CPNO members interrogated three politicians, appointed our Master Plan Coordinating Committee, scarfed down a stack of pizzas, guzzled several bottles of wine, and tackled a series of other issues during Monday’s night’s monthly meeting.
DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon and state Senate candidate Elena Parent are each appearing at tonight's CPNO General Meeting at the Old Stone Church (470 Candler Park Drive).
Gannon (right) — one of two DeKalb commissioners to represent Candler Park — is coming to get feedback on her proposals to reform DeKalb County government. As you may know, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been indicted on corruption charges, and there's a lot of noise in DeKalb about the county's governing challenges.
Parent, a Democrat from Decatur, is one of three people (that I know of) who already are running for the seat that state senator (and CP resident) Jason Carter plans to give up this year to run for governor. We'll try to get other candidates to CPNO meetings in time for the May primary.
Also on the agenda: CPNO-Trees Atlanta tree planting March 22, Master Plan Coordinating Committee nominees, the CP Music & Food Festival (formerly Midsummer Music) Festival, and many more fast-moving, fun-packed topics for your enjoyment!
We all love to rank good (and bad) movies. Right? Well, here’s a chance to rank the movies that we as a neighborhood get to view for free in Candler Park at Movie Night 2014.
Friends of Candler Park (which puts on the Movie Night series) has invited members of Candler Park Neighborhood Organization (which is Movie Night’s lead sponsor) to rate movies via this quick survey. The results will go into the selection of features to be shown on seven Saturday evenings in the park this spring and summer. The series kicks off April 19, with an Earth Day feature.
The survey’s quick and fun (and you can just check “no opinion” for the films you know nothing about).
But FOPC does need these survey results very quickly. So please, take the survey now — we need to get the results by the end of this week.
March 22 could be banner day for the greening of Candler Park, but we need your help.
Trees Atlanta — the non-profit whose mission is to plant Atlanta all over — is bringing forces to bear on the Candler Park and Lake Claire neighborhoods on March 22.
It’s an ambitious project. Trees Atlanta’s Alex Beasley hopes to plant 40 or so trees in Candler and Iverson parks, and more than 50 other trees along rights of way and in the front yards of Candler Park homeowners who requested them.
This month's edition of the Candler Park Messenger is available here. In this month's issue - a story about state of our hexagonal sidewalk tiles and efforts to fix them, information about two potential zoning changes for the Little Five Points business district, a story by Don Foos about Glen Lopez and his dog Ranger, and plenty more. There's also information about a new events survey, available here.
I’m pleased to announce that Randy Pimsler, Joseph Hacker and Eric Dusenbury are the board’s nominees for CPNO’s new Master Plan Coordinating Committee.
Our next step: A confirmation vote on the nominees at CPNO’s General Meeting this Monday.
CPNO members voted last month to establish the three-person Coordinating Committee to help prioritize the Master Plan’s recommendations and to support CPNO members as we implement the recommendations.
The bulk of Master Plan progress still will depend on work on specific projects by lots of volunteers. But the idea is that the Coordinating Committee can help by working out conflicts, leveraging contacts, finding money, and prodding things along.
An ad hoc committee composed of Vice President Lexa King, Environment Officer John Skach and me interviewed candidates who’d volunteered to serve on the committee.
• Randy is the board’s nominee to chair the committee. An architect by profession and a longtime neighborhood activist, he’s served as CPNO president and in several other board capacities, with a particular involvement in zoning and land-use issues.
• Joseph is nominated to serve as vice-chair. He and his family returned to Atlanta a year-and-a-half ago from Philadelphia, where he earned a doctorate in planning and worked as a city and regional planner with an emphasis on transit, bicycle, pedestrian and human services. He’s now an assistant professor of planning and economic development at Georgia State's Andrew Young School. He moved to Candler Park last summer.
• Eric is our nominee for transportation coordinator. Like Randy, he’s a longtime neighborhood activist. He served as CPNO president for several years in the 1990s, and has been involved in several successful neighborhood projects, including the Freedom Park gateway and recent Iverson Park improvements.
