GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, November 19

GPNA Meeting Minutes

November 2013

Date:                                                      November 19, 2013
Time:                                                     7:35 pm to 8:41 pm
Location:                                              ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers Present:                                Lauren Rocereta - President
                                                                Jeff Rogers - Vice President
                                                                Michelle Botwinick - Treasurer
                                                                Kristin Andris - Secretary
                                                                Chris Newman - Public Safety
                                                                Rick Hudson - Land Use and Zoning
                                                                Louie Ingle - Transportation
                                                                Paul Simo - Historic
                                                                Angelique Edwards - GPPN Chair
                                                                Katie Howard - GPPN Vice Chair
                                                                Jason Parker - Technology Vice Chair
                                                                Kelly Tenedini - Fundraising
7:35 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, December 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Welcomed Ed Gilgor to conduct 2014 GPNA NPU Rep elections
    • Motion approved unanimously to elect following reps:
      • Rick Hudson
      • Louie Ingle
      • Eric Nankervis
      • John Newcomb
      • Chris Newman
      • Paul Simo
      • Susan Walens
      • Paul Zucca
  • Welcomed Principal Caitlin Simms, who provided an update on Parkside Elementary
    • Career week at Parkside, all are invited to share information on their careers with students
    • Volunteers are always welcome
  • 2014 GPNA elections.  The following were elected by paper ballot:
    • Lauren Rocereta, President
    • Jeff Rogers, Vice-President
    • Michelle Botwinick, Treasurer
    • Kristin Andris, Secretary
    • Chris Newman, Public Safety Chair
    • Rick Hudson, Land Use and Zoning Chair
    • Louis Ingle, Transportation Chair
    • Paul Simo, Historic Chair
    • Angelique Edwards, GPPN Chair
    • Stephanie Warner, Technology Chair
    • Public Safety, Chris Newman
    • Economic Development, Rob Bernier
    • Parks & Recreation, Marie Mower
    • Kelly Tenedini, Fundraising Chair
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
  • Reminder that donations to GPNA are tax deductible
Secretary, Kristin Andris
  • Minutes from October 2013 meeting were presented
Public Safety, Chris Newman
  • Zone 6 update
    • Zone 6 will receive 15 new police officers
    • 9 burglaries have been stopped
  • Reminder to register your home security alarm by visiting
  • New GPSP website:  Please join!
GPPN, Katie Howard and Angelique Edwards
  • Katie Howard: School Updates
    • ANCS football is third in its league
    • ANCS will have a Holiday Program on December 12
    • December 14 is ANCS day at Barnes and Nobles.  A portion of sales will go to ANCS on that day.
    • Parkside Elementary received a Captain Planet grant for their garden/outdoor learning center
    • King is conducting a needs assessment survey, which can be found on their Facebook page
    • King is starting a bike club
    • Maynard Jackson held a successful Pumpkin Chunking Challenge fundraiser on November 10th
    • Maynard Jackson will open new school in January.  It will have a roof top garden.
    • November 23 is Barnes and Nobles day.  A portion of sales will go to Maynard Jackson.
    • 22 Maynard Jackson students were nominated for Governors Honors Program
  • Neighborhood Events Update
    • Pajamas & Puppets is 2nd Thursday of each month from November through April. 5:45 pm, Park Ave Church
    • Winter Wonderland is December 14.
    • Volunteers are needed for Tour of Homes on behalf of GPPN
    • The Halloween Parade and Picnic was a success.
    • Brownie Troop 3107 won the scarecrow contest
    • GPPN will have a new playgroup for children born Sept 2013 – Feb. 2014
Economic Development Committee
  • SEABA Soiree: Thursday, 11/21/13, 5:30 pm, Agave
Fundraising, Kelly Tenedini
  • Thank you to Cullen Boudreaux for work with Grant Park Mothball
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 800 Glenwood
    • Smart Growth Atlanta has filed an appeal of BZAs opinion in Fulton County Superior Court
    • Go to to sign up, learn and DONATE to the lawyer fund
    • Community wide meeting on November 21.
Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo
  • Committee will attempt to focus more on history, so it isn’t all about COAs
  • Grant Park is a dual historic district, which provides opportunities for grants.  Email [email protected] to learn more.
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle
  • The Grant Park will obtain some bicycle racks, as part of a bicycle rack grant
Technology Committee – Report given by President, Lauren Rocereta
Open Floor Discussion:
  • Many are experiencing delays in receiving mail.  Concerns may be addressed at post office on Pryor Street.
  • Motion to support the neighborhoods of Summerhill, Peoplestown, and Mechanicsville and the NPU-V in their efforts to support smart growth and equality at the area where Turner Field currently stands.  Motion approved unanimously. 
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:41 pm            Meeting Adjourned


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