CPNO Monthly Meeting Monday at 6:30 pm

Jan 12 2012

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization monthly meeting is this Monday, January 16th. We'll start with socializing (wine, beer, and snacks) at 6:30 pm and move on to general business at 7 pm.

Reminder, we have child care available!

On the agenda this month:

  • Votes on grants to fund the L5P Mini-Precinct and a ramp replacement at First Existentialist Church
  • A discussion and vote on our proposed event process to help manage the impact of festivals on our neighborhood
  • An update on the proposed Candler Park visioning exercise

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

When: January 16th at 6:30 pm (this Monday)

Significant Votes

  • We will vote on a zoning variance at 620 Oakdale.
  • We will vote on a Liquor License application for Cameli's Pizza at 337 Moreland Avenue.
  • We will vote on a $4,000 grant to the First Existentialist Church for a ramp replacement.
  • We will vote on a $5,000 grant to the Little Five Points Business Association for operating the Mini-Precinct.

CPNO Board Memo on Little Five Points Mini-Precinct Grant

Jan 11 2012

The Little Five Points Business Association has asked us for $5,000 towards the operating budge of the mini-precinct in Little Five Points. They need about $20,000 per year for rent & utilities. Labor (one police officer) is provided & paid for by the City of Atlanta.

Their funding for 2012 includes $5,000 from the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, $5,000 from the Halloween Festival, and $6,000 in donations from businesses and individuals (numbers taken from the budget they provided in the grant request). Our $5,000 would complete their funding needs for 2012.

More information about this grant can be found in this article written by the Little Five Points Business Association.

When we discussed this grant, the board expressed reservations about the limited contribution from businesses and the hours the precinct is staffed (9-5 on weekdays only). There were also concerns about the size of our expected contribution given that our budget is significantly smaller than IPNA.

We have asked several times what it would take to adjust operating hours to more closely conform to our current crime problem times -- evenings and weekends -- but have not gotten an answer. To help make a solution to that a priority, a board member proposed a compromise: $2,500 given unconditionally, and $2,500 given on the condition that staffing transitions to at least 20 hours a week between 7pm and 2am.

The board recommendation is to support this grant application with the condition that these requirements are included. We voted on the following proposed motion:

"A motion to give $5,000 to the Little Five Points Business Association for rent and utility expenses related to operating the Mini-Precinct. Half of this money will be given immediately, and half once APD staffs the precinct between 7pm and 2am at least 20 hours per week."

We will take a vote on this grant application at our upcoming membership meeting on Monday, January 16th.

 

CPNO Board Memo on First Existentialist Church Ramp Replacement Grant

Jan 11 2012

The First Existentialist Church has asked us for $4,000 to help with a ramp replacement project. The ramp will be replaced with a mechanical lift. They have already raised $7,000 via grants from their national church organizing body, and believe they can raise the remaining money from their membership.

More information about this grant can be found in an article written by First E and published on our web site.

In general, the this grant aligns with our mission to promote the common good and general welfare in our neighborhood. As with other grants, we recommend we attaching conditions to our funding that specify when the money needs to be spent by, and that the organizers must raise enough money to complete the project before we disburse funds.

The board recommendation is to support this grant application with the condition that these requirements are included. We voted on the following proposed motion:

"A motion to give $4,000 to First Existentialist Church towards the purchase of a mechanical lift to replace their existing ramp. These funds will be released when the project is fully funded. All work must be complete by December 31st, 2012".

We will take a vote on this grant application at our upcoming membership meeting on Monday, January 16th.

APS Community Meeting Regarding New Maps / Options

Note: Candler Park is in SRT-3, so the community meeting for our cluster of schools is on January 30 at Jackson High School. Please attend if you can so we have a good showing and we all stay informed.

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Posted on the APS web site:

The next round of Demographic Community Meetings have been scheduled.  Demographers will present new options and maps to the public and request input.  Please see the list below for dates and locations:

January 30, 2012:  SRT 3 – Jackson High School

January 31, 2012:  SRT 1 and SRT 4 North West – Young Middle School

February 1, 2012:  SRT 4 North East – North Atlanta High School

February 2, 2012 SRT 2 – Price Middle School

All meetings begin at 6:30pm.

The first presentation of options and maps by demographers took place at the end of 2011.  Below are documents and support data from those meetings.  New options and maps will be posted on the district’s website  prior to the January 31 – February 2 meetings.

