamed live on the website. Visit decaturga.com/citycommission for meeting details and to register for alerts.

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Labor Day weekend is here but you don’t have to miss out if you #MaskUpDecatur! Let’s do our part to get #GetGeorgiaWell.

Photo Credit: Get Georgia Well

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When you’re in public, wear a mask that covers your nose AND mouth to help protect others and slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn how to wear your mask correctly. https://bit.ly/2XdSp61.

Info via the Centers of Disease Control

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Earlier this month, the Decatur City Commission approved an artistic painting of ‘Black Lives Matter’ on North McDonough Street. Three Black artists have committed to developing designs, one artist per word, and to oversee the painting by community members. The artists are: George F. Baker III, Petie Parker, and Sharanda Wilburn.

The painting is scheduled to occur Saturday, August 22 on North McDonough between Trinity Place and Howard Avenue. We’re inviting the community to sign up for volunteer shifts to paint each letter here.

The number of volunteers per shift will be limited and there will be strict safety protocols in place including requirements for physical distancing of non-household members, mask use and disinfecting of supplies.

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While times are still uncertain, Mayor Patti Garrett provides community updates on current City services and how we can work together to effectively flatten our curve.

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The City of Decatur is the seat of DeKalb County, where infection and deaths from COVID-19 continue to increase. In an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, we hope to achieve the comprehensive use of masks and facial coverings through voluntary compliance. The Decatur City Commission encourages you to #MaskUpDecatur.

Except for limited exceptions, all persons entering a business, a store or a non-profit that provides goods or services must wear a mask or facial covering while inside the establishment. All such establishments must require their employees to wear a mask or facial covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.

Consistent with other cities’ approach, the Decatur ordinance does not require the wearing of masks or facial coverings in all outdoor public places. However, all are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor environments throughout the City where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained (i.e., at least six feet away from others not in the same household). #StaySafeDecatur

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The Decatur City Commission has unanimously approved a local ordinance requiring individuals to wear masks and protective coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ordinance O-20-09 was adopted during a special called meeting on Friday morning, July 10, 2020. The ordinance is effective starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, and will remain in place until midnight on August 17, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, or amended by the City Commission.

The purpose of the ordinance is to help prevent infection by reducing the community spread of COVID-19, a highly contagious and dangerous disease.

The City hopes to achieve the comprehensive use of masks and facial coverings through voluntary compliance. Complimentary masks will be provided to individuals who need them, along with an explanation of the critical need for masks to be worn during the pandemic. Verbal and written warnings will be given as necessary. However, there are civil penalties provided for in the ordinance, starting at limits of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $100 for the third and successive offenses.

Visit decaturga.com/covid19 to view the ordinance in its entirety. #StaySafeDecatur

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The City Commission will hold a Special Called Meeting this Friday, July 10 at 9 a.m. Please note that due to the Public Health State of Emergency this meeting will be held remotely.

There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend. We encourage members of the public to access the meeting in one of two ways:

  1. View the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
  2. Register in advance to participate through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95567743756. Access instructions will be provided in advance of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (The 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link.)

If you are unable to participate in the virtual meeting, you may email your “public comments” on agenda items by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 to: Andrea Arnold, City Manager, andrea.arnold@decaturga.com.

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Recognizing the need to govern the City while also following the guidance from public health officials for responsible social distancing, at their Monday, March 16 meeting, the Decatur City Commissioners will limit their participation to a quorum of three City Commission members, encourage community members to watch the meeting live online and submit any questions and comments to be considered at the meeting to the City Manager in advance of the meeting.  Mayor Patti Garrett stated, “We are taking the guidance for social distancing seriously and encourage all residents to do the same in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
For future City Commission meetings, the City plans to have technology in place to allow community members to participate remotely during the meetings.  The Mayor has been working closely with State officials, the Georgia Municipal Association, DeKalb County, the DeKalb County Health Department, and the Mayors in the DeKalb Municipal Association to ensure a coordinated community effort to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Mayor Garrett will provide more detail about the City’s coordinated response during Monday’s City Commission meeting.

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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.

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