GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2019 May

Date:                      May 21, 2019
Time:                      7:30pm – 8:24pm
Location:               Zoo Atlanta ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater
Officers/Chairs Present:
Dr. Michelle Kirby                President
Michelle Botwinick              Treasurer
Samantha McKinlay             Economic Development
Laura Keen                            Fundraising
Rick Hudson                          Land Use and zoning
Eliza Adams                           Philanthropic
Chris Newman                      Public Safety

Welcome! Housekeeping and Meeting Conduct
Call to Order – 7:30 p.m.     
Officer Reports
  • President – Dr. Michelle Kirby ([email protected])
  • Welcome, housekeeping rules, and thanks to Zoo Atlanta for use of the theater for the meeting.
  • Reminder: The purpose of the monthly general GPNA meeting is for GPNA officers/committee chairs, local organizations, elected officials, etc. to provide brief updates to the community. In-depth discussion occurs at the committee level.
  • Zone 6 update: Major Vasquez ([email protected]) and Capt Clay
    • Major Vasquez just promoted to Zone 6. Was in homicide in Zone 5. 29 years of service. Really appreciates the support given by Grant Park
  • GPPN update ( Kristin Silton, president
    • Music in the Meadow from 6-7:30: 6/6/2019 (in GP), 7/11/2019 (in Ormond), 8/1/2019, 9/5/2019
    • Summer Social: 6/22/2019 will be a backyard BBQ  at the Berne Mansion 4-8pm
    • GPPN Yard Sale update: will not be doing one this year, but SAND will do one
    • GPPN Playgroups
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery (
    • Tunes from the Tombs: June 8th, Noon-8PM
  • Atlanta Preservation Center: David Mitchell
    • Big gala on May 18th in support of the Erskine Fountain renovation:
    • GPNA is seeking energetic individuals who would like to support GPNA as an officer. Currently the Vice President and the Secretary positions are open. Get involved. It’s your community too! If interested, contact [email protected]
  • Vice President – Open ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
    • Please check in. Please sign in if you’re a new member. Committee Sign-up Sheet
  • Treasurer – Michelle Botwinick ([email protected])
    • The GPNA is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible!
    • Currently have $55,729 in our account, with $15,000 earmarked for projects
  • Secretary – Open ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
    • April Minutes not available due to notes being missing. Will have next month
Committee Reports
  • Public Safety – Chris Newman ([email protected])
    • Talking with Prosecutor Lamar about a mentally ill woman north of I20. She has refused assistance through HOPE. She is incarcerated at the present
    • Coordinating with the Zoo to get more officers during the holidays
    • School is letting out and kids will make mischief with vehicle larcenies. Curfew for under 18 years old is 11pm. Call 911 if you see teenagers
  • Economic Development- Samantha McKinley ([email protected]) 
    • In charge of sunbursts now. Order your Sunburst today and have it by Friday!
  • Fundraising – Laura Keen ([email protected])
    • Filming companies have recently pledged $3,000 to GPNA
    • Updates on filming schedules and will be working with the city on what streets are closed when to minimize traffic impact during rush hours
    • Don’t forget to sign up for Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile. Each of your purchases provide a donation in your name back to GPNA, at no cost to you
    • Spring Tour of Homes was a hit. Still tallying the numbers, but overall, it was a huge success and thanks to all the volunteers and homeowners
  • Philanthropic –Eliza Adams [email protected]
    • Dates have set for May 31st from 5-7 with Nicholas House for Make a Meal and still need volunteers
  • Technology – Stephanie Warner ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
    • If you are not receiving contact information from GPNA, please contact [email protected]
    • Also, please make sure your information on the site is up to date
  • Homes & History – Paul Simo ([email protected];) - Presented by Rick Hudson
    • Tip of the month: Sidewalks are the homeowners responsibility unless there is an issue with utilities or water. If it is a City problem, they will remove the bricks, put down concrete, then sand, then rebrick, which will not always be the original brick that was there.
  • Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ([email protected])
    • Advocating for full Beltline Rail Now to get funding on the Beltline before 2030
    • The Gateway should be done by December for all the material. Then the green roof will go in and then work on the punch list. Should be the 1st quarter of 2020 when it opens. The elephant exhibit should be open before the end of 2019
    • Halsey Yard has closed down and moved to Fayetteville. Should be less traffic as a result. Now working on how to get the Beltline there now.
    • Working on making Boulevard, south of Atlanta Ave to be a two lane road with parking and bikes lanes. Stay tuned
Minutes Approval Vote- April minutes deferred until June
New Business/Open Floor
  • None
Adjourn – 8:24 pm