Candler Parkers: Be sure to vote tomorrow!

May 19 2014
Don't forget: Tuesday's an important primary election, and our ballots will include contested races U.S. senator, governor, secretary of state, state school superintendent, state Senate, and DeKalb sheriff, among others.
 
All Candler Park voters will vote at Epworth Church (1561 McLendon Avenue) - including those who normally vote at Mary Lin. Polls are open 7 am - 7 pm.
 
Before you head off to the precinct, review and download your own sample ballot on this nifty page here!
 
CP turned out big in November, and we can do it again. This sends a strong message — especially to local officials — that we are engaged in the process!
 
It's especially exciting that the Democratic ballot includes Candler Park’s very own Jason Carter for governor and Inman Park's Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate. Whomever you choose to support, please remember to vote on Tuesday.

Cell antenna forum to follow Members' Meeting tonight

May 19 2014
Immediately following tonight's Members' Meeting, CPNO will facilitate an opportunity for interested neighbors to discuss the proposed cell structure at Epworth Church.
 
This will be the first opportunity for most Candler Park residents to hear directly from AT&T officials on their plans. The AT&T representatives will then be available for feedback and questions. We expect the forum to start soon after 8:30, and we've set aside an hour for it.

Recent crime adds hot topic to tonight's meeting

May 19 2014

With reports of recent burglaries and an armed robbery, tonight's CPNO Members' Meeting is likely to include a lively session on crime with Atlanta Police Department representatives. APD briefings always are on the agenda, but we'll give them a bit more time tonight.

In addition, be prepared to: discuss proposed improvements at the Candler Park pool and on the proposed park conservancy; vote on a grant to help the Freedom Park Conservancy with a strategic plan; and hear updates on Fall Fest and the CP Master Plan. Here's the proposed agenda.

Where: "First E" church, 470 Candler Park Drive

When: Socializing & refreshments: 6:30. Meeting: 7-8:30.

Scheduled votes

1) Freedom Park Conservancy grant

2) 1259 McLendon Ave, Special Exception Request (zoning application V-14-085)

2) 505 Terrace Ave., Variance Request (zoning application V-14-095)

Immediately following the Members' Meeting, CPNO will host a forum on the proposed cell antennas at Epworth Church. For more information on that session, click here.

Crime spree: Keep an eye out, call 911

May 16 2014

Candler Park residents have reported at least eight burglaries and one armed robbery at gunpoint to Atlanta police over the last two weeks.

"We are aware [of the crime spike] and have already deployed additional resources to the area," police Major Timothy Peek wrote Friday, in response to one neighbor's email about the burglaries. "Last week, there were 5 burglaries and 3 were reported earlier this week. ... We have assigned marked and unmarked patrols to the area. 

One suspect was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted "prowling around a house on foot," but another managed to get away, wrote Peek, who is in charge of the Zone 6 precinct that includes Candler Park.

Peek urged residents to get the word out to their neighbors "to be vigilant and to immediately call 911 upon seeing anything suspicious."

While I haven't yet received comment from Peek on the armed robbery, the mother of the victim said her teenage son was walking at 2 a.m. on Sunday near the corner of Iverson Avenue and Oakdale Road when someone with a gun approach him. He was unharmed, but the assailant took his iPhone.

Information about some of the burglaries was buzzing around the Candler Park Safety Yahoo Group, which is a good resource for residents who want to know about crime in the neighborhood. Join here.

Several of the burglaries occurred in the vicinity of Candler Park Terrace and McLendon Avenue. In one of those, the thief came in through an open window; in another, the front door apparently was left unlocked. Several burglaries also occurred during the morning.

To find out more and to interact directly with police officers, be sure to attend this Monday's CPNO Members' Meeting (7 pm at the First Existentialist Congregation).

Correction - Amended May Zoning Committee Meeting

Please excuse the clerical error in the prior post. The Variance Application for 535 Oakdale Road (incorrectly referenced as 535 Candler Park) is no longer on the May meeting agenda. Sorry for any confusion, but to be clear there is no Variance Application for 535 Oakdale Road or 535 Candler Park.

Date: 
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Epworth Methodist Church at 1561 Mclendon Ave.

CP Movie Night Tonight - The Muppets!

May 3 2014

Come out this Saturday night for a fabulous movie that is fun for all ages - The Muppets! This is the one with Jason Segel and Amy Adams from 2011. 

Summary: While on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary, and friend Mary uncover the diabolical plot of a greedy oil millionaire to destroy the Muppet Theater. Now, the Muppet-loving trio must reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their friends to stage the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their beloved theater.

The movie will start at sunset, a little after 8 pm, but you’ll want to come out before then, starting around 6:30 pm, for all the running around and hanging out with neighbors. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks, but please no glass bottles. 

CP neighbor Chris Fitgerald will be there selling pizza, cookies and drinks from Uncle Maddio's. Dinner is served!

As usual, a big thanks to Mark Clement and his pals who make the magic happen, and to CPNO for funding the movies.

