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Register Your Team Now to Compete for $1,000 Grand Prize
On Saturday, November 3rd, volunteers will return to Dearborn Park to root out invasive plants for the 5th annual Park Renewal Day competition. Each year, this event has over 150 participants – all competing for prize money sponsored by Renewal Design-Build – clear more than an acre of English ivy and Chinese privet from the park. The event is organized by Renewal Design-Build, DeKalb County Parks, the City of Decatur’s Active Living division, and Park Pride.
Teams will compete for the grand prize of $1,000, while second and third place teams will take home $500 and $300, respectively. Each team’s assigned plot will be scored by local experts and County park officials. A live band, food, and the awarding of prizes follow the competition.
Any group willing to help the park and raise money is eligible to compete. In past years, teams have included school organizations, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, and Scout troops. Last year’s grand prize went to Boy Scouts Troop 18. The winnings funded scholarships for boys who could not afford the Troop’s annual dues, uniforms, camps, and equipment. The Decatur High School Super Close Up Club used their second place winnings toward travel grants for their annual spring trip to Washington D.C.
Interested groups should register as soon as possible; the event is limited to ten teams. For more photos and registration information, visit ParkRenewalDay.com.
Because of findings from the 2010 US census that indicate there is a change in population resulting in a deviation of approximately 7.97% between Decatur’s two votings districts, the City Commission is considering changes to the City Charter to amend the existing election districts for the City Commission and the Board of Education to comply with the “one-person/one-vote standard” of the United States and Georgia Constitutions. According to the US Department of Justice standards, election districts should not exceed a 5% deviation.
Due to the small window of time to get paperwork to the Department of Justice this year and the fact that the latest data indicates only a 5.75% deviation in Districts 1 and 2, the city will continue to use its current district configurations for the 2011 elections. The plan is to consider changes (most likely in August City Commission meetings) that will bring the deviation to less than 3% to be enacted by Jan 1, 2012.
Friday, May 20, 8pm-12pm at the Solarium in Oakurst
All proceeds benefit the Decatur Education Foundation’s “Tools For Success” program. All tickets processed through DecaturMetro (www.decaturmetro.com) Tickets: $40