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Concerts on the Square- Saturdays in September

Saturdays at 7 pm

September 9, 16, 23, 30

Concerts on the Square are scheduled for Saturday evenings at 7 pm in September, and are held on the square in downtown Decatur.

Blue Sky Concerts

Wednesdays, September 12 and 26; 12 noon

For more information, and to see bands, visit


Is in need of volunteers!

No matter what holiday you observe, this is the perfect way to celebrate the season.  Season of Giving provides holiday gifts for low-income children and seniors and volunteer opportunities are available for working in the office, gift organization, and interviewing during application sessions. For more information, contact Lee Ann Harvey at


Nominate that special friend or neighbor who often works behind the scenes to make our community a better place. Nomination forms are available at or at City Hall. Submit to Lee Ann Harvey at leeann.harvey@decaturga.comby September 30.

Decatur Manager Peggy Merriss, who helped direct and develop the city for the last 25 years will be retiring effective December 31. We have all reaped the benefits of Peggy’s visionary leadership, her ability to think creatively and her passion for developing a strong management team. She is an innovative thought leader, a model of integrity, and has a unique ability to help the city pursue vibrant community engagement and healthy infrastructure while maintaining strong, conservative fiscal management for the City. The City Commission has hired an executive search firm and plans to appoint a new manager by the end of 2018.

A revised draft of the East Lake MARTA Station LCI Study, responsive to neighboring concerns voiced during an additional round of community input meetings, is now complete and ready for review in advance of consideration by Decatur’s Planning Commission and City Commission.

Read about the changes that occurred and access the final document:

The revised draft is the final draft that will be presented to the Planning Commission on August 14. The City Commission will consider it on August 20.

After several months of public input, civic dinners and on-line surveys, a unified concept has been developed. The unified concept was largely distilled from feedback collected on the three previous options presented in late April, and from further feedback during an online survey in May to gauge community preference levels for both the designs overall and their individual pieces. To see the presentation and the unified concept:

New EV Charging Stations have been installed in Harmony Park and in parking circle next to City Hall. Two hours free parking and charging is available in Oakhurst; downtown charging is free but parking fees apply. A Chargepoint card is required. Thanks to our Environmental Sustainability Board and partners Georgia Power, Charge Point, EV Club of the South and Clean Cities Georgia.                    

Beginning July 2, the City of Decatur Sanitation department will be collecting recycling. We will no longer be using a private contractor to provide this service.

What does this mean for you?

Your recycling collection will remain on the same day as your scheduled sanitation day. Please continue to separate your glass recycling from the comingled recyclables. See below for what can and cannot be recycled.

Potential Impacts

While your collection day remains the same, the time when your recycling is collected may change.  . Please be patient during the transition period. If your recycling has not been picked up by 3:30 pm on your recycling collection day, please contact the Public Works Department at 404-377-5571 or

Glass Recycling Bins

All glass must now be placed in a red recycling bin. You may use your existing red bin or request one by contacting the Public Works Department at 404-377-5571 or     

Happy July 4thWeek!

And Congratulations to the City of Decatur for being named an All America City by the National Civic League. Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all) recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders. The City of Decatur was recognized for the Better Together Initiative that resulted in the BT Community Action Plan for Inclusion, Equity and Engagement; Community Policing; and the I Am Decatur photographic/essay project created by resident Beate Sasse.  To find out more and see other cities that received the award this year:

To view the presentation visit

Saturday, March 10; 2-5pm; United Methodist Children’s Home property

Refining Ideas for UMCH

For each workshop, the project team will get everyone on the same page with an initial summary of information to-date — ideas collected at the kick-off, significant aspects of the site, and the general physical characteristics we have to work with.

(Note: this workshop will begin with further opportunity to tour the campus, including some key buildings open for viewing. If you missed our four-hour kick-off, this option offers a second chance to explore.)

Thereafter, we’ll break into table discussions to drill down on and map various ideas and explore how each might contribute to or otherwise further Decatur’s strategic goals.

We’ll end with an opportunity to ask questions, share the outcomes of our conversations and, if need be, affix additional ideas to our imagination boards.

Make plans now to attend. We hope to see you there.