Posts tagged with "Jim Baskett"

With mayor pro tem deciding against re-election, commission losing two long-serving members

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 3, 2015

The 2015 City Commission elections will be one that brings major changes to the city’s elected leadership. Mayor Jim Baskett, elected in 1995, confirmed last month that he isn’t seeking another term. Now Mayor Pro Tem Kecia Cunningham, who was elected in 1999, is also deciding against reelection. Cunningham recently confirmed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution […]

Mayor Baskett: I won’t seek another term

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 13, 2015

This story has been updated.  Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett has released the following statement about the upcoming city elections. I do not plan to seek reelection. I have had the great honor of serving on the City Commission since 1996. It is time to pursue other opportunities and make room for those who are eager […]

Decatur releases statement on recent protests

Posted by March 27, 2015

The city of Decatur released a statement on Friday afternoon about recent protests in the city. Entitled “Statement on civic space in Decatur,” it addressed the city’s role as the county seat of DeKalb County and as a result, a place for people to gather. On Sunday, March 22, activists protesting recent shootings of black suspects […]

Decatur Police respond to calls about protests during Sunday brunch

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 23, 2015

Activists protesting recent shootings of black suspects by police officers decided on Sunday to storm local restaurants to air their grievances during brunch. The business owners responded by calling the police. Protesters entered Sweet Melissa’s, Leon’s, Cafe 246 and Victory Sandwich. As patrons looked on, some filming, some baffled, managers tried to hustle the protesters […]

Mayor: Decatur wants to eliminate city taxes for seniors

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 28, 2015

During Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett’s State of the City Speech last night, he announced that the city is pursuing legislation that would exempt the city’s seniors from paying city taxes. “We’re asking the general assembly for additional homestead exemptions,” Baskett said. “It would effectively eliminate city taxes for city operations for any taxpayer over 65 […]

Some historical perspective on the Decatur State of the City Address

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 27, 2015

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett will give his annual “State of the City” address tonight, Jan. 27, at 6 pm. Last year, Baskett had a very upbeat message about the city, saying everything was “just great,” including the city’s schools, its financial position and its employees. But take a trip in time with us, if you […]

DeKalb CEO’s proposal to move county offices out of Decatur gets mixed reviews

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 23, 2015

DeKalb County CEO Lee May’s State of the County speech was laden with Biblical references. He stood in front of a banner that read, “A New Covenant with the People of DeKalb.” “Proverbs tells us, without a vision the people perish,” May said, standing before the crowd of elected and business leaders gathered at the […]

Decatur Mayor, Mayor Pro-tem reappointed by fellow commissioners

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 6, 2015

Decatur City Commissioners held a short meeting on Monday, Jan. 5, where they reappointed Mayor Jim Baskett and Mayor Pro Tem Kecia Cunningham. Unlike Avondale Estates, where the mayor is elected, in Decatur the mayor and mayor pro tem are commissioners selected by fellow commissioners at the first meeting of the calendar year. The mayor […]

Decatur Commission will elect officers on Monday

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 2, 2015

A new year means some housekeeping items are in order for the Decatur City Commission. Decatur City Commissioners will meet on Jan. 5 and will select the mayor and mayor pro tem for 2015. The meeting will be held at 7:30 pm at Decatur City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are […]

Cities, neighborhoods map DeKalb’s future

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 13, 2014

This story has been updated.  Organizations working toward the creation of new cities in DeKalb County are finalizing their maps before a Nov. 15 deadline set by the state Legislature. Mary Kay Woodworth, with LakesideYES, told Decaturish on Thursday that Lakeside and Briarcliff supporters are hopeful the Tucker supporters will join them. “We are finishing the […]

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