Mark your calendars. Atlanta Public School Board Member Cecily Harsch Kinnane will attend the next CPNO Membership meeting on Monday, November 21. She will provide an update on recent APS happenings and will answer questions. There's lots to discuss so please attend if you can.
Hello all. Here are notes from last week's dog park meeting, as supplied by Jimmy Bligh. Any questions, please contact Jimmy.
1. We talked about places we had disbursed the online and manual petition to. We distributed it to a Mary Lin group, Inman park group, Lake Claire group, and we have a copy at Highland Pet Supply. We currently have over 800 signatures and our goal is to get to 1,000.
2. We are currently on the agenda of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association meeting and Lake Claire Neighborhood Association meeting for November to talk about the dog park, let them know about the petition, and ask them for a formal letter of support for us in this effort. Gordon will also give an update at the CPNO meeting this month.
3. We'll be drafting a standard letter for them to use as a model if these associations vote to give us their support. We decided the letter of support will basically restate what the petition states.
4. We saw online that Chastain Park is pretty close to completing the guidelines to get their dog park approved by the city of Atlanta. We contacted their committee and are in the process of setting up a meeting to talk about pitfalls and things they learned along the process which can help us in our effort.
5. Discussed the budget for implementing the dog park. We are hoping to get the names of some places we can contact to get estimates for our proposed site from the Chastain group. I think Gordon was going to follow up with George to get clarity about the water line and who we can contact about getting an estimate for that.
6. We talked about Fundraising and some initial ideas for it. We are hoping to get our own separate bank account opened similar to Friends of Candler Park, so that we can start seeking fundraising. Gordon is planning on following up with Dave about how to do that.
7. We talked about items we wanted to put up on our page on the Candler Park website.
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Some information on the ballot issues from Stacey Abrams' e-newsletter:
Tomorrow, November 8, voters in Atlanta, Decatur and DeKalb will be going to the polls to determine two ballot issues: continuation of the E-SPLOST and Sunday Alcohol Sales. Please find below the ballot questions as well as my positions on each issue.
1. E-SPLOST: I intend to vote YES on the E-SPLOST for the Atlanta Public Schools. Despite concerns about governance, the APS E-SPLOST has been instrumental in improving the physical plant where our children spend most of their learning hours. Continuation of the E-SPLOST will provide necessary repairs to schools, improve technology for those students that continue to lag behind and offer students the critical tools necessary to meet academic goals. Specifically, in District 84, the E-SPLOST will upgrade and/or replacing major building systems for East Lake, Mary Lin, Toomer, and Whitefoord Elementary Schools, Coan Middle School, and Crim Open Campus. Having worked closely this year with the school board, as the Governor's Liaison to the SACS Accreditation review, I am satisfied that these funds will benefit their intended recipients - the children of the Atlanta Public School System.
Although I do not vote on the DeKalb or City of Decatur Schools ballot measures, both school districts are within House District 84 (specifically projects for Oakhurst Elementary School and Renfroe Middle School). After careful review, I support the measures on these ballots as well. The E-SPLOST has been a well-regulated, critical funding mechanism in these areas, and their use for capital projects has been essential to improving the physical plant for students. However, additional remediation is required, and the E-SPLOST is the most efficient and cost-effective means for meeting our obligations to our children.
2. SUNDAY SALES: I intend to vote YES on the Sunday Alcohol Sales question. The City of Atlanta should have the authority to regulate local sales based on input by Atlanta residents rather than through state-wide mandate.
Please remember to vote tomorrow and take a friend.
From Alex Wan:
Hello everyone! I would like to invite neighborhood leaders, public safety chairs and community members to a meeting with Major Johnny Dalton, Zone 6, Atlanta Police Department.
There have been a number of serious crimes that have occurred in our area recently. Additionally, the approaching holidays are a period when we tend to see increased criminal activity. I felt this would be a good time for a discussion on public safety in our neighborhoods and an opportunity to have everyone’s questions answered. Plus, we as a community need to know how we can work together to deter this activity from our neighborhood.
