City Commission Meetings 

  • Monday, March 16; 7:30 pm
  • Monday, April 6; 7:30 pm
  • Monday, April 20; 7:30 pm

Don’t forget! The City Commission meetings are now streaming live. To access the streaming video option, visit and click on City Government, City Commission, Streaming Video.

Mar 24: DBA Meeting

Thursdays in April: Oakhurst Jazz Nights

The City Schools of Decatur are planning to hold two public information meetings over the next few months.  Look for information about dates and times to be publicized soon.


You can estimate your taxes, learn about help for seniors’ free income tax assistance through April 15  and get an explanation of the proposed Equalized HOST legislation and the effect on your taxes.

We are continuing to work with our DeKalb County legislators to get the following increases and changes in our homestead exemptions that were part of a Resolution the City Commission passed in December 2014 (These would apply to the City tax portion of your tax bill):

  1. Amend 1981 GA Laws, pg. 1,914 to increase the General Homestead Exemption for all residential owner-occupied properties from $20,000 to $25,000; and,
  2. Amend 1986 GA Laws, pg. 4,475 to Increase the General Homestead Exemption for residential owner-occupied properties for persons 65 years of age or older from $1,000 to $10,000; and,
  3. Create a General Homestead Exemption for residential owner-occupied properties for persons 62 years of age or older whose household income does not exceed $50,000 in the amount of $15,000. 


We continue to work with our State Representatives (Reps. Howard Mosby, Ron Mayo, Mary Margaret Oliver and Karla Drenner) and State Senator Elena Parent. Since annexation is considered local legislation, it does not have to be brought forward before Crossover Day (Mar 13).  We hope to see some movement in the next week.


Tuesday, March 17, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square

Second Floor, Superior Courtroom

Lunch & Learn: Southeastern Indians

Free!  Bring your lunch.

Jim Langford reviews the history and culture of the Southeastern Indians as expressed through archaeological findings. He will also provide updates on important archaeology sites in Georgia and share his insight on how to interpret artifacts.

 Archaeological evidence supports the presence of Native Americans in Georgia during the Early Paleoindian period more than 13,000 years ago as the last Ice Age was ending. In DeKalb County, Soapstone Ridge was quarried by natives during the Late Archaic period (before 1,000 B.C.). The Woodland period (1,000 B.C. – 900 A.D.) in Georgia saw extensive mound-building, agriculture and an increase in warfare among native people, with these trends continued into the Mississippian period (900 – 1,600 A.D.). The presence of European explorers in the 16th century led to the eventual collapse of Mississippian culture from disease, displacement, enslavement and trade imbalances while the arrival of European colonists in the 18th century began the process of permanent displacement of Georgia’s Indians from their native lands with their eventual removal from Georgia in the early 19th century.

 Mr. Langford serves as President of the Coosawattee Foundation, a non-profit organization he founded in 1987 to promote the conservation of American Indian occupation sites and related native lands. In that role and as president of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, he co-authored two landmark pieces of legislation that protect human remains and archaeological sites. Mr. Langford served as Georgia State Director of the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and preserves open space.  He is a former member of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources (DNR), the Governor’s Environmental Advisory Council and the Georgia Humanities Council. 

 For more information, visit or contact Melissa Forgey at 404-373-1088 ext. 22 or


Decatur has combined two of your favorite recycling events to make it simple and convenient for you to recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam, and safely shred and recycle your documents too!

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015 (9am-1 pm) 

LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley Street 
*Enter from Columbia Drive 

MORE INFORMATION: Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent, 404-377-5571

Volunteer for the Decatur Hydration Station for the GA Publix Marathon
From Captain Michael Harbin:
The 9th annual Publix Georgia Marathon rolls through Decatur on March 22nd.  Time to pull together the 2015 Mile 13 Hydration Station crew.  I hope each and every one of you is ready to go again this year. We need 35 volunteers for a full crew.  Instructions for signing up are below. Same as in previous years.

  1. Go to
  2. On the group page, select City of Decatur from the drop down menu.
  3. Password is cd11 (case sensitive; use lower case)
  4. Complete the online registration form. You will receive a confirmation email indicating you have signed up.

Publix GA Marathon Reminder – Street Closures

Don’t forget the 2015 Publix GA Marathon is Sunday, March 22, 2015. There will be road closures and delays along the route as it weaves through the city between 7:15 am – 11:00 am. The marathon enters Decatur on West College Avenue at Park Place near the East Lake Marta Station and exits the city in the 1100 block of Clairemont Avenue near the Decatur YMCA. Keep in mind the marathon starts and ends in downtown Atlanta and travels through parts of DeKalb County as well.

Decatur Road Closures:

West College Avenue from Park Place to East College Avenue and Commerce Drive

East Ponce de Leon Avenue from Commerce Drive to Clairemont Avenue

Clairemont Avenue from East/West Ponce de Leon Avenue to Commerce Drive

Decatur Lane Closures:

Commerce Drive from East College Avenue to East Ponce de Leon Avenue

Clairemont Avenue from Commerce Drive to North Decatur Road

There will be traffic delays around the course throughout the duration of the marathon. The runners have the right-of-way at all times and no traffic will be released if it could impede the runners. Traffic will not be permitted to turn onto roads that are closed and will only be allowed to cross at certain points when doing so will not impede the runners. Traffic will be permitted onto the roads with partial lane closures when doing so will not impede the runners. Please understand that even if you are travelling on a road that is not part of the course but crosses the course or is near the course, you will experience delays. Please check your schedules and the course maps and plan accordingly. 

Come Out & Support The Runners

We are roughly the halfway point for the runners and regularly receive feedback about how great it feels to come through Decatur and have so many people cheering. Aside from the fixed cheering stations at West College Avenue & Mead Road, Fellini’s on Commerce Drive and in front of the Old Courthouse on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, it is not uncommon for residents to pop up along the route and cheer. So if you have Sunday morning plans that require driving, plan on heading out earlier or later or plot an alternate route. If you have no plans that require driving, it’s a great day to walk into downtown Decatur for errands, brunch and to cheer!

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Decatur Business Association meeting

Tuesday, March 24; 5:15 pm

Fidelity Bank
160 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, 30030

Networking, program and announcements

Food and beverages provided by Fidelity Bank


Tuesday, Mar 25

Ride Georgia’s biggest one day advocacy event and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Georgia Rides to the Capitol. Join other Decaturites as they leave the East Lake MARTA Station to converge on the Capitol. The Decatur ride (and any other cities that converge here) leave at 10:45 am with a police escort. Great time, great ride and a great purpose.  Pre-register and receive a free reflective leg band:


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