GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2019 January

Date:                      January 15, 2019
Time:                      7:33pm – 8:45pm
Location:               Zoo Atlanta ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater
Officers/Chairs Present:
Dr. Michelle Kirby                President
Samantha McKinley            Economic Development
Laura Keen                            Fundraising
Paul Simo                               Homes & History
Rick Hudson                          Land Use and zoning
Eliza Adams                           Philanthropic
Chris Newman                      Public Safety

Welcome! Housekeeping and Meeting Conduct
Call to Order – 7:30 p.m.  
Officer Reports

  • President – Dr. Michelle Kirby ([email protected])
  • Welcome, housekeeping rules, and thanks to Zoo Atlanta for use of the theater for the meeting.
  • Reminder: The purpose of the monthly general GPNA meeting is for GPNA officers/committee chairs, local organizations, elected officials, etc. to provide brief updates to the community. In-depth discussion occurs at the committee level.
  • Zone 6 update: Sgt. Smith
    • Zone 6 received an award in 2018 for crime reduction
    • City is seeing an increase in car thefts – clean car campaign
    • Officers will be working 12 hours shifts for the Super Bowl from 1/26 to 2/5
  • Elected officials:
    • District 5: Mitsay Henry: Flyers for Black History Month
    • Senator Nan Orrock, District 36 (
      • Represents ~200,000 residents in the district
      • New session just started with the new Governor’s agenda
      • Many new initiatives started. Some of which are to unite the people, protect the environment, Medicaid expansion, low cost housing for 1st responders, funding teacher’s salaries, strengthen sexual harassment policies, wildlife protection, and more
      • To get engaged with Senator Orrock’s initiatives or to volunteer, contact her at [email protected]
      • Opportunities for teenagers to be a Page. Contact Nan at 404-463-8054
  • Grant Park Schools Update: No updates
  • Grant Park Conservancy ( No Update
  • Porch Press: Robert Sarwark is the GP editor and always looking for articles. Jan 25th is the deadline for submissions for the Jan/Feb issue. [email protected]
  • GPPN update ( Melanie Calhoun is the new VP
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten Forums: Jan 17th at Park Ave Church
    • GPPN Family Night: Jan 28th, 2019 at Your Pie with discounts
    • Easter Egg Hunt: April 20th is free to the public
    • GPPN Playgroups
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery ( Richard Harker
    • New website up and running
    • Working on raising funds to get a new entry gate at Memorial and Boulevard
  • Vice President – Open ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • Please check in. Please sign in if you’re a new member. Committee Sign-up Sheet
  • Treasurer – Michelle Botwinick ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • The GPNA is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible!
  • Secretary – Open ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • December Minutes (approval vote toward the end of the meeting)
Committee Reports
  • Public Safety – Chris Newman ([email protected])
    • Robbery on Jan 2nd on Grant St at 3 PM. Person was arrested later that day
    • A neighbor on Grant St reported to Chris “ring” app data. However, it is providing incorrect safety data
    • LRBs: The Shed at Glenwood change of owner approved unanimously
  • Economic Development- Samantha McKinley ([email protected]
    • Group welcomed Samantha as the new chair. She is excited about engaging the businesses and residents of GP
    • Order your Sunburst today and have it by Friday!
  • Fundraising – Laura Keen ([email protected])
    • 2019 Annual Sponsorship Packages will be coming out soon
      • Please alert Laura to any filming in the neighborhood
    • Don’t forget to sign up for Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile. Each of your purchases provide a donation in your name back to GPNA, at no cost to you
  • Philanthropic –Eliza Adams [email protected]
    • Group welcomed Eliza as the new chair from her prior position as Secretary
    • Will be working with prior chair to set a plan for 2019
  • Technology – Stephanie Warner ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
    • If you are not receiving contact information from GPNA, please contact [email protected]
    • Also, please make sure your information on the site is up to date
  • Homes & History – Paul Simo ([email protected];) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
    • Update on Northern annex to the historic registry. Has been working the the State Historic office for the past 6-7 months
    • Tip of the month: cold weather is coming and turn off your outdoor faucets so as to not freeze
  • Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ([email protected])
    • Rezoning to R4B-B for 395 Pavillion and 690 Oakland approved unanimously
    • Summerhill is in need of help to reject the possible Homeless Shelter at FanPlex
    • Habitat for Humanity is moving their offices downtown, but Restore will remain
Minutes Approval Vote- December minutes approved
New Business/Open Floor
  • None

Adjourn – 8:45pm


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