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Decatur City Commission to consider St. Thomas More construction plans

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Decatur City Commission to consider St. Thomas More construction plans

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church. Photo by Dean Hesse.
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Decatur, GA — The Decatur City Commission will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 16, for a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Decatur City Hall, located at 509 N. McDonough Street, and virtually via Zoom. There will also be a dinner session at 5:30 p.m. and a work session at 6 p.m.

The work session will focus on the fiscal year 2022-2023 annual comprehensive financial report. During the regular meeting, the city commission will consider amending the comprehensive site development plan for St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

To access the meeting, follow these instructions:

To view the agenda, click here.

This meeting will be held in-person. Members of the public wishing to participate during either the “Public Comment” or “Requests and Petitions” portions of the meeting may attend the meeting in one of two ways:

1. Attend in-person by coming to Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

2. Register in advance at https://zoom.us/j/92528113875. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (The 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link.)

NOTE – This meeting will utilize virtual meeting technology. We cannot guarantee it will operate as planned. If your participation must be a matter of public record, attend the meeting in person or email your comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16th.

Members of the public may also view the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video

St. Thomas More Catholic Church is seeking to construct new classroom and worship buildings at the church, located at 618 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., according to the agenda.

The Decatur Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions. The property is designated as an institutional zoning district, which is regulated by a comprehensive site development plan, according to the planning commission’s staff report.

In the next couple of years, the church hopes to build a bigger school building, renovate an existing worship building, make improvements to its athletic fields, and construct a stormwater detention in its athletic field area, Paul Flippo, a consultant for the church’s project, told the planning commission.

The conditions from the planning commission included capping the enrollment at 516 students, which is the current maximum capacity. The church plans to increase the square footage of the school but does not plan to increase enrollment.

The commission also recommended a condition that the construction parking be limited to the church’s property or to an off-site location that is managed by the church.

In other business:

– The city commission will consider approving a list of streets to be submitted for the 2024 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant. Every year, the city applies for funding through the Georgia Department of Transportation’s LMIG program to repave local streets.

Here are the proposed streets:

Photo courtesy of the city of Decatur.

– The city commission will consider awarding a contract to United Pools, LLC, for $576,940 for lifeguard management services. The commission will consider an additional contract with United Pools for $63,600 for maintenance management of the city’s aquatics facilities.

Writer Anila Yoganathan contributed to this article.

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