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Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 7, 2021.

The City of Decatur requests all property owners prune their trees and shrubs to clear the sidewalks and streets. This will make it safer for pedestrians and keep your trees from being damaged by trucks and cars.

Information on how to prune can be obtained from City Arborist Kay Evanovich at kay.evanovich@decaturga.com or 404.377.6198.

There is still time for rising 9th through 12th grade students to apply for the 2021-2022 Decatur Youth Council (DYC) leadership program. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 28.

The program is open to students who live within the city limits of Decatur and attend public, private, and home-based schools. DYC members volunteer, plan projects and events, and serve as an advisory board for local government.

The Application of Interest is available at https://www.decaturga.com/bc-dyc.

For more information contact staff liaison Meredith Roark at Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com.

Meetings

  • City Commission Meeting| Monday, July 19 @ 7:30 p.m. (online and in-person)

Note: This meeting will be the first to utilize new virtual meeting technology. Please be patient with us as we work through any issues that we may encounter. If your participation must be a matter of public record, attend the meeting in person or email your comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold at andrea.arnold@decaturga.com by 5 p.m. Monday, July 19.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details. 

 Events

  • Decatur Architectural Walking Tours | Tuesday, July 20 • 9- 10:15 a.m. & 7- 8:15 p.m.

Join DeKalb History Center for a tour that explores the floor plans, house and architectural styles of some of Decatur’s historic gems, spanning from 1830-1965. This tour is outdoors with a total walking distance of one mile, and lasts about an hour and a half. The start and end point will be the Historic DeKalb Courthouse.

Tickets are $5 for members (in person) and $10 for non-members (in person). Visit dekalbhistory.org to purchase tickets.

  • Tai Chi on the Square  | Tuesday, July 20 @ 9 a.m.

  • Wednesday Walks with Special Guest | Wednesday, July 21 @ 9 a.m. (meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center)

  • Maculelê-Capoeira Academy Decatur: Free Samba + Intro to Capoeira Open House | Friday, July 23 @ 7:30 p.m. at Core Studios. Visit capoeiraatlanta.com/ for additional details.

Reminders

Meetings

  • Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting| Friday, July 16 @ 9 a.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details. 

 Events

  • Hops at the History Center: A Scenic Georgia Sketchbook July 12 • 6-7 p.m.

Join DeKalb History Center for the first Hops at the History Center of the year! Author Ronald R. Huffman will be talking about his new book, A Scenic Georgia Sketchbook, Landmarks & Wonders from the Back Roads.

Take a look at Georgia’s architectural treasures through the lens of an architect’s sketchbook. Ronald R. Huffman captures the splendor of more than eighty buildings and landmarks throughout Georgia with a precise hand while sharing anecdotes and back stories behind each place. With this book, Huffman hopes to record each place in time to preserve the beauty and context before they are lost to time or progress.

Tickets are $5 for members (in person), $10 for non-members (in person), and $5 for virtual only. Drink tickets will be available for $5. Visit dekalbhistory.org to purchase tickets.

  • Tai Chi on the Square  | Tuesday, July 13 @ 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday Walks with Special Guest | Wednesday, July 14 @ 9 a.m. (meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center)
  • 3rd Friday Bike Ride | Friday, July 16 @ 6:30 p.m. (meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center)
  • Maculelê-Capoeira Academy Decatur: Free Belly Dance Workshop | 7:30 p.m. at Core Studios. Visit capoeiraatlanta.com/ for additional details.

Reminders

  • Decatur 2020 Strategic Draft Plan Review. An initial draft of the 2020 Strategic Plan is now available. Everyone in the community, whether you’re new to the process or have participated since the beginning, is encouraged to provide final thoughts on the emerging plan.

Visit https://decatur2030.com/dsp-draft-ready-for-community-review/?fbclid=IwAR037tF46KQP_9lvG0veR6SoJ8oxWOgtUVRCXbUBGmjFnzaJhJKjQwJZe6I for online review and commenting. The draft will remain open until July 23.

