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Register to join the Better Together Advisory Board and the City of Decatur for the second installment of our 2020 Anti-Racism Speaker Series. The Speaker Series seeks to mine the knowledge and wisdom of numerous thought leaders to challenge and inspire our community to take actionable steps to instill anti-racism throughout our norms and practices. Don’t miss this Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. where we’ll hear from the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Dr. Catherine Meeks. Visit decaturga.com/speakerseries to register for this session and the upcoming speakers.

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The Better Together Advisory Board and the City of Decatur announces an Anti-Racism Speaker Series designed to generate awareness of equity concerns in the city and to hold the city and community accountable for meeting established goals and implementing policies to achieve the aspiration of being an inclusive, equitable and just city.

The Speaker Series seeks to mine the knowledge and wisdom of numerous thought leaders to challenge and inspire our community to take actionable steps to instill anti-racism throughout our norms and practices. Join us next Thursday, August 27 at noon as we kick off the series with internationally known teacher, lecturer, and diversity trainer, Jane Elliot. Register here for this session and visit decaturga.com/speakerseries for upcoming speakers.

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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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We are at a moment in time when numerous conversations around racial injustice in our nation and in our community are happening. Many have acknowledged this is a time for listening, while others have focused on the need for action. Toward both of those ends, the Better Together Advisory Board is soliciting feedback from the Decatur community to better inform city officials about what is needed to improve racial equity in Decatur. We would appreciate if you would answer the survey questions and complete the demographic information.

The deadline to submit feedback is Monday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_9218

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We are at a moment in time when numerous conversations around racial injustice in our nation and in our community are happening. Many have acknowledged this is a time for listening, while others have focused on the need for action. Toward both of those ends, the Better Together Advisory Board is soliciting feedback from the Decatur community to better inform city officials about what is needed to improve racial equity in Decatur. We would appreciate if you would answer the survey questions and complete the demographic information.

The deadline to submit feedback is Monday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_9218

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As we prepare to observe Independence Day on Monday, July 6 this is a friendly neighborhood reminder of the holiday scheduling for City of Decatur Solid Waste and Recycling Services: Regular services for Monday will be on Tuesday, July 7 and regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, July 8.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is rapidly increasing in DeKalb and across Georgia. Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask when you go outside, practice social distancing, stay home when possible and wash or sanitize your hands often. Testing is available and encouraged. For testing locations go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.

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Decatur City Buildings Remain Closed to Public Until Further Notice

In order to continue to protect the health and safety of our employees and community, City of Decatur office buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Sanitation

Trash and recycling pickup remains curbside only during this time. Please call 404-377-5571 if you are unable to bring your trash to the curb.

Municipal Court

Municipal court sessions are canceled through mid-August. All court sessions have been rescheduled for at least 60-90 days out. Court staff will contact defendants via mail with new court dates. Defendants for court sessions related to the School Bus Crossing Arm will be contacted by American Traffic Solutions via mail with new hearing dates.  However, the ability to pay a citation online remains available in most cases.  Continue to check the city’s website for updated and on-going information regarding court operations. You may also contact the court at 678-553-6655.

Visitors Center

Decatur Visitors Center is closed until further notice.

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Ebster Recreation Center, Decatur Recreation Center, McKoy Skate Park, Legacy Park gym and Decatur pools (including Oakhurst Indoor pool) remain closed until further notice.

The City of Decatur is gathering information to determine if and how we can open the pools this summer and still provide a safe environment for swimmers and employees. We are looking at ways we may need to make adjustments such as the number of people in and around the pools and necessary cleaning procedures. At the same time, we are paying close attention to the rate of new infections as a result of the new guidelines around the revised Stay At Home Order before making a determination.

City of Decatur public parks (including dog parks) are open, however, all playgrounds remain closed until further notice. Adherence to the following guidelines is imperative to protect the safety and health of our community:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, and avoid public parks and other public spaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet away from others or you may be asked to leave the park.
  • Do not engage in contact sports or games, such as playground soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Bring hand sanitizer as bathrooms are closed.
  • Bring water as water fountains are temporarily unavailable.
  • Pavilions are open but large group gatherings are prohibited.

Tennis courts reopened Monday, June 15. You must call 404-377-7231 to make a reservation. Tennis Center hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Masks will be required to enter Glenlake Tennis Center.

Virtual activities are available through the Virtual Rec Center. Virtual classes for adults and youth will begin in July. Click here to access these activities.

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Changes in Decatur Polling Locations

Five of the 7 polling locations in the City of Decatur are unavailable for the June 9th Primary Election. If you plan to vote in person on Primary Election Day, please review the temporary locations.

The Clairemont West and Decatur polling locations have not changed. Voters will still go to the Church at Decatur Heights (Clairemont West) or Evergreen Baptist Church (Decatur) to cast their ballots.

To confirm your poll’s location, check out the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

If you have questions, contact DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections at voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-298-4020.

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