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GPNA Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Register in advance for the meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctd-GurzgjGdBhY9lxJr2uJh7N2LKfiNZOAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Call to Order–7:30pm.

President’s Introduction: We will be moving voting items to the top of each meeting moving forward. There are no items today.

Public Official Update: Jonathan Harris – Community Engagement Manager for Commissioner Natalie Hall in Fulton County District 4. He can be reached at 404-822-9165 (cell), 404-612-8259 (office) or jonathan.harris@fultoncountyga.gov

  • The Board of Commissioners will meet 4/19. Part of the meeting will be dedicated to addressing major concerns around Fulton County jail. The Sheriff will be asking for funding to address cleanliness of the jail and continue those efforts, in addition to ordering new safety equipment that can detect narcotics and cell phones. The Sheriff has been working hard to release a report requesting emergency funding.
  • There’s also been a robust conversation around what healthcare looks like in Fulton County. Morehouse School of Medicine has become a partner and is looking at data to start addressing some of the healthcare issues facing the county. There will be next steps developed from the report.
  • There is a call for greater participation in the Youth Commission, an advocacy group of young adults in high school that have mock commission meetings and act as liaison between young demographic and commissioners. The application process is May 9-May 15. 
  • Commissioner Hall continues to be an advocate in the community and has interest in doing a community clean up in Grant Park. She will be in front of the NPU meeting next month. She’s also been addressing key community issues like employment for youth in the summer and educational summer camp.

Special Orders

Item One – Public Safety

  • APD Zone 6 & Fire Station 10 Update : Lt. Crosby is the new morning watch supervisor for APD Zone 6. The major update is the continued KIA and Hyundai vehicle larcenies. If anyone in the neighborhood has a KIA or Hyundai, the precinct is offering free clubs to help secure the vehicles and immobilize the steering wheel. Lt. Crosby can be reached at rcrosby@atlantaga.gov
  • Summary of meeting with Major Webster – There was a meeting on April 6. About ⅔ of stolen vehicles within Zone 6 are KIAs and Hyundais. Another major takeaway is that the Major will have some officers on DUI training. The Major will also have decibel meters for noise concerns and training for officers on decibel meters.
  • ConnectAtlanta.org Participation – Residents can sign up online here.
  • Upcoming Events
  • April-22 Run like Wild, ZooAtlanta 5K event through the Park 8:00am-10:00am
  • April-29 Girls on the Run 5K Stadium-Fulton-Sydney-Cherokee-Ormond 9:00am-11:00am
  • April-29 GiGi Fit Playhouse, in the park 8:00am-12:00pm (application submitted last year but not on MOSE calendar)
  • May-6 Run with the Wolves Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School 5K, Ormewood neighborhood just east of Grant Park
  • The next public safety meeting with be Monday, May 8, 2023
  • Shooting at the Beacon on March 23 – Neighbors have discussed some ideas to ensure this doesn’t happen again moving forward. GPNA is trying to get in touch with the new Beacon ownership to discuss. Concerned neighbors can send contact info at publicsafety@gpna.org and we’ll set up a Zoom meeting to express concerns.
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Item Two – Homes & History: Committee – No updates.

Item Three – Land Use & Zoning

Item Four  – Fundraising Committee

  • Small Sunbursts – These would be perfect for an ADU, apartment complex, etc. These will be sold for $60. Anyone interested can find them on the website in about a month, or reach out to fundraising@gpna.org

Item Five – Economic Development 

  • The next Small Business Mixer will take place May 30th 7-8pm at Grant Park Market. Any small or local business owner is invited to attend and can reach out to economic@gpna.org for more information.
  • Two new committee members have joined, so more to come soon on the initiatives that are planned.

Item Six – Community Items

  • Summer Shade Festival Announcement, Grant Park Conservancy – Steve Konzelman attended the meeting to share that the festival will return August 26-27. The Conservancy has submitted its application to the City of Atlanta and it will be two days of food, artist market, beverages, and community fun! They have opened up the applications for food vendors and artist markets, in addition to volunteer opportunities. More information can be found at https://www.gpconservancy.org/events-programs/summer-shade-festival/.

Approval of the March minutes, new business, adjournment – 8:30pm.

GPNA officers and steering committee – Online directoryVisit gpna.org/calendar for committee meetings and Zoom links.


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