GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, January 15

GPNA Meeting Minutes
January 2013
Date:                            January 15, 2013
Time:                            7:34 pm to 8:45 pm
Location:                     ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers Present:        Lauren Rocereta, President

                                      Jeff Rogers, Vice President
                                      Kimberly Gibson, Secretary
                                      Michelle Botwinick, Treasurer
                                      Chris Balch, Economic Development Committee Chair
                                      Sarah Monahan, Fundraising Committee Chair
                                      Marie Mower, Grant Park Parents Network Committee Chair
                                      Paul Simo, Historic Committee Chair
                                      Robert Greenage, Parks & Recreation Committee Chair
                                      Chris Newman, Public Safety Committee Chair
                                      Stephanie Warner, Technology Committee Chair
                                      Louie Ingle, Transportation Committee Chair
7:34 pm            Meeting Commenced
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Welcomed everyone
  • Explained the agenda and open floor rules
  • Thank you to Zoo Atlanta for allowing the use of the building
  • Introduced City Council District 1 Rep, Carla Smith and immediate past GPNA president, Russell Baggett
City Councilwoman, Carla Smith
  • Discussed Lakewood LCI
  • Forming of a “Friends of” type group for the Cyclorama
Immediate Past President of GPNA and Grant Park Conservancy Board Member, Russell Baggett
  • Explanation of Porch Press and advisement that nominations for GPNA representatives for the board are needed. Motion to support the selections of Penny Luck, Mia Pond and Lyn Hillman were brought forth, seconded and moved without opposition.
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Recognize new members: Bill Anderson, Mark Utsinger, Joy and Jeff Rutledge
  • Budget for 2013 provided for review and approval
Economic Development Committee Chair, Chris Balch
  • Introduction of himself and purpose of the committee
  • Supplied update on 800 Glenwood permit
    • Question about dates was received in regards to time NPU has to respond (24 days from receipt of developer)
    • Question about Trestle Tree project – referred to NPU site

 Presentation of GPNA grant check to the local school PTAs and photo taken by East Atlanta Patch journalist Péralte C. Paul

 Vice President, Jeff Rogers
  • Passed around committee sign-up sheet
  • Advised contact info for committee chairs and officers can be found on the left side of the agenda
  • Explanation of the new neighbor packet
  • Advised a bylaw committee will be formed – no set meeting date at this time
Secretary, Kimberly Gibson
  • Minutes from December 2012 meeting were presented
Treasurer, Michelle Botwick
  • Briefly reviewed budget and mentioned donations made by GPNA in 2012 as well as what fundraisers brought in money
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
  • Discussed meeting schedule
  • Introduced community prosecutor, Paul Camirio (404-840-3624)
    • Paul provided update on 389 Ormond St incident – Joseph Terrell received 5 yrs probation
    • Question presented in regards to community court watch and working on obtaining a new community court watch rep
    • Question about current judges and how to obtain their judging record
  • Introduced Sgt Tippins
    • Last week several attempted auto thefts and larceny from autos, some potential perpetrators were located but had to be released as no witnesses were willing to go on record
    • Clean Car campaign push – officers will go around and leave notes for homeowners advising of potential dangers seen i.e. items left in vehicle, visible electronic cables, etc
  • Hot Chocolate road race
    • Not enough info provided in regards to parking and tow away zones, will work to determine who in the events office should be updating GPNA going forward.
  • Canvas of the homeless in the area will take place in order to supply them with directions to homeless shelters
  • Jeff Swing will be having a neighborhood watch meeting on February 2, 2013
  • Explanation of Grant Park Safety Patrol
Economic Development Chris Balch
  • Mentioned the Seaba Business Luncheon and that the topic will be in regards to the Beltline
Grant Park Parents Network, Marie Mower
  • Meeting had with Chief Officer of School Safety and they will present their plan soon
  • Introduced interim Parkside Elementary Principal, Sarah Haynes
    • Parkside is very involved in stem initiative
    • Robotics team moving on to the state level
    • Zoo Atlanta has zoologists visiting the school to teach children
    • Hopes to increase community involvement
Fundraising Committee Chair, Sarah Monahan
  • Meeting regarding fundraising for Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1pm
  • Possible Spring Tour of Homes
  • Sunbursts are for sale (email [email protected] or purchase online).
Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo
  • Mentioned “Friends of”  type Cyclorama group and read wording from the Keep Cyclorama in Grant Park petition
  • Revisit historic design regs
  • Tip of the month: While no leaves are present, walk around your home and see if there is any damage to the wood or masonry. Note that older homes may appear to have soft or flaky mortar which is normal. Do not buy standard mason mix to make repairs.
Land Use and Zoning next meeting is February 7, 2013
Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Robert Greenage
  • Asking for volunteers
    • City Parks and Rec Dept needs volunteers
    • Conservancy Committee, Summer Shade Festival, Farmers Market volunteers needed
  • Monthly schedule has been updated on the website and all upcoming events can be found
  • Bring one for the wood chipper was very successful – 501 trees
Technology Committee Chair, Stephanie Warner
  • Facebook page has a great amount of traffic
  • Working towards tying in technology across all mediums
  • Create account on and include your zip code to receive newsletters and alerts
Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle
  • Next meeting will be February 23, 2013
  • 4-way stop sign now present at Woodward/Cherokee and Berne/Marian
  • Working on radar signs surrounding the park

December meeting minutes were brought forth for approval, seconded and approved without opposition.
Open Floor Discussion:

  • Request that co-chairs be an option for committees
  • Lego/Robotics teams are well represented in our area and may place at the state competition
  • Potential for bike paths
  • Tentative Beltline meeting in March, no set date yet
  • Television show Layover featured some Grant Park restaurants
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:45 pm            Meeting Adjourned

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