GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, March 19

Date: March 19,2013
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers in Attendance
  • Lauren Rocereta, President
  • Jeff Rogers, Vice President
  • Michelle Botwick, Treasurer
  • Chris Balch, Economic Development Chair
  • Louie Engle, Transportation Committee Chair
  • Paul Simo, Historic Committee Chair
  • Chris Newman, Public Safety Committee Chair
  • Jason Parker, Technology Committee Chair
  • Rick Hudson, Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair
  • Nicole Levine, Fundraising Chair
  • Marie Mower, Grant Park Parents Network Committee Chair
  • Robert Greenage, Parks & Recreation Committee Chair
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Welcomed everyone and instructed people to make sure they sign in
  • Explained the agenda and open floor rules
  • Thank you to the zoo for allowing the use of the building
  • Explained voting eligibility
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
New Member Introduction
Recognition of Elected Officials
  • Household Hazardous Waste Event 4/27 from 9AM to 1 PM, Turner Field
  • Oakland Cemetery Announcement – Mary Woodland, Director of Volunteers and Special Events
    • Asking for support for spring event (One Day Music Event) on Saturday June 8, 2013 from 1 PM to 8 PM
    • Motion to support was made and seconded
    • Motion, approved
  • Minutes from February 2013 meeting were presented 
Treasurer, Michelle Botwick
  • Reviewed contents of the budget and cash position
Public Safety Chair, Chris Newman
  • Major Meadows Update
    • Discussed increase in carjackings
    • Some arrests were made
  • Next meeting at Martha Brown Methodist Church 3/27 6:30 PM
  • No update from community prosecutor
  • Working on coordinating a 911 center tour
  • We encourage everyone to sign up for the smart 911 system
  • Citizens Police Academy coming up in April
  • Reminder that officers are enforcing the new 4 way stop signs
  • Park Atlanta is working in the area.  Remember to park in the right direction on your street
  • Grant Park Security Patrol update
Vice President, Jeff Rogers
  • Volunteer sign-up sheet for committees
  • Bylaws subcommittee meeting is on 3/20 at Augustine’s at 7:35 PM
GPPN Committee Chair, Marie Mower
  • Discusses purpose of the group
  • SE Atlanta Communities for Schools
    • Parkside Elementary
    • King Middle School
    • Maynard Jackson HS
  • Introduced Chief Marguenta Sands, APS Security Director
    • Discussed efforts to improve communications
  • Introduced Gigi Conner
    • Jaguar Yard Signs Sales
Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Bob Greenage
  • Full calendar on the website
  • Park tours this weekend (Sat and Sun)
  • PED’s Atlanta handing out Slow Down Yard Signs
  • Atlanta Fringe Festival Art Hun in Ft. Walker 3/27, 2:00 PM
  • GPC  and the community Farmers market group received $1,000 grant to create signage and build two benches for the farmers market area
  • Farmers market will open on Sunday April 21, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Next GPC Board meeting will be on 3/28 , 6:30 PM at the Grant Park Recreation Center
  • Atlanta Sport and Social Club is having their Zombie Crawl 3/30, 1:00 PM Oakland Cemetery
  • Introduced Tim Fidler:  Head of Facilities and Construction for Zoo Atlanta
    • Discussed plans for relocation of the reptile house and reuse of existing building
  • Introduced Eric Teusink
    • Announced Run Before You Crawl 5K and Pub Crawl on 4/13/13 9:00 AM benefitting GPC, GPNA and GPPN
  • Introduced Nicole Corely
    • Announced My Mother has Sole Family Fun Run benefiting Nicholas House on 5/11/13
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle
  • Next mtg. is at Martha Brown United Methodist Church on 3/27/13 at 6:30 PM
  • Reviewed the city’s rolling 5 year list of traffic and transportation improvements affecting Grant Park
Economic Development Committee Chair, Chris Balch
  • SE Atlanta Business Association Soiree, 3/21 5:30 PM at the Drafting Table
  • 4 businesses have joined this month as economic partners
    • Operation Boot Camp
    • Red Robin Group
    • Mezcalito’s
    • Park Deli
Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo
  • Had recent Historic Committee Mtg. on Monday 3/18
  • Continue to discuss refresh of design regs.
  • Discussed proper route to approve extensions to the back of your house
  • Next mgt. on 4/15/13 at 7 PM at the Atlanta Preservation Center
  • Tip of the month:  Most houses are considered “Historic”.  Try to keep the historic siding intact.  Earmark the existing rear corners of your house.
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • Next meeting will be held on 4/4/13 at 7 PM at Zoo Atlanta ARC Bldg. Tech Lab
  • 800 Glenwood Project Update – No new application at this time
Technology Committee Co-Chair, Jason Parker
  • Technology Communications Survey being released
Fundraising Committee Chair, Nicole Levine
  • Tour of Homes planning.  Date  5/11-12.  Need homes and volunteers.
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Requested motion to have Nicole approved as fundraising chair.  So moved and seconded.
Motion to approve and support the minutes.  So moved and seconded.
Open Floor
  •  Grant Park Security Patrol – Chris Balch
    • Annual Mtg. at 4/20 2 PM at GP Rec Center
  •  Thanks to all who came out to the Tree’s Atlanta Planting
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:50 PM  Meeting Adjourned