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Monthly Update from
Mayor Joseph Geierman

On March 18th, the Doraville City Council held its first-ever meeting over video conference, following guidance from the CDC and Georgia Municipal Association. 
The past few weeks have been unlike anything  the modern world has experienced before. We are all feeling the effects of social distancing - both big and small. I appreciate all of your sacrifices during this time, and hope that as a result we prevent a catastrophic loss of life.

Your city government has been working hard to protect you from COVID-19: first through regulations enacted by the city council, and now by enforcing the governor's statewide regulations. You can keep up with the latest COVID-19 updates from the city (about services and alerts) at this link.

I'm proud of the city's response up to this point, and credit much of it to the steady hand of Chuck Atkinson - who has been serving in the dual role of interim city manager and interim police chief since January. He has proven himself to be the kind of leader we want to keep engaged with our city for a long time. Because of this, I plan to ask the council to pass a resolution recommending the immediate appointment of Chuck Atkinson as Doraville's permanent police chief.

We will get through this difficult time, but I know it will not be easy. If you are having difficulties related to the Coronavirus or the effects of social distancing, please reach out to me at 678-373-1937 or joseph.geierman@doravillega.us. Both I and the city are limited in what we can do, but I will do my best to connect you with resources to help.

Socially Distant Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is on April 12 this year, and unfortunately big Easter egg hunts and church services have had to be canceled. A resident of the community has suggested that our city engage in a "Socially Distant Easter Egg Hunt," which I think is a great idea:

  • If you want to participate, put Easter Eggs in your window between now and April 12th - decorate them as much or as little as you want. If you have children, have your kids make the Easter eggs that will go in your window.
  • When you're out walking in your neighborhood, try to spot as many homes with Easter Eggs in the window as possible. Add them up and see how many you're able to find by Easter.
  • Take photos of your finds (and maybe of making your eggs) and tag them on social Media #DoravilleEasterEggHunt

Let's not let the coronavirus take everything away from us - I hope you'll participate in this socially distant Easter egg hunt with our community.

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Primary Election is May 19 - Send in your Absentee Ballot Request Forms Now

In order to protect the public and poll workers, the state has sent out applications to all voters to request absentee ballots for the May 19th primary election.

Voting absentee is a way to protect both yourself AND the poll workers. I have used this method of voting several times, and it is very convenient and easy. I strongly encourage you to fill this out so you can do your civic duty while also maintaining social distancing rules.

City Manager Search: Update 

On March 3rd, Doraville residents were able to participate in a forum with Colin Baenziger & Associates to give input about qualities they want to see from our next city manager. Mr. Baenziger has taken that feedback and created a brochure that can be viewed here.

There are already several very strong candidates and the search should be open for a few more weeks. Based on this, I believe the city is in a good position to get a great new manager. We are still expecting to hire someone by June.

SPLOST Projects Continue During Coronavirus Outbreak

Even though much of March was taken up with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, other important work also continued - including our city's 2020 SPLOST projects. The photo above shows the re-grading taking place at the site across from the courthouse and MARTA, where abandoned disused buildings used to sit. The ultimate goal for the space is redevelopment, but for the short term is will be used as a place for holding events (when it is safe to do so again)
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