Update: Decatur City Commission hearing public comments on tear-down, tree removal moratoriums
Decatur’s City Commission is still listening to public comments about proposals to temporarily prohibit issuing permits for residential tear downs and tree removal.
The meeting began at 7:30 p.m. and public comments began at 8 p.m. Several news cameras were in the room, but most have left as the evening has worn on.
City Commission expanded its meeting room by moving a piece of removable wall and adding chairs. The comments have been passionate but civil. Speakers on both sides of the debate – long-time residents vs. new residents and builders – are drawing a polite smattering of applause from the audience.
There’s no limit on the amount of public comments the City Commission will hear. Mayor Jim Baskett said the City Commission will take a short recess once comments are finished. Decaturish.com will post an update as soon as the City Commission makes a decision about the moratoriums it is considering.