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March 4th 2019 Meeting

April 2, 2019

South Atlanta Civic League

Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 4, 2019 6:30p

Kimberlee Jones called the meeting to order and set the intentions for the meeting: community building, collaboration, and awareness

Sergeant King provided the police report, stating that there had been larson and five car break-ins within the past 30 days. The community inquired about bike patrol and was directed to communicate with Major Murphy.

David Dryer provided a couple updates on local legislation. One piece of legislation is protecting tenants from unfair eviction practices and states that residents may not be evicted without cause unless they are criminally active. In addition, eviction notices expire in 30 days and cannot be used as an ongoing threat of eviction. The other piece of legislation is threatning LGBTQ and reproductive rights. David is fighting these bills and believes they are unlikely to pass. There was also an update to the homestead exemption expanding the means based exemption amount.

Chris McCord provided an update from the Beautification Committee, and asked residents to reserve April 9th for the spring tire clean up. He asked neighbors to collect tires in a central location and call him for assistance with pick up.

Tanisha Corporal provided an update from the Social Committee, highlighting the annual pancake breakfast. The breakfast will be held on March 23rd from 9am-11am in the FCS community room. The cost to attend is $5 per person or $15 per family. She asked for volunteers to come forward to help with set up, cooking, and clean up.

Josh Noblitt announced the formation of a Hospitality Committee which would be responsible for outreach to new neighbors and/or neighbors who are enduring a hardship. He asked for community members to join the committee.

Jeff Delp announced the formation of a Transportation Committee which would help the neighborhood become more pedestrian friendly. The committee will take advantage of the planned 2019 DOT work in and around the neighborhood and leverage it as an opportunity for community-led change. He also asked for committee members.

Kimberlee Jones led an open forum for neighbors to discuss the rezoning process that is happening in accordance with Historic South Atlanta’s Master Plan. The Master Plan was developed in partnership with the South Atlanta Civic League, the City of Atlanta, Canvas Planning, and Focused Community Strategies and is the product of an 18 month long neighbor-led process. The Master Plan was approved by City Council and will help ensure that Historic South Atlanta neighbors have a voice in future development of the neighborhood. The Master Plan may be found here: http://www.plansouthatlanta.com

Kimberlee Jones closed the meeting.

Dates to remember:

Wednesday, March 13 – Zone 3 Appreciation Breakfast

Thursday, March 14 – Zoning Review Board meeting

Monday, March 18 – NPU-Y Monthly Meeting John Birdine Neighborhood Center. Occurs every third Monday at 215 Lakewood Way SW at 7pm

Saturday, March 23 – Pancake Breakfast, FCS


Notes:

  • Dates to remember
    • Wednesday, March 13 – Zone 3 Appreciation Breakfast
    • Monday, March 18 – NPU-Y Monthly Meeting John Birdine Neighborhood Center, every third monday. 215 lakewood way sw, 7pm
    • Saturday, March 23 – Pancake Breakfast, FCS
    • March 14 – zoning review board
    • State of the cluster for APS Carver is this Wednesday at Sylvan middle school at 6pm

  • Intention setting
    • Community building
    • Collaboration
    • Awareness
  • Community reports
    • Police – Sgt King – larson, 5 car break ins in past 30 days, gas station car theft, someone loitering at post office and a neighboring house. Officer Mac is reg beat officer works from 2-10pm. Community inquired about bike patrol when the weather warms up. Major Murphy manages that and they are not sure if they have the manpower.
    • Local elected officials – David Dryer – crossover day on Thursday. Tenants got more rights in GA on Friday – tenants who are in mold. if someone complains and they are paid up on their rent and they are not criminally active then they cannot be evicted without cause. Eviction notices expire in 30 days and cannot hold it over someone’s head for lack of payment. LGBTQ and reproductive rights are at risk, but the bills will probably not pass. He will be fighting those bills hard. Means based homestead $40k or less will have an extra $25k exemption $50k will have $20k exemption, $60k will have $15k exemption. Cell number is on website.
  • Committee reports
    • Code enforcement
    • Beautification – Chris McCord – April 9 (date not confirmed, need to check with Sheryl Bennet) tire round up. As you come across tires, centralize them so they can be picked up. Call Chris if you have tires 404-822-9692
    • Social committee – Tanisha Corporal – pancake breakfast on March 23rd a FCS. $5 per person $15 per family. Looking for volunteers for set up, cooking, and clean up. 9am – 11am
    • Hospitality committee – Josh Noblitt, looking for other committee members
    • Transportation committee – Jeff Delp, looking for other committee members. Repaving Jonesboro and McDonough this spring/summer beginning this month. Using as an opportunity to make the neighborhood more pedestrian friendly. Transportation will be a major topic at next month’s meeting.
  • Community business
    • Neighborhood rezoning process – South Atlanta now has a master plan through FCS and the City of Atlanta. Canvas helped with planning process and gathered broad neighborhood support. Several community meetings. The plan has passed but the zoning signs just went up so this is an opportunity to discuss. 12 recommendations from neighborhood was approved by city council. Neighborhoods with master plans get a larger share of “common resources” in the city because it is less work for them.
    • Ron Clarke Academy parking lot. But this is not in accordance with neighborhood desires. This is why we need good zoning in our community. They have to build sidewalks and cannot have unlimited parking lots.
    • GET RESPONSE FROM KIMBERLEE
    • Could we think of ways in the future to reach out to more people on the other side of the neighborhood. Facebook, website, email, newsletters for the elderly who are not online. Signs.
    • 30% is owned by low-income families and the rezoning is protecting everyone here.
    • Talk with notch 8 lady about newsletter
    • This group is not able to make a change. Talk with representative.
    • These are our recommendations, but anyone can apply for a variance.
    • Plansouthatlanta.com has all of the details
  • Community forum
    • Ron Clarke was here to support meeting. Grass roots recruiting effort.
    • FCS bought the gas station. Gas tanks are out.
  • Chris motioned to adjourn.
  • Dates to remember
    • Wednesday, March 13 – Zone 3 Appreciation Breakfast
    • Monday, March 18 – NPU-Y Monthly Meeting John Birdine Neighborhood Center, every third monday. 215 lakewood way sw, 7pm
    • Saturday, March 23 – Pancake Breakfast, FCS
    • March 14 – zoning review board
    • State of the cluster for APS Carver is this Wednesday at Sylvan middle school at 6pm

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