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Serving the Historic Atlanta Neighborhoods of Grant Park, Ormewood Park, East Atlanta, Benteen Park, Glenwood Park, and environs

Grant Park Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, March 19, 2013

By Kimberly Gibson
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, April 16 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions


  • Household Hazardous Waste Event 4/27 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Turner Field
  • Oakland Cemetery Announcement – Mary Woodland, Director of Volunteers and Special Events
    • Asking for support for spring event (One Day Music Event) on Saturday June 8 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
    • Motion to support was made and seconded
    • Motion, approved
  • Minutes from the February 2013 meeting were presented

Treasurer, Michelle Botwick

  • Reviewed contents of the budget and cash position

Public Safety Chair, Chris Newman

  • Major Meadows Update
    • Discussed increase in carjackings
    • Some arrests were made
    • Next meeting at Martha Brown Methodist Church 3/27 6:30pm
    • No update from community prosecutor
    • Working on coordinating a 911 center tour
    • We encourage everyone to sign up for the smart 911 system
    • Citizens Police Academy coming up in April
    • Reminder that officers are enforcing the new 4-way stop signs
    • Park Atlanta is working in the area. Remember to park in the right direction on your street
    • Grant Park Security Patrol update

Vice President, Jeff Rogers

  • Volunteer sign-up sheet for committees
  • Bylaws subcommittee meeting is on 3/20 at Augustine’s at 7:35pm

GPPN Committee Chair, Marie Mower

  • Discusses purpose of the group
  • SE Atlanta Communities for Schools
    • Parkside Elementary
    • King Middle Scholl
    • Maynard Jackson HS
  • Introduced Chief Marguenta Sands, APS Security Director
    • Discussed efforts to improve communications
  • Introduced Gigi Conner
    • Jaguar Yard Signs Sales

Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Bob Greenage

  • Full calendar on the website
  • Park tours this weekend (Sat and Sun)
  • PED’s Atlanta handing out Slow Down Yard Signs
  • Atlanta Fringe Festival Art Hun in Ft. Walker 3/27, 2:00pm
  • GPC and the community Farmers market group received $1,000 grant to create signage and build two benches for the farmers market area
  • Farmers market will open on Sunday April 21, 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Next GPC Board meeting will be on 3/28 , 6:30pm at the Grant Park Recreation Center
  • Atlanta Sport and Social Club is having their Zombie Crawl 3/30, 1:00pm Oakland Cemetery
  • Introduced Tim Fidler: Head of Facilities and Construction for Zoo Atlanta
    • Discussed plans for relocation of the reptile house and reuse of existing building
  • Introduced Eric Teusink
    • Announced Run Before You Crawl 5K and Pub Crawl on 4/13/13 9:00am benefitting GPC, GPNA and GPPN
  • Introduced Nicole Corely
    • Announced My Mother has Sole Family Fun Run benefiting Nicholas House on 5/11/13

Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle

  • Next mtg. is at Martha Brown United Methodist Church on 3/27/13 at 6:30pm
  • Reviewed the city’s rolling 5 year list of traffic and transportation improvements affecting Grant Park

Economic Development Committee Chair, Chris Balch

  • SE Atlanta Business Association Soiree, 3/21 5:30pm at the Drafting Table
  • 4 businesses have joined this month as economic partners
    • Operation Boot Camp
    • Red Robin Group
    • Mezcalito’s
    • Park Deli

Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo

  • Had recent Historic Committee Mtg. on Monday 3/18
  • Continue to discuss refresh of design regs.
  • Discussed proper route to approve extensions to the back of your house
  • Next mgt. on 4/15/13 at 7pm at the Atlanta Preservation Center
  • Tip of the month: Most houses are considered “Historic”. Try to keep the historic siding intact. Earmark the existing rear corners of your house.

Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson

  • Next mtg will be held on 4/4/13 at 7pm at Zoo Atlanta ARC Bldg. Tech Lab
  • 800 Glenwood Project Update – No new application at this time

Technology Committee Co-Chair, Jason Parker

  • Technology Communications Survey being released

Fundraising Committee Chair, Nicole Levine

  • Tour of Homes planning. Date 5/11-12. Need homes and volunteers.

President, Lauren Rocereta

  • Requested motion to have Nicole approved as fundraising chair. So moved and seconded.
  • Motion to approve and support the minutes. So moved and seconded.

Open Floor

  • Grant Park Security Patrol – Chris Balch
    • Annual Mtg. at 4/20 2:00pm at GP Rec Center
  • Thanks to all who came out to the Tree’s Atlanta Planting

Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:50pm Meeting Adjourned