Community Meeting, March 14th, 2017
March Agenda Highlights
- Special guest, Al Bartell, City of Atlanta Mayoral Candidate. He will speak briefly then open the floor for questions.
- Come learn about the proposed mural at 465 Flat Shoals Rd.
- Approve last month's meeting minutes and this month's treasurer's report
This month's variance requests
None this month!
- Update from Police Department: Sgt Hines
- Teagan Fore, Sunshine Project
- Mr. Al Bartell (Mayoral Candidate)
- Mary Norwood (Mayoral Candidate)
- Lauren to Discuss Potential EAV Murals
- Mari Vega, East Atlanta Composting Initiative
- East Atlanta Day, 3/25!
- Judy, Bond Organic Market
- Review of 2017 budget
Meeting starts at 7:07pm
Update from Police Department: Sgt Hines
Recently the following incident occurred nearby:
4 juveniles @ Krog St. Market were trying to open the doors
- Citizen called in the tip
- Police Dept. was able to find them!
- Citizen tips are the best way to help!
- Call 911, best description possible!
No questions from the community
Teagan Fore, Sunshine Project
As she is working towards her Bronze Award, she requests members of the community to consider donating to the Sunshine Project.
Mr. Al Bartell (Mayoral Candidate)
Grew up in the swamps of eastern carolina
Has lived in Atlanta for 25 years
Certified mediator by trade (mediate between community leaders and community, city, state and federal government)
Goal: Atlanta to have a bright, awesome future
Question: who is included in that future, who is excluded?
Neighborhood/community/faith/small business leaders need access to the the decision making process and public policy as lobbyists
Mayor’s office should be an office public engagement
- Should budget capacity for the above leaders as lobbyists
- Should gather and distribute information fairly
- Should prevent the impacts of gentrification on our communities, not just with affordable housing which still too expensive for many
- Fight the congested network affecting our city
There should be a structure that supports our neighborhood/community/faith/small business leaders
- NPU is not structured for roundtable discussions and summits
- NPU is not structured for mass aggregation and distribution of data
Office of public engagement will fill the gap
Q: How address affordable housing?
A: Not going to happen with market rate housing or affordable housing. Need community trust zones. People purchase the house, not the land. The land is owned by a housing trust. Creates a buffer between the rising cost of property and homeowners
Q: Have you held public office before?
A: Have been appointed to several boards and commissions but have not been elected to a position.
Need to connect project management language and community language to create a space where we are communicating.
Q: What are your thoughts about the traffic/congestion?
A: We do not have reference points in place to manage the inbound traffic, resurface roads, fix roads, and sidewalks. No way today to manage traffic patterns. Set up a department to measure traffic management patterns and complete R&D based on this new data. If we can manage congestion, we can decrease it. However, if we can’t manage it, we will not be able to decrease it.
Q: What is your stance on immigration?
A: Whereas, immigrants are our neighborhood/community/faith/small business leaders, friends and neighbors, thus, Atlanta should be designated a sanctuary city. It does not matter what the federal government says we can and cannot do, I would declare Atlanta a sanctuary the moment I am elected Mayor.
Q: Thanks to recent city council efforts, there are $40 million in affordable housing bonds. While that is not all that we need, what is the best way to leverage these bonds?
A: Most investment today is market investment and wall street investment. Public policy would need to be put in place that can stabilize trust fund investment. We are not going to use the banking bond to do this, we will need to create community banks that can allow trust fund investments to be available. Also, a municipality gets funds from the county, city and federal government. Create fund matching policy. Lastly, is to put an ordinance in place so that local and state funded colleges would require that students work with trust funds to gather the data needed. BartellforMayor.com
Mary Norwood (Mayoral Candidate)
All financial information online! Every check. Citizens can know where the money is going. This would benefit the community and the Background of having a radio and internet companies, this information should be available
As the Atlanta community grows, need to help the community scale and support the redevelopment that is best for that particular community. Expansion should be thoughtful
As we grow, we need to grow our transportation options as well
The city must stay safe.
Intervene with our young adults so that they do not spiral
I want to be the neighborhood mayor - that things are working well on the ground
Currently putting together neighborhood ambassadors
We in the community know what we need, need to create a network so that your needs can get to city hall fast
Q: We are watching people be displaced due to the lack of affordable housing
A: There are two primary components: workforce housing and low income housing. In Fulton, you can have an entire section of the city that says “we have enough affordable housing” and other areas that are oversaturated and lacking in scalable transportation options. We need more assisted workforce housing. Help people live closer to their jobs. (Ex. Buckhead, 96% of the community commutes in.) We have approx. 242 horizontal neighborhoods and 35 vertical neighborhoods. We have not done the kind of analysis needed to understand housing pricing. We need to better understand where we do and do not have affordable housing based on accurate data. Whole portions of the city was caught up in mortgage fraud with 25-65% vacancy. Need to stitch those neighborhoods back together. City to help with abandoned properties.
Lauren to discuss potential EAV Murals
Moreland Mural Project
Public art initiative to get 22 female artists with murals on Moreland & Dekalb
Sacred Thread Building
“In Solidarity” mural that the building owner and tenant are in support of
Has passed through the City design approval process
There is money each year (up to $2400) for public art (NAG, Neighborhood Arts Grants)
Deadline is tomorrow at 5:00 pm
Lewis: Thank you Councilwoman Archibong for directing art proposal back to the community
Mari Vega, East Atlanta Composting Initiative
Currently works with “Grow where you are”
Idea: start a compost coalition in the village
Personally see approx 22 quarts of vegetables, 100 lb of vegetable waste each week
That is just one business in the community
In order to make the most of what we have, increase the current compost site in Brownwood and also with Branan Towers for another here onsite
Opportunity to include local schools in creating an ecosystem around the unused vegetable waste in the community and for use in local community gardens
Several organizations can help make this happen
CFM offered bed space and composting space at the East Atlanta Farmers Market space
Looking for collaborators and fundraising support
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
East Atlanta Day, 3/25!
Poker Tournament @ Midway
10am - 3pm
Proceeds go to Neighbor in Need
Electronics Recycling @ EAFM Space
10am - 3pm
Proceeds go to Neighbor in Need
Scavenger Hunt @ Argosy
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Proceeds go to other local non-profits
Q: Will they wipe your electronics for you?
A: We believe so, checking with Mark
Judy, Bond Organic Market
New store on Gresham Blvd
Caters to natural foods, (produce, meats, other)
“Shop little and often!” inspired by european style grocery
Review of 2017 budget
Confirmed that money for brochures is for purchasing new
Questions about the EACA sponsorship of EAFM
EACA’s sponsorship give it access to a booth every week
Cost is discounted for community associations
Motion to approve the 2017 budget
Question to waive cost of EACA membership for community members that cannot afford
Vic introduced himself, continue discussion offline
Motion to approve last month’s minutes & spend
Meeting ended at 8:10 pm