Members vote to oppose cell antennas

Apr 22 2014

CPNO members voted, 27 to 18, Monday night to oppose construction of proposed cell antennas at Epworth United Methodist Church.

It was one of about dozen issues discussed or voted upon at the April Members’ Meeting. More details on the entire meeting will be avaible in the draft meeting minutes in the May issue of the Messenger.

The cell antenna debate was the longest discussion of the evening, however. It followed upon a motion approved at the March meeting that mandated a vote on the issue, in addition to a Special Meeting during which Candler Park residents and others conveyed their concerns to an AT&T official.

On Monday, Pat Singer introduced the motion that eventually passed: “to oppose the building of a cell tower in Epworth United Methodist Church.” She then accepted an amendment from Amy Stout to “have CPNO write letters to City of Atlanta planning officials and elected officials to report the results of this vote.”

Antenna opponents stressed that — whatever one’s opinion on the health risks of cell antennas — CPNO should consider the potential impact on property values. They argued that opposing the antennas is consistent with the CPNO mission “to promote the common good and general welfare” of Candler Park. 

Much of the 25-minute discussion focused on the extent to which the church needs revenue that the cell structure would provide. The motion’s opponents argued that the church is a community asset that has the right to decide how to remain viable.

In addition to 27 yeahs and 18 nays, six members abstained. CPNO officers will convey the results of the vote to city officials, as the amended motion requires.

I want to thank our members for working hard to keep the debate civil and focused, and for avoiding personal attacks, despite strong feelings on both sites of this issue.

Members Meeting tonight!

Apr 21 2014

A reminder: CPNO's April Members Meeting starts at 6:30 pm tonight (April 21) and will move on to general business at 7 pm.

This month, we'll vote whether or not CPNO should officially oppose the proposed Epworth cell antennas. We also expect to vote on two proposed zoning variances:

  • 374 Clifton Rd.  (Application No. V-13-193 as amended)

  • 19 Candler Street (Application No. V-14-038)

And we'll discuss a proposal to form a Commercial Improvement District for Little Five Points, and a grant request for a Freedom Park Conservancy strategic plan.

In addition, hear brief remarks from our state representative, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, and from one of the leading candidates for DeKalb County sheriff.

Check out our complete agenda for the meeting here. The agenda may be amended at the beginning of the meeting (I expect a motion to add a brief update on the Master Plan).

Child care will be provided, as usual, by Mr. Elliott and Mr. Jesse. Children must be 2 or older. We have room for about 15 kids, first come first served (so show up early and mingle!)

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course.

When: 6:30 pm tonight (Monday, April 21)

Egg Hunt at noon today

Apr 19 2014

The gates to the CPNO Easter Egg Hunt will open at noon today -- as scheduled.

Cell vote, L5P CID discussion highlight Members' Meeting Monday

Apr 17 2014

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization Members Meeting is this Monday, April 21. We'll start with socializing (drinks and snacks) at 6:30 pm, and will move on to general business at 7 pm.

This month, we'll vote whether or not CPNO should officially oppose the proposed Epworth cell antennas.

We may vote whether to support up to variances for up to three construction projects.

And we'll discuss:

  • A proposal to form a Commercial Improvement District for Little Five Points, and 
  • A grant request for a Freedom Park Conservancy strategic plan

Check out the complete agenda for the meeting here.

Snacks this month will be provided by an as yet unidentified eatery.

Child care will be provided, as usual, by Mr. Elliott and Mr. Jesse. Children must be 2 or older. We have room for about 15 kids, first come first served (so show up early and mingle!)

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course.

When:  April 21 at 6:30 pm (this Monday)

Special Meeting on Epworth cell antennas

Date: 
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307

April's Messenger can viewed here

Apr 15 2014

Chock full of informative articles, papparazi-inspired photos, official business and thrilling advertisements ... yes, it's this month's Candler Park Messenger, available in PDF form for your reading pleasure here.

Special Meeting on cell antennas at 7 pm, Thursday

Apr 15 2014
A reminder: Candler Park residents get an opportunity to voice concerns regarding the proposed Epworth Church cell antennas at a Special Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, April 17.
 
The meeting will take place at a new location for most residents: The Rush Center, which is on Mell Avenue, on the alley behind the Radial Cafe (actual address: 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE Suite A). Enter the door at the top of the handicapped ramp. This link to parking information should help orient you.
 
Although AT&T and Epworth officials have declined our request that they attend, residents will have an opportunity to voice their concerns (see UPDATE below!). Afterward, CPNO will assist in conveying those concerns to AT&T, Epworth and elected officials.
 
This Special Meeting is in accordance with a motion approved by members at our March 21 Members Meeting. All sides are welcome to share their points of view. To encourage open and free discussion, participants are asked to abide by CPNO Bylaws requiring civility and mutual respect.
 
The motion approved by the membership calls for a vote following the Special Meeting "on the issue of whether the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization supports or opposes the installation of such cell tower be put to a vote." That vote will be placed on the agenda for the April 21 Members Meeting.
 
UPDATE: AT&T's David Walker just wrote to me the following: "We will have someone from AT&T there tomorrow night to listen to the concerns posed by those who attend."

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

It is that time of year again to hop on over to Candler Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Please mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, April 19 at noon to join in the festivities. If you have time, we also have two volunteer opportunities. Come to Jay and Kate Sandhaus' egg stuffing party on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. to help get the eggs ready. Email Kate at kate@katesandhaus.com for address and directions. You can also come to Candler Park about 10:00 a.m. the day of the egg hunt to help hide the eggs. Hope to see you there!!

Date: 
Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
Candler Park

Atlanta Women's Race

See here for details about the race.

Road closings:

Clifton Rd, McLendon Ave, Moreland Ave, Fairview Rd, Oakdale Rd, North Ave, Clifton Terr. Plan to take alternative routes if you'll be driving between 8am and 10am.
Date: 
Sat, 03/29/2014 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Location: 
Candler Park

April Zoning Committee Meeting

The Agenda for the April meeting is as follows:

V-14-038 519 Candler Street

Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce half depth front yard setback from required 17.5 ft to 0 ft., reduce North side setback from 7ft to 0 ft setback and exceed accessory structure maximum of 30% FAR of main structure to 36.1% FAR of main structure for a garage, deck, retaining walls, stair section and garage reconstruction;

V-14-052 535 Oakdale Road

Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the South side yard setback from 7 ft. to approximately 3.6 ft and the rear yard setback from 7ft to approximately 3.6 ft to allow additions to the main level and the garage of the single family residence.

 

Additionally, the variance application for 374 Clifton Road will present to the Committee regarding the applicant's satisfaction of the conditions for approval set forth at the March meeting.

 

Date: 
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Epworth Methodist Church at 1561 Mclendon Avenue