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Grant Park Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, March 19, 2013

By Kimberly Gibson
President, Lauren Rocereta

  • Welcomed everyone and instructed people to make sure they sign in
  • Explained the agenda and open floor rules
  • Thank you to the zoo for allowing the use of the building
  • Explained voting eligibility
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions


  • Household Hazardous Waste Event 4/27 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Turner Field
  • Oakland Cemetery Announcement – Mary Woodland, Director of Volunteers and Special Events
    • Asking for support for spring event (One Day Music Event) on Saturday June 8 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
    • Motion to support was made and seconded
    • Motion, approved
  • Minutes from the February 2013 meeting were presented

Treasurer, Michelle Botwick

  • Reviewed contents of the budget and cash position

Public Safety Chair, Chris Newman

  • Major Meadows Update
    • Discussed increase in carjackings
    • Some arrests were made
    • Next meeting at Martha Brown Methodist Church 3/27 6:30pm
    • No update from community prosecutor
    • Working on coordinating a 911 center tour
    • We encourage everyone to sign up for the smart 911 system
    • Citizens Police Academy coming up in April
    • Reminder that officers are enforcing the new 4-way stop signs
    • Park Atlanta is working in the area. Remember to park in the right direction on your street
    • Grant Park Security Patrol update

Vice President, Jeff Rogers

  • Volunteer sign-up sheet for committees
  • Bylaws subcommittee meeting is on 3/20 at Augustine’s at 7:35pm

GPPN Committee Chair, Marie Mower

  • Discusses purpose of the group
  • SE Atlanta Communities for Schools
    • Parkside Elementary
    • King Middle Scholl
    • Maynard Jackson HS
  • Introduced Chief Marguenta Sands, APS Security Director
    • Discussed efforts to improve communications
  • Introduced Gigi Conner
    • Jaguar Yard Signs Sales

Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, Bob Greenage

  • Full calendar on the website
  • Park tours this weekend (Sat and Sun)
  • PED’s Atlanta handing out Slow Down Yard Signs
  • Atlanta Fringe Festival Art Hun in Ft. Walker 3/27, 2:00pm
  • GPC and the community Farmers market group received $1,000 grant to create signage and build two benches for the farmers market area
  • Farmers market will open on Sunday April 21, 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Next GPC Board meeting will be on 3/28 , 6:30pm at the Grant Park Recreation Center
  • Atlanta Sport and Social Club is having their Zombie Crawl 3/30, 1:00pm Oakland Cemetery
  • Introduced Tim Fidler: Head of Facilities and Construction for Zoo Atlanta
    • Discussed plans for relocation of the reptile house and reuse of existing building
  • Introduced Eric Teusink
    • Announced Run Before You Crawl 5K and Pub Crawl on 4/13/13 9:00am benefitting GPC, GPNA and GPPN
  • Introduced Nicole Corely
    • Announced My Mother has Sole Family Fun Run benefiting Nicholas House on 5/11/13

Transportation Committee Chair, Louie Ingle

  • Next mtg. is at Martha Brown United Methodist Church on 3/27/13 at 6:30pm
  • Reviewed the city’s rolling 5 year list of traffic and transportation improvements affecting Grant Park

Economic Development Committee Chair, Chris Balch

  • SE Atlanta Business Association Soiree, 3/21 5:30pm at the Drafting Table
  • 4 businesses have joined this month as economic partners
    • Operation Boot Camp
    • Red Robin Group
    • Mezcalito’s
    • Park Deli

Historic Committee Chair, Paul Simo

  • Had recent Historic Committee Mtg. on Monday 3/18
  • Continue to discuss refresh of design regs.
  • Discussed proper route to approve extensions to the back of your house
  • Next mgt. on 4/15/13 at 7pm at the Atlanta Preservation Center
  • Tip of the month: Most houses are considered “Historic”. Try to keep the historic siding intact. Earmark the existing rear corners of your house.

Land Use and Zoning Committee Chair, Rick Hudson

  • Next mtg will be held on 4/4/13 at 7pm at Zoo Atlanta ARC Bldg. Tech Lab
  • 800 Glenwood Project Update – No new application at this time

Technology Committee Co-Chair, Jason Parker

  • Technology Communications Survey being released

Fundraising Committee Chair, Nicole Levine

  • Tour of Homes planning. Date 5/11-12. Need homes and volunteers.

President, Lauren Rocereta

  • Requested motion to have Nicole approved as fundraising chair. So moved and seconded.
  • Motion to approve and support the minutes. So moved and seconded.

Open Floor

  • Grant Park Security Patrol – Chris Balch
    • Annual Mtg. at 4/20 2:00pm at GP Rec Center
  • Thanks to all who came out to the Tree’s Atlanta Planting

Motion for meeting adjournment made, seconded and approved without opposition.
8:50pm Meeting Adjourned

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