GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, December 17

GPNA Meeting Minutes
December 2013
Date:                                                        December 17, 2013
Time:                                                        7:35 pm to 8:48 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
                                                                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, January 21, 2014 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Present grants to area schools: Neighborhood Charter, Parkside Elementary, King Middle, and Maynard Jackson High School
    • Motion approved unanimously to add Wesley to school grants
  • Update from schools
    • Mya Jenkins, Assistant Principle of Neighborhood Charter
      • School just received $50,000 grant from Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
      • Participating in a campus-wide food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank
    • Caitlin Simms, Principle of Parkside Elementary
      • Robo Pandas team #3 were awarded trophies for "Best Robot Performance" and "Best Teamwork" at the First Lego League Robotics Regional Qualifier Competition
      • Captain Planet Foundation will hold a work day Friday, December 13th to begin the installation of the garden beds. A planting workday open to the entire community will take place in the Spring. 
    • Stephanie Jackson, Principle of Maynard Jackson High School
      • Maynard Jackson can receive donations if you register your Kroger card and Georgia Natural Power accounts
    • Paul Brown, Principle of King Middle
      • King is conducting a needs assessment survey, which can be found on their Facebook page
  • 2014 Proposed Budget presented
  • Motion approved unanimously to approve $475 in webmaster expenses in excess of 2013 budget
  • 2014 Porch Press Board Nominees Approved Unanimously
    • Rebecca Goode Peoples
    • Stephanie Fretwell-Hill
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.
  • Look forward to 2014 By-Laws Revision
  • If anyone has GPNA meeting reminder signs, contact Jeff Rogers
Treasurer, Michelle Botwinick
  • Updated Treasurer’s report - Review of 2013
  • Look ahead at 2014 budget
  • Donations to GPNA can be itemized deductions. You can specify where your donation goes.
Secretary, Kristin Andris
  • Minutes from November 2013 meeting were presented
Public Safety, Chris Newman
  • Motion approved unanimously to support Bennett Market's request for retail license of beer and wine
  • Help fund additional holiday security patrol hours at
  • Reminder to set your alarm to "stay" or "home" while you are home at night
  • Do not leave car running to warm it up or leave vallet keys in console
  • Do not leave empty boxes for electronics in front of house
  • Motion approved to designate $100 of public safety budget to Zone 6 Toy Drive
  • Zone 6 update - Major Peake
    • Vehicle larcenaries are on the rise. Keep your car clean.
    • Black male of medium build in a black Ford Ranger has been seen breaking into cars. Call 911 if you think you see suspect.
  • Keith Lamar, Community Prosecuter
    • Jessie Williams - Sentenced to 3 years after 11 convictions
    • Kevin Jones - Pled Guilty to Burglary
GPPN, Katie Howard
  • Grant Park Parents Network had successful Winter Wonderland
  • New Board of Education members will be sworn in on Monday, January 13th at 1:30pm at the APS central office - 130 Trinity Ave.  All are welcome.
  • Community will be painting over graffiti near Maynard Jackson. Contact Lesley Grant to volunteer to help paint.
  • January 16 will be tour of Maynard Jackson
  • APS State of the Maynard Jackson HS Cluster meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16th at 7 p.m. at Maynard Jackson HS.
Economic Development Committee, Presented by President Lauren Rocereta
  • SEABA Soiree: Thursday, 11/21/13, 5:30 pm, Agave
Fundraising, Kelly Tenedini
  • Wreck the walls party at St. Augustine's to celebrate demolition of Lenny's on December 20
  • Six Feet Under donated $2500
  • Tin Lizzy's donated $2500
  • Republic is having a fundraiser for Nicholas House
  • Business Sponsorship packages are available. Packages range from $2500 to $750. Please contact Kelly Tenedini if you're interested.
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 307 Memorial Drive - New Development Proposed
  • Efforts for 800 Glenwood Ave. continue
Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo
  • Historic Committee will help with Spring Tour of Homes. Those interested in volunteering to help organize Tour of Homes should contact Historic Committee
  • Busy year with COAs.
  • Reminder that Grant Park is in two historic districts. Contact the Historic Committee if you have any questions
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle
  • No report
Technology Committee – Report given by Vice-Chair, Jason
  • Like us on Facebook and Twitter @GrantParkGPNA
  • Create account at to receive neighborhood news and security alerts
  • Local Business Directory:
  • Videos about the community. 3 to 5 minutes about interesting neighbors, schools, history of neighborhood. If you are interested in volunteering, email technology committee chair
Motion approved to unanimously approve minutes for November meeting.

Open Floor Discussion:
  • Question: is there a directory of approved contractors? Answer: No. GPNA can't endorse particular contractors.
  • Curbed Atlanta is having a neighborhood competition. Vote for Grant Park!
  • Remove trash cans from the curb after trash day; it is City law. Review requirements for what can and cannot be recycled.
  • Concern about some neighbors not receiving mail. Carla Smith is working to address it.  You can also submit complaints at post office on Pryor Street.
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:48 pm            Meeting Adjourned

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