Posts Tagged ‘Avondale Estates’

Well it looks like a rumble folks! Maybe even a skirmish! A “friendly competition” you ask? Yesterday Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur and Mayor Jonathan Elmore of Avondale Estates met at the border and things did not go well. In a heated exchange they were heard criticizing each other’s noise ordinances and threatening to arm wrestle over public art. But the real point of contention was about who would have a higher response rate in the 2020 Census. So here today at this hour the challenge is being levied by the City of Decatur to its neighbor of Avondale Estates – try your best to beat our response rate by the end of the counting period on 9/30/2020. This one’s worth fighting for!

Our two fine DeKalb County gem cities are neck in neck right now with their census response rates (Decatur = 74.1% and Avondale Estates = 74.6%). Does Avondale Estates “have the right stuff” to best its longtime friend and neighbor, the City of Decatur? That’s the question on the table, dear residents, and we know who’s ready to be counted! Much is at stake and iron sharpens iron.

What do we win?

Here’s the deal, every person counts! By responding to the census each resident ensures that Georgians receive their appropriate share of over $675 billion in federal aid that is distributed to state and local governments using Census numbers every year. These monies support a host of projects that are instrumental in keeping us safe and improving our quality of life right here at home. Census data is also used for federal, state, and local funding distributions, intergovernmental agreements drawing state and federal legislative districts, school districts, and congressional reapportionment. As a result of the 2010 population count, Georgia gained a congressional seat. The 2010 Census yielded a count of 9,687,653 people in Georgia and provided the state with $15.88 billion. Each Georgian that participated in the 2010 Census effectively brought $1,639.10 to the state.

What do we really win?

Decatur will certainly win some bragging rights first and foremost. The details of the championship prize(s) are being worked out now. Ideas are welcome! If they lose should Avondale Estates have to brew a craft beer and name it after us – a 30030 IPA? Or if Decatur loses we may have to hang a large banner at City Hall congratulating Avondale Estates and our mayor will have to post on social media a top 10 list of her favorite things about their city. Let’s not make her do that!

Let’s get started!

Here’s how we win this thing and also meet our stretch goal for the 2020 Census!

1. Visit 2020census.gov to find out everything you need to know and to respond for your household 2. Visit https://countallkids.org/fixing-an-incorrect-census-submission/ if you need instructions on how to make changes to the response you already submitted

3. Share the link widely through your network via any social media channels you use

4. Place a sign in your yard to alert neighbors to the Census count

5. Visit www.decaturga.com/census find out more and help us super charge the census count the City of Decatur

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The milling and paving of East/West College Avenue is scheduled to begin Sunday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. Work will take place overnight until 5:00 a.m., and crews are scheduled to work overnight until the following Saturday, Aug. 16. The paving work will begin with a single right lane closure from Memorial Dr. through Avondale Estates and on to East Lake. As the crews progress over the week, multi-lanes will be closed at various times.


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Decatur’s neighbor, Avondale Estates, shares the following information about a race to benefit the Willadsen family:

Jack’s Rabbit Run is a 1-mile kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. and 5K adult run at 9 a.m. in Avondale Estates on Saturday, May 10.  Benefiting Jack Willadsen and his father Dave, and in memory of Tami and Jess Willadsen, the run is named for Jack’s love of rabbits.

Registration and payment for both the 1-mile and the 5K run can be made online in advance here.

The entry fee is $25 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the family.  There is no fee for children under 12; however, they are encouraged to bring a monetary donation in any amount to help Jack and his family. Registrants have the opportunity to make additional monetary contributions separate and/or above the $25 registration fee online if they desire.

Onsite registration and payment the day of the race, as well as parking, will be at the First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates at 47 Covington Road.  Participants are asked to arrive by no later than 7:45 a.m.

For the complete 1-mile and 5K race route, please visit Jack’s Rabbit Run Facebook page.

For questions or for volunteer information, please contact Avondale Estates City Hall at 404-294-5400.

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