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East Atlanta Community Meeting Notes 03-12-2013

  • Kevin called meeting to order at 7:07 pm
  • Kevin asked newcomers to introduce themselves
    • Laura and her husband just moved to Metropolitan Place
  • Police report, Zone 6 – Officer Mitchell (beat officer) and Officer Gonzales (field trainee)
  • APD trying to increase visibility in several ways:
    • On foot patrols
    • Efforts to meet business owners
  • Jeep Cherokees are a hot item of late, as they start very easily;
    • Stolen vehicles are being used in robberies
  • Q&A
      • One evening last week the APD had stopped a vehicle at Newton and Van Epps?
      • Routine traffic stop but driver didn’t cooperate
        • Rebecca asked if there were extra patrols during Living Walls
        • During big events, customarily send more patrol cars
        • Ed asked if beat officers would be notified of a road closing for a big event
        • There’s a communication pipeline for all road closings, to include Police, MARTA, Emergency Services, etc.
      • Announcements/What’s up in EAV?
        • Toastmasters, Miss Walker
          • Forming Toastmasters club in EAV
          • Information meeting next Thursday (3/21), 6-7 pm, at First Iconium Baptist Church
        • East Lake Pharmacy, Thomas Jusu (Owner/Pharmacist)
        • Thomas was formerly pharmacist at Moreland CVS
        • Hours
          • Monday thru Friday, 9 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
          • Do these hours work for the neighborhood?
            • Ed says 7 pm may be too early
        • Accept all major insurance plans; competitive prices without insurance
        • Free deliveries within neighborhood
        • Also offers notary service
        • Q&A
          • Jack asked if Thomas can match prices at chain pharmacies or primary medications
            • Thomas says he’ll match
          • Phoenix Flies, March 9-24
            • This year marks 10th anniversary of Atlanta Preservation Society
            • Reservations required
          • Living Walls
            • Kevin recognized outstanding East Atlanta Block Party led by Kate Crosby
            • 41 vendors at the craft show; record number
            • Rebecca asked how many people attended; guessing 3000-4000
            • Kevin thought it was great that the local businesses benefited without beer/food trucks
            • Living Walls had a great pop-up shop on Gresham, is now considering moving its headquarters to EAV
          • East Atlanta Business Association (EABA), Matt Armstrong
            • Folks who work locally or own a business are invited to attend the monthly EABA meeting, 1st Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at Branan Towers
            • Clean-up in the Village sponsored by EACA, EABA, East Atlanta Foundation
            • Adopt-a-Street is getting started, great way to love our neighborhood
            • Mike Land, owner of Village Garage, is putting together a standalone car show on May 11th, based on the success of last year’s car show at the Strut
            • Adidas Art Stroll, March 30th
              • Planning to host tent in former BMW parking lot for 4 days, with reveal of final art
          • Matt encouraged folks to support local businesses
          • Tire round-up scheduled for April 27th; major event for Councilmember Archibong
        • Brownwood Park
          • 1st Brownwood Frolic this Sunday (3/17), 3 – 5 pm
            • Previously, EACA has asked for help cleaning the park; now want to focus on enjoying the par
            • Activities for kids and adults, including live music and lawn games
          • Mushroom class on April 15th
            • Growing oyster mushrooms in reusable material, class taught by Fifth Kingdom
            • Partnering with Friends of East Atlanta Library
            • $25 registration fee includes class and materials
          • Clean-up day on April 27th, focused on erosion control
        • Park Pride conference coming up on March 24th
          • Park Pride has given several grants for the Community Garden, eastside trail
          • Conference includes parks tour
            • EACA is asking for help to prep the park and community garden for the tour on March 23rd at 10 am
      • Neighbor in Need Poker Tournamet
        • 4th poker tournament coming up on March 30th
        • $50 buy-in; proceeds support efforts of Neighbor in Need
      • Project Giving ACTS (About Choices in Transplantation and Sharing
        • Kelly Earl & Dana Robinson, Emor
          • Emory has received grant from NIH to educate African American adults about organ donation
          • Target audience is African Americans, 18 and up, in 30316 ZIP Code
          • Looking for participants to participate in 2-hour educational session; focus is education, not registration
      • East Atlanta Streetscape Phase II, Ed Gilgor
        • Project started out of East Atlanta Village Study (late 90s, early 2000s)
        • Phase I already complete
        • Phase II has been delayed for several years; City recently picked the project back up
          • Made revisions to the original plan, and moved forward without consulting the neighborhood
          • EACA/NPU-W is organizing feedback for the City, led by Andy Schneggenburger, EACA Land Use and Zoning chair
          • Plans include traffic circle at McPherson, revised welcome sign, interpretive sign; does not include Flat Shoals down to Metropolitan
          • Ed has asked them to do Flat Shoals and Glenwood in entirety, not piecemeal
            • Anticipate the City continuing with most recent plans; at a minimum, Ed has asked the City to commit to completing the improvements in the future, with bond dates, etc.
        • The project is to begin March 18th
        • Q&A
          • Residents are always required to publicly post notices about residential projects, curious that the City hasn’t posted anything about a very significant undertaking (e.g., detour plan and other signage)
          • How can we express our concerns?
            • Ed recommended contacting Commissioner Mendoza
      • The “Welcome to East Atlanta” sign will not be preserved
      • What will be the alternate traffic plan?
        • Unclear at this point
  • Closing
    • February minutes approval; Ed moved to approve, seconded, approve
      • Steve noted that the February minutes failed to include his commendation of Rebecca’s January minutes
    • New busines
      • Steve asked if we have any graphic artists to design a sign for encouraging Branan Towers residents to attend the monthly EACA meeting
    • Kevin “heard” a motion to adjourn