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August 21, 2018, 2:35 PM

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss announced her retirement from the City of Decatur effective December 31, 2018 after 25 years of service as City Manager. The Decatur City Commission hired GovHR to lead the executive search for the City Manager’s position. As part of the process the search firm is seeking community input on the qualities, skills and traits that are important for a new city manager. The information collected from this forum topic will be used by GovHR to develop a recruitment brochure and for selecting possible candidates for the City Commission to consider. This forum topic will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018.

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June 7, 2018, 4:56 PM

The City of Decatur’s Revised 2017-2018 and Proposed 2018-2019 budgets have been presented to the City Commission and are available to the public for review. The City’s budget is scheduled to be voted upon by the City Commission on June 18, 2018.

Do you support or oppose the adoption of this budget by the City Commission?

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May 17, 2018, 8:42 AM

Decatur will host its second Open Office Hour of the year with Mayor pro tem Tony Powers on Wednesday, May 23 from 7 – 8 p.m. Mayor pro tem Powers will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of myths and facts of development in the City. 

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it on Open City Hall now.

*This question will close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. After that time, questions can be submitted live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone beginning at 7 p.m. (Details will be posted right before the meeting).*

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April 20, 2018, 2:18 PM

Cars VS. Bikes VS. Pedestrians

Decatur will host its first Open Office Hour of the year with Mayor Patti Garrett on Wednesday, May 2 (new date) from 7 – 8 p.m. Mayor Garrett will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of tensions between modes of transportation in the City, including the steps the City is taking to improve safety on our streets and sidewalks as well as how to move people, bikes and cars safely and efficiently through Decatur. She will also talk about how the City Commission and staff are addressing the tensions between transportation modes and working with other government agencies such as DeKalb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now.

*This question will close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd. After this time, questions can be submitted live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone beginning at 7 p.m. (Details will be posted right before the meeting).*

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February 15, 2018, 11:51 AM

Please take a moment to answer seven short questions that will help guide the City's way forward on a few initiatives.

The 2018 edition of the National Citizen Survey was mailed to 1,500 randomly selected households in the City of Decatur in early February. If you didn’t receive a copy this year but want to share your thoughts on a few questions, here’s your chance. The following questions are specific to Decatur, so let us know what you think by Friday, March 16th by clicking on link below.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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October 18, 2017, 2:35 PM

Decatur will host its sixth and final Open Office Hour of the year with Commissioner Brian Smith on Thursday, October 26 from 7 – 8 p.m. Commissioner Smith will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the role of youth in the City of Decatur.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now.

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September 20, 2017, 9:05 AM

Decatur will host its fifth Open Office Hour with Commissioner Tony Powers on Thursday, September 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Commissioner Powers will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the role of the city and schools including ongoing and potential initiatives and partnerships.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now.

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June 6, 2017, 10:31 AM

The City of Decatur’s Revised 2016-2017 and Proposed 2017-2018 budgets have been presented to the City Commission and are available to the public for review. The City’s budget is scheduled to be voted upon by the City Commission on June 19, 2017.

Do you support or oppose the adoption of this budget by the City Commission? 

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May 17, 2017, 3:31 PM

Decatur will host its third Open Office Hour with City Manager Peggy Merriss on Monday, May 22 from 7 – 8 p.m. Ms. Merriss will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the city organization and the budgeting process. The FY 2017-2018 budget is now available for review and can be found at www.decaturga.com/budget.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now.

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April 17, 2017, 9:39 AM

Decatur will host its second Open Office Hour with Mayor pro tem Fred Boykin on Monday, April 26 from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor pro tem will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of transportation in the city and the activities and efforts relating to this area.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. 

If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now.

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March 22, 2017, 2:44 PM

Decatur will launch its first Open Office Hour with Mayor Patti Garrett on Monday, March 27 from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of Decatur’s commitment to being a just, welcoming, equitable, inclusive and compassionate city and the activities and efforts around that commitment.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email, or phone.

If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now.

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February 9, 2017, 2:48 PM

Beginning this March, the City of Decatur will be hosting a series of virtual Town Hall meetings and we would like to know if and when residents might participate.

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June 3, 2016, 2:01 PM

Do you support or oppose the adoption of the revised 2015-2016 and proposed 2016-2017 budgets by the City Commission?

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April 6, 2016, 6:37 PM

Should Decatur Pass on Glass Recycling?

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March 9, 2016, 2:46 PM

Please take a moment to answer three short questions that will help guide Decatur's way forward on a few initiatives.

