GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, September 17

GPNA Meeting Minutes
September 2013
Date:                                                   September 17, 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
                                                            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 for allowing the use of the building
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Motion approved unanimously to appoint Kristin Andris as new GPNA Secretary.
  • 2014 Steering nomination period is open.  Nominations close in October, and elections are in November.
  • Malkia Moore spoke on Arts Exchange. Motion approved unanimously to give a $500 grant to Arts Exchange for fire suppression.
  • Check out the Shops at the Pencil Factory.  The vendors are sending specials on Facebook.
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 new members to check in or sign in.
Treasurer, Michelle Botwinick
  • Updated Treasurer’s report
Public Safety, Chris Newman GPPN, Katie Howard and Angelique Edwards
  • Katie Howard: School Updates
    • SEACS Meeting on School Safety, Security, and Discipline: September 19, 6:30 pm at Benteen Elementary School
    • SEACS Coffee with the Jackson Cluster Candidates: Every Tuesday until elections. 8:30 am at Octane Coffee
    • ANCS Fall Festival: 10/19/13, Elementary Campus at 688 Grant St, $25 Family, $8 person
    • Parkside Elementary Fall Festival: 10/26/13; 11 am to 3 pm
  • Angelique Edwards: Neighborhood Events Update
    • Thanks to all who attended and participated in Music Mondays.
    • Movie Fundraiser: 9/20/13, Toy Story at Burns Mansion on Grant Street; suggested donation: $20 Family; $5 Individual
    • Scarecrow Contest to benefit GPPN: Oct 1 - 26. Winner announced Nov. 1. $5 to enter. Prizes available.
    • Halloween Parade and Picnic: October 26.  Parade lineup at 4:30. Parade at 5 pm. Picnic to follow.
    • September is National Preparedness Month.  Visit to prepare disaster plan for your family
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 800 Glenwood
    • Legislation to rezone 800 Glenwood Ave is now law.  Mayor did not veto, so it became law at end of 8th day.
    • Special Administrative Permit (SAP), Attorney Appeal: October 10 at noon.  Please come!
    • Change in attorney counsel.  Dana Maine with Freeman, Mathis, and Gary, LLP will be new counsel
    • Go to to sign up, learn and DONATE to the lawyer fund
Fundraising, Cullen Boudreaux
  • Grant Park Mothball.  Theme is Hootenanny.  Tickets are available at $30 now. $40 at door
  • Volunteers are welcome to help create decorations
  • Seven Handle Circus was officially announced as band.
Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Robert Greenage
  • Thanks to all who participated in Summer Shade Festival
  • Update on Erskine Fountain
  • Efforts to clear overlook of zoo Atlanta
  • Grant Park Conservancy Update
  • Upcoming events at park
Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo
  • Three key Certificates of Appropriateness
    • 481 Atlanta Ave - looking towards major conversion
    • 0 Robertson St - lot subdivision
    • 301 Oakland Ave. - Home will be demolished.
  • Preservation Minute: Grant Park is part of two overlapping historic districts.  Check before you make repairs or additions.
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle
  • A traffic calming meeting will be held in October or November.  More information to be announced.
  • No street in Grant Park has a speed limit over 35 mph.  Be careful of speeding.
  • Contact [email protected] with any concerns
  • Support Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s initiatives to increase number of bike lanes
Economic Development Committee - Report given by LUZ Chair, Rick Hudson
  • SEABA will have two candidate forums, 7pm, Zoo Atlanta, ARC Building, Coca Cola World Theater
    • September 19 - City Council District 1, 5, Post 2 and Post 3 in attendance
    • September 26 - School Board
Technology Committee – Report given by President, Lauren Rocereta ~August meeting minutes were brought forth for approval, seconded and approved.
Open Floor Discussion:
  • Leslie Grant is running for District 1 School board. Reminder to attend candidate forums and take interest in at-large elections.
  • Glenn Wrightson is running for mayor -
  • Dennis Dunn of St. John Orthodox Church invited everyone to a church cookout on Saturday, September 28 from 11 am to 3 pm
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
9:08 pm            Meeting Adjourned

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