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Name not shown inside Decatur September 17, 2018, 10:45 AM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Awareness of challenges facing everyday families, biking is lovely but if you have 2-3 kids in a 2 parent working household driving is a necessity.


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
Traffic. Business retention and diversity. Not giving in to the mob, many voices go unheard because we are too busy to go to meetings and are not as well organized as activist groups.


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
The schools have driven the desirability of CoD. The businesses have developed as a result of the magnet that is CSD. The inability to travel within and in/out of CoD greatly decreases it's livability.

Name not shown inside Decatur September 16, 2018, 8:04 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Honesty and a true caring about Decatur and a willingness to listen to the citizens


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
Keeping businesses in Decatur because of the lack of parking and new restrictions on the meters. Also the building of more apartments must cease. People rent these and use large walkin closets for bedrooms for their children just so they can attend our schools


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
It's a small town and most of us who live here would like to keep that feel even as we grow.

Name not shown inside Decatur September 16, 2018, 10:40 AM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Our city manager needs to be open to diverse opinions on matters, even when the city manager disagrees with the opinion of citizens. Several bicycle lane projects and the tree ordinance were widely unpopular, but the personal opinions of city employees and groupthink went against the wishes of citizens. We also need a City Manager that will bring reality to the discussion when lofty ideas are presented by people like the Mayor.


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
Traffic problems that result from road shrinking and the introduction of thousands of parking spaces and apartments throughout the city.


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
The schools are the most important component of this city. It is what draws families to this city. Many current Decatur policies could be taken, unfortunately, as anti-family.

SUSAN AVENT inside Decatur September 16, 2018, 10:29 AM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
An attentive, engaged personnel, a selection from Outside the current administration. Someone with experience in City Management (not too ingrained in their career, so they still have fresh ideas) A manager that actually walks the City, on a routine, regular basis and gives feedback to the community. Provide public feedback. Not everyone can get to all the meetings and communication of those meetings will become more and more important as the City continues to grow.


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
Maintenance and Growth. Decatur was a brilliant idea and brought to fruition 80's & 90's. It is now resting on the laurels of the past. My adage is "Build it and they will come, Maintain it and they will STAY". The infrastructure of Decatur is fading fast. We need home ownership, not just rentals. Tax income on rental is commercial rate rather than residential but you pay the price for lack of cohesion and community.


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
I would like them to know the history how quickly this City has actually come to be. I would like them to understand we need more than Just a school. The schools are wonderful but a complete community they do not make. They need to understand the battle between the schools and the city funding. They need to know about the storm water, the issue of bikes vs cars vs pedestrians, the necessary discussion about the street trees, existing and future. They need to understand the relationship of business to residential. I choose to live here for convenience and it has been my life long home. My husband and I both grew up in the sixties off N. Druid Hills and watched the evolution of the City of Decatur. We moved into the City proper as older working ...Seniors~ . Now experiencing the City on a day-to-day basis, a significant part of the thrill is gone. The broken sidewalks, the lack of aesthetic standards for business, the City and the County on our streetscapes, (broken, glass on the door of the old Salon Red is still exposed three weeks at this point, old rusting bike hooked to rack in front of Sweet Melissa, dead and empty planters in front of store fronts, streetside dumpsters, (Leon's, Starbucks, Chipotle, standards that dictate they are required to be cleaned daily) the lack of understanding of maintenance for the existing green space and infrastructure. The gazebo has old hacked up, unsightly shrubs, this is our center piece. The Cemetery is a mess, though volunteers try, the City should be able to maintain that space before acquiring new ones. Yet we have now acquired additional green space (CHU) and are unable to maintain what we have. Let them have a comprehensive view of existing vs proposed, construction, vs maintenance. Construction is fun, Maintenance is an expense no one wants to budget for.

Name not shown inside Decatur September 14, 2018, 6:45 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Someone who is fiscally responsable, listens to the residents of the city


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
high taxes, increasing population, and decreasing ability to move traffic through this town.


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
While this is a wonderful city we are unhappy about that actions to expand the population but constrict traffic. Taxes are way too high for what the payback is. We would live elsewhere if it were not for the proximity to our jobs.

Name not shown inside Decatur September 14, 2018, 4:38 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Openness to new ways of doing things


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
Addressing rapid growth and keeping our small town feel and connections to each other


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
Decatur is a City that cares about both its residents and the world

Name not shown inside Decatur September 14, 2018, 2:11 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
accessability and lack of arrogance


What do you believe are the key challenges that need to be addressed by the next City Manager?
coordination with decatur schools because of rising enrollment


What would you like candidates for our City Manager position to know about the City of Decatur and why you've chosen to live and/ or work here?
The city is very diverse, and proud of it, but becoming less racially diverse--a problem.

Todd Poole inside Decatur September 14, 2018, 1:53 PM

What are the key characteristics you think we need in our next City Manager?
Responsiveness, a servant's heart, organization, intellectual curiousity, attention to detail

Gabrielle Dean inside Decatur September 14, 2018, 12:04 PM

What outlet do you prefer to receive general information from the city (website, Decatur Focus newsletter, The Decatur Minute blog, Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor)?
Website, neighborhood listserve (on yahoo), Focus


When an emergency occurs, do you seek out information from the City of Decatur?
Yes


What outlets do you use to find the latest emergency updates from the city (website, The Decatur Minute blog, Facebook, Twitter, Smart911, NextDoor)? Do you have one outlet you prefer?
Smart911, Neighborhood yahoo listserve, City's website, Facebook, Twitter. Probably the City's website or Facebook.

Name not shown inside Decatur September 14, 2018, 11:57 AM

Store 1
Publix


Store 2
Target


Store 3
Trader Joe's


Would you like to see these stores in downtown Decatur?
Yes