Posts Tagged ‘Happening in Decatur GA’

The DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections has approved the following polling place changes for the November 3, 2020 General Election and any following Runoff elections. These changes are necessary because the regular polling locations for these precincts are not available or are no longer able to accommodate indoor social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete list of polling locations for both Advanced Voting and Election Day voting can be found online at DeKalbVotes.com. Be sure to double-check your precinct location by logging into mvp.sos.ga.gov.

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Are you interested in learning more about the development of the plan to address the CSD’s Senior Homestead exemption? If so, please plan to virtually attend this Board Work Session with the Senior Homestead Exemption committee coming up this Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm. Information on how to join the zoom call or how to call into the meeting can be found below. For more about this process, please visit https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/4212.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time Link to Webinar:  https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/91242530790

Meeting ID: 912 425 30790 One tap mobile +1646.558.8656, 912 425 30790# US (NY)

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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 2nd Annual Great Georgia Pollinator Census happens this Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, and YOU can be a part of it. Participating is fun and easy, and only takes 15 minutes. Simply pick a pollinator plant, observe it for 15 minutes, and count the number of pollinating insects which visit it, recording your observations on a counting sheet (downloadable sheets are available here). When you’re finished, upload your data to the GGAPC website.

Don’t worry if you can’t tell a honey bee from a bumble bee! GGAPC’s available Insect Counting and Identification Guide gives detailed instructions on counting and photo examples for classification, which is helpful, since there are more than 500 bee species in Georgia. Your insect observations get categorized into one of eight categories:

  • Bumble bees
  • Carpenter bees
  • Small bees
  • Honey bees
  • Wasps
  • Flies
  • Butterflies and moths
  • Other insects

Still not sure how to count? Here’s a link to quick video primer on how the Great Georgia Pollinator Census works:  https://vimeo.com/444310448

Last year, during the inaugural count, some 4,500 participants documented more than 131,000 insect sightings, and more than 100 events related to the project took place around the state. This year’s count may look a bit different with social distancing recommendations in place, but organizers are encouraging participants to plan on counting pollinators at home, whether solo or with their families.

The event is the brainchild of the UGA Extension Service. The data you collect will provide pollinator researchers at UGA with vital information that will help them better understand pollinator populations around our state.

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If you have not responded to the 2020 Census yet, you may receive a visit from a Census taker. Here’s how to identify a Census taker:

  • Time of Day – Census takers will begin home visits on August 11th between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • ID Badge – Ask for official Census Bureau Identification
  • Vehicle Identification – An “Official Business” notice will be placed on the vehicle
  • Smart Device – Census takers will carry an iPhone to record information
  • Laptop Bag – Census takers will carry a laptop bag to hold necessary materials
  • Wear a Mask – Census takers are required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet social distancing

An official Census taker will never ask for: your Social Security number, bank account of credit card numbers, anything on behalf of a political party or for money or donation.

If you would like to avoid an in-person visit, take the Census by phone at 844-330-2020 or online.

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As of August 4th, the City’s self-response response rate to the 2020 Census has increased to 72%. We are now ranked 14th in the State, a drop of 5 spots since April. Our goal as a community is to reach 90%.

Responding to the Census is critical to the City (as well as DeKalb County and the State of Georgia) because the results help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into the community every year for the next ten years.

In the next few weeks, you may see Census workers out and about in the City, trying to connect with households that have yet to respond. If you are not interested in receiving a visit from a Census employee, take 10 minutes or so to complete & mail back the paper form you received in March, enter your information online at https://my2020census.gov/ or call the Census hotline at 844-330-2020.

And as the Census Bureau just announced that it will be ending the self-response process as well as its field data collection process on September 30, 2020 instead of on October 31, 2020, it’s now more important than ever to send in your information because Every. One. Counts.

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Circumstances permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will begin resurfacing Scott Boulevard this week. The work is one part of a larger paving project along State Route 8 (SR8) from the Gwinnett County line to Moreland Avenue in Atlanta. The Decatur segment of the project includes milling, re-surfacing and re-striping of Scott Boulevard. Milling and paving is expected to take 6-8 weeks, depending on the weather.

Work is planned for nights between 8 pm and 6 am, starting on Sunday evenings and extending through Thursday. No work is planned for Fridays unless there are weather delays during the week. Scott Boulevard will remain open during the work but there will be lane closures and traffic delays should be expected. For updates on this project and others, visit decaturmakeover.com.

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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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Beginning Monday, May 4, the collection of yard waste will resume. The health and protection of our employees and community are our top priority. We want to make sure they can do their job safely and return home to their families safely. Conserving our resources now will help ensure that we have the capacity to pick up everybody’s garbage and recycling in the future. Check our website often for any updates at decaturga.com/yard-waste.

Yard Waste Collection Requirements

· Yard trimmings must be placed into single-use yard waste bags or a container no larger than 32- gallons.

· Bundles of sticks, hedge clippings, and small brush must be securely tied and not exceed 4 feet in length or 50 pounds.

Given the highly dynamic response to this pandemic, we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation very closely and adjust our services as circumstances dictate.

Please stay safe and thanks for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

General Information:

Sanitation Requirements

· Set Out Time. All garbage, trash, recyclables, yard trimmings, furniture and appliances for collection must be ready for collection by 7:30 a.m. on collection day. (See code section 82-34 (e) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.) Arrival times will vary due to many conditions, but no collector will arrive before 7:30 a.m.

· Containers on the Curb. Refuse and recycling containers may be not placed at the curb before 5 p.m. the day before collection and must be removed from the curb by midnight on collection day. (See code section 82-34 (f) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.)

· For more information regarding sanitation requirements, see code Section 82-43 in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.

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