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Update from Joseph Geierman

Representing YOU on Doraville City Council

Joseph Geierman and, B.J. Abbott, at the HRC Gala - May 5, 2018
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Municipal Budget Season is Here -
Make Your Voice Heard!

Georgia requires that Municipal budgets for the following year are set each June. That means that Doraville needs to identify its spending priorities and what kind of taxes it is going to ask its homeowners to pay in 2019 by the end of this month

The city's costs are going up this year - mainly due to employee costs (healthcare, pension, etc). In her preliminary presentation to Council, the city manager suggested that we should consider tax increases to fund new positions and initiatives. 

After seeing operations at city hall up close, I do think they are understaffed. That said, I'm not convinced raising the millage rate is the answer. I'd like to hear from you about what you think the city should be focusing on in the next year, where it should spend its money, and whether you support an increase in the millage rate to enable those initiatives you support. 

You can read the full report from the city manager here. Feel free to call me at (678) 373-9137 or email me at with any feedback. 

Conditional Use Permit Approved - St. Martin's is Coming to Doraville

At its May 21st meeting, Doraville’s city council voted in favor of granting a conditional use permit allowing St Martin’s Episcopal School to take three parcels of land along Stewart Road and to use them for athletic fields for their students. These properties currently house several vacant buildings (including “Star Towers”) and have been an eyesore for at least 10 years. I’m excited that we’ll be seeing a transformation of this area into active sports fields and well-maintained green space.


Stepping Down as a Northwoods Nextdoor Lead

After careful consideration, I've decided to step down as a Nextdoor lead for Northwoods. I'm proud to have served in that role, and that over the course of my tenure, I was able to help grow the network to more than 500 residents and to cover 19% of households in the neighborhood. The reasoning behind this decision to step down can be found on my website. 
Stephe Koontz, Donna Pittman, Dawn O'Connor, and Joseph Geierman at Cary Reynolds

International Day at Cary Reynolds Elementary

In May, I had the opportunity to attend the Cary Reynolds Elementary School "International Day," where students celebrated diversity by performing dances from countries around the world.

I was impressed by the talent and hard work that went into putting this event on. What an impressive group of students and educators!
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There have been several news stories recently about a lawsuit filed against the city of Doraville. Unfortunately I cannot comment on the pending litigation, but I can  point you to this statement that the city has released:

At its May 7th meeting, the Doraville city council unanimously approved two big changes to the area around Longmire and Buford Highway. Because of these decisions, you will see more activity in that area over the coming months and years. I think that the changes move us closer to the active, diverse and thriving vision our city has laid out for Buford Highway in both our 2016 Comprehensive Plan as well as the 2017 Doraville/Chamblee Buford Highway Master Plan.

  • The council unanimously approved a zoning change for 3747 Longmire that will allow a dry cleaning business to open there (it was previously zoned for automotive repair shops only). This brings the zoning for this parcel in line with the parcels that surround it, and to what we have laid out in our master plan.
  • The council unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow Renovation Church to open at 5660 Buford Highway – the former Atlanta Eagle Sports Complex (it was Lionel Playworld before that). Their timeline, now that the Conditional Use Permit has been approved, has them moving into the new church in Summer 2019.
Read more about both of these new developments here. 


Doraville's Senior Luncheon

On the the second Wednesday of each month, Doraville's seniors gather at the Civic Center for a potluck lunch. I believe this group has been getting together since before I moved to Doraville - and everyone has always been really friendly to me on the occasions when I've attended. 

The next luncheon is on June 13th at 11:30 am. This is an event that's free and open to anyone (you don't necessarily need to be a senior to attend). Feel free to stop by and bring a dish to share. 

Movies Under the Stars is Back!

Join Me: Georgia Equality's Evening for Equality

Georgia Equality is one of the key LGBTQ advocacy organizations in our state. I have supported them financially for a number of years, because I believe the work they do. 

Each year, Georgia Equality hosts their "
Evening for Equality" fundraising dinner. This year it is on June 16th at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, and tickets are $100.  I'm planning to attend, and would love to see a large contingent of other people from Doraville there as well. You can purchase tickets at this link
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