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Since we had to deploy the tornado outdoor warning siren system on Monday, May 3rd for an actual tornado event, we won’t be performing the typical “first Wednesday of the month” system test today.

The next test is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

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Meetings

– City Commission| Monday, May 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
– Active Living Board Meeting| Tuesday, May 4 @ 9 a.m.
– Better Together Advisory Board Meeting| Tuesday, May 4 @ 6:30 p.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details.

Events

– Starting this Tuesday, May 4, Truckin’ Tuesdays return to Legacy Park in Decatur. Gather your friends, family, blankets, chairs, and most importantly, appetites! The area’s best Food Trucks will be offering up their delicious fare. There is plenty of space for families to gather while remaining socially distant. The goal is to bring people together safely and at the same time, benefit local non-profit fundraising efforts. This event will repeat weekly every Tuesday at 5 p.m.

– Dine and shop outside at FAB First Friday! We’re re-imagining a night OUT in Decatur with expanded patios, curbside storefronts, sidewalk pop-ups, and an open-air tent market on the plaza. Wear a mask and join us outside on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 pm. Plus, look for “fab” deals as our retailers and restaurants partner up to support each other! Follow on Instagram (@visitdecaturga), Twitter (@Decatur-Tourism), and Facebook (@VisitDecaturGA) for deals and updates. This event will repeat on June 8.

– Story Walks kicks off this Friday, May 7. Decatur Story Walk is a fun, educational, COVID-safe activity for families. Pages from three children’s books – one picked by each of our three local bookstores – will be displayed in storefront windows in Downtown Decatur (along Ponce de Leon Ave.), the Old Depot District, and Oakhurst. Routes will be posted online shortly at https://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/…/decatur-story-walk. Each book is available for purchase at Little Shop of Stories, 133 East Court Square; Brave + Kind Bookshop, 722 W. College Ave.; or Charis Books, 184 S. Candler St.

– The DBA presents Concerts “In” a Square: Join the Decatur Business Association each Saturday in May for virtual concerts featuring up-and-coming artists. Unwind after a long week and enjoy music with your friends and family from the comfort of your own home. The concert series is free and open to attendees of all ages. For more information visit decaturdba.com.

– The Better Together Advisory Board, in partnership with the Little Shop of Stories, invites you to join in the Clue in a Haiku scavenger hunt!

The Board created the scavenger hunt for the three books introduced in the Decatur Focus: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell (for adults and high schoolers), I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal (for middle and high schoolers), and Nothing in Common by Kate Hoefler & Corinna Luyken (for elementary schoolers).

There are books placed in Little Free Libraries around town for you to find and enjoy, then pass along! Have fun trying to find the books! Please take a photo with the book you choose, read it, and then pass it on: hide it again in the same or another LFL and post a new clue in response.

The first Clue In Haiku to the first LFL is as follows:

Spanish explorer
Take a ride to Avondale
Outside of the gates

– Visit www.decatur2030.com to review the Decatur Strategic Plan draft recommendations. A new topic will be released every Friday from April 30- June 4. This week’s topic is mobility. Submit your input by Friday, May 7.

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The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Tornado Watch until 4 p.m. today.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornados to occur. Stay tuned to a weather radio, a local TV/radio station or a weather app for updates.

If you hear the tornado sirens today (as you may have around 10:45 this morning,) seek shelter immediately.

Here are ways you can get prepared now:

  • Keep updated on the latest weather by tuning in to your local weather channel and downloading a weather notification app so that it will notify you when a television or radio isn’t nearby.
  • Sign up for the City’s Smart911 notification system to receive emergency weather alerts should your property be included in a storm predicting polygon.
  • Determine a safe place to shelter in the event of a tornado. Look around your place for helmets, pillows, e.g. anything you can use to protect your head in the event of flying objects in high winds. As always, it’s good to be on the lowest floor of a house or structure since winds are less strong near the surface.
  • Charge your devices including smartphones, laptops, etc. now, and leave them charging. 

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The Decatur Lifelong Community Advisory Board invites our city’s residents to participate in the following survey on their quality of life. A critical aspect of a great community is the ability of its senior residents to have access to recreation, social, commerce and healthcare options.

The goal of this survey is to gather information from City of Decatur residents to help our advisory board make suggestions on needed changes to our city leaders.

We are using the results of this survey for the Decatur Strategic Plan, but some questions are asked specifically to provide the Lifelong Community Advisory Board with more community information to enhance and maintain Decatur’s designation as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Your input is appreciated!

The survey is on the Decatur Strategic Plan Destination 2030 Virtual Forums page and will close Friday, April 16.

Be sure to check out the other surveys and input opportunites while you’re there!

