GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2013, May 21

Pending Approval at June 18 GPNA Meeting

GPNA Meeting Minutes
May 2013
Date:                                                    May 21, 2013
Time:                                                    7:36 pm to 8:43 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 Newman, Public Safety Committee Chair
                                                                Rick Hudson, Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair
                                                                Jason Parker, Technology Committee Chair
                                                                Nicole Levine, Fundraising Committee Chair
                                                                Marie Mower, Grant Park Parents Network Committee Chair
                                                                Robert Greenage, Parks & Recreation Committee Chair
                                                                Paul Simo, Historic Committee Chair
                                                                Louie Ingle, Transportation and Transit Committee Chair
7:35 pm            Meeting Commenced
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Welcomed everyone and instructed people to make sure they sign in
  • Explained the agenda and open floor rules
  • Thank you to the zoo for allowing the use of the building
  • Explained voting eligibility
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Acknowledgement of elected officials present - Carla Smith
  • Zoo announcements -
    • Laurie Doncer – Brew at the Zoo (6th annual), tickets on sale now, new VIP area, description of brew events
  • Gifts to be presented to those who donated their homes to the tour and one was presented to Nicole, Fundraising committee chair, for her efforts
Vice President, Jeff Rogers
  • Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
  • Advised contact info for committee chairs and officers can be found on the Agenda
  • Subcommittee for bylaw changes supplied a list of the proposed changes last month and are to be voted on at this time
  • Discussion – 503 and 504 were mentioned and discussion was had but no further changes are to be made
  • Motion made, seconded and moved with only one opposition
Secretary, Kimberly Gibson
  • Minutes from April 2013 meeting were presented
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Treasurer not present - advised of 501 (c)(3) status
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
  • Introduced evening watch sergeant
    • Recent catalytic converter thefts effecting Honda Elements and CRV’s. Only takes about 5 minutes.
    • Vehicle break-ins still occurring and are attributed to personal items being left in vehicles and in plain sight
    • Recent Georgia Ave assault is on-going and can’t be discussed at this time
    • Be diligent about reporting suspicious activity, be safe when walking and don’t be alone
  • Community prosecutor has been promoted to major case. DA is interviewing to fill the position
  • Hill St victim is stable
  • Armed robbery behind Tin Lizzy’s but the 3 suspects were apprehended
  • Last week, vehicle larceny, suspect apprehended
  • When attending Braves games, use secure lots instead of side streets
  • 911 tour was held with 5 attendees, very informative
  • Crime alert, email notifications – sign up on
  • Grant Park Safety Patrol – neighborhood patrol consists of five (5) officers doing 30 hours a week. Next meeting is the 29th of May
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
  • 303 Oakland – immediate neighbors process for permission to demolish, previously used as an illegal boarding house and has been found to have compromised structural integrity, up next month for a vote
  • 408 Woodward – application for townhomes, next Thursday at 7pm
  • 800 Glenwood – very focused on it being a major decision out of Grant Park, work together with all the local neighborhoods to speak in one voice
  • Support density of housing, mix use in accordance to the Beltline plan
  • Question raised about 303 Oakland – will be going through historic committee review
Technology Committee Chair, Jason Parker
  • 85% satisfied with GPNA’s current means of communication and type of information provided
  • Public Safety and Events are the number one interests of those that completed the survey
  • Forward our Facebook page and to new neighbors
Fundraising Committee Chair, Nicole Levine
  • Tour of Homes and Gardens was a great success and $5550 profit  with approx.. 500 attendees. Thank you to everyone who participated.
  • Sunbursts are for sale (email [email protected] or purchase online).
Grant Park Parents Network, Marie Mower
  • Announces that she resigning from her role to join the Parks and Rec committee
  • Cooke Elementary bldg. is now being used to house Wesley International in the fall for a one (1) yr contract which may be extended
  • Box Top collection is on-going
  • Thank you to Reuben McDaniel and Brenda Muhammed and SEACS
 President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Thank you Marie for your service
Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Robert Greenage
  • Event updates on
  • If vehicles are seen in the park please report them as they are not allowed
  • Bringing back the Grant Park Ambassador Program ([email protected])
  • Need of residential volunteers
  • Fun fest rescheduled to June 22nd
  • Farmers Market reopened
  • Friday, June 7th is work day in the park – people from Deloitte doing annual give back
  • Next meeting June 27th
  • Presenting Charity Woods and Eric Barnes representing Fun Fest Atlanta 2013
    • June 22nd
    • Fun Fest is a green event with food, music, family oriented
    • Still taking sponsors (Sierra Club participating)
    • Supported by GPC and Comm. John Garner
    • Suggest using Marta, amplified sound
      • A motion for support of the event was brought forth, seconded and moved without opposition
  • Presenting Christopher McArthur representing Bronx Day Atlanta 2013
    • July 27th
    • Event is a cookout celebration for the community. Second year held in Grant Park but has been taking place since 2006.
    • Expect nearly 4000 in attendance, open to the community and is family oriented with a kid zone. Amplified music. Suggest using Marta.
    • Last year they had 6 off-duty APD officers and private security doing night patrol.On Sat the conservancy is participating in astronomy project 10-2 at rec center
      • A motion for support of the event was brought forth, seconded and moved without opposition
  • Presenting Ramon Guyton and Karin Smoot representing House in the Park Atlanta 2013
    • September 1st noon to 8pm
    • Event is family friendly and consists of house music for those in attendance to enjoy
    • Both pavilions requested, expect close to 6000 in attendance
    • Ran out of parking previous years so they are considering shuttle service
    • Event has taken place for 9 years without issue
      • A motion for support of the event was brought forth, seconded and moved without opposition
President, Lauren Rocereta
  • Transportation committee nothing to report
  • Historic committee nothing to report
  • April meeting minutes were brought forth for approval, seconded and approved without opposition
Open Floor Discussion:
  • Carla Smith, city council rep for District 1, advised that amnesty in place currently regarding business licenses so if you have any questions please speak to her
  • Beltline 101 has put in place framework and implemented zoning suggestions. Envisioning going through zones 1,3,9 (6-9 month process)
  • Historic committee meeting with LUZ regarding certificates of appropriateness for a type 4 (highest level) on May 8th regarding 696 Oakland. Advocating against demolition. House is derelict – potential for house to be removed but footprint to remain.
  • Historic Tip of the month: Paint your house which helps maintain the integrity (scrape not blast old layers), most homes have wood siding which may appear grey in color due to age but can be replenished rather than removed
  • Local tennis company was approved for youth programming and will begin hosting local events
  • Brenda Muhammed, APS school board rep, welcomes Wesley International into the Cooke Elem building and states the parents and children are very happy about this move.
  • Question raised regarding the house on Eloise and Berne – historic sign out front, this will be looked into
  • City of Atlanta is going through a budget hearing and information can be found online
Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:34 pm            Meeting Adjourned