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Representing YOU on Doraville City Council

State Senator Sally Harrell, Doraville Councilman Joseph Geierman, and State Representative Matthew WIlson at  Brookhaven's ground-breaking of the Peachtree Creek Greenway

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On January 1, I spoke to Channel 11 about challenges the city faces with boarding homes, as well as my hope that the state legislature will provide tools this session to help cities deal with the problem. I also wrote about this issue on my blog.

New Format for Council Meetings

Over the last year, the city council has made a number of changes to the way it holds meetings. We are trying to be more strategic and less reactive. We began video recording all public meetings - including work sessions - so that the public could get a better understanding of things we were working on.  In 2018, we also experimented with a new long work session format that was very successful.

In 2019, we are going to keep our schedule of two meetings per month - but one will be a voting meeting and the other one will be a long work session. The proposed list of meetings for the year (which will be voted on in the January 7th meeting) are available in this packet.

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Fireworks (Not so Silent Night)

Over the holidays, there were many reports of loud fireworks late into the night - particularly on Christmas Eve. Doraville is updating its noise ordinance to make sure it covers fireworks to the extent the state will let us. That said, in my recent blog post, I caution residents not to expect a dramatic change in holiday noise levels unless the state makes some changes in its laws.

Speeding on Chestnut

Many people who live in Northwoods have been discussing traffic along Chestnut Drive and talking about the need for better speed enforcement or traffic calming. This has been a long-standing issue, as well as one with a lot of nuance. I write more about this on my blog.   

Buford Highway Spotlight: Gu's Kitchen

For years, one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta was Gu's Bistro - which happened to be located in Doraville. It was an amazing Szechuan restaurant with something for everyone - even vegetarians could find something to eat there! It was one of the places we would always take out-of-town guests.

Unfortunately, Gu's closed several years ago, and their noodle/dumpling stand at Krog Street Market just wasn't the same. I was extremely happy when they announced they were coming back to Buford Highway as "
Gu's Kitchen." And even though they're in Chamblee this time, instead of Doraville, the new restaurant is less than a 10 minute walk from my house.

The food is as good as I remember, and I recommend it highly. Be sure to try the spicy dried eggplant!

Gu's Kitchen
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