Date:                                        September 19, 2017
Time:                                       7:35 pm to 8:56 pm
Location:                                ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta               
Officers Present:                 Dr. Michelle Kirby- Vice President
                         Laura Keen- Secretary
                         Stephen L. Powner – Economic Development
                         Paul Simo - Homes and History
                         Chris Newman - Public Safety
                         Rick Hudson- Land Use and Zoning
                         Heidi Reis- Philanthropic
                         Stephanie Warner- Technology
                         Amanda Watkins Puche- Fundraising
7:35 pm            Meeting Commenced

Vice President, Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • Welcome and thanks again to Zoo Atlanta for the use of their space!
  • Please read/review the Housekeeping and Meeting Conduct points above.
  • Open Nominations for 2018 GPNA:
    • Michelle Kirby nominated herself for President
    • All other officers and chairs nominated for continued positions
  • Welcome to new members: Name, Street and profession; hobby; burning question?
  • Elected Officials’ SHORT Update (if any are present)
    • Grant Park Conservancy (
      1.  Lantern Parade is October 20th and will start at the Milledge Fountain
      2. Milledge fountain restoration is almost complete
      3. Grant Park Parent Network Update – Holly Wilhelm (
  • Grant Park Schools
  • Grant Park Neighborhood’s Park Happenings
    • 2017 Grant Park Farmers Market – Every Sunday, 9a – 1p, April – December
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery
    • Sunday in the Park, October 1st, 12 – 6 p.m
    • Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, October 20 – 28, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m
Vice President, Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
  • Advised new members to check in or sign in
  • GPNA meeting signs: contact Michelle if interested
  • Committee Sign-up Sheet; Committee Chair contact info on left
  • August minutes presented and approved  
  • Report
  • The GPNA is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible!
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
  • Zone 6 APD update:  Reported crimes are significantly lower now than last year
  • Zone 6 Community Prosecutor: Keith Lamar, [email protected], 404 612-7012
  • Neighborhood Watch Update
  • Memorial Dr. corridor still experiencing vehicle break-ins, leave nothing in your car
  • House in the Park:
    • Parking was still an issue and going forward, will require them to pay for more security and parking enforcement officers
  • NPU-W meets on Wednesday nights
  • Trestle Tree Security Upgrades:
    • Fixed gates, added security cameras but need to be held accountable for their promises
  • Nicholas House – Norma Nyhoff
  • GPNA Annual Sponsorship Nicholas House Adopt-a-Room paid after last month’s approval
  • Seeking engagement from neighbors for possible donation ideas
  • GPNA looking to host a neighborhood dinner possibly in November
  • Nicholas House has tours every Saturday
  • Sign up at and follow us on Facebook (info below)
  • Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile
Economic Development
  • Grant Park Gathering Update- very successful, over 60 neighbors showed up
  • Next Gathering will be in November
  • Now in charge of Sunbursts – Order one today and have it by Friday!
Homes & History
  • Design Regs. Benefits & Ramifications (262 Ormond Demo)
    • The house was demolished over Labor Day weekend without permits or approvals, if you see something like this say something.
    • There has been contact with the city about the demolition and they will likely take  legal action
  • Call in suspect work, material removal or work:  Matt Adams in planning ([email protected]) or Office of Buildings to send an inspector.  Please contact the Office of Buildings at 404.330.6150 -- any neighbor can call!!
  • Preservation Tip of Month: Gutters & Storm Prep
Land Use and Zoning (including Transportation and Transit)
  • Gateway Project: Presentation on the GPNA website
  • 385 Grant Circle: townhomes- pass unanimously
August Minutes Approved

Open Floor Discussion:

8:56 pm - Meeting Adjourned
GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes