Vote to approve CP Conservancy coming up at Jan. 19 Members Meeting

Jan 2 2015

Submitted by Environment Officer John Skach

At CPNO’s Jan. 19 Members Meeting, the Environment Committee plans to introduce a formal motion to establish the Candler Park Conservancy. The motion  will recognize the Conservancy as a stand-alone nonprofit entity — independent of the CPNO.

It also will make the Conservancy’s “purpose statement” official: “To serve as an accountable organization responsible for engaging stakeholders and for formulating, prioritizing and implementing a collective vision for Candler Park park, in partnership with the city.” Volunteers developed that purpose statement during an facilitated brainstorming in October, which was open to all CPNO members. We’ve gotten positive feedback from CPNO members on the purpose statement.

Since then, a group of about 20 volunteers has been searching for commitments from neighbors who’d willing to give their time to serve on the Conservancy’s founding board, and we’ve strategized on the best approach to move things forward. We settled on the idea that CPNO — which has supported the Conservancy idea as a priority in the Candler Park Master Plan — should be asked to offer the Conservancy some initial guidance and its official blessing.

The motion that I’ll introduce in January is intended to fulfill that purpose. Its draft (which is attached) includes the following specifics:

  • The 11 members of the founding board and their positions: Stacy Funderburke (chair),  Amy Erwin (vice-chair), Randy Pimsler (treasurer), Amy Stout (secretary),  Ben Klehr, Lauren Welsh, Michele Allen, Charles Hooker, Jack White, Ken Edelstein and John Skach
  • The four principal duties the board will take on over the coming year: 1) Implementing the formal tasks necessary to establish and build the 501c3 entity; 2) building the foundation for Conservancy policies and procedures related to marketing, communication fundraising, governance etc.; 3) initiating and overseeing a community visioning process for the Conservancy and the park; and 4) establishing a permanent Board of Directors
  • The structure of the permanent board so that it has both flexibility and accountability.

The Environment Committee will meet 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Coffee Shop. Please feel free to join us or to send comments and ideas to me before that meeting at And plan to attend the Jan. 19 Members Meeting so that you can participate in the discussion and the vote.

CPNO approves Movie Night sponsorship

Dec 16 2014

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.

CPNO budget & Movie Night funding at meeting tonight

Dec 15 2014

Annual budget deliberations take center stage at the last Members' Meeting of the year — tonight at 7 pm at the First E Church. We'll also vote on funding for Movie Night, and we'll hear a presentation on the upcoming motion to create a Candler Park Conservancy

Treasurer Peter Bluestone will walk us through a roadmap to guide budget planning over the next two years. He'll follow up by proposing an operating budget, which we'll discuss tonight and will vote on at our Jan. 19 meeting.

Also on the agenda:

  • We'll vote on a $2,300 grant request from Friends of Candler Park to produce Movie Night in the park again next year.
  • We'll discuss crime with a representative of the Atlanta Police Department.
  • Environment Committee Chair John Skach will offer up an overview of our long-awaited motion to create the Candler Park Conservancy, which he plans to make at our Jan. 19 meeting.
  • We'll vote on a special gift for one particular, very special CPNO volunteer.
  • And, if you don't join us, we'll take up that endorsement for three-eyed, human-finger-eating aliens to take over the world and to use your house as their new Capitol.

All this will be packed into two hours of good ol' communitarian fun at 7 pm on Dec. 15 at the First E Church, 470 Candler Park Drive. Here's a peak at the proposed agenda.

But, hey, why not arrive a early to partake of pizza provided by this month's food sponsor, Savage Pizza? As you know, we also have free, professional childcare for kids more than 2 years old.



City of Atlanta Proposes Overhaul of Tree Protection Ordinance

Nov 18 2014

As I indicated in my most recent NPU-N report, legislation has been proposed to rewrite the City of Atlanta's Tree Protection Ordinance (TPO).  

Please find attached a fact sheet regarding this proposal, a table highlighting the proposed changes in the ordinance, and a draft of the proposed legislation (14-O-1474).  

This matter is scheduled to be on the agenda of the November NPU-N meeting (that will be held Monday, Nov 24th, at 7 pm at the L5P Center for Art and Community at 1083 Austin Avenue.)  

The public can also provide feedback by attending a special hearing on the TPO that will be held Tuesday, Dec 9th at 12:30 pm (coinciding with the regular meeting of the Atlanta City Council's Community Development and Human Resources Committee in Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue.)

I welcome your input on these and related issues.  Please contact me at

Amy Stout

CPNO elections set some sort of speed record

Nov 18 2014

Members re-elected nine current board members and elected a new membership officer Monday night, in what must have been record time for votes at the CPNO Annual Meeting. Candler Park NPU-N Representative Amy Stout also was re-elected.

It surely helped that nominees for all 11 offices were unopposed. In addition, a Bylaws amendment adopted this year allowed for election by acclamation rather going through the time consuming process of counting ballots even in races with one candidate.

Your new CPNO Board consists of:

  • President: Ken Edelstein (incumbent) .... hey, that's me!
  • Vice President: Lexa King (incumbent)
  • Recording Secretary: Bonnie Palter (incumbent)
  • Membership Secretary: Roger Bakeman (new member)
  • Treasurer: Peter Bluestone (incumbent)
  • Zoning Officer: Seth Eisenberg (incumbent)
  • Public Safety Officer: Russell Miller (incumbent)
  • Environmental Officer: John Skach (incumbent)
  • Special Projects Officer: Mark Clement (incumbent) 
  • Communications Officer: Zaid Duwayri (incumbent)

Thanks to our neighbors for your support of this board. And thanks especially Amy and my fellow board members for agreeing to put in the time and effort to improve our community!

