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GPNA General Membership Monthly Meeting Minutes – March 19, 2019

Time: 7:31pm – 8:39pm

Location: Zoo Atlanta ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater

Officers/Chairs Present: Dr. Michelle Kirby, President; Michelle Botwinick, Treasurer; Samantha McKinlay, Economic Development; Laura Keen, Fundraising; Paul Simo, Homes & History; Rick Hudson, Land Use and Zoning; Eliza Adams, Philanthropic; Chris Newman, Public Safety; Stephanie Warner, Technology

Call to Order – 7:31pm

Officer Reports

President, Dr. Michelle Kirby ( – Welcome, housekeeping rules, and thanks to Zoo Atlanta for use of the theater for the meeting. Reminder: The purpose of the monthly general GPNA meeting is for GPNA officers/committee chairs, local organizations, elected officials, etc. to provide brief updates to the community. In-depth discussion occurs at the committee level.

Zone 6 update: Sgt. Greg Smith (, 404-617-7113) – 2 new beats added. Crime is down but car larcenies are still a problem. Remember the clean car campaign.

State Rep. David Dryer, District 59 ( – Session is ending soon and a number of important bills are on the floor. For the bills that Rep Dryer supports ( Important bills regarding abortion, control of the airport, and tenant complaint protection.

Mitsah Henry, assistant for District 5 Councilmember (404-613-0203) – Flyers left on table for tax credits and FAQ. 5th Annual Family funding on May 4 from 10-2. Call for details.

GPPN update ( Merideth Bier, Marketing Chair – Run before you crawl is April 13. Easter Egg Hunt: April 20 is free to the public. Moving On Up is April 26 from 6:30-8:30 (

Historic Oakland Cemetery ( – Illumine: May 9 –12, 7-10:30pm. Tunes from the Tombs: June 8, 12:00pm- 8:00pm.

Atlanta Preservation Center: David Mitchell – Big gala on May 18 in support of the Erskine Fountain renovation:

2019 proposed action plan – Approved, 2019 proposed budget – Approved.

Vice President – Open ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby – Please check in. Please sign in if you’re a new member. Committee Sign-up Sheet.

Treasurer – Michelle Botwinick ( – The GPNA is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible! $24,525 in the bank. Much is earmarked for different GPNA projects.

Secretary – Open ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby – February Minutes (approval vote toward the end of the meeting).

Committee Reports

Public Safety – Chris Newman ( – LRB: Hotto Hotto and the Zoo. Both approved. Crime information is available from January robbery perpetrator is in custody without bond and hearing is upcoming. Lane closures: upcoming filming on Sydney will have intermittent closures.

Economic Development- Samantha McKinley ( gathering is in the works. Stay tuned,

Fundraising – Laura Keen ( – In charge of sunbursts now. Order your Sunburst today and have it by Friday! Don’t forget to sign up for Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile. Each of your purchases provide a donation in your name back to GPNA, at no cost to you. Spring Tour of Homes is set for May 18 and 19 from 12:00pm-5:00pm each day. Looking for volunteers and homes for the tour. Please contact to volunteer.

Philanthropic –Eliza Adams philanthropic@gpna.orgDates have been determined with Nicholas House for Make a Meal and will be putting together a schedule soon. Coordinating with Maynard Jackson to get student volunteers to support GPNA.

Technology – Stephanie Warner ( – If you are not receiving contact information from GPNA, please contact Also, please make sure your information on the site is up to date. We will be moving our calendar at to google calendars.

Homes & History – Paul Simo (😉 – Still working on the Northern Annex to the historical zone. 649 McDonald has changed ownership again. Tip of the month: promote Don’t paint the brick on your house. Pull dead vines now before pregrowth.

Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ( – 1015 Boulevard update: Still in immediate neighbors process. Unfortunately, the trucks and traffic are not abiding by the 25mph speed limit. Rick is working with the city in traffic calming approaches, including textile changes in the road on Boulevard. The development will have 1.6 parking spots per unit. The development will have an old railroad station feel; final design is not set and the developer is working with GPNA

Minutes Approval Vote- February minutes approved

Adjourn – 8:39pm

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