GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2016, January 19

GPNA Meeting Minutes
Date:                                                    January 19, 2016
Time:                                                   7:32 pm to 9:04 pm
Location:                                             ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta               
Officers Present:                            Lauren Rocereta - President
                                                          Jeffrey Rogers - Vice President
                                                          Kristin Andris - Secretary
                                                        Rob Bernier – Economic Development
                                                         Rick Hudson - Land Use & Zoning                                                           Tom Merandi - Philanthropic
                                                          Stephanie Warner - Technology
                                                          David Lively - Transportation

7:32 pm            Meeting Commenced
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, February 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • State Representative Margaret Kaiser: Legislative Update
  • City Council Member Andre Dickens: Introduction
  • City Council Member Carla Smith: Update
  • Heather Luyk & Keisa Bruce: Overview of Atlanta Streets Alive
  • Stephanie Warner: Ormond-Grant Park Update
    • Fun Bunny Fundraiser -  $37.50 for Fun Bunny to hide eggs or deliver a basket on Easter weekend. Proceeds support Ormond-Grant Park
  • Grant Park Conservancy Update: David Dreyer
    • Conservancy has received a $95,000 grant to begin restoration of Milledge Fountain
  • GPPN Update, Holly Wilhelm
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten forum on Tuesday, January 26
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
  • If you have a GPNA meeting reminder yard sign, please email Jeffrey at
  • 2016 budget approved unanimously
Secretary, Kristin Andris
  • Presented minutes from October 2015
Economic Development Committee Chair, Rob Bernier
  • Grant Park Gathering, February 25, Bada Bings
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
  • You can volunteer for neighborhood watch by emailing 
  • Remember to register your security alarm every year with Cry Wolf
  • Zone 6 Community Prosecutor - Keith Lamar,
    • Update on recent and upcoming trials
    • Follow Court Watch to see how you can advocate for your community's safety at trials
  • Zone 6 APD update - Lt. Floyd, Zone 6
    • Main crime is vehicle break ins, keep your car clean to help minimize those incidences
    • Don't be distracted by electronics. Don't leave your car running unattended to warm it up in the mornings
    • Call police if you see anything suspicious
Transportation, Jim Vorix
  • On February 4, there will be a meeting to discuss Safe Routes for Schools

Land Use and Zoning, Rick Hudson
  • Ormewood Ave. rezoning - Motion approved with one opposed

  • 2016 Annual Sponsorships are available
  • Evening at the Mansion fundraiser is on Feb. 28. Volunteers are needed

  • Sign up at and follow us on Facebook

Homes & History
  • New Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs)
  • Historic Design Regulations Rewrite Update

Meeting minutes from December 2015 approved.

Open Floor Discussion:
  • Community Garden has plots for rent and volunteers are welcome to help grow food for local charities. Three upcoming orientations to learn more.
  • Volunteer training for Oakland Cemetery is January 23.

9:04 pm - Meeting Adjourned