Date: 
Mon, 01/30/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Jackson High School - 801 Glenwood Avenue Southeast Atlanta, GA 30316-1813

APS Board Meeting on Monday, January 9

Jan 8 2012

Update following the meeting:  For a play-by-play, you can read the live tweeting here.

Highlights:

  • No slow-down of the process is happening, per APS Superintendent Davis
  • Two new scenarios will be available online prior to community meetings the week of Jan 30
  • Feedback on the scenarios will be considered and is supposedly very important
  • Recommendations go to Superintendent in March, then the demographers are out of it and it's in Davis' hands.
  • March - supposedly more public feedback
  • April - final recommendations, will be voted on and ultimately approved by the board
  • New plan will go into effect for the 2012/2013 school year
     

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As posted on the Candler Park Parents email list:

APS will be conducting its monthly board meeting Monday, January 9th.  For those of you following the demographic study and possible rezoning, there will be an update on the study at 2:00 p.m.  At 6:00 p.m. the community meeting will be held, where comments from the public will be heard.  If you want to speak at this meeting, you must arrive by 5:40 p.m. to sign up.  The location and agenda for tormorrow's session can be found below.
 
My understanding is that this meeting will likely have good attendance with parents from local neighborhoods/schools, as this is the LAST MEETING PRIOR TO THE TWO FINAL REZONING OPTIONS BEING PUBLISHED (end of January).
 
It is important that OUR (Mary Lin and IP/CP/LC) voice is  heard at this meeting.  Other schools/neighborhoods are planning on being very vocal/visible at this meeting.  
 
Please attend if you can  - details are below.  
 
Meeting Location:
 
Center for Learning and Leadership
130 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
 
Janauary 9, 2012 - BOARD MEETING NOTICE
2:00 PM - Committee of the Whole
Organizational Meeting (Board Elections)
Work Session Topics
1. Chuck Burbridge, Chief Financial Officer
-Financial Forecast
2. Steve Smith, Deputy Superintendent & Chief of Staff
-Demographic Study Update
6:00 PM - Community Meeting
7:00 PM - Legislative Meeting

First Existentialist Church Requests Funds from CPNO

Jan 5 2012

Note: Please see information below; the First Existentialist Church is requesting a $4,000 grant from CPNO. We will be voting on this request at the Monday, January 16 membership meeting.

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A grant to fund accessibility at First E.

Jonathon A. Nye and Shelby Smith

The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta (First E) is asking the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization (CPNO) for $4,000 in matching funds to dismantle the existing wooden access ramp and install a mechanical lift for our disabled and less-abled members, visitors and patrons. First E is an independent member of the Unitarian Universalist Association founded in 1976 by Rev. Lanier Clance. From 1980 to the present, First E has occupied the historic Old Stone Church in Chandler Park, a granite stone building built by the African American community of the Antioch East Baptist Church from 1918-1922. The sanctuary's entrance is 10ft in vertical elevation from the street and accessed by a set of stairs or wooden ramp located on the north face of the building. The ramp was built by congregants/volunteers in 1985 and is showing significant signs of functional and structural wear. In addition, the ramp is causing degradation of the stone mortar adjacent to the structure because of trapped moisture. Because of its age, the ramp does not meet current Title III Public Accommodation Standards of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Therefore upgrading the ramp would require it to be completely rebuilt. First E is planning to replace the wooden ramp with a mechanical lift.

First E has 65 members, of which two use wheel chairs including one of our ministers, and over 10% are less-abled and prefer alternative access other than stairs. However, congregant use is a small percentage (~20%) of the overall building purpose. First E provides its sanctuary and outdoor green space to the Candler Park community for special events including festivals, social justice rallies/demonstrations, fundraisers, ceremonies, and weddings (20%). Community patronage comprises the additional building usage including the CPNO meetings, theater, musical events, after school children's daycare/educational programs and our new community garden (60%). Many of these events keep the ramp in continuous use, whether it's for those that are physically restricted or for moving large items to and from the building. A new lift will allow congregants and the Candler Park community to utilize the First E sanctuary with the same expectations of access as currently enabled with the wooden ramp.

