Primary election results

May 21 2014

Yesterday's primary elections resulted in some decisive wins and some run-offs. Winners included: 

  • U.S. Senate - Democrat: Michelle Nunn
  • U.S. Senate - Republican: David Perdue, Jack Kingston - run-off
  • Governor - Democrat: Jason Carter
  • Governor - Republican: Nathan Deal
  • Secretary of State - Democrat: Doreen Carter
  • Secretary of State - Republican: Brian Kemp
  • State School Superintendent - Democrat: Valarie Wilson, Alisha Morgan - run-off
  • State School Superintendent - Republican: Michael Buck, Richard Woods - run-off
  • State Senate district 42 - Democrat: Elena Parent
  • Dekalb County Sheriff: Jeff Mann, Vernon Jones - run-off

See the full election results here.

On a lighter note, here are the write-in candidates from the Epworth polling location. Apparently somebody is going to be disappointed that Borat didn't make it to the grand stage.

Congratulations to all the real winners!

APD to Candler Park: Keep an eye out for this 2002 Dodge Ram

May 20 2014

From Russell Miller, safety officer

The Atlanta Police Department is asking residents of Zone 6, which includes Candler Park, to be on the look out for a silver 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab (4-door), with a GA tag # BUC1287 and tinted windows.

This vehicle was involved in two residential burglaries in the East Atlanta Community and was reported stolen on Monday morning  to Dekalb County police. If you see this vehicle please call "911."

UPDATE: From the APD Zone 6 feed on candlerpark.nextdoor.com: "according to East Atlanta Security Patrol: 'DKPD is reporting that they have recovered the Dodge Ram. We also received an unconfirmed report that they arrested six people as well. APD will be trying to tie the people back to the two burglaries yesterday. APD was able to get some prints from both the homes, which may assist in locking up some of these perpetrators.'"

NPU-N Report from April 2014 Meeting

May 19 2014

Since the Messenger was not published this month, I am posting my monthly report here.

 

By Amy Stout

I attended the monthly meeting of NPU-N on Thursday, April 24th as the CPNO representative.

 

Reports from City Departments:  Tom Cullen from the Parks Dept reported that they are in the process of repairing the water fountains at the Candler Park playground and golf course, that they are still working to mitigate water runoff issues at Iverson Park, and that they will be installing additional safety railings along the sidewalk on the north side of McLendon Avenue adjacent to Candler Park.

 

Variances:  The board voted 9-0-0 to approve a variance to reduce the sideyard setbacks to 3 ft each to allow the construction of a single family residence at 374 Clifton Rd contingent on the condition that the maximum height of the basement be 6’6’’ and voted 9-0-0 to approve variances to reduce the half-depth front and side yard setbacks and exceed the 30% maximum floor area ratio for an accessory structure to allow the reconstruction of a garage at 519 Candler St.  (CPNO’s condition of approval of “to not alter existing sight lines” was not included, since the city planner indicated it was unenforceable.)  We deferred consideration of a variance for 535 Oakdale Rd, as the application still requires evaluation by the CPNO.

 

Ordinances:  The board voted unanimously to support Ordinance 14-O-1019, legislation submitted at the request of the Little Five Points Business Association intended to reiterate, clarify, and strengthen regulations in the L5P business district regarding gasoline service stations, drive-through facilities, and notification of the NPU of applications for Special Administrative Permits.  At this point our City Planner Nina Gentry reported that even with the enactment of this proposed legislation, it is the City’s legal opinion that a drive-through is a grandfathered use at 299 Moreland and told us that Starbucks is currently investigating the possibility of opening a store at this address.  No applicant would be able to have a drive-through-only operation, and the opening of a sit-down restaurant would trigger minimum parking requirements.  Ms. Gentry also informed us that removal/destruction of over 60% of the existing building would nullify the grandfathered status.

 

A motion to support a new ordinance (14-O-1017) that would amend the city’s existing sign ordinance to define and regulate “window signs” failed to pass (4-5-1).  This legislation would require Manuel’s Tavern to remove some or all of their neon window signs and would prohibit any illuminated window signs in R-4 zoning.  The board voted 8-0-1 to support ordinance 14-O-1092 that defines and regulates both urban gardens (those intended for education, demonstration, and beautification purposes) and market gardens (those intended for production of food that would be sold) and has been designed to promote urban agriculture.  A motion to oppose ordinance 14-O-1022 that would regulate “works of art on private property” carried unanimously.  We also voted unanimously to approve ordinance 14-0-1133 that will “clarify the manner in which the definition of accessory structures and uses should be applied to public schools.” 

 

I welcome your input on these and related issues.  Please contact me at NPURep@candlerpark.org.

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.