At this week’s board meeting, all three nominees expressed their strong desire to engage neighbors in an open process — which I’m sure you’ll hear more about during discussion before the vote on Monday. Meanwhile, please take a moment to check out the Master Plan here. What project do you want to help bring to fruition?
Also on Monday’s General Meeting agenda:
- A motion to support one proposed zoning law change for the Little Five Points Neighborhood Commercial District, and a motion not to support another;
- A motion to change our bylaws regarding the election process for our NPU-N representative; and
- A motion to provide a $1,000 grant for facilities improvement for Clifton Sanctuary Ministries.
We also expect a couple of interesting visitors at Monday’s meeting. DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon plans to join us to discuss her “blueprint” to reform DeKalb County government. And Elena Parent, a Democratic candidate for the state Senate seat representing Candler Park, plans to pitch us (that seat will be open at the end of this year because Candler Parker Jason Carter is giving it up to run for governor).
A new farmers' market is coming to the Carter Center. According to information sent to the Messenger, the Freedom Farmers’ Market at The Carter Center will be open Saturdays starting March 1. The market will be open every Saturday morning from 9 AM to 1 PM. Vendors will be selling locally-sourced food and other products.
The market will be located in the southwest part of the Carter Center parking lots. For information on vendors, sponsorship opportunities, and other details, visit the Freedom Farmers' Market website at www.freedomfarmersmkt.com.
There are no pending applications for consideration by the Zoning committee. Accordingly, the February meeting is cancelled.
CPNO's forming a Coordinating Committee to lead the neighborhood in prioritizing the 108 recommendations in our new master plan. Then, that commitee will help all of us to implement those priorities.
This isn't our only route toward turning the master plan's positive vision for our community into a reality. If you've really got a big ol' hankering for one particular recommendation, please consider working with others to implement that project directly — or even taking on the "ownership" of a priority yourself.
But if dozens of people step forward to work on various projects — we should be so lucky! — we're going to need to communicate, prioritize and coordinate. That's where the Coordinating Committee, which was established by a motion approved at Monday's membership meeting, comes in.
Its first order of business will be to work with neighbors to set priorities — a gameplan for implementing the master plan. The next job will be to support implementation efforts by serving as our lead liaison to city officials and other outside parties, by removing roadblocks, by offering guidance, by seeking funding, and by doing whatever creative work it takes to put our master plan vision in place.
The committee will have a chair and a vice chair. A third member — the "transportation coordinator" — will focus specifically on traffic calming, bicycle-friendly measure, Marta and other transportation-related priorities.
Interested? Then, tell me via email. It would help if you'd first familiarize yourself with the plan itself, and if you included some specific information in your email, namely:
- What are you most passionate about in the Master Plan?
- Do you have any experience navigating local bureaucracies and working with politicians?
- Do you have any fundraising and/or project management skills?
- And what volunteer experience do you have at CPNO and elsewhere?
This is a rare opportunity to make a broad, big difference for your neighborhood. If it interests you, we hope to hear from you within the next week.
One of the BiRacial History Project's historical markers was severely damaged when a large truck struck it about 7:00 AM Thursday Jan. 16. According to Edith Kelman, witnesses observed a semi truck snagging low tree branches and striking the marker. The driver did not stop and no one was able to get a clear description of the vehicle or its license plate.
The incident was reported to the Atlanta Police Department. According to an officer who attended the January CPNO meeting, the driver may be liable for multiple traffic violations if identified.
Damaged Evening Star Lodge marker. Photo by Edith Kelman.
The marker was located on the east side of Candler Park Drive between Miller Ave. and Benning Rd. It was the third neighborhood interpretive marker placed by the BiRacial History Project. According to the project’s website, it marked the vicinity where the Edgewood Evening Star Lodge was located. Built in 1893, “Together with the Old Stone Church across the street, the Evening Star Lodge was a cornerstone of Black community life in this early biracial neighborhood.”
Also damaged in the incident were a concrete trash receptacle, a park bench, and a school crosswalk sign.
If you have any information about the incident or would like to learn more about the marker and the BiRacial History Project, contact founder Edith Kelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPNO has been a BiRacial History Project funding partner since 2006.