The National Citizen Survey was mailed to 1,500 randomly selected households in Decatur in early February. If you didn’t participate, here’s your chance to answer the questions specific to Decatur. Let us know what you think by Friday, March 18th.

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November 17, 2015, 6:35 PM

Better Together is Decatur’s effort to address Principle B from 2010’s Strategic Plan, which reads, “Encourage a diverse and engaged community.” Associated with this principle are multiple goals to maintain and encourage all manner of diversity, strengthen our connections, foster greater interaction, and promote a stronger sense of community. What do you think of the 71 proposed action items that emerged to take the form of a Community Action Plan?

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June 8, 2015, 1:08 PM

Do you support or oppose the adoption of the revised 2014-2015 and proposed 2015-2016 budgets by the City Commission?

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April 7, 2015, 3:12 PM

    What should be done to meet CSD's expanding enrollment demands?

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April 2, 2015, 4:10 PM

How would you spend $500 to show what's most important to you in Decatur?

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December 2, 2014, 10:58 PM

Thank you for your participation in this Open City Hall topic. The City Commission adopted the Unified Development Ordinance on Monday, November 17, 2014. It will become effective on February 1, 2015. The final draft included new high performance building requirements, eliminated minimum floor area requirements for residential housing, allowed for administrative adjustments and adopted a 15 day demolition delay process. For more information and to view the final ordinance please visit www.decaturnext.com or contact Amanda Thompson at Amanda.thompson@decaturga.com

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October 29, 2014, 3:28 PM

How do you find out about emergencies?

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September 11, 2014, 1:22 AM

Last week we posted 3 questions about the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on Open City Hall.  Thank you to everyone who participated and left us their feedback.

We’re wrapping up our online polling with questions about how the UDO should handle high performance (green) buildings. The proposed UDO includes new high performance standards for both residential and commercial buildings.

The proposal would require some manner of third-party green building certification for new construction or substantial renovations that exceed 50% of a building’s pre-renovation market value.  It would also require new construction buildings to achieve higher tightness standards, making them less leaky than Georgia Residential Energy Code currently allows.

Go to the city’s Open City Hall page now to learn more and let us know what you think. The questions close Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m.

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August 25, 2014, 10:35 PM

Last week we posted 3 questions about the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on Open City Hall.  Thank you to everyone who participated and left us their feedback.

We’re wrapping up our online polling with questions about how the UDO should handle high performance (green) buildings. The proposed UDO includes new high performance standards for both residential and commercial buildings.

The proposal would require some manner of third-party green building certification for new construction or substantial renovations that exceed 50% of a building’s pre-renovation market value.  It would also require new construction buildings to achieve higher tightness standards, making them less leaky than Georgia Residential Energy Code currently allows.

Go to the city’s Open City Hall page now to learn more and let us know what you think. The questions close Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m.

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June 13, 2014, 11:03 AM

The Decatur City Commission voted to adopt a new Tree Conservation Ordinance that will go into effect on July 7, 2014. The purpose of this update is to modernize the current ordinance (which dates back to 1988) and to encourage the conservation of existing tree canopy.

The process started in October 2013 and the first draft was completed in January 2014. Revisions to this draft were made based on feedback received from Open City Hall, DecaturNEXT.com, and public comment made at City Commission meetings. The second draft was released on April 8, 2014.

Presentations made by city staff to the Decatur City Commission specifically outlined the feedback from the two questions asked on Open City Hall about the ordinance drafts. (See the presentation from May 19 for an example.) Additionally, copies of all comments posted to Open City Hall were provided to each of the Commissioners. Open City Hall provides a valuable resource to the City of Decatur on these types of issues, and we are grateful to those who participated. 

Timeline

  • Tree Conservation Ordinance update process begun – October 2013
  • Public input meeting – December 11, 2013
  • First Open City Hall question posted – January 16, 2014
  • First draft tabled by City Commission for further review –  January 21, 2014
  • City Commission Work Session to discuss revisions – March 3, 2014
  • Second draft released – April 8, 2014
  • Second Open City Hall question posted – April 17, 2014
  • City Commission Work Session on second draft – May 5, 2014
  • City Commission voted to adopt – May 19, 2014

The Design, Environment, and Construction Division is currently working to finalize processes and procedures to implement the new ordinance. More information will be available soon. Questions? Contact John Maximuk, john.maximuk@decaturga.com, 678-553-6570.

Final Approved Ordinance Materials

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June 9, 2014, 4:33 PM

 

Do you support or oppose the adoption of the revised 2013-2014 and proposed 2014-2015 budgets by the City Commission?

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