GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, October 15

GPNA Meeting Minutes
October 2013
Date:                                                      October 15, 2013
Time:                                                      7:38 pm to 8:54 pm
Location:                                               ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers Present:                                   Lauren Rocereta, President
                                                                Jeff Rogers, Vice President
                                                                Kristin Andris, Secretary
                                                                Rick Hudson, Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair
                                                                Paul Simo, Historic Committee Chair
                                                                Louie Ingle, Transportation Committee Chair
                                                                Stephanie Warner, Technology Committee Chair
                                                                Kelly Tenedini, Fundraising Chair                                               
                                                                Katie Howard, GPPN 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, November 19, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Motion approved unanimously to appoint Kelly Tenedini as Fundraising Chair
  • 2014 Steering nomination period closes October 15.  Elections will be held at November meeting.
  • Bennett’s Market is now open at 568 Boulevard.
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
Secretary, Kristin Andris
  • Minutes from September 2013 meeting were presented
Public Safety, Chris Newman
  • Reminder to clean out cars, particularly when visiting Oakland Cemetery.
  • A marathon will be coming through the neighborhood on October 22, which may cause street closures.
  • Prosecutor, Keith Lamar
    • David Mitchell was sentenced
    • Earl White was sentenced
    • Allen Goddard will be in court again on Wednesday
  • Citizens’ CourtWatch Coordinator, Reiko Ward
    • Gave overview of Citizens’ CourtWatch, a program that motivates residents to become actively involved with        criminal justice system.  CourtWatch provides dates and cases to citizens, so they can attend.
GPPN, Katie Howard and Angelique Edwards
  • Katie Howard: School Updates
    • 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
    • SEACS BOE Candidate Forum was October 14th.
    • GPPN is obtaining Maynard Jackson sports schedules, so neighbors can support sport teams
  • Neighborhood Events Update
    • 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.
    • Pajamas & Puppets is 2nd Thursday of each month from November through April. 5:45 pm, Park Ave.       Baptist Church
    • Movie night fundraiser was a success.
    • GPPN has a new playgroup for children born March 2013 - Present.
Economic Development Committee, Chris Balch
  • SEABA Network Soiree: Thursday, 10/17/13, 5:30 pm, Gardenhood
Fundraising, Cullen Boudreaux
  • Grant Park Mothball.  Tickets are available at $30 now. $40 at door
  • Volunteers are welcome to help decorate on Saturday
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 800 Glenwood
    • City rejected Smart Growth Atlanta’s appeal against Fuqua’s Special Administrative Permit (SAP)
    • Smart Growth Atlanta now planning to take further action in either Federal or Superior Court.
    • Go to to sign up, learn and DONATE to the lawyer fund
  • Motion approved unanimously to support special legislation to exempt Bennett’s Market from 1500 feet alcohol         ordinance, so that Bennett’s Market can obtain license to sell off premises beer and wine. 
  • Motion approved unanimously to recommend approval of owner’s variance for 481 Atlanta Avenue, with condition that there is no encroachment into the front yard.
  • Presentations from organizations hoping to obtain alternate use of Hope Elementary
    • D’AIR Project - an acrobatic dance studio that provides affordable work-study programs to youth who      receive free or reduced cost lunches. 
    • Liberty Unity Outreach Program - a 24 hour center that provides shelter and food to homeless women
  • Motion approved to recommend DAI’R Project for the alternate use of Hope Elementary, due to the technicality that            Liberty Unity Outreach Program was not present at Land Use & Zoning Committee meeting.
Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo
  • Number of COAs
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle Technology Committee – Report given by President, Lauren Rocereta ~September meeting minutes were brought forth for approval, seconded and approved.
Open Floor Discussion: Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:54 pm            Meeting Adjourned