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact:

Lee Ann Harvey- Lifelong Community Manager

City of Decatur

509 N. McDonough St.

Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: (678) 553-6548 or (770) 652-8593

Email: leeann.harvey@decaturga.com

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The Decatur Youth Council is hosting a free outdoor movie activity at Decatur Legacy Park on Saturday, April 24th. Admission begins at 7:00 p.m. Showtime is at dusk (around 8:20 p.m.)

We will be showing Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.

If you plan to attend the outdoor movie screening be advised that:

  • You must view the movie from your vehicle. Walk up viewing is not allowed at this activity to help us maintain a safe, socially distanced environment.
  • You must practice social distancing at all times if you exit the vehicle.
  • Parking spaces will be first come, first serve.
  • Portable restrooms will be available in a designated area of the park.
  • Concessions will not be available to purchase. Each ticket includes a snack bag for four with popcorn, water and candy.
  • Consider picking up dinner from a local restaurant to enjoy while you wait for the movie to begin.

Tickets are free but availability is limited to the first 50 ticket holders. One ticket per vehicle. Tickets are available at https://www.freshtix.com/events/dyc-presents-carpool-cinema

Questions? Contact DYC staff liaison Meredith Roark at meredith.roark@decaturga.com.

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The April test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (04/07/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 8 April 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the https://www.decaturga.com/ems/page/tornado-outdoor-warning-sirens page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The City of Decatur has reinstalled the basketball goals in all of its parks and opened the park restrooms as of Monday, April 5. The community is invited to shoot baskets while remembering to wear a mask, wash hands and remain socially distant. Please review the CDC guidelines related to sports cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/playing-sports.html. Reminder signs will be posted near the goals. Restrooms are scheduled to be cleaned twice a day on a regular basis. Please bring your own equipment and water.

Decatur remains committed to safely providing opportunities for outdoor activities as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. For information contact Greg White, greg.white@decaturga.com or Renae Madison, renae.madison@decaturga.com.

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Decatur’s 2020 Strategic Planning process has reached a new milestone with a draft release of the Vision and Mission Statements that will frame its soon-to-be-released recommendations for the next ten years. Public review and comment is encouraged through Sunday, April 4.

Those discussions – both in person and online after the pandemic restrictions were in force – were designed to move from broad-ranging ideas to more focused topics. Key among the emerging themes were concern for addressing community affordability; racial equity and diversity; a full range of transportation options; and the challenges of climate change.

As the conversations progressed, the advantages of thinking comprehensively emerged. Since so many problems – housing affordability and equity, for instance – are interconnected, why not prioritize solutions that are interconnected, as well?

Over the next few months, City staff and the consulting team hired to help will draft strategies in keeping with the Vision and Mission Statements. With additional community check-ins along the way, a final draft Plan will be presented for public review this summer.

Review and comment on the proposed Vision and Mission Statements using the online survey at the project’s Virtual Activities page.

For more background on the process, review the stages that led to this point on the project website.

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The March test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (03/03/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 March 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the https://www.decaturga.com/…/tornado-outdoor-warning-sirens page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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In December 2020, after two years of community engagement, the City Commission adopted a new Storm Water Master Plan Storm (SWMP). The plan is directed toward mitigating flooding, solving existing drainage problems, improving water quality and the quality of life in Decatur. According to the SWMP, $38 million is needed to implement high priority capital projects by 2040. 

The City has made major storm water infrastructure improvements in downtown Decatur over the past two decades. Infrastructure in most residential neighborhoods is generally more limited, older and not designed to modern standards. Ponding and flooding are observed in many of Decatur’s neighborhoods during significant storm events. 

The City Commission will consider the proposed storm water fee schedule at its regular meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021.

HOW WILL WE PAY FOR THIS?

Funding for storm water improvements can be raised equitably with an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) fee system for commercial and non-single family properties and a 4-tier fee system for residential properties, based on a property’s impervious area, as follows:

The proposed fee schedule is the SWMP‘s recommendation to generate funding needed to complete  proposed high priority projects over the next 20 years. 

The present fee of $100 per ERU was adopted in 2016 and will not provide the revenues to meet the infrastructure needs of Decatur’s aging storm water system. 

WHAT’S MY NEW STORM WATER FEE? 

Property owners can use this search tool determine their proposed storm water fee.  Credits are available for a portion of the fees by reducing run-off and saving tree canopy.

WHEN WILL I PAY THE NEW STORM WATER FEE?

The City Commission will consider the proposed storm water fee schedule at its regular meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021.  If approved, the new fee will be due on June 1, 2021.

For more information, take a look at the SWMP or email david.junger@decaturga.com.   

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