GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2017, February 21

Date:                     February 21, 217
Time:                    7:32 pm to 8:44 pm
Location:                  ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta               
Officers Present:      Jeffrey Rogers - President
Dr. Michelle R. Kirby - Vice President
Laura Keen- Secretary
Michelle Botwinick - Treasurer
Stephen L. Powner – Economic Development
Paul Simo - Homes and History
Tom Merandi- Philanthropic
Chris Newman - Public Safety
Stephanie Warner - Technology

7:32 pm            Meeting Commenced

President, Jeffery Rogers
  • Welcome and thanks again to Zoo Atlanta for the use of their space!
  • Please read/review the Housekeeping and Meeting Conduct points above.
  • Welcome to new members: Name, Street and profession; hobby; burning question?
  • Elected Officials SHORT Update (if any are present)
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery
    • Master Plan Survey – David Moore, Executive Director
    • Arts At Oakland Presents: Persephone May 20 6-10pm
    • Tunes from the Tombs – June 10 12-8pm
    • Both events were approved by GPNA
  • Headband Bonanza 2016 5K race – Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to ?
  • Grant Park Conservancy
    • Project Grant: Greenspace Restoration and Neighborhood Teamwork
    • Hands on Atlanta: 2nd Saturday of every month
    • GPC Calvary: 4th Saturday 9-12 and 1-4
    • Lawn Rangers: Sundays 4-8
    • Contact
  • Grant Park Parent Network Update – Amy Klenc, Community Outreach Chair
    • Run before you crawl 4/18/17
    • Egg Hunt 1/15/17
    • Red Carpet Rendezvous 4/29/17
    • Yard Sale 5/6/17
    • Playgroups:­playgroup/
  • Grant Park Schools
    • `Genesis Innovation Academy – Dr. Gavin Samms, Head of Schools
    • New Charter School open Fall 2017
  • ANCS
    • Application is open and closes March 13th
  • Tresle Tree Village Presentation – Marie Mower (, 404-434-6022)
    • Working to reduce turnover rates and needs volunteers
    • Monthly calendar with opportunities
  • 2017 Proposed Budget: Contact Jeff if you’d like to add anything
Vice President, Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
  • Advised new members to check in or sign in
  • GPNA meeting signs: contact Michelle if interested
  • Committee Sign-up Sheet; Committee Chair contact info on left
  • GPPN Yard Sale: April 22, 2017 Volunteers Needed
  • Tour of Homes: May 20 and 21 Volunteers Needed
  • December and January minutes approved at the end of meeting
  • Report of 2016 GPNA donations and accomplishments
  • Sponsorship packages will be out in the next couple weeks
Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman
  • Zone 6 APD update:
    • Reported crimes are significantly lower now than last year
    • Package theft: work with business community to ensure your packages are not stolen
  • Zone 6 Community Prosecutor: Keith Lamar,, 404 612-7012
  • Neighborhood Watch Update
  • Memorial Dr. corridor still experiencing vehicle break-ins but down significantly
  • NPU-W meets on Wednesday nights
Economic Development, Stephen Powner
  • Sunbursts are $75 and available online, $50 at the GPNA meetings
  • Grant Park Gathering TBD
Homes and History, Paul Simo
  • Historic Design  Regulation Rewrite Update
  • Tip of the Month: sealing around baseboards to reduce drafts  
  • Original curbs: keep an eye out for someone tearing up/ removing the original granite curbs, please call Paul or Stephanie if you see anything
  • New Certificates of Appropriateness (COA's)
    • 2 COA’s of new build
    • 9 COA’s reviewed
  • Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month
Technology, Stephanie Warner
  • Sign up at and follow us on Facebook
  • Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile: expire every year, make sure yours is up to date
Philanthropic, Tom Merandi:
  • No report
  • Tour of Homes: Need homes
  • Mothball: November 2017 Need volunteers
Land Use and Zoning, Rick Hudson
  • Atlanta Streets Alive: Sunday April 23rd 2-6pm

Open Floor Discussion:
  • Grant Park Farmers Market is in search of musicians, artists and community groups to volunteer

8:44 pm - Meeting Adjourned - See more at:


February 2017 Minutes.pdf (PDF)