CPNO members approved last night a $2,300 grant to support a six-film Movie Night series in the spring and summer of 2015. The vote was 25-6 with six abstentions.
Movie Night is a production of Friends of Candler Park, a small, informal group founded by CPNO Special Projects Officer Mark Clement but independent and separate from CPNO.
The 2015 grant is significantly different from those in previous years. For one thing, it’s less than a third the size of last year’s $7,000 grant. Friends intends to raise the balance of the funds through other sponsorships.
In addition, until this year, CPNO grants to Movie Night went into the Friends of Candler Park’s account at Park Pride, a non-profit group that serves as a fiscal agent for small groups like Friends. This year, CPNO will instead provide the grant in the form of a direct payment toward the company that licenses film showings.
Finally, the grant will be issued only after CPNO is assured by Friends that “sufficient” money has been raised for the film series to take place.
Here’s the actual motion:
The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization approves a grant for Movie Night 2015 in the amount of $2,300 to pay for the rights to the movies per the grant application. Said funds are to be paid to the movie company upon notification from Friends of Candler Park that sufficient other funds have been secured from sponsors. Such notification must be made on or before April 1, 2015.
During a lively discussion, some members requested more information about how money had been spent on previous Movie Night series. Supporters argued that the motion addressed documentation issues moving forward and that the series should receive a grant because it's so popular with residents.
A motion to delay the vote for the month failed by a 15-20 vote.
A separate motion honoring Freedom Park Bird & Butterfly Garden founder Carol Vanderschaaf passed unanimously. The garden is off the southwest corner of North Avenue and Candler Park Drive. Here's that motion:
We, the members of the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, wish to publicly acknowledge the time, effort, energy and expenses that Carol Vanderschaaf has put forth over the past decade in establishing and maintaining the wonderful public natural space of the Bird and Butterfly Garden located in Freedom Park. As a gesture of thanks, we authorize the expenditure of up to $100 for the purchase of a bat house or birdhouse, properly engraved, to install in the garden in her honor. Amy Stout is hereby authorized to oversee the bat house or birdhouse’s selection, purchase, engraving and installation.