GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, June 18

GPNA Meeting Minutes
June 2013
Date:                                                   June 18, 2013
Time:                                                   7:36 pm to 8:42 pm
Location:                                            ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers Present:                               Lauren Rocereta, President
                                                            Jeff Rogers, Vice President
                                                            Kimberly Gibson, Secretary
                                                            Chris Newman, Public Safety Committee Chair
                                                            Rick Hudson, Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair
                                                            Stephanie Warner, Technology Committee Chair
                                                            Nicole Levine, Fundraising Committee Chair
                                                            Robert Greenage, Parks & Recreation Committee Chair
                                                            Chris Balch, Economic Development Committee Chair
7:36 pm            Meeting Commenced
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, July 16, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
    • Oakland Cemetery
      • Mary, David and Ashley representing Oakland Cemetery are asking for support of Sunday in the Park (34th year) and Halloween Tour. Sunday in the Park is a victorian themed event with a $5 donation request. Halloween Tour has been expanded to 5 nights Oct 18-19 & Oct 24-27. Costume actors provide guided tours. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children 11 and under. Tickets go on sale July 15. Motion made in support, seconded and moved without opposition.
 Secretary, Kimberly Gibson
  • Minutes from May 2013 meeting were presented
 President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Treasurer not present - advised of 501 (c)(3) status
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
  • Introduced new prosecutor, Keith Lamar
  • Application from Young Augustine’s requesting to change applicant name for liquor license as owner is moving to FL
    • Motion, seconded and moved without opposition
  • Eventide Brewery on 1015 Grant St, introduction as they are new to the neighborhood
    • Submitted liquor license application which is required due to the nature of their business but they will not be selling to the public at this time.
    • Wholesale and manufacturing facility
    • Motion, seconded and moved without opposition
  • Zone 6 Officer Wilson for evening watch
    • If suspicious activity is seen - report it so that a record can be kept which enables better tracking of troubled areas
    • Report generators, vehicles and amplified noise in the park
  • Bicycle larceny from yard, make sure to secure bicycles when not in use
  • Beware of your cellular phones at all times
  • Trestle tree – new owner is very sensitive to the neighbor’s concerns regarding crime issues originating from there and has hired off-duty officers
  • NPU-W trying to work for a street closing to supply gated access at Eloise and Confederate Ct
  • Report streetlight outages on
  • Crime alert, email notifications – sign up on
  • Grant Park Safety Patrol – neighborhood patrol consists of five (5) officers doing 30 hours a week.
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
 President, Lauren Rocereta
  • GPPN - New president has appointed a chair and vice chair for GPNA
 Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 303 Oakland – single family dwelling that was sold to AHA due to condition has applied for demolition permit, recommendation to support AHA CA4-ph-1-7 as foundation is very poor and one report stated it was in immediate risk for collapse within 7 yrs. Neighbors of the property voted unanimously in favor.
  • Motion, seconded and moved without opposition
  • 800 Glenwood – discussed with councilmember, Carla Smith, that GPNA supports the Beltline Master Plan. Carla Smith introduced rezoning for high density, which is in line with the Beltline Master Plan. Body was asked for support of the rezoning.
  • Discussion regarding the 9 floor mixed use bldg that was originally veto’d and it was stated that this rezoning is the only classification in line with the Beltline Master Plan
  • Discussion regarding transportation concerns and that they be re-evaluated to accommodate the high density rezoning
  • Motion from committee, seconded and moved without opposition (legislation was already introduced, body asked to support)
  • Next Meeting is July 11, 2013 from 7-9pm
 Fundraising Committee Chair, Nicole Levine
  • Moth Ball will be a Hootenanny themed event in the fall. Next meeting to discuss plans will be June 25, 2013 at 6:30 at Ziba’s
  • Sunbursts are for sale (email [email protected] or purchase online).
 Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Robert Greenage
  • Event updates on
  • June 7th Deloitte did an impact day where 100 employees came out to help clean up the park
  • Several upcoming races, family reunions and festivals planned
  • Working to complete a lighting survey throughout the park
  • Zoo Atlanta will be planting 170 new trees in the park because of the new reptile house expansion
  • Formal complaint filed with the city against the mowers
  • Summer Shade Festival will take place Aug 24-25
  • Trees Atlanta doing a tree walk June 29
  • Peach Jam June 30
  • Next meeting June 27 at 6:30pm
  • Grant Park Ambassador Program ([email protected])
  • John Wells representing the MLK Natatorium discussed their schedule and offerings
 Economic Development Committee Chair, Chris Balch
  • Sign up to be a part of the Business list
  • SEABA soiree June 20, 2013 at SoundTable
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Transportation committee nothing to report
  • Historic committee nothing to report
  • Rick Hudson mentioned that they abstained from a vote on 303 Oakland
 May meeting minutes were brought forth for approval, seconded and approved without opposition
Open Floor Discussion:
  • Robert Welsh for District 1 council can be reached at [email protected]
  • Petition for new football stadium to be placed on the ballot
  • Lots of events in the area: Battle of Atlanta (149th year)
  • Music Mondays at Grant Park for GPPN, info on their page
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:42 pm            Meeting Adjourned