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EACA Minutes 1/14/14

–       Meeting opened at 7:00pm
–       Welcome, new members
–       MLK inspiration from Troy
–       New officers introduced
–       December minutes approved
Public Safety Update, Captain Shaw (APD) & Captain Meers, Lt. Woods, Sgt. Cloud (DeKalb Police)
–       Much tighter integration between Atlanta and DeKalb
–       Significant bust in January, $50k in recovered material from both Atlanta and DeKalb
–       Q&A

  • How many burglaries in January, solved?
  • Burglary team out of Zone 6
  • DeKalb had 17% clearance rate in December
  • Straddling the border presents challenges
  • How to tell if someone is casing a neighborhood / house?
  • Call if anything suspicious
  • The more info the better
  • All calls get routed through 911
  • Working on a 311 non-emergency number
  • Be aware of truant students during the day time, people knocking on the door
  • Vehicles used include Chryslers, Jeeps, minivans, and other stolen vehicles from DeKalb
  • If there’s a case where the response time is too long, call and ask for a Supervisor
  • Higher priority calls might delay a response, but unnecessarily long response times can be identified and addressed
  • Young department
  • Rumors about people doing illegal activity getting tipped off that they were reported to the police
  • Recurring question about speeding
  • Parking Lot

EACA 2014 Goals
–       Increase membership and community participation

  • More participation makes us a stronger community
  • More involvement
  • Only $10 to join
  • Discounts in the Village
  • Voice in EACA (voting rights)
  • Renew or join at meetings or online

–       Increase general fundraising through events

  • Beautification
  • Social events

–       Continue public safety awareness activities and outreach

  • Not just APD, but a community effort
  • Open to ideas from the community
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Notify authorities of lights not functioning

–       Maintain open lines of communication with local officials, community groups, businesses, and nonprofits

  • Councilmember Archibong

–       Met with Lt. Browning, point person for APD Community Policing Unit

  • Getting 3 cameras
  • Linked to cameras already at Moreland and Glenwood provided by the State
  • Glenwood/Flat Shoals and other locations
  • $18k each

–       New welcome sign is beautiful
–       Councilmember Archibong attended the APS Swearing In yesterday

  • Positive momentum

–       Old Fire Station bids have come in, developer of Gordon School won
–       Q&A

  • Heard about Mayor Reed’s interest in road improvement—can Flat Shoals be on the list?
  • Send any requests to CM Archibong

–       Sidewalks, gravel roads, etc.
–       City is thinking about floating a $250M bond
–       The list of priorities will be submitted to the community, bond won’t be finalized until the list is approved

  • CM Archibong will present to EACA, NPU for approval
  • Question about fixing manhole cover in front of Homewatch Caregivers / old library

Committee Updates / Call for Members
–       Anyone interested in participating should email commitees@eaca.net or email committee chairs noted on eaca.net committee pages
–       Rose noted that Neighbor in Need and Arts & Culture were just ideas a few years ago, but people took ownership and put a lot of effort behind bringing them to the community
–       Jackson K8 Cluster meeting – “State of the School”

  • Thursday, January 16, 6:30pm
  • School was completely renovated, state-of-the-art (rooftop farm!)

–       Upcoming park improvements

  • Building bocce court and horseshoe pit—will need volunteers
  • Disc golf grant wasn’t received

–       East Atlanta Beer Fest in May
–       150th Anniversary BATL between July 12 and 20
–       East Atlanta Strut in September
–       Friends of East Atlanta Library, Gina Root

  • 4 book sales (March 1, June 28, September 20, December 6)
  • Ongoing book collection
  • Always looking for volunteers and members; email friendsofeatl@gmail.com

–       Toastmasters meeting next Thursday (23) at 6:15pm at First Iconium Baptist Church

  • Contact Nicolia McCoy, nicolia.mccoy@gmail.com
  • Add to newsletter

–       East Atlanta Farmers Market will start back up in April
Land Use and Zoning
–       Alcohol license at 1981 Flat Shoals Road, Chevron Food Mart

  • Change of ownership, applicant has agreed to sign “good neighbor” agreement
  • Good Neighbor agreement is mostly a restatement of existing ordinances

–       Does it have real teeth?  TBD
–       Are there more things we can do to police businesses? Yes, but need more people to get involved in the community
–       Recent rewrite of the Alcohol Advisory code, including adoption of penalty matrix, tracking of limits on sellable alcohol, etc.
–       Jenny asked to send out Good Neighbor agreement

  • Motion to approve, approved 14-3-1

–       1341 Ormewood Avenue, variance to reduce setbacks for second story addition

  • Half-depth front yard setback from 17.5 to 13, reduce front yard setback from 35 to 34, side yard from 7 to 6
  • Deferred to next month’s meeting

–       What was the status of the Stokeswood application from October / November meetings?
–       Mary reminded the group that we should be informed about properties and applications; Henry noted that BZA takes community support into serious consideration
–       Troy asked if addresses of applications could be sent in the newsletter so folks can visit properties

  • Ed says yes; dependent on him providing the information
  • Ralph suggested it go under the Land Use and Zoning agenda item

–       Email president@eaca.net to get on the monthly meeting agenda
–       Question about DeKalb vice-president suggested in late 2013 meetings

  • Mary suggested we will need a process to make a determination

–       Suggestion for refreshments at each meeting; motion to allow President to appoint “Social” committee chair

  • Amended to have further discussion; motion removed, will be discussed at Board retreat

–       Board retreat

  • Officers, committee chairs
    • Timing and agenda TBD (@ Village Church of East Atlanta)

–       Meeting adjourned at 8:24


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