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Meeting Minutes – August 2016

August 2, 2016

August 1, 2016

Call to Order – Josh Noblitt


Moment of Reflection


Community Pride

  • New house for sale on Brown
  • Cars gone on corner of Thirkhield & Jonesboro
  • Dorothy Avenue corridor is fully owner occupied
  • Over 100 backpacks sold in Carver Market


Community Reports

APD Rep – Officer Dillon

  • Listed recent crime in Villages of Carver – 2 shooting cases assigned to Gun Task Force
  • Noticed some robberies with window entries, which is a bit uncommon
  • Laptop stolen from Gateway Bldg is only incident in South Atlanta mentioned
  • Recently there was an officer-involved shooting at the University Ave exit of I-75/85. Investigation is happening currently with GBI.

Cheryl Bennet – Councilperson Carla Smith’s office

  • Working on public safety series on active shooters and 911 center tour
  • Bulk trash picks up once a month
  • Can request dumpsters from the city for cleanups

Sasha Williams – Commissioner Marvin Arington

  • Introduced herself and she recently replaced Jimmy Jones
  • District Dialogues

Park Cannon – District 58

  • Introduced herself & open to visitors

Committee Reports

Beautification – Chris McCord

Code Enforcement – Rick Sakaske

  • Of original 20 properties, 10 have been demolished or redeveloped
  • Rick gave a status report for all 20 properties

Community Business

Back to School Campaign – Sherika Gordon

  • We’re welcoming Carver students back to school on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
  • Signs available and other celebratory items welcome
  • Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Carver Market parking lot


  • Scaled back this year.
  • Kickball game on August 20, 2016 at 3 p.m.
  • No registration or tournament. We’ll set up teams day of when we arrive and have a grill.
  • Great community day!

Progressive Dinner

  • Save the Date: September 24
  • Southside neighborhood focus this year
  • 4 courses: Cocktails/Appetizers, Salads, Main Course, & Desserts
  • James Baptiste is organizing host homes

Food Oasis – Neighborhood Teams – Yvonne Wagner

  • Interesting in supporting healthy food efforts in the community
  • Launching Neighborhood Collaboration Teams
  • Through Sept 11 applications available for those in South Atlanta. Will form a team to help create a plan for the neighborhood.
  • Stipend of $250 for all participants for their time
  • Food Oasis supports the 2 for 1 SNAP benefits at Carver Market

Sonoco Request – Bryan Laney

  • Just hired a new plant manager a couple days ago.
  • This new manager should be able to lead housekeeping efforts better than what’s been happening.
  • We recognize there are concerns with privacy fencing and wind blown trash
  • Sonoco is putting in a 500 gallon diesel tank.
  • Gates should be closed to reduce wind blown trash
  • Diesel talk meets all codes and will be fenced and locked.
  • Community raised rat and mosquito issues.
  • Diesel is to fill fork trucks
  • Rick suggested Sonoco return in 60 days to see how their promises have held up
  • Complaints about dust, broken sidewalks due to trucks turning around
  • Concern about current building structure and diesel safety
  • Carver Market staff washing windows and picking up trash from Sonoco
  • Cheryl from Carla Smith’s office offered support for neighborhood
  • NPU-Y will vote on the permit approval in two weeks at Berdine

This comes before us as a motion to approve:

All those in favor of approving their license: 0

Opposed: 16

Abstention: 0

Next steps? We may need to form a task force to present clear expectations before diesel can be approved and should continue beyond as well. Remedies requiring significant capital cannot be completed in 60 days. Discussion of a communications plan to keep neighborhood in the loop of improvement progress.


Community Forum

St. Vincent de Paul is having a job fair on Monday, August 15

Southside Striders – walking group walking one morning a week and one evening a week. 6 am on Wednesdays and 6 pm on Thursdays.

Leslie Grant – School Board – monthly coffee at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August. New principals of Price and Carver will be present.

Beltline Mtg – August 9 Grant Park at Zoo 6:30-8pm 800 Cherokee Coca-Cola Room

Beltline Mtg – Sept 13 in the Gateway Bldg

New neighbor on Dorothy

NPU-Y August 16 at John Berdine

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