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Monthly Update from
Mayor Joseph Geierman

April was a month of social distancing - but many people were out beautifying their homes and their neighborhoods. This photo was taken in front of the Doraville Unity Garden.
Even though we are dealing with an unexpected public health crisis, the routine business of the city must still get done. To that end, the city is working on its budget for the next fiscal year (which runs from July 2020 through June 2021).

In the past, I have felt like council and the public have not had enough input into the process, which was typically been driven mostly by staff. While city staff play an important role in the budgeting process, I believe think it's important that the budget reflect the priorities of our city council (and of the public), which has been my driving concern while working on the upcoming budget meetings. My own priorities are to ensure that we find a way to begin paying our police a wage that is competitive with what other nearby cities offer, as well as keeping the overall budget flat and beginning to anticipate challenges we'll face in the wake of COVID-19 (many of the biggest hits to Doraville will probably not come until next year).

The council will be meeting to discuss the budget on Monday. You can sign up to view the meeting here.

Attend the City's Virtual Budget Town Hall

Each June, the City of Doraville must pass a balanced budget for its next fiscal year (which starts in July).

On May 13th, at 6:30pm, I have called a special city council work session and town hall forum aimed at getting feedback on the proposed budget from the city's residents.

In the interest of both social distancing and convenience, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom web conference. Login can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/234414860998823/

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Want to keep up with what the city is doing? Sign up for the official city newsletter at this link: http://www.doravillega.us/residents/signup.php

With so many people suddenly out of work, many families are suddenly finding themselves having to choose between having enough to eat or having a roof over their head.

Luckily, we have some amazing charities that have been working to help address food insecurity for some time. One of them - I Care Atlanta, led by Anthony Delgado - has been particularly dedicated to helping address hunger in Doraville and around Metro Atlanta.

Over the past month, Mr. Delgado's organization has answered several calls for help from Doraville residents. In particular, he responded to a situation I let him know about at Silverleaf Senior Living.  Many of the residents have been making ends meet by going to food pantries. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, though, they have not been able to find rides to get there. I put out a call for help and Anthony Delgado at I Care Atlanta answered. His organization brought food to help the residents there keep from going hungry, and I can't thank him enough.

Update on the Situation at Silverleaf Senior Living / Clarion Hotel

Earlier this month, I learned of a dangerous situation at Silverleaf Senior Living. When this facility was approved many years ago, it was allowed to co-locate with the Clarion Hotel. The owners initially promised their residents that they would provide meals and other amenities, but as time has gone on the meals have gone away. I learned that residents were relying on food banks to survive. More recently, residents were told they needed to lock themselves inside their rooms when the hotel made a deal with the county to house homeless who were shuttled over from the MARTA station.

After learning about these events, it quickly became obvious to me that Silverleaf needs to be investigated in the interest of keeping its vulnerable senior population safe. Code Enforcement and our Community Development department are tackling this from different angles. Whatever actions the city takes, my goal is to ensure that these residents have a safe place to live
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