Where to find me:

City Commission meetings (note change in February!):

City Hall

  • Monday, January 7; 7:30pm; Decatur City Hall
  • Tuesday, January 22; 7:30pm; Decatur City Hall
  • Monday, February 4; 7:30pm; Decatur City Hall
  • Monday, February 25; 7:30pm; Decatur City Hall (Please note date change)
  • Monday, March 4; 7:30pm; Decatur City Hall
  • Monday, March 18; 7:30pm; Decatur City Hall

Jan 12: Run with the Dogs 5k!

Jan 16: Open House and Workshop: Atlanta Avenue Railroad Crossing Improvements

Jan 29: DBF Meeting & State of the City Address

GMA Mayors Day Conference; January 26-28

Feb 11: ONA Quarterly Meeting

Mar 2: Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade – Mark your calendar!


Saturday, January 12

Run with the Dogs 5K

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019 The 5K run/walk begins at 9:00 am, rain or shine at Decatur High School in Decatur, GA.  The one mile Pup Trot begins at 8:30 am. One registration fee allows you to do the 5k and the 1 mile puppy run.  Do one or do both!  Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate with their furry canine companions!  You don’t have to have a dog though :).  All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to help fund the sports programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.


Wednesday, January 16; 4:30-7:30pm

Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue

Open House and Workshop: Atlanta Avenue Railroad Crossing Improvements

The community is invited to a second open house and workshop to help plan improvements to the railroad crossing at Atlanta Avenue. Ideas and concepts that were sketched out by residents in November and December have been evaluated and used to develop several preliminary plans to make the rail crossing and intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

City of Decatur staff and the design team lead by Landis-Evans & Partners and Atkins will be available to explain the preliminary plans, respond to comments and suggestions and move towards a common plan for the crossing.  A community “academy” providing information about modern traffic signal design will be held continuously throughout the January 16 workshop.

Plan to drop by the Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Avenue, anytime during the workshop to learn about the project and share your thoughts.

SPLOST (Special Option Local Sales Tax) dollars are being used to fund these improvements.

The 2018 Annual Report for SPLOST dollars can be found:


January 19-21

Martin Luther King Jr Service Project

Don’t miss this opportunity to be in service to our seniors!

Volunteer for the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project held the weekend of January 19-21, 2019.

In 2003, the Decatur Preservation Alliance Board identified a need to alleviate the economic pressures on our community’s elderly and thereby enable at-risk seniors to remain in their homes safely and comfortably, improving their quality of life. To achieve these goals, the MLK, Jr. Service Project was started to provide house maintenance and repair, free of charge, to Decatur senior citizen homeowners during the MLK, Jr. holiday weekend. That first year’s project commenced with 100 volunteers and eight homes.


Decatur’s MLK, Jr. Service Project honors the legacy of Dr. King, who worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality, freedom and justice. He encouraged us all to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place in which to live, creating what he called a “Beloved Community.” Transforming these principles into community action, Decatur’s MLK, Jr. Service Project brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, working toward that goal of “Beloved Community.”


Volunteers work at senior citizens’ homes in Oakhurst, making greatly needed repairs and doing yard work that elderly homeowners have been unable to afford.

Volunteers may sign up for one or more of the following shifts:

  • Saturday, January 19: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm
  • Sunday, January 20: 1pm to 5pm
  • Monday, January 21: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm

All volunteers are invited to attend a celebration cookout on Monday, Jan. 21, at 5 pm at the Solarium.


For more information:



Tuesday, January 29;  5pm-6:30pm

Decatur Conference Center at the Courtyard Marriott

Decatur Business Association Meeting

Monday, February 11; 7-8pm; Solarium

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Quarterly meeting

Save the date! Saturday, March 2

Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday, April 13

AMPLIFY Decatur 2019


More info at


As you probably know, we said goodbye to City Manager, Peggy Merriss, at the end of 2018, but Decatur will remain in very capable hands. The Decatur City Commission has selected Assistant City Manager, Andrea Arnold, as our new City Manager. Andrea is a resident of the City of Decatur and has served as an Assistant City Manager since 2004. Following a nationwide search facilitated by an executive search firm, Andrea was our unanimous selection. Read more:

“We believe Andrea has the leadership skills, wealth of experience and professional demeanor we are seeking to lead our municipal organization into the future and to work effectively with our elected body. Andrea has a deep knowledge of Decatur and can hit the ground running as we move forward with our 2020 Strategic Planning process, economic development projects and goals and as we work with our key local partners and County and State representatives. We were impressed with her strong desire to really listen to our residents and work with us as we chart our future,” said Mayor Patti Garrett.

Ms. Arnold began working with the City in November 1997.  She came to Decatur from the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Ms. Arnold is a key member of the management team with responsibilities for leading the City’s internal operations, including the budget process and has oversight responsibilities for Municipal Court and the Fire Department.  She is a critical leader in technology, innovation and in ensuring the City of Decatur residents and businesses receive excellent customer service.

“I am very proud and excited that Andrea will have the opportunity to be the next City Manager. She has strong organizational and community ties as well as connections on a statewide and national level,” said current City Manager Peggy Merriss, “she is the type of leader whose integrity and ethics are unquestionable and she has both the ability to pay attention to details while seeing the big picture.”

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue to serve our community and I am humbled by the City Commission’s trust in my ability to lead our organization.  I am also looking forward to strengthening existing community relationships and building new ones in my role as City Manager.  Most importantly, Peggy Merriss leaves behind a legacy rooted in democracy, integrity and ethics that I intend to build upon,” said Andrea Arnold.

Ms. Arnold has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Urban Studies from Furman University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.  She is a Credentialed Manager with the International City and County Management Association and is active in numerous professional associations.  She also served on the Decatur Education Foundation Board, is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and a 2018 graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute.

OAKHURST Neighborhood Association presents the 15th season of Oakhurst Jazz Nights!

Hundreds of jazz lovers will be headed to Oakhurst and picnicking at sunset again in September to enjoy some of the best jazz artists in the southeast. The Oakhurst Neighborhood Association announces another great season of free outdoor jazz concerts this spring, beginning Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Oakhurst Jazz Nights in September! Every Thursday night beginning at 7 pm – rain or shine!

September 6, 13, 20, 27