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GPNA Meeting Minutes

President, Lauren Rocereta
Welcomed everyone, explained the agenda and open floor rules, and voting eligibility
Thank you to Zoo Atlanta for allowing the use of the building for the meeting
Next meeting is Tuesday, August, 19, 2014 at 7:30pm
New member welcome and introductions
Rob Bernier welcomed Christine Dore of Peachtree Dog Training, the featured business of the month
Welcomed Mary Woodlan and David Moore, who spoke about and answered questions about upcoming Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park and Halloween Tours events.
Motion of support for events passed unanimously
Atlanta City Council Member Carla Smith, District 1, 404-330-6039
City Council passed budget with no tax increase
East Side TAD (Tax Allocation District) was saved
Turner Field Task Force Meeting on July 23, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Department of Transportation construction at following intersections: Grant and Memorial, Boulevard and East Confederate, Boulevard and Berne, and Boulevard and Confederate
Vice President, Jeffrey Rogers
Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
Advised new members to check in or sign in
Bylaws Ad-hoc Committee Update
If you have a GPNA meeting reminder yard sign, please email Jeffrey at
Secretary, Kristin Andris
Minutes from the May and June 2014 meetings were presented
Treasurer, Michelle Botwinick
Updated Treasurer’s Report
School Updates, Leslie Grant, District 1, 404-643-9462
Board of Education is now live streaming meetings
First Day of school is August 4.
Day 1 Campaign is underway to encourage school attendance. Volunteer businesses are wanted to display Day 1 signs in windows and yards.
Free Back-to-School Immunization Fairs on July 26 at Morehouse School of Medicine Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center and Greenbriar Mall
Neighborhood Events Update, Katie Howard
Music Monday, July 28, Grant Park Conservancy
Splash Bash, July 31, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Grant Park Pool
Movie Night, September 12, 504 Hill Street
Playgroups: create an account at and choose a playgroup
Parks & Recreation, David Dreyer
David Dreyer, Grant Park Conservancy Chair provided a Grant Park Conservancy Update
Summer Shade Festival – volunteers welcome
Milledge Triangle Initiative is underway to beautify Grant Park Farmer’s Market area
Grant Park Conservancy membership special, $60 for membership and you receive a growler from My Friend’s Growler Shop
Fundraising, Rob Bernier
Mothball is scheduled for November 8
Next Mothball Committee Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Ziba’s Bistro, 7:00pm.
Economic Development Committee Chair, Rob Bernier
SEABA Soiree: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12 pm, Zoo Atlanta, “Ask Your Local Rep”
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
Presentation on how to map crime using
GPNA Public Safety Committee and GPSP firearm laws and personal safety session is posted online
Remember to keep cars clean to reduced larceny
House in the Park event FAQs answered
Motion approved unanimously to support
Zone 6 update
Lt. Desmond Floyd,, (404) 371-5002
Most crime is larceny – keep cars clean to reduce
Conceal vehicle registration. Registration cards are being stolen. You no longer need them if pulled over, so you don’t have to keep them in car.
Be careful about Craigslist. Ask Craigslist sellers to meet you at a police precinct as an extra precaution.
Bicycles must follow same traffic laws as cars. They cannot ride on sidewalk or run stop signs. Some neighbors have received tickets for not following bicycle traffic laws.
Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson
Cherokee Lots: Modification to conditions
408 Woodward Ave: U-14-016 Special Use permit to permit mixing of dry goods for culinary use
Motion approved unanimously to support special use permit
Historic Committee, Lauren Rocereta
Next meeting topic: 734 Mercer St. SE duplexes: Comunity review of architectural design
Improve energy efficiency for old homes and maintain historic integrity with magnetic acrylic storm windows (save approximately $100 each month). Video address:
Open Floor Discussion:
Community garden meeting on Thursday, July 17 at 4:30pm on corner of Boulevard and Robinson.
Tuesday, July 22 are run-off elections
Friends of Atlanta Police Mounted Patrol Group has formed and will meet on July 17 at 7:00pm at Cafe of Life (Next meeting August 21)
Southeast Beltline 5K will come through Grant Park on Sept. 28
If a tree is covering a street light, you can report it by calling 404-546-6762
Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council Post-3 At Large, (404-330-6041 or 404-548-6480) would like everyone to know that lists camps, jobs, and other programs for students
Jay Botwinick invited everyone to join the Grant Park Gun Club
Discussion on needed improvement of fountains in park
City of Atlanta is conducting a survey of transportation needs.
Motion for May and June meeting minutes to be accepted as amended, seconded and passed unanimously.
9:11pm: Meeting adjourned
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