Hope to see you all there!

MonkeySurvey: Your first step toward improving CP's pool

May 2 2014

This article provided by Amy Erwin

Just in time for the season's first splashes, CPNO volunteers are working to enhance your experience at Candler Park pool.

Residents were loud and clear during our neighborhood’s master planning process that they want to work on improvements at the pool. So we’re embarking on an effort to understand what the community specifically wants.

Our first step is a two-minute survey on short-term needs and wants. Be sure to make your voice heard by clicking here.

Next up will be fundraising for small purchases meant to improve the pool environment this year. If you’re interested in helping, please email Amy Erwin or Lauren Welsh at lnwelsh@gmail.com.  We’d like to begin soon!

Here are some quick facts about the pool:

  • Opens May 24 and closes Sept. 1
  • Open seven days a week
  • Monday through Friday, 10 am-noon, is reserved for Camp Best Friends only, a city program for kids.
  • The pool is open and free to the public Monday-Friday, 12:30-4 pm.
  • A small fee applies — cash only! — Monday-Friday from 4:30 to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 7 pm.

Opening dates and times are dictated by the city, and the pool is managed under a contract with USA Pools that is in effect through April 2015. Until then, any changes at the pool are bound by the terms and conditions of the USA Pools contract.

At this time, concessions aren't available or allowed. But Atlanta officials are putting together a process and a set of standards for concessions to be sold at any city recreational facility.

Security has been an issue, and the City is seeking to contract for a security solution for all rec facilities that may be implemented before the end of the summer.

In addition, swim lessons can be made available by coordinating with USA Pools. Come back to candlerpark.org and like CPNO on Facebook to keep up on what's happening at the pool.

Amended May Zoning Committee Meeting

The agenda for the May meeting is tentatively set forth as follows:

V-14-085 - 1259 Mclendon Avenue Applicant seeks a special exception to construct/add a dormer, deck, and basement build out to a legal non-conforming duplex.

An Application for a variance application for 505 Terrace Avenue is also scheduled, and the Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the North side yard setback from 7” to 3’ – 2” and allow a condensing unit taller than 30” to be inside the setback of the single family residence.

The Application for 535 Candler Park that was previously listed on the Agenda is no longer scheduled to appear for consideration by the Committee.

Date: 
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Epworth Methodist Church at 1561 Mclendon Ave

Members vote to oppose cell antennas

Apr 22 2014

CPNO members voted, 27 to 18, Monday night to oppose construction of proposed cell antennas at Epworth United Methodist Church.

It was one of about dozen issues discussed or voted upon at the April Members’ Meeting. More details on the entire meeting will be avaible in the draft meeting minutes in the May issue of the Messenger.

The cell antenna debate was the longest discussion of the evening, however. It followed upon a motion approved at the March meeting that mandated a vote on the issue, in addition to a Special Meeting during which Candler Park residents and others conveyed their concerns to an AT&T official.

On Monday, Pat Singer introduced the motion that eventually passed: “to oppose the building of a cell tower in Epworth United Methodist Church.” She then accepted an amendment from Amy Stout to “have CPNO write letters to City of Atlanta planning officials and elected officials to report the results of this vote.”

Antenna opponents stressed that — whatever one’s opinion on the health risks of cell antennas — CPNO should consider the potential impact on property values. They argued that opposing the antennas is consistent with the CPNO mission “to promote the common good and general welfare” of Candler Park. 

Much of the 25-minute discussion focused on the extent to which the church needs revenue that the cell structure would provide. The motion’s opponents argued that the church is a community asset that has the right to decide how to remain viable.

In addition to 27 yeahs and 18 nays, six members abstained. CPNO officers will convey the results of the vote to city officials, as the amended motion requires.

I want to thank our members for working hard to keep the debate civil and focused, and for avoiding personal attacks, despite strong feelings on both sites of this issue.

Members Meeting tonight!

Apr 21 2014

A reminder: CPNO's April Members Meeting starts at 6:30 pm tonight (April 21) and will move on to general business at 7 pm.

This month, we'll vote whether or not CPNO should officially oppose the proposed Epworth cell antennas. We also expect to vote on two proposed zoning variances:

  • 374 Clifton Rd.  (Application No. V-13-193 as amended)

  • 19 Candler Street (Application No. V-14-038)

And we'll discuss a proposal to form a Commercial Improvement District for Little Five Points, and a grant request for a Freedom Park Conservancy strategic plan.

In addition, hear brief remarks from our state representative, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, and from one of the leading candidates for DeKalb County sheriff.

Check out our complete agenda for the meeting here. The agenda may be amended at the beginning of the meeting (I expect a motion to add a brief update on the Master Plan).

Child care will be provided, as usual, by Mr. Elliott and Mr. Jesse. Children must be 2 or older. We have room for about 15 kids, first come first served (so show up early and mingle!)

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

When: 6:30 pm tonight (Monday, April 21)