First E's role in the Candler Park community has always been a reflection of one of its core principles: providing a safe space for socially and economically disenfranchised individuals and groups. We expect the long-term success of this project to enable us to continue our social justice activism without access barriers. Our work has a long and rich history with the neighborhood and included providing space for Circle of Healing (making a nurturing home for people with AIDS), Road Busters (a neighborhood preservation group), Zami (African-American lesbian writers), Latino Lesbian and Gay Association, National Organization of Women (NOW). We have co-sponsored events and benefits such as Men Stopping Violence, Charis Circle, ACLU, Rainbow Poetry Collective and many, many more.  

This year, First E has participated in the anti-death penalty movement (particularly surrounding the Troy Davis trial), the Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (First E has signed on as a "safe sanctuary" for immigrants unlawfully targeted by GA HB-87), LGBT awareness through our Third Friday Night Film series and assisting queer homeless youth by delivering survival supplies to Saint Lost and Found.

First E is proud of it role in the Candler Park community and maintaining its diverse neighborhood function involves eliminating physical barriers to its space. The leaders of the Congregation are dedicated to being responsible stewards when making improvements of this extensive nature. A new lift will be a less obtrusive, less costly and an ADA sanctioned solution compared to rebuilding our current ramp. It will enable First E to continue servicing the Candler Park community as it has for the last 31 years.

First E is a 501(c)(3) tax except organization. If you wish to make a personal gift to help fund out lift project, please make your payment out to First E and date checks to 12/31/11 or earlier to be included on your 2011 tax return. Indicate that your donation is for the lift project. Please stop by First E and watch our progress! We have just finished installing the concrete landing on the east face of the building that will receive the lift. Questions regarding the lift grant proposal can be sent to Jon Nye at jnye@uwalumni.com. Thank you all!

L5P Precinct Requests Funds from CPNO

Jan 5 2012

Note: Please see information below; the L5P precinct is requesting a $5,000 grant from CPNO. We will be voting on this request at the Monday, January 16 membership meeting.

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Funding Request for the L5P APD Mini-Precinct

The APD Mini-Precinct in Little Five Points was formed in 1998 as a result of citizens and businesses in and surrounding L5P becoming weary of the gangs, drugs, and violence that had taken over the area and filtered into adjacent residential neighborhoods.  The APD staffs the L5P Mini-Precinct with an officer from 9am to 5pm on weekdays at no cost to the Business Association (L5PBA) or neighborhoods.  The L5PBA has taken charge of administering a Mini-Precinct account and collecting and distributing funds to pay for rent on the property and utilities.  These expenses total $20,400 per year.  The amount requested from the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization is $5,000, approximately 25% of the yearly operating costs for the Mini-Precinct property.  Insufficient funding may result in the property being leased for other purposes and likely loss of this APD Mini-Precinct.

Crime that occurs in Little Five Points directly spills out into the adjacent neighborhoods of Inman Park and Candler Park.  The Mini-Precinct has been hugely successful in deterring crime in L5P before it has a chance to spill out into Candler Park and responding to crimes in the direct vicinity in Candler Park.  This is a huge direct benefit that improves the general welfare of the Candler Park neighborhood, and we hope that you, as a member of the CPNO, will vote to support this great asset to your neighborhood.

Bob Sandage
L5PBA President
bobsandage@yahoo.com

Lost 13 year old Female Shepard mix

Jan 2 2012

Update: Good news! Leda has been found and returned to her family. Thanks everyone for keeping an eye out for her.

From Ana Vizurraga: We lost our  sweet Female Shepard mix, Leda from our home on Dekalb Ave in Lake Claire on New Years Eve. She is  50lbs and has left lower eyelid  that is red and protruding.
Please call  Ana 404-371-1963 or e-mail with any information anaviz@earthlink.net

Purse Snatcher in San Fran Coffee / Mercantile Parking Lot

Dec 29 2011

From Janea Boyles, owner of the Mercantile:

Hello, everyone. Today (Dec 28) about 1:30 pm an employee of San Fran Coffee Roasting Company was returning from the bank in our parking lot. When she got out of her car her purse was snatched and the thief ran away. He got away with the contents of her purse (including phone, keys, personal cash and wallet) and the change she had fetched at the bank for the business! The thief was a “big guy” wearing black, African American, late 20’s.  Perhaps this was random, but it can’t hurt to let your neighbors know!

