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GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Call to Order–7:30pm. President’s Introduction: Call for 2023 GPNA Officer Nominations – GPNA takes nominations for next year’s officers from September through the end of the October monthly meeting. Anyone with questions about getting involved can e-mail Catherine at president@gpna.org.  

Vice President’s Welcome: Neighborhood Filming Updates – There are two unofficial filming updates. One will be 10/3 and one will be at ANCS 10/13.

Treasurer’s Update: Monthly Financial Report in Google Folder. August Income Statement.

Special Orders

Item One – Public Safety: Zone 6 & Fire Department Update. Crime Stats for Grant Park – The biggest challenge continues to be vehicle larcenies. About 22 larcenies took place between last month’s meeting and today. Friendly reminder to neighbors to not leave anything in plain sight and stay vigilant. August 31 PAD Discussion – Increasing their budget and increasing their staffing from 5 to 10 teams of case workers through the community. They will not be able to increase to 24/7 at this time. They have a grant from the GA Dept. of Public Health that will help them contract with several workers. Call 311 if you see anyone in the community that appears to be in distress. They are operating Monday through Friday 7:00am through 7:00pm. Upcoming Events: Breast Cancer Benefit Walk, 10/2 – 9:00am-12:00pm, Memorial Drive Reynoldstown West to the Capital. APS Championship Cross Country Meets, 10/5 – 4:00pm-7:00pm. Oakland Cemetery 5K Run, 10/8 – 9:00am-12:00pm.

Item Two – Land Use & Zoning: Upcoming NPU-W & LUZ Meetings. NPU-W Ad Hoc Committee for Zoning Rewrite – Looking to form a committee to review the ordinance rewrite. This ad hoc committee should be finalized by early October. If any neighbors want to be involved or learn more, email Skyler Hassan at luz@gpna.org. Grant Park Coffee House Z-22-66 at 337 Georgia Avenue – They require an application because they’re rezoning the building. It will come through the LUZ committee on 9/22. Great feedback has been received from neighbors. NPU received a revised proposal from the city council from the ghost kitchen legislation discussed earlier this year. It won’t impact Grant Park based on how it’s zoned (more applicable to West side neighborhoods), but will be on the next agenda. 

Item Three – Homes & History: AUDC Comments from August 2022 – Two items in the past month:  520 Waldo – Owners applied to fully replace their windows and are re-doing some plans to save historic windows and put in like-constructed windows. 603 Boulevard – Owners applied to put dormers in the roofline. One dormer will be on the north side in the field of the roof that the historic committee felt wasn’t detrimental to the house. The other dormer is behind the house, coming off the back. This will come through AUDC 9/21. Next Homes & History meeting will be Monday, 9/26 via Zoom. Design Regulations Reading Group Update – The focus group or volunteer readers is currently engaged as part of the draft process we are doing. Hoping to hear of all feedback by the end of next week (9/30). There will be public meetings throughout the neighborhood for some Q&A and informational meetings on the new design regulations either later this year or early 2023. Any questions can be directed to historic@gpna.org. Preservation Minute – Watch where leaves fall and try to keep things as clean as possible, but don’t power wash your historic brick.

Item Four – Transportation: Sign Topper & Donations Update – 36% of the intersections are sponsored. Those interested in sponsoring an intersection or learning more about the project can do so here. Donors will be given a keychain in October. Cherokee Bike Lane – Very tentative schedule; thermo striping is supposed to take place this week or next week and the signage for the bike lane and stops will go in the week of 9/26. The bollards are backordered until 10/6 and are tentatively scheduled to be installed 10/30.

Item Five – Fundraising Committee: Mothball will take place October 21 from 7:30pm-11:30pm at Upstairs Atlanta. Food will be provided by Firepit Pizza Tavern. Mothball Ticket Info – It’s $55 per ticket and $8 per drink ticket. You can’t buy drinks on site, so will have to buy drink tickets in advance. Get your tickets today at w HYPERLINK “http://www.gpna.org/mothball”ww.gpna.org/mothball. Farmer’s Market 9/25 – GPNA will be there from 9:00am-1:00pm. Neighbors can buy Mothball tickets, hats, and sunbursts from the booth. 

Item Six – Economic Development: Elsewhere Brewing Sunday Supper & Bingo Night Turnout – 10% of proceeds went to GPNA and was a big success. Thank you to all who came out to support GPNA. Call for Committee Volunteers – Anyone interested in getting plugged in can email Nate Cook at economic@gpna.org

Item Seven – Community Items: Stephanie Diaz, Fulton Crisis Care Coalition – This is a fairly new coalition working to advocate for better mental health crisis response options in the Atlanta and Fulton County area. Neighbors interested in sharing feedback about resource gaps in the community can fill out this survey. Stephanie can be reached at fultoncrisiscarecoalition@gmail.com. There are several listening sessions scheduled in upcoming weeks: 9/22 from 8:30am-10:00am, 9/28 from 6:30pm-8pm, 10/5 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Approval of the August Minutes.

New Business: Atlanta Beltline has its Third Quarterly Briefing of 2022 this Thursday 9/22 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. It will be a virtual event and more information can be found here. 

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 Chair; Skyler Hassan – Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair; Chris Newman – Public Safety Committee Chair; Paul Simo – Homes & History Committee Chair; Stephanie Taylor Warner – Technology & Communications 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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