The meeting will be Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30p.m. at the YWCA located at 957 North Highland Ave. Please call our office if you have any questions.
I look forward to seeing you then. Thank you.
Walt Ray from Park Pride will attend the upcoming CPNO meeting on November 21 to answer questions about the Candler Park visioning process. As Commissioner Dusenbury said at our meeting last month, the visioning process is an opportunity for the community at large to provide input about how they would like to see our large public park used in the future. At the end of the process, we will have a long-term plan for Candler Park. This plan is produced by Park Pride and is not binding.
At the membership meeting, Walt will explain the mechanics of the process; what methods will be used to collect feedback; and how decisions will be made about what to include in the long-term plan. He has agreed to stay after the meeting to take questions one-on-one in order to make sure everyone has a good understanding of the process.
The visioning process will contemplate potentially significant changes to the park. The Parks Department has asked us to at least consider if we want the golf course to remain in its present form. And at the request of neighbors, the CPNO is also asking if a dog park could someday be added to the park.
While these changes are being discussed, nothing has been determined and will not be until the process concludes late next year. Commissioner Dusenbury is on record as saying that if a large majority of the neighborhood wants the golf course to remain as-is, he will respect our wishes. And Walt Ray has been very clear that this is an opportunity for the community to explore options, and that not all of those options will be a good fit with the final plan.
If you have an opinion on what amenities our public park should contain, please come to our upcoming meeting and learn more about how you can add your voice to the process.
Alliance of Intown Neighbors Presents a
Neighborhood Forum with
Atlanta Mayor, Honorable Kasim Reed APD Police Chief, George Turner
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7:00-8:30 PM
Inman Middle School Auditorium, 774 Virginia Avenue at Park Drive
Moderator: State Representative Kathy Ashe
Sponsoring Neighborhoods; Midtown, Ansley Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey Highland, Piedmont Heights, Home Park, Candler Park, Downtown Neighbors, Castleberry Hill, Morningside and Lenox Park.
All are welcome
Admission is FREE
Parking is available on site
Last movie night of the 2011 season is this Saturday, October 29! Festivities begin at 6 pm in front of the pool house at Candler Park.
HARRY POTTER AND SORCERER'S STONE
Rated PG; 152 minutes; 2001
You’ve read the book… now see it on the big screen. Based on the J.K. Rowling books that have started a phenomenon, this film adaptation follows the adventures of the book’s young hero - Harry Potter. Harry learns upon his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and has some interesting powers of his own. He leaves a life of disenchantment and despair to an exciting trek to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Losing his parents at a young age, Harry makes a family of the close circle of friends at school. This magical and fantastical group of friends join Harry to unravel the mystery of his parents’ death and confront the forces intent on destroying him.
From Jimmy Bligh:
Based on the response from the CPNO meeting the other night, the dog park committee will hold an open meeting in November for anyone who was interested in joining the committee or who just wanted to come talk about it some more. It will be on Wednesday, Nov 2nd at 7pm at Manuel's Tavern.
We got a little over 700 signatures in support of the dog park at our booth at the Candler Park Fall Fest, along with almost 50 from the online petition. Our goal is to get to 1,000 in the next month or so by leaving it at some local businesses as well as continuing to send it to people online to distribute. We can even go door to door if needed. We are well on our way after this weekend!
Posting this on behalf of Parks Commissioner George Dusenbury, who shared this information at Monday's CPNO membership meeting.
Please see the attached financial statement for the golf course. George also noted:
In addition, effective this fiscal year (July 1, 2011) the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is not being charged for water. The July bill for the golf course, which is not reflected on American Golf’s PL summary because DPRCA pays it directly, is for $2,307.59.
Many thanks to the fabulous Fall Fest committee and all the volunteers who helped make this weekend's fest a huge success.
Here are some pics, couresy of Nghia Huynh. More to come!