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GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Call to Order–7:30pm.

President’s Introduction: 2022 GPNA Community Gatherings. Appoint Legacy Neighbors Ad Hoc Committee & Chair, Carl Rowland; GPNA to vote next month to confirm. Carl Rowland can be reached at medicfire5005@yahoo.com or 404-312-5293. Appoint Philanthropic Chair, Amber Scott; GPNA to vote next month to confirm.

Vice President’s Welcome: Neighborhood Filming Update – The Beacon & Rosalia Street.

Treasurer’s Update: Financial report is available at www.gpna.org.

Public Official Update: Councilmember Bakhtiari can be reached at lbakhtiari@atlantaga.gov or 404-274-8115

Special Orders

Item One – Public Safety: Zone 6 Update. Juvenile Justice & Input from Schools. Policing Alternative Annual Report. License Plate Readers & Cameras. Northside Hospital 5K end of month.

Item Two – Land Use & Zoning: V-22-22 709 Cherokee Avenue – Constructing pool, requesting variance due to double lot frontage on Augusta Place and Cherokee Avenue; no trees disturbed. NPU-W LUZ & GP LUZ Recommend Approval, received unanimous support from GPNA vote. V-22-33 486 Sydney St. – Constructing pool and raising Loomis side privacy fence, requesting variances due to the corner lot’s triangular shape not providing a regular setback; no trees disturbed. NPU-W LUZ & GP LUZ Recommend Approval, received unanimous support from GPNA vote.

Item Three – Homes & History: Preservation Minute.

Item Four – Transportation: Transportation Committee Update – meeting with NPU-W Transportation Committee 3rd Monday’s, 7pm, sign up at https://cityofatlantanpu-w.org/meeting-dates-and-times. Boulevard Redesign: https://atldot.atlantaga.gov/projects/south-boulevard-complete-street. 2 flashing pedestrian signals to be installed on Boulevard this year, one near Sydney and one near Delmar; work is delayed due to contractor negotiation. Designer to be contracted this summer by the City, will start the final Boulevard design – concept will then be approved by the city. Project is already funded, $1.95 million from the Councilmembers’ budget, plus $1.3 million from the Capital Improvement Element (CIE) 2022 cycle. An additional $1.8 million from a public vote in May through TSPLOST, if passed, would afford additional contingencies (such as raised crosswalks). Sign Toppers update: 213 new sign toppers needed; hope to present the design and next steps in April.

Item Five – Technology Committee: Call for Committee Volunteers: Content & Editing. Email technology@gpna.org to be added to the monthly newsletter. Email distribution@theporchpress.com to be added to the Porch Press mailing list for a free monthly copy.

Item Six – Fundraising Committee: Mothball Planning Update. Call for Sponsors. February Sunburst Sales.

Item Seven – Community Items: Education Update: Upcoming State of the Cluster Meeting: www.atlantapublicschools.us/stateofcluster.

Approval of the February Minutes. Adjournment – 8:30pm.

GPNA Officers and Steering Committee: Visit gpna.org/calendar for committee meetings and Zoom links.

Catherine Manci – President; Laura Keen – Vice President; Lauren Watt – Secretary; Evelyn Pannell – Treasurer; Samantha McKinlay – Fundraising Chair; Skyler Hassan – Land Use & Zoning; Chris Newman – Public Safety Committee Chair; Paul Simo – Homes & History Committee Chair; Stephanie Taylor Warner – Technology & Communications Chair; Phillip Kelly – Transportation Chair