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Update from Joseph Geierman

Representing YOU on Doraville City Council

Some of the participants in Doraville's first Pride Picnic on June 29th

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Doraville LGBTQ Pride Events

Doraville declares June LGBTQ Pride month for the first time ever
On June 29th, Doraville's LGBTQ Pride group held a picnic at Brook Park. The mayor issued a proclamation of June as LGBTQ Pride month - for the first time ever in our city! It was a great event - you can see the proclamation in the video above.

Poor weather forced Doraville's LGBTQ Pride group to move the showing of the movie, Love, Simon at Flowers Park to Saturday, July 27th. Festivities start at 7:30, and include an optional pool party. 

I'm proud to say that this will be the first public event in our city to take advantage of the legislation I introduced to allow alcohol for sale at public events - The Mad Italian will be selling both beer and food!

This event is open to all, and I think is a huge step forward for our city. It would be great to see you there!

Podcast Interview

Last month, I was contacted by a podcast called "City Council Chronicles," that interviews mayors and council members about various actions their councils have taken, and the reasons behind those actions. They wanted to get my take on some of the meetings we've had in Doraville while I've been on council. You can listen to my interview with them here.

 
 
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Budget Wrap-Up

 

In June, Doraville passed its 2020 budget. There were several component votes - I break down how I weighed in on each one in this post.

This was the second budget process I’ve participated in. I think some things got better, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. In 2020, I’m hoping that city council gets involved early with goals, and get public input much earlier than a couple of weeks before the final budget vote. I would like to see a council that is willing to make some harder decisions about paying our employees what they are worth (and cutting back in some areas as necessary) – or at least willing to have more substantive conversations about that.

Brook Park ADA Path - Installed

 

Our public works department has completed the first phase of a plan to improve Brook Park by adding an ADA walking path and additional seating (and grills). At the Pride picnic on June 29th, we had an opportunity to use these amenities for the first time. The path was much better for mobility-challenged people than forcing them to walk over pine straw.

I was happy to be in a position to advocate for these improvements to the park, and hope we are able to do more in the near future.  You can see some photos I took of the progress on the improvements here.

Also in June...

In June, I attended Georgia Equality's "Evening for Equality," where I ran into our congressional representative, Lucy McBath. I was glad to see her there, supporting the event!
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