  • Afterschool Counselor (Part-Time) Positions Available. Are you or anyone you know looking for opportunities to make a difference while having fun and getting paid? Join the City of Decatur Children & Youth Services division as an Afterschool Counselor. Counselors lead enriching activities for children in school buildings across the city of Decatur with an emphasis on leadership, social emotional learning, STEAM and cultural competence. The role begins July 27-30, 2021 with orientation and then starts with school on August 3, 2021.  Schedules are 2-6:15 pm or 2:30-6:15 pm M-F on school days from August through May with some additional hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year for meetings and professional development. The pay rate is $12 or $13/hour DOQ.

How to Apply- Visit decaturga.com/hr/page/current-job-opportunities to apply online.



After 18 months of community conversation we now have a full draft of the 2020 Strategic Plan for your review and comment — now through July 23, after which a final revised draft will work its way toward consideration by the City Commission. Visit www.decatur2030.com to provide your input.

Due to the uncertainty in the weather forecast for the next few days, the monthly test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System has been cancelled.

The monthly test will resume on Wednesday, August 4th at 5:00 p.m.

This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for the Fourth of July holiday, Monday, July 5.

Regular trash and recycling service for Monday will be on Tuesday, July 6; regular service for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, July 7. The complete 2020-2021 schedule may be found at www.decaturga.com/sanitation.

A message from DeKalb County Board of Health:

They are back with a vengeance and an appetite that leaves its tell-tale mark. With recent rains, mosquitoes are out and reproducing in a location near you with standing water. The good news is that the DeKalb County Board of Health’s summer mosquito surveillance team is already at work.

To monitor for diseases that mosquitoes can transmit to humans, the Board of Health recently deployed mosquito traps throughout the county. Although the traps are in areas with little foot traffic, someone coming upon one can easily identify it by its red and white sign.

Once mosquitos are collected by a trap, they are examined under a microscope and sorted by species and gender. Appropriate mosquitoes are then tested for specific viruses. The main virus of concern in the Atlanta area is West Nile virus.

In DeKalb County last year, there were 25 West Nile virus-positive mosquito collections from 22 sites and one case of human infection.

In addition to trapping and testing mosquitoes, technicians work with residents to eliminate them. Measures include placing larvicide in areas with standing water, like inside storm drains. This keeps young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults.  

As mosquito season ramps up, the Board of Health reminds residents to take the following precautions over Independence Day holiday and throughout the summer and fall:

  • Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.
  • Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.
  • Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Reduce your outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.  Apply according to label instructions.
  • Spray clothing with products containing permethrin according to label instructions.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas with large numbers of mosquitoes.

For more information about West Nile virus, contact the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental Health division at (404) 508-7900 or visit https://www.dekalbhealth.net/envhealth/west-nile-virus/.

After more than 18 months of community conversation about Decatur’s to-do list for the next decade, an initial draft of the 2020 Strategic Plan is now available. Everyone in the community, whether you’re new to the process or have participated since the beginning, is encouraged to provide final thoughts on the emerging plan. There are two ways to provide input:

• Join us Saturday, June 26 for the Decatur Strategic Plan pop-up event from 9 am-noon at Harmony Park in Oakhurst and 1-4 pm at Decatur Square.

• Visit decatur2030.com/dsp-draft-ready-for-community…/ for online review and commenting. The draft will remain open until July 23.

Meetings 

  • Public Hearings on Budget and Millage Rates Monday, June 21 @ 3:30 p.m. To participate via the Zoom video platform, click on the registration links listed here: http://www.decaturga.com/budget
  • Decatur City Commission and Planning Commission Strategic Plan Joint Work Session| Monday, June 21@ 6 p.m.
  • City Commission meeting (including Budget and Millage Rates public hearing)| Monday, June 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting| Friday, June 25@ 9 a.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details. 

Event

  • Free COVID- 19 vaccinations at Hattie Marie’s BBQ– 130 Clairemont Ave. Suite 100 Decatur, GA 30030. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 22 from 12 – 6p.m. The Pfizer vaccine– which requires 2 doses– will be administered only to people ages 12 and up. Visit hattievax.coreresponse.org to register. Walk- ins are welcome!