Budget Hearing:

  • Monday, June 8; 6pm

City Commission Meetings 

  • Monday, June 15; 7:30pm
  • Monday, July 6; 7:30pm
  • Monday, July 20; 7:30pm

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

On June 1 at our City Commission meeting, the City Commission passed a Resolution Calling for a Referendum on the Issuance of General Obligation Debt. Resolution R-15-21 calls for a referendum on November 3, 2015, on the question of whether there should be issued general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $75,000,000 for use by the City Schools of Decatur. City Commission members (per law) may not endorse or advocate for or against the Resolution. I urge everyone to read the referendum:

https://decatur.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=1185

And to read the following presentation that was made as a part of Community meetings regarding the proposed bond referendum and City Schools of Decatur Master Plans:

http://www.csdecatur.net/master-plan/GO_Bond_Community_Meeting.pdf

Making a Safer Oakhurst – the Demolition of 102 Fifth Avenue

The building at 102 Fifth Ave. has been in an unsafe condition for a long while. For this reason, the City demolished the building earlier this month.

This building has had several uses over the years. Most may know it as the recent home of the Tabernacle of God Missionary Holiness Church. The Church no longer uses the building and no longer has the financial resources to provide proper maintenance. The City became involved last year when it was determined that the structure was abandoned and generally unsafe. The process used to handle situations such as this is known as nuisance abatement. This process has led to the City’s plan to demolish the building.

About the Demolition

The City has been preparing for this demolition since July 2014.

  • In Fall 2014, a hazardous material survey was conducted for the City byLife Environmental Services, Inc. The results indicated that there was lead in the building.
  • Last month, a qualified contractor, Leon Benton Construction, Inc.,was selected for the demolition.
  • Earlier this month, the City prepared a building permit for the demolition (#15-312/5-20-15).
  • On May 20, 2015 a team from Abatement Contractors Unlimited, LLCremoved as much of the lead as possible given safe access to the building.
  • To reduce the impact of rodents, Bizzy Bee Exterminators, Inc.was hired by the City in advance of the demolition.

Going Forward

When the demolition is complete, the entire corner site will be graded and seeded. For now, the church will maintain ownership of the corner parcel. A lien will be placed on the property in the amount of the demolition and associated costs. The City will remain the owner of the adjacent undeveloped property that makes up the other half of the site. The City will continue to ensure that both properties are properly maintained.

At this time there are no plans for construction of any kind on this property. Any future construction will have to comply with the Unified Development Ordinance under the R-60 zoning district.

Questions or Concerns

Residents may call or write John Maximuk, Director, Design, Environment & Construction Division, Public Works at John.Maximuk@decaturga.com or 678.553.6570 with questions or comments.

It is time to register to be on Team Decatur for the September KP Corporate Run/Walk 5K!  

Last year we had over 200 people on our team and we are going for 250 or more in 2015. This year the event will be held in downtown Atlanta on Thursday, September 24 and the run/walk begins at 6:30 pm. Team Decatur will have a tent at the event with beverages and food for after the race.

FREE T-shirt! Everyone who registers by September 1st will receive a “coveted” Team Decatur t-shirt from the city. Be sure to give your size in the special questions during registration. This shirt is in addition to the KP race shirt you receive at the event. To register, click here:

http://www.kpcorporaterunwalk.com/registration/

 

The City has proposed millage decrease of 1 mill from 13 to 12 for 2015-16. To read about proposed projects for 2015-16 (such as the renovation of McKoy and Oakhurst parks including pavilion and bathroom renovations, initiation of RR crossing improvements and more) and to see an informative summary and overview of the proposed budget, link to the budget presentation we received at our Work Session on June 1:

http://www.decaturga.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5917

The entire budget can be found here:

http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=351

2015 Budget schedule:

June 15             Public Hearing on Budget and Millage Rate
                              Adoption of FY 2015-2016 Budget and FY 2014-2015 Revised Budget
                              Adoption of Final 2015 Millage Rate

