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GPNA Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Call to Order–7:30pm

President’s introduction: Next Grant Park Neighborhood Gathering – We have rescheduled the fourth gathering to take place on 10/5, location to be announced once secured.

Vice President’s welcome: Neighborhood filming updates – A Domino’s Pizza commercial wrapped last week and GPNA will update neighbors once there is more to share.

Treasurer’s Update: Monthly Financial Report in Google Drive (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aWhslMXgKMpOyt5jLmfJ_KIWlClnJPsi/view). July income statement – For any questions, please email treasurer@gpna.orgHYPERLINK “mailto:treasurer@gpna.org” HYPERLINK “mailto:treasurer@gpna.org”HYPERLINK “mailto:treasurer@gpna.org”.

Public Official Update

Councilmember Jason Winston updates: New stop signs have been going up along with supplemental signage to make sure everyone is aware of the new installations. There will be a new sign going up on Atlanta and United. Cherokee bike lanes are projected to start on September 8. Some of the stop signs on the eastern side of Cherokee may be relocated in the new concrete once construction begins. Includes bollards and curb stops in between bike lanes. Watershed Management has introduced a FLOAT Program – anyone with a balance over $300 for the Department of Watershed can go on the website to see payment options and other options to work through outstanding balances. There are specific programs available for seniors and those on fixed income as well. Atlanta Council approved effort to lease jail space to Fulton County. Each council member had the opportunity to tour the detention center and ATDC. Fulton county leases 700 beds over 4 years and this money will go to pre-arrest diversion efforts.

Jennifer Freeman, Constituent Outreach Representative, U.S. Congresswoman Nikema Williams’ Office updates: Town hall meeting 8/31 at 6pm to discuss post office challenges. 5th District “Yes” Votes. Historic inflation reduction act, including an additional $3 billion to connect neighborhoods divided by highway. Aviation infrastructure investment to reduce air pollution and create environmentally friendly future. Supported safe dignified housing, joined House Proud and the Ring initiative to retrofit houses to keep 1,000 seniors in their homes. If you need assistance as it relates to Social Security and Medicare benefits, congresswoman Williams’ office can help. To contact Jennifer, email Jennifer.freeman@mail.house.gov. She can also be reached at Office: 404-659-0116, Mobile: 404-623-5453. To subscribe to email updates, find out what committees the Congresswoman serves on or request help with a federal agency, visit the Congresswoman’s official site at https://nikemawilliams.house.gov.

Special Orders

Item One – Public Safety: Zone 6 & Fire Department Update – Latest crimes were vehicle larcenies, many concentrated around Memorial Drive. There were 9 auto thefts since July 20. Upcoming Events – Summer Shade (8/27-8/28), House in the Park (9/4), APS Cross Country Meet (8/31), Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (10/2). Applications for the Atlanta Police Citizens Police Academy – Deadline to apply is 8/29 and the Academy takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm, 9/6-10/25. September 12 will be the next joint meeting with NPU-W.

Item Two – Land Use & Zoning: No update

Item Three – Homes & History: AUDC Comments from July 2022

Item Four – Transportation: Transportation Committee update, sign topper & donations update, Grant Street sidewalk & signage

Item Five – Fundraising Committee: Mothball Sponsorship Opportunities. GPNA at the Farmer’s Market – 8/28

Item Six – Economic Development Committee: Elsewhere Brewing Sunday Supper, Elsewhere Brewing Bingo Night

Item Seven – Community Items: Kelly Ridenhour, a volunteer with the South River Forest Coalition

Approval of the July minutes

Adjournment – 8:30pm

GPNA Officers and Steering Committee – Online Directory: Visit www.gpna.org/calendar for committee meetings and Zoom links. Catherine Manci – President; Laura Keen – Vice President; Lauren Watt – Secretary; Evelyn Pannell – Treasurer; Samantha McKinlay – Fundraising Committee Chair; Skyler Hassan – Land Use & Zoning; Chris Newman – Public Safety Committee Chair; Paul Simo – Homes & History Committee Chair; Stephanie Taylor Warner – Technology & Communications Committee Chair; Phillip Kelly –  Transportation Committee Chair; Carl Rowland – Legacy Neighbors Committee Chair; Amber Scott – Philanthropic Committee Chair; Nate Cook- Economic Development Committee Chair

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