NPU-N December Meeting Notes

Dec 27 2011

Notes from NPU Rep Lauren Welsh:

NPU-N Meeting Notes

December22, 2011

Public Reports

Lieutenant Schierbaum from the Atlanta Police Department reminded attendees about the beat realignment. NPU-N stays in Zone 6. Additional information can be found online at www.atlantapd.org. There was a robbery at a coffee shop in Glenwood Park. About 7 juveniles rushed in and grabbed laptops at the same time. Two juveniles were arrested. Schierbaum also encouraged people to attend Court Watch. Many of these criminals may be arrested, but residents need to follow through to make sure judges with full dockets and the over-capacity jail aren’t just putting people right back out on the street. There has also been a new precinct discussed for Boulevard Avenue.

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks is working to get lights back on at Greg Davis Plaza in Little 5 Points. These are the low street lamps in front of Little 5 Points Pizza.

APAB reported that there were new elections, and Kathy Richards is still presidents. There was a presentation about City Council redistricting that can be found online. APAB meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at 10 AM.

Nina Gentry, city planner, reported that Code Compliance has now been moved to APD.

Presentations about Esther Peachey Lefevre Park and the CPNO event process were deferred.

There was a presentation about the Lang Carson master plan in Reynoldstown. The park is along the Beltline and is rarely used now. The improvements include a community center, community gardens, shelters, basketball court, playgrounds and more. Reynoldstown supports the master plan. NPU-N voted unanimously to approve the plan as well and will write a letter of support.

Liquor License Review

--A liquor license/change of agent was approved for Vanessa Bamber for Dad’s Garage at 280 Elizabeth Street Suite C-101.

Land Use and Zoning Matters:

--The NPU Board voted unanimously to approve two applicable ordinances affecting properties at 465, 467, 469, 471, 479 and 479 (rear) North Highland Avenue. Zoning wasn’t consistent regarding these properties. They never were residential and have always been treated as commercial. The zoning is catching up to correct this error.

--10-O-1808 (CDP-10-09) – to amend the Future Land Use Map of the 2011 City of Atlanta Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) so as to re-designate properties located at the address above from the “Low Density Residential” (LDR) Land Use Designation to the “Low Density Commercial” (LDC) Land Use Designation; and for other purposes. (Public Hearing held 11/29/10)

--11-O-1842 – to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Atlanta by rezoning the properties at the address above from the existing zoning district RG-2/HC 16-20L:SA1 (Residential-General/Inman Park Historic District) to the NC-13/HC 16-20L:SA1 (Inman Park Neighborhood Commercial District/Inman Park Historic District) district.

--The NPU Board voted unanimously to approve an ordinance by the Zoning Committee of the City Council of Atlanta to re-zone 568, 580, 600 Somerset Terrace from the L-1 (Light Industrial) District to the MR-5A (Multi-Family Residential) District, at the behest of applicant Perennial Properties.

--The NPU Board voted to defer an ordinance by the Zoning Committee granting a Special Use Permit pursuant to Section 16-11.005(1)(l) for outdoor dining at eating and drinking establishments when any part of such use is located within 1,000 feet of property that is zoned R-1 through R-5, or that is used as a residential property for property located at 664 North Highland Avenue, NE at the behest of the applicant.

--The NPU Board voted to defer a variance at481 Harold Avenue to allow an 8 foot wall/privacy fence in the required half-depth front yard where otherwise only a 4 foot fence is allowed.

--The NPU Board voted unanimously to approve an application at 588 Linwood Avenue to reduce the south side yard setback from 7 ft. (required) to 3 ft (proposed) to construct a first and second floor addition.

Special Events/Outdoor Festivals

·      SweetWater 420 Fest – April 20-22, 2012 (Candler Park) – NPU Board voted to approve. There was discussion about whether Candler Park is an appropriately sized city park for such a large event. There was also discussion about the neighborhood of Candler Park working with the city to ensure the park rules used by vendors are appropriate (i.e. noise, number of people, park closing time, traffic, etc. ).

·      Inman Park Festival – April 27-29, 2012 – NPU Board voted to approve.

Chair’s Report

·      Discussed Funding for Projects – agreed to request funding for sign toppers in NPU-N neighborhoods.

·      Election of 2012 officers – Jonathan Miller (Inman Park) will continue as president.

·      Jonathan Miller agreed to serve as interim representative to Olmstead Linear Park Alliance (OLPA).

Next NPU Meeting: January 26, 2011