As you are aware, the DeKalb County Tax Assessor’s Office has recently mailed annual assessment notices. Information provided on the City’s tax blog includes the following:

These notices communicate 2015 property values set by DeKalb County for residential and commercial property.  Based on reports from the DeKalb County Appraiser’s Office, the total value of property within the City of Decatur increased 20% over last year’s total property value.  Thirty percent of the increase is due to new property being added to the tax digest.  The remainder is due to revaluation of existing properties.  This increase is consistent with residential sales data for the City of Decatur as well as increases in property values in other cities within DeKalb County.

The assessment notice will include information on how to appeal the County’s determination of property value.  There are specific deadlines associated with the process so please look for more information about the property appraisal process on the County’s website at www.dekalbcountyga.gov.  We encourage you to review the appeal information and to file an appeal if you believe the value established by the County is not correct.

Additional information about taxes can be found on the tax blog:

http://decaturtax.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 11; 6pm

East Decatur Station

The Big Pop Up

Decatur’s ‘Biggest Little Festival’ returns to East Decatur Station on Thursday, June 11, from 6-9PM. Co-sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance, this one-night-extravaganza of ART, MUSIC, FOOD TRUCKS, and BEER is a FREE event for all ages. Think outside of the Square and venture to the other side of the tracks to meet our eclectic community of visual, culinary, musical, crafty and creative artisans & merchants.

Saturday, July 4

Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks!

Join Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade as it winds through downtown Decatur. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate, or walk in this event. 

The City Commissioners will lead the parade in the mini-firetruck. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun. 

Parade line-up is at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. It ends at the Community Bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner. 

Anyone may participate in the parade but those with vehicles must register by completing the July 4th Pied Piper Parade Guidelines form. http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/index.aspx?page=388

The concert, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9 p.m.) and are shot from the top of the DeKalb County parking deck. 

Tuesday, July 14; 5:30 pm

Decatur Rec Center

Get Fit Team Decatur Kick-off and Health Expo

Mark your calendar for the Get Fit Team Decatur Kick-off and Health Expo on July 14 at 5:30pm at the Decatur Recreation Center. More information to come.

 

Saturday, July 25; 11am-7pm

City of Decatur to host Slide the City!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Decatur Business Association, the DBA along with the City of Decatur has decided to shake up our traditional summer event, the Decatur Beach Party, and make a huge SPLASH this summer. For one day only, there will be a 1000 foot long water slide in the middle of W. Ponce de Leon Ave, stetching from Clairemont down just past Ponce de Leon Place.

This amazing event is produced a by a professional event company called Slide the City which has brought this wildslide to cities such as Salt Lake City, Boise, Fountain Hills, and Ft. Lauderdale.  Decatur will be the only metro Atlanta city to host this event which will bring Decatur thousands of visitors and tons of foot traffic.

The Decatur Business Association and the Community and Economic Development department are committed to helping both businesses and residents prepare for this event and make it fun and beneficial for everyone.

When is it?  Saturday, July 25th (The event times are 11am-7pm but the street will be closed from 5am-midnight for set-up and break down)

Will the street be totally closed? Yes. We will close W. Ponce de Leon from Clairemont Ave all the way to Fairview Ave. The Slide itself will end in front of Jimmy Johns but  people in the 335 W. Ponce building will be able to get in and out of the parking deck.

How many people are expected to participate?  6000 tickets would be a sell out but this event tends to bring a lot of spectators who will be happy to eat, shop, and just watch the fun from the sidewalks.

How do people purchase tickets? Through the Slide the City website and on the day of the event. Prices range from $10-$50, depending on the type of ticket you purchase     (http://www.slidethecity.com)

Is there an age or height limit? All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Will this be in addition to the Beach Party in June?  No, we want to put all of our resources toward making this THE big summer event. We expect to bring the Beach Party back next summer.

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