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EACA Meeting Minutes – July 12, 2022

Welcome and Call to Order, 7:00pm – EACA President. Special Acknowledgement of Dawn Rivera, Howard Fore, Jonathan Barhite, JR Deardorff of A Sound Proposition, and Laura Gonzalez, Communication Committee Chair.

Public Officials’ Reports: Patrick Husbands for Liliana Bakhtiari – New Zone 6 leader. Demolition planned tomorrow for the decrepit church on Clifton. Started heat and weather survey to find where we can plant trees. LB proposed resolution that was passed unanimously that says city will not prosecute abortion crimes. Several other initiatives in the work. See her newsletter and district website for more info. Q: Joseph and Glenwood shots fired last night. Any more info? A: He will look into it. Q: City pools are closed unexpectedly without notice, particularly Candler Park pool. A: There have been numerous inquiries about Candler Park, and someone was fired there recently for closing and letting friends and family. There are staffing issues around the city, but they are trying to address it. Q: Brownwood Park has a lot of overflowing trash today, and it is an ongoing issue. Can we get some bigger trash cans/dumpster? A: Patrick says he should be able to deal with this right away. Q: Fayetteville and Flat Shoals intersection needs some changes. How should they approach the city? A: Bringing it up in a meeting like this is a good place to start. He knows it gets ignored a bit because it is on the edge of the city. He has reached out to DOT and code enforcement. Vic also has asked Liliana to pay attention to that area of the neighborhood. Henry suggests also reaching out to DeKalb police and elected officials. Q: Moreland Avenue and Ormewood wrecks in which cars crashed into Hodgepodge. Word was this may have been caused by the restriping of Moreland Avenue. Any updates? A: Office has met with GDOT to talk about this issue. They talked about barriers on the sidewalk to protect the business. Looking into other ways to protect the building.

Florence Coram of Larry Johnson’s office – Johnson was invited to the White House for signing of the new gun legislation. July 30 event to provide school supplies for kids. See chat for more info about activities. 

Stephanie Parker of Neighbor in Need thanks Commissioner Johnson’s office for the recent grant and reimbursement of money for one NIN client. Also, thanks to Councilmember Bakhtiari for donating to the fund to take down a diseased tree. Neighbor in Need is looking for good contractors. Vic notes we are also looking for installers for sign toppers.

Items for Voting: June 14, 2022, Meeting Minutes – approved without objection. June Treasurer’s Report – approved without objection.

Visitor Announcements

Charlie Paine, City of Atlanta LGBTQ History Project – see info here: www.atlantalgbtqhistoryproject.org He and his group would love input or info from anyone. See the chat for his info.

EABA, Nate Minor – EABA takes July off from meetings. EABA reps met recently with GA Power to talk about resources for neighborhoods. This includes the visioning EABA is doing, and GA Power also has info that may be helpful with the Village parking situation. Nate will meet with Vic to give him more info. Q: Could they give us free power for lights in front of the East Atlanta sign. A: This was not a team that could do that, but Nate will try to get a contact. Jeanne says maybe we could go with solar lights. They would have to be locked down somehow.

Committee Reports

Education: July 29 is open house for all APS schools, Back to School Bash is July 30. You need to register.

Transportation: South Moreland Ave Working Group has an opening. Please contact transportation@eaca.net if you are interested in joining that group. It has meetings every other month.

EABA and EACA met recently to revive talks about how to deal with parking in and around the business district. There will be community input sessions. More info to come. Committee welcomes new members.

Parks and Greenspace: First Saturday of the month workdays will be back in August. Update on Ormewood Forest Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EACA and the

city of Atlanta. EACA is signing the MOU and the city will be sealing the deal on the property soon. Note: the MOU was presented to the general body at the September 2021 membership meeting.

Quick intro to leader of the new Community Outreach, Jeremy Hay

Land Use and Zoning. No votes.

Updates: Bouldercrest triangle rezoning: moving forward

Sabbath Brewing special use permit: City says because the business is open, it will continue to operate under its original SUP while the new one goes through the process. Sabbath is working to fix any issues. Sabbath attorney says they are working on alleviating concerns and meeting LUZ conditions for the new SUP. 

Flat Shoals/Grace Street development: Meeting set with neighbors and developer to share info.

Skyhaven Quarry development has been going through the city, but this evening it went to the county and there was unanimous support for the plan created through discussions between LUZ and the developer.

Moreland Broadstone (Value Village): The city has adopted four of eight requests from the developers

McPherson developments near I-20: There are two parcels behind existing homes on the north side of McPherson. Separate developers are working to use these parcels.

Karla has received questions from those who would like to see the special use permits related to other East Atlanta businesses. She says those agreements vary from business to business and there are some businesses that were grandfathered in when the neighborhood zoning changed. However, they are accountable to the rules and regulations of the city. The info related to all businesses is public record.

Adjournment 8:30pm.

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