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GPNA General Membership Monthly Meeting Minutes – May 21, 2019

Time: 7:30pm – 8:24pm

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; Rick Hudson, Land Use and Zoning; Eliza Adams, Philanthropic; Chris Newman, Public Safety

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: Major Vasquez ( and Capt. Clay: Major Vasquez just promoted to Zone 6. Was in homicide in Zone 5. 29 years of service. Really appreciates the support given by Grant Park.

GPPN update ( Kristin Silton, President: Music in the Meadow from 6pm-7:30pm 6/6/2019 (in GP), 7/11/2019 (in Ormond), 8/1/2019, 9/5/2019. Summer Social: 6/22/2019 will be a backyard BBQ at the Berne Mansion 4pm-8pm. GPPN Yard Sale update: will not be doing one this year, but SAND will do one.

Historic Oakland Cemetery ( Tunes from the Tombs, June 8, 12pm-8pm.

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

GPNA is seeking energetic individuals who would like to support GPNA as an officer. Currently the Vice President and the Secretary positions are open. Get involved. It’s your community too! If interested, contact

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! Currently have $55,729 in our account, with $15,000 earmarked for projects.

Secretary – Open ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby. April Minutes not available due to notes being missing. Will have next month.

Committee Reports

Public Safety – Chris Newman ( Talking with Prosecutor Lamar about a mentally ill woman north of I20. She has refused assistance through HOPE. She is incarcerated at the present. Coordinating with the Zoo to get more officers during the holidays. School is letting out and kids will make mischief with vehicle larcenies. Curfew for under 18 years old is 11pm. Call 911 if you see teenagers.

Economic Development- Samantha McKinley ( In charge of sunbursts now. Order your Sunburst today and have it by Friday!

Fundraising – Laura Keen ( Filming companies have recently pledged $3,000 to GPNA. Updates on filming schedules and will be working with the city on what streets are closed when to minimize traffic impact during rush hours. Don’t forget to sign up for Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile. Each of your purchases provide a donation in your name back to GPNA, at no cost to you. Spring Tour of Homes was a hit. Still tallying the numbers, but overall, it was a huge success and thanks to all the volunteers and homeowners.

Philanthropic –Eliza Adams Dates have set for May 31st from 5-7 with Nicholas House for Make a Meal and still need volunteers.

Technology – Stephanie Warner ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby. If you are not receiving contact information from GPNA, please contact Also, please make sure your information on the site is up to date.

Homes & History – Paul Simo (😉 – Presented by Rick Hudson. Tip of the month: Sidewalks are the homeowner’s responsibility unless there is an issue with utilities or water. If it is a City problem, they will remove the bricks, put down concrete, then sand, then rebrick, which will not always be the original brick that was there.

Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ( Advocating for full Beltline Rail Now to get funding on the Beltline before 2030. The Gateway should be done by December for all the material. Then the green roof will go in and then work on the punch list. Should be the first quarter of 2020 when it opens. The elephant exhibit should be open before the end of 2019. Halsey Yard has closed down and moved to Fayetteville. Should be less traffic as a result. Now working on how to get the Beltline there now. Working on making Boulevard, south of Atlanta Ave to be a two-lane road with parking and bikes lanes. Stay tuned.

Minutes Approval Vote: April minutes deferred until June

New Business/Open Floor: None

Adjourn: 8:24 pm

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