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EACA Monthly Meeting, 09/10/13

– Kevin called meeting to order at 7:18pm
– A motion was made by Ralph Green to approve the minutes from the August EACA meeting; the motion was seconded, and carried
Public Safety
Myron Pollster, East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP)
– A second security patrol for the unincorporated areas of DeKalb County is in the works and will hopefully be active by January 1
– There have been several burglaries in the area around Clifton Road and Flat Shoals
– Residents are reminded to report any suspicious activity by calling EASP after they have called 911
– EASP has a special offer for new members of the security patrol – two months free service
Lt Desmond Floyd, APD Zone 6
– Residents are encouraged to register their alarms with the City in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms
– Of the 65,000 calls received from alarms, 95% are false
– If an alarm is registered and a false alarm is called, the resident receives a warning and no fine
– The second false alarm results in a $50 fine, to increase with each additional false alarm
– If an alarm is not registered, with the first false alarm the resident receives a $150 fine, and the fines would increase from there with each offense
– Alarms can be registered by calling 855-725-7102 or at www.crywolfus/
– Zone 6 is a pilot location for new software which analyses crime data and predicts where crime may occur next
– Streetscapes, update from Kevin Spigener
– The roundabout is looking good, the hole in the vicinity has been repaired and the silver box on Moreland was scheduled to be removed
– The security cameras purchased by Council Member Archibong for the corner of Glenwood and Flat Shoals have been approved and slated to be installed (date TBD)
Miles of Learning, Janette Miles Kendall
– Miles of Learning is affiliated with Georgia Piedmont College, and works with many partners in the community, including EACA, to help prepare students for the GED
– The organization needs financial support, resources such as childcare and volunteers
– Some examples of ways EACA could provide support are providing scholarships for students, laptops and MARTA cards for transportation
– Miles of Learning will be participating in the Metro Atlanta Literacy 5K Walk in Grant Park this Saturday at 8:00am
– Emory University’s Project Giving Acts, Kelly Earl
– Project Giving Acts is a project funded by the National Institutes of Health and designed to educate and inform African Americans about organ donation
– They are recruiting participants over 18 to attend a two hour session to discuss organ donation and common fears and misconceptions associated with the issue
Village Speakers, Nicolia Gruendler
– Village Speakers is a local chapter of Toastmasters International, with a goal of improving public speaking and leadership
– The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6 pm
– More information at
Dr. Lori James, candidate for Atlanta Public School Board At Large Seat 9
– Dr. James discussed her qualifications and goals for the APS
– She is an educational consultant, trainer and commentator on NPR
– She would like to see an open budget process with more resources going to schools, teachers, and students as opposed to administration
– She would also make special education a priority, and advocates for the creation of a non-college track to provide technical education for students not interested in attending college
Neighborhood Planning Unit W- Transportation, Jack Gruendler
– Discussed proposal to create cycle tracks on Glenwood Avenue east of East Atlanta Village
– Discussed proposal to establish a connector to the South River Trail from East Atlanta
Andy Schneggenburger suggested both items be discussed at the next EACA board meeting to determine the best way to present the ideas to the general membership
– East Atlanta Farmers Market, “Chef Seth” Freedman
– The East Atlanta Farmers Market has faced some challenges this year due to weather and perceived issues with crime in EAV
– Seth asked residents to shop at the market, and also promote it through Facebook and other social media
– He also mentioned EACA would be selling pumpkins at the market this year, and there would be a pot luck feast the Thursday before Thanksgiving
East Atlanta Strut
– Andy Schneggenburger reminded attendees the East Atlanta Strut is on September 21 from 10:00am to 9:00pm
– They are still looking for volunteers (sign up at
– There will be bands on four stages from 12:00 pm to 9:00pm, a kids’ area, and a parade starting at 2:00pm
– There will also be a classic car show, the East Atlanta Roll, on Friday September 20 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
– Classic cars will be parked on Glenwood and Flat Shoals, and there will be live music behind Tomatillo’s
Other Business
– Kevin made a motion to offer free membership in EACA for senior citizens; the motion was seconded and passed
– The meeting was adjourned

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