GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, August 20

GPNA Meeting Minutes
August 2013
Date:                                                   August 20, 2013
Time:                                                   7:36 pm to 9:08 pm
Location:                                            ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers Present:                               Lauren Rocereta, President
                                                                Jeff Rogers, Vice President
                                                                Michelle Botwinick, Treasurer
                                                                Rick Hudson, Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair
                                                                Paul Simo, Historic Committee Chair
                                                                Robert Greenage, Parks & Recreation Committee Chair
                                                                Louie Ingle, Transportation Committee Chair
                                                                Stephanie Warner, Technology Committee Chair
                                                                Jason Parker, Technology Committee Vice Chair
                                                                Nicole Levine, Fundraising Committee Chair
                                                                Cullen Boudreaux, Fundraising Committee Vice Chair
                                                                Angelique Edwards, GPPN Chair
                                                                Chris Newman, Public Safety Chair
7:36 pm            Meeting Commenced
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Welcomed everyone, explained the agenda and open floor rules, and voting eligibility
  • Thank you to the Zoo Atlanta for allowing the use of the building
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Recognize elected officials
    • Carla Smith introduced self and provided contact info: [email protected]
    • Informed neighbors she is working actively with:
      • Louie Ingle (Transportation Chair) on traffic calming
      • Rick Hudson (Land Use Chair) and Lauren Rocereta (President) on 800 Glenwood
    • 2 neighbors expressed concerns
      • Grate w/manhole on Augusta Place SE & Augusta Ave SE needs attention
      • Atlanta Ave and Grant St needs a stop sign; neighbor asked to start with GPNA Transportation Committee
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Minutes from July 2013 meeting were presented
Vice President, Jeff Rogers
  • Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
  • Advised contact info for committee chairs and officers can be found on the Agenda
Treasurer, Michelle Botwinick
  • Advised of 501 (c)(3) status , $54,803.66
  • Thank you to New Belgium with the Grant Park Criterium for a $400 donation to GPNA
Public Safety, Chris Newman
  • Prosecutor, Keith Lamar
    • Lockett: Entering auto perpetrator caught
      • Previously arrested 114 times so no bond was issued
      • CourtWatch will provide court date so interested people can attend
    • Lester: Aggravated Assault will get 20 year term with 15 served
    • Juvenile crimes are a serious problem right now so they are exploring ways to detain them longer
  • Major Peek, new Zone 6 Commander, introduced himself
    • Robberies, burglaries, vehicle larcenies are elevated
    • APD has stepped up enforcement efforts & patrols which they hope contributes to an overall 4% decrease in crime
    • No news on Braves game shooting of Saman Balkhanian; still an active investigation
    • Could not get a positive ID on a suspected juvenile phone snatcher
    • Walk to Braves games with a group of people
    • Go outside and be seen in your yards and in community since criminals avoid areas where people are
    • Always be aware of your surroundings
    • Neighbors provided information about locations for speeding cut through traffic during early morning hours
  • Juveniles should be in school; call 911 if you see school aged children out during school hours to report truancy
  • Atlanta Police Department seeks participants for Citizens Police Academy
  • – neighborhood patrol consists of five (5) officers doing 30 hours a week.
GPPN Committee Chair, Angelique Edwards
  • Movie Fundraiser: 9/20/13, Toy Story shown at Burns Mansion on Grant Street; suggested donation: $20 Family; $5 Individual
  • Music Mondays: next one 8/26/13, Grant Park Meadow, FREE
  • Scarecrow Contest this fall; more info coming
  • Halloween Parade: 10/19/13
  • Grant Park Book Club – to join email [email protected]
  • ANCS Fall Festival: 10/19/13, Elementary Campus at 688 Grant St, $25 Family, $8 person
  • ANCS Yard Sale at Elementary Campus at 688 Grant St; Date TBD
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 800 Glenwood
    • Special Administrative Permit (SAP), pre-emptive rezoning submitted by Carla Smith received ZRB support on Aug 8
      • Thank you to 600+ people who attended and made history
    • Ana Allain, President of SAND, was introduced. She is working with GPNA on 800 Glenwood efforts
    • GPNA has hired an attorney and filed an appeal of the SAP approved by the City of Atlanta on 7/12/13 on the grounds the SAP is in direct violation of city code
    • This fight is not against any anchor tenant. It is a fight for smart development in line with the BeltLine plans
    • Upcoming meetings public needs to attend
    • There will be an email campaign to Council Members requesting support of the rezoning legislation submitted by Carla Smith
    • We have requested Brenda Muhammad’s help with including Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School on the appeal
    • Go to to sign up, learn and DONATE to the lawyer fund
Fundraising, Cullen Boudreaux
  • President, Lauren Rocereta, introduced Cullen Boudreaux as Fundraising Vice Chair and Mothball Committee Chair
  • Mothball Update
    • Theme: Hootenanny
    • Location: The Arts Exchange on 10/19/13
    • Needs: hay bales, corn husks, crafters, wood worker to create barn door for photo booth, volunteer photographer
    • Great band (we can’t announce yet); costume contest; Hootenanny Dance Off contest
Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Robert Greenage
  • Park season is winding down
  • Lighting survey was done for the park and we are awaiting our lights
  • If vehicles are scene in the park please call 911 or Parks Customer Service at 404.546.6813
  • Grant Park Ambassadors will be in the park until the October; volunteers are needed, contact [email protected]
  • Increased homeless in the park so they are working with the Path Team and United Way to assist; call 911 to report
  • Volunteers needed Friday, 8/23/13 to help prep the vendor area for Summer Shade festival, contact [email protected]
  • City of Atlanta Stump grinding crew has been called for stump at Cherokee Ave and Sydney St meadow
  • Poplar tree behind Milledge fountain is inspected every 6 months and has a green line painted on to show any ground movement
  • Summer Shade Festival will take place Aug 24-25
    • “Go Grant Park” will replace Corks & Forks at the Pavillions; this features Grant Park businesses and organizations
  • Next Conservancy Board Meeting is 9/26/13, 6:30pm at Atlanta Preservation Center
    • Halloween Lantern Parade brought to you by the Conservancy on 10/26/13 in Grant Park
    • Please check Grant Park Rec Center calendar for upcoming events; great work out room; great meeting and event space

Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo

  • Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) are on the rise
  • Grant Park is part of two overlapping historic districts
  • 696 Oakland Ave: complete demolition with new build
  • 405 Atlanta Ave Quads: innovative designs being submitted for renovating quads
  • Looking for historic binders put together around time Grant Park was designated a historic district
  • Preservation Minute: odor is a good indicator something is wrong; make sure crawl spaces are aired out and have vents cleaned
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle
  • New street signs coming: No Right on Red at Grant St and Memorial Ave; Stop Sign at Grant St and Woodward Ave
  • Working on traffic calming plan
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Economic Development Committee – no report
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Technology Committee – no report
July meeting minutes were brought forth for approval, seconded and approved with one correction: Jonathan Lewis presented Atlanta BeltLine proactive rezoning information and future meetings.
Open Floor Discussion:

Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
9:08 pm            Meeting Adjourned