(VIDEO) Decatur Mayor thanks residents, staff

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 31, 2014
Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett. File photo.

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett. File photo.

The city of Decatur released the following taped statement from Mayor Jim Baskett about the city’s response to the Jan. 28 snow storm.


BaskettĀ planned to give the state of the city speech on Jan. 28, but postponed it once the snow began to fall and schools started dismissing early.

Some of the highlights from the mayor’s statement:

– “All told, about 30 tons of sand and salt were spread on city streets.”

– “Police officers, firefighters and volunteers checked on more than 80 seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.”

– “I join with the many parents who are thankful that City Schools of Decatur students were able to make it home safely Tuesday afternoon. We are fortunate to live in a community where many students could walk home.”

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks D-ish and let me be one of the first to congratulate you on the new look. Very nice.
    My successful experience with the bad weather had nothing to do with taking the advice of city officials. I was able to arrive home safely with few problems based on factors that had nothing to do with city staff. My boss gave me the flexibility to evaluate the weather conditions myself and quit work based on my good judgement. I chose to work at a local company that does not require me to drive far from Decatur. Most importantly, I made the decision more than thirty years ago to buy a house in my hometown, where for the most part, I chose to worship, work, and socialize. I also believe that the vast majority of Decatur residents did not need help from our government in making the decision to get home and stay off the roads.
    There is much to like about Decatur’s government and I have tried to show my support for staff and departments whenever possible but in this case, I find it hard to believe that most Decatur residents paid any attention to what city officials posted online.
    A city commissioner has created a buzz among residents by saying that government officials should have more trust in the decisions made by individual property owners, families, and other residents. I agree and only wish that more commissioners, city staff, and interest groups would have more faith in the individual decisions made by citizens.

    • Laura Josephine

      You certainly come off as having a great deal of animosity towards the City of Decatur. Your post seems to be nothing more than an opportunity for you to disparage the City, though you never state what in particular you think they should have done differently. Did you think they posted bad advice on line?
      Perhaps you would enjoy living in another community more. You are welcome to move.

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