Date:                                                    June 21, 2016
Time:                                                   7:36 pm to 9:15 pm
Location:                                             ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta               
Officers Present:                            Lauren Rocereta - President
                                                          Jeffrey Rogers - Vice President
                                                          Kristin Andris - Secretary
                                                        Michelle Botwinick – Treasurer
                                                        Rob Bernier – Economic Development
                                                         Rick Hudson - Land Use & Zoning

                                                          Tom Merandi - Philanthropic
                                                          Stephanie Warner - Technology
                                                          David Lively - Transportation

7:36 pm            Meeting Commenced
President, Lauren Rocereta

  • Welcomed everyone, explained the agenda and open floor rules, and voting eligibility
  • Thank you to Zoo Atlanta for allowing the use of the building for the meeting
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • City Council Member Carla Smith
    • Overview of city budget recently passed
  • Relay Bicycle Share Atlanta
    • Overview of program, how it works, and where bikes will be located
  • GPPN Update, Kristen Silton
    • Music in the Meadow continues
    • A new playgroup has started for babies born Sept. 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

Vice President, Jeffrey Rogers

  • Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
  • Advised new members to check in or sign in
Secretary, Kristin Andris
  • May minutes presented
Treasurer, Michelle Botwinick
  • Report on Treasury
  • You can register your Kroger Plus Card so that Kroger donates to GPNA for purchases you make
  • You can also select GPNA as the recipient for AmazonSmile donations. When you shop through Amazon, Amazon will donate to GPNA.

Economic Development Committee Chair, Rob Bernier

  • Grant Park Gathering - Planning "Last Days of Summer" with GPPN for end of July

Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman

  • Follow Court Watch to see how you can advocate for your community's safety at trials
  • You can volunteer for neighborhood watch by emailing [email protected] 
  • Zone 6 APD update - Lt. Floyd, Zone 6
    • Update on Crime
    • Recent string of shed break ins.
    • Be sure to secure your shed and ensure adequate lighting near area to deter crime.
    • Record the serial numbers for your valuables, so that they may be recovered in the event of theft.

Land Use and Zoning, Rick Hudson

  • Cherokee Lots Update
  • Turner Field Update


  • Tour of Homes Update 
    • Best turnout in over five years
    • Event raised more than $25,000


  • Sign up at and follow us on Facebook

Homes & History
  • Efforts underway to look into expanding the National Historical Register District
  • Preservation Tip of the Month

Open Floor Discussion:

  • Introduction: David Dryer, Candidate for House District 59 with run-off election on July 26
  • The Nest daycare is moving to Grant Park. Possible variance could be coming to support their playground.
    • Motion approved unanimously to support the concept of the Nest's playground

May minutes approved unanimously.

9:15 pm - Meeting Adjourned

GPNA Committee Minutes