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Representing YOU on Doraville City Council

Council Members Geierman and Koontz at the kick off for Welcome America's "One Region Initiative." By being part of this program, Doraville is helping lead the conversation about inclusiveness in Metro Atlanta.

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Doraville is now Recording all Public Meetings

One of the key values that Doraville's council agreed on at its recent retreat is TRANSPARENCY.

Starting in August, ALL public meetings held by the council or any commissions will be video recorded and made publicly accessible (barring technical issues). This includes council work sessions.

I am thrilled that we are committed to providing a more open government for our residents. You can view videos of past meetings at the city's Meetings on Demand website.

Northwoods: Learning about Historic Districts & Overlay Zones

Infill housing is starting to come to Doraville and to Northwoods. On September 11, 2018 (at 6:30pm at the Doraville Civic Center), I will be hosting a forum to discuss strategies that people in Northwoods could pursue to protect the investment in their homes and preserve the character of the neighborhood.

We'll be talking with Alison Duncan, Principal Planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission; Amber Rhea, Dekalb County Historic Preservation Commissioner; and Art Hansen, President of the North Briarcliff Civic Association (which has experience with overlay districts).

This is not an event sponsored by the city of Doraville, but is meant to be a forum where residents of Northwoods can learn about potential options for preserving the character of our neighborhood.

Doraville is Participating in Atlanta Pride

In recognition and celebration of our city's diversity, Doraville will be participating in the Atlanta Pride Parade and marketplace on the weekend of October 13th.

We need residents who are interested in marching with us - no matter their orientation. If you're interested, please email  me or Stephe Koontz. We'd love to have you participate.

Council Member Koontz and I also need help designing t-shirts for march participants - if you are willing to donate your design skills, we'd like to hear from you!
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City Council Meetings: Alcohol on the Agenda

At our August 20th meeting, Doraville's council unanimously voted to amend our zoning to include microbreweries, microwineries and microdistileries. We also approved an open container zone at Assembly Yards.

In September, you will see some more alcohol-related legislation. I believe our city has been overly cautious about alcohol in the past, and that this spate of new legislation is long overdue. By rethinking our approach to breweries and alcohol in general, I believe we'll help our city appeal to a new generation of people.

On September 4th, council will be voting on what type of zoning we should allow micro-alcohol producers to open in. This is a more controversial vote, so if you feel strongly about it - you should come make your voice heard at the public hearing.

Finally, at the September 17th council meeting, I plan to introduce new legislation that would allow alcohol to be served at public events (festivals, civic celebrations, etc). The new ordinance has taken some time to work out, because we wanted to make sure we had built in a good process. I'm very happy with what we've come up with, and think this has a good chance of passing. 


Meet & Greet w/Sally Harrell

Sally Harrell is running to be the next state senator for Doraville. I support her because she is passionate about many of the issues I care about most: inclusiveness, education, and transportation.

Sally is hosting a meet and greet in Doraville this Tuesday and I know she would love to meet as many of our residents as possible. This is on the same night as an important council meeting, but you could come make your voice heard at the meeting and then go meet Sally.

A link to the invite for her event is here

Serta Simmons Bedding HQ Progress at Assembly Yards

It's a Wrap: Movies Under the Stars

Movies under the stars at Honeysuckle Park was washed out several times by rain this year. Despite this, it was able to close out for the Summer strong with a very well attended showing of Black Panther. B.J. and I had waited to see this movie, because we knew it would be showing here - and it was worth the wait!

I also got to participate, along with council members Koontz and Patrick and Mayor Pittman, in drawing tickets for a raffle that the Park's department did ahead of the movie. It was a fun night all around!

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