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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:

http://www.decaturnext.com/2018/06/east-lake-marta-vision-prepares-for-commission-consideration-with-revised-draft/

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.

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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:

http://www.decaturnext.com/2018/06/unified-concept-emerges-for-childrens-home-property/

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 sanitation@decaturga.com.

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 sanitation@decaturga.com.     

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:

https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2018-all-america-city-finalist-decatur-ga/

To view the presentation visit https://www.facebook.com/decaturga/

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.

Saturday, March 10; Decatur High School Gym

Harlem Wizards Basketball – Trick Hoops and Alley Oops!

Decatur High School Gym

Schedule:
5:00 pm Food Trucks Open
6:00 pm Gym Doors Open
(Courtside Plus Ticket Holders – Meet & Greet with Wizards Players)
6:30 pm Wiz Kids Warm Up
(Any Kid in Wizards’ Jerseys can help the Wizards players warm up on the court!)
7:00 pm Game Time!

For more information and tickets:

http://www.sidebysideclubhouse.org/jvs/

Saturday, March 10; 8:30 am – 1 mile; 9 am – 5K; 10 am – Tot trot

Tour DeCatur

Decatur’s largest 5K event happens each March and brings out 3,000+ residents from age 2-82. The tour features a one-mile fun run and tot trot, in addition to the 5K so be sure to bring the whole family. Number pick-up takes place at the Tour Expo, held the Friday before the run, and features some favorite teachers taking a pie in the face. To register:

https://decatureducationfoundation.org/tour-decatur/

March 15-25; DHS

GREASE the Musical presented by Decatur High School Performing Arts

More info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/368318883640689/

Saturday, March 17; 10am-1pm; East Lake MARTA station North lot

TOUCH A TRUCK

Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the annual Touch-a-Truck Event. This fun community event gives children of all ages an opportunity to touch, explore and see their favorite trucks or equipment on wheels.  The City of Decatur and DeKalb County dump trucks, fire trucks, tractors, police cars and motorcycles and many other types of vehicles will be on display. This year we will even have a solar panel display truck!

Ride the train! This year’s Touch a Truck event will be held in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH lot. We encourage visitors to ride the train to the event and make this a family field trip!

Register your bike!  We encourage folks to ride their bike to the event to have it registered by the Decatur Police Department. All those who ride their bike to the event will also receive a special bike pin!

Food Drive! March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. When you come to Touch-A-Truck, join in the effort by bringing any canned or non-perishable food item. All items will be delivered to DEAM, Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry.

Touch-a-Truck takes place in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH parking lot on DeKalb Avenue. Parking is limited so consider riding the train, walking or biking to the event. For more information, contact Cheryl Burnette 678-553-6541 or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com. Be sure to visit www.beactivedecatur.com for up-to-date information on all Active Living programs throughout the year.

This year’s event is sponsored by the City of Decatur and MARTA