Atlanta Has a New Customer Service

Nov 6 2014

City of Atlanta 3-1-1 Center LaunchedATL 311
The City of Atlanta recently launched ATL311, the city's first non-emergency customer service center. Accessible via phone, online and through all mobile platforms, ATL311 provides the public with quick, easy access to government services and information. The City of Atlanta is one of the first major cities to implement a cloud-based 3-1-1 customer relationship management (CRM) system that can be scaled and shared with other cities. 

ATL311 is a free service available to the general public. Citizens can call or go online to submit and track service requests, keep up with information regarding city services, and provide feedback to improve the website portal. The customer service center operating hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Many of the more frequently requested city services (reporting a pothole, missed garbage or recycling collection, etc.) can be submitted online. Just look for the Create Request button in each online solution.

To access ATL311:

·                         dial 311 from your home phone

·                         dial 404-546-0311 from your cell phone (the City continues to work with the major cell phone carriers such that dialing 311 may also work, but until such time, please dial all 10 digits)

·                         visit the ATL311 website at

Development of the ATL311 was initiated by the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team and funded by a $3.3M grant awarded to the City of Atlanta by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Atlanta was one of five cities to receive an Innovation Delivery Team grant.

More information about ATL311 can be found in the Press Release of by visiting the ATL311 website.

All emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

Atlanta Alarm Reduction Program

Nov 6 2014

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Officer K Moody from Atlanta Police Department

Let me address a few issues up front. First and foremost, Atlanta Police officers were spending a lot of time responding to alarm calls in the city, the vast majority of which turned out to be false. Our research has shown that these alarms are often triggered due to user error. In short, that means many of these false alarms can be reduced through increased awareness and education on the issue.

Ultimately, our goal is to reduce the amount of time officers spend responding to alarm calls, so they can focus on more critical matters such as proactive neighborhood patrols and timely responses to 9-1-1 calls. Hopefully, that’s a goal we can all agree on.

Last year, the Atlanta City Council approved legislation requiring any resident or business owner in the city to register their alarm system. Many municipalities, including some here in metro Atlanta, have been successful in reducing the number of false alarm calls by implementing a registration program similar to ours. The data shows that false alarms significantly drop when owners are more educated, and aware of, the potential for alarm errors.

We are encouraging all citizens to register for free to avoid any fees. Failure to register will result in a $150 civil penalty. The Crywolf website is affiliated with the City of Atlanta and we have shared your concerns about the website’s security with the company. They have assured us the site is secure, and that no personal/sensitive data is accessible to the public. The Department is also boosting awareness about the program and will be posting various updates about the program to keep you informed.

We have embarked on several campaigns to inform city residents and business owners on the program, and continue to do so. I’m sorry to hear we have not been successful in reaching everyone. We are doing our best!

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

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My name is Officer Kevin Moody, the point-of-contact for the Atlanta Police Department on the alarm registration ordinance.

Finally on its way: The Candler Park Drive crosswalk

Nov 5 2014

For years, Candler Park residents have tried to get the city to improve access to the park and to Mary Lin via a crosswalk at the park entrance on Candler Park Drive. Finally, it looks like that's happening.

A city contractor installed ADA ramps on both sides of the street this week — right at the spot where the park sidewalk empties onto the street. The absence of those ramps was the only thing standing in the way of installing an actual crosswalk.

Special thanks to CPNO Education Chair Kate Sandhaus, who's been bird-dogging this effort for more than a year. She says City Council President Cesar Mitchell and his aide, Jim Elgar, have been "helping me nudge it along for a while now."

Thanks also should go to Master Plan Committee Chair Randy Pimsler and Public Works Commissioner for their role in encouraging these ramps.

Now, let's get 'em to stripe the crosswalk ... Sandhaus expects the crosswalk striping not to be far behind, now that the ramps are in.

Police release sketch of alleged Glendale Avenue assailant

Oct 30 2014

Police have released a sketch of the man who allegedly attacked a woman on Glendale Avenue on Oct. 22.

According to a description of the incident on, "A neighbor on Glendale Avenue was heading from her car to her house when she was attacked. The man tried to push her into her home. She began yelling, neighbors started coming out of their homes and she got away from him."

This incident and a couple other have prompted CPNO Safety Officer to call a Special Meeting on Safety, 7:30 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Election Night), at First Existential Congregation. This will be a working session intended to move forward with improvements to our Neighborhood Watch and to get the ball rolling on a security patrol, should enough interest be expressed.

Nominating Committee names 2015 CPNO board candidates

Oct 29 2014

This year’s CPNO elections are shaping up to be briefer and less eventful than in years past, Nominating Committee Chair Don Bender stressed at the Oct. 20 Members’ Meeting. And that should leave a lot more room for a big celebration on Nov. 17, at CPNO's Annual Meeting.

The vote and celebration also will serve as our November Members' Meeting. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

At the Oct. 20 meeting, Bender was presenting candidates who qualified to run for the 2015 CPNO Board. He cited two reasons to expect the votes to take less time.

First, none of the 10 board seats nor the position of NPU representative (also an elected position) is contested — so far. That could change because qualified members may still be nominated for positions from the floor (active members must have attended at least four Members’ Meetings in the past 12 months to qualify). Second, a bylaws amendment approved in February should significantly shorten the voting process. It allows for elections of uncontested positions to be decided by acclamation, rather than by time-consuming vote counts.

Bender said the committee’s work was relatively easy. Nine of 10 current board members, as well as NPU Rep Amy Stout, opted to stand again for re-election, so the committee only had to hunt up a candidate for one seat, membership secretary. Thank you to committee members Bender, Peter Bluestone, Lauren Chekanow, Sarah Cook and Jay Sandhaus for serving in this vital role.

On the jump check out the nominees, along with descriptions of the 11 elected positions from the CPNO bylaws: