GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

GPNA Meeting Minutes - 2019 August

Date: 20-Aug-19  
Time:  7:30pm – 8:45pm  
Location: Zoo Atlanta ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater  
Officers/Chairs Present: Dr. Michelle Kirby President
  Samantha McKinlay Economic Development
  Laura Keen Fundraising
  Paul Simo Homes & history
  Rick Hudson Land Use & Zoning
  Eliza Adams Philanthropic
  Stephanie Warner Technology

Welcome! Housekeeping and Meeting Conduct

Call to Order – 7:30 p.m.     

Officer Reports

  • President – Dr. Michelle Kirby ([email protected])
  • 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: Capt Clay ([email protected])
    • See something. Say something campaign. Email [email protected]
    • Of the 5000+ car break-ins to date in the city, only 130 are in GP. They have made 38 arrests related these thefts
    • They have made 296 stops for speeding on Boulevard in the last month
    • 4 people have been detained for the shooting at the Leonard
  • Mitsah Henry for Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr
  • GPPN update ( Kristin Silton, president
    • Music in the Meadow from 6-7:30: 9/5/2019 in Grant Park
    • Movie night at the Beacon 9/28, starting at 6 with popcorn and beer
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery, David Moore, Co-Exec. Director ([email protected])
    • Mary Fernandez ([email protected]) has taken over for Richard Hawker as the Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator. Richard has been promoted to Co-Executive Director with David
    • Many events coming up at the cemetery. Go to
  • Ren Lewis, Trees Atlanta ([email protected])
    • They have been mulching and pruning trees around the neighborhood; If you would like a tree planted in your yard, contact Ren
    • Have gotten approval to plant ~95 trees on Glenwood near Kroger on 10/19. Looking for volunteers. Go to their website to sign up at
    • If you would like a tree planted in your yard, contact Ren
    • Working with GPC for a tree planning in the park on 10/17
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]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • The GPNA is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible!
Secretary – Open ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • July minutes (approval vote toward the end of the meeting)

Committee Reports

Public Safety – Chris Newman ([email protected]) - Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby
  • See Capt Clay’s report above since Chris is on vacation
Economic Development- Samantha McKinley ([email protected]) 
  • In charge of sunbursts now. Order your Sunburst today and have it by Friday!
  • GPNA will have a booth at Summer Shade and will have new merchandise
Fundraising – Laura Keen ([email protected])
  • CBD Oil at The Beacon and Cryologies have signed up in support of GPNA this past week
  • 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
Philanthropic –Eliza Adams [email protected]
  • Last Make a Meal was a hit and working on the next date. We need volunteers. Must be 15 years to be in the kitchen, but can 5 years and up to serve families. Contact Eliza if interested.
Technology – Stephanie Warner ([email protected])
  • 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
  • Send Stephanie social media content for her to post
Homes & History – Paul Simo ([email protected];)
  • 615 Delmar demo/new construction (Rosedale block). Non-contributing house to our historic district and is slated for demo. H&H committee is working with architect on the new design. Most of the homes on Rosedale are non-contributing and H&H keeping an eye on possible new builds that could be occurring in the future so as to not affect our National historic status
  • 628 Robinson Ave and the house behind on Home. A developer had bought up the 4 vacant lots around here and will be making similar style homes as the one at 649 Robinson. Designs have been submitted to AUDC
  • Tip of the month: Fall is the best time to plant trees. Contact Trees Atlanta and they will do everything
Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ([email protected])
  • Gateway update: masonry has started at Blvd and United. Material work should be complete by the end of the year and they turn it over to the city to begin the punch list. Anticipated opening in the 1st quarter of 2020.
  • Neighbors helping neighbors and the Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund (SNCTF) update. A number of neighbors being helped including two roofs, porch repair, and a neighbor since 1975 has a tree on her house. Boutte is providing services at cost to help but still seeking funds to help out. Contact Rick at [email protected] to support
  • Ormewood subdivision. Property is being rezoned from R5 to R-4B and subdivided. Both properties will be required to have a sidewalk per our guidance and will fill in the gaps of the sidewalk. Approval in LUZ committee and motion approved in body to approve
  • Rick is meeting with Carla and City Planning on all the R5 lots and buildings that are taking a house with a connecting structure to a duplex. LUZ does not support having 2 houses split by a walkway and is working on a moratorium to stop this and the developers. GPNA would like the homes to look like a single structure, not a detached duplex
  • Beltline Rail Now; Upcoming meeting at Buteco to support the light rail now

Minutes Approval Vote- July minutes approved
New Business/Open Floor

  • John Hale: Urban Recipe food cooperatives provide consistent food to people in need, doing so in an environment where recipients build relationships with one another and feel a sense of ownership by participating in the process. Inspired by cooperative principles, the hallmark of the program is a unique level of member engagement—members hold elected offices of leadership within the body and everyone works together to make the co-op function successfully. The mission of Urban Recipe is to partner with its members and supporters in creating food security, building community, and providing a platform for personal development while affirming dignity. Formerly known as the Georgia Avenue Community Ministry, Urban Recipe has been alive and running in Grant Park since 1991, forming and operating food co-ops as well as training groups from around the country and world on how the Urban Recipe model works. Just in the last ten years, more than 2,568,240 pounds of food or a little over 2 million meals have been distributed to families in need through Urban Recipe co-ops.
  • Joe Reynolds with Love is Love Farms and introduced their efforts. For more information, go to to learn about their organic farming programs and plant sales

Adjourn – 8:45 pm


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