Community Meeting, April 11th, 2017

April Agenda Highlights

  • Special guest, Natalyn Archibong, Atlanta City Council
  • Great American Backyard Campout, April 22/23, Jeanne Fore– Arts & Culture Chair
  • Community Garden and Earth Day Clean up, Mary Yetter – Public Spaces (Parks) Chair
  • Bike Repair Station, Howard McFadden – Transportation Chair

This month's variance requests

  • None this month!

EACA Community Mee ng Minutes April 11, 2017

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, Atlanta City Council
  • Events and Updates
    • Great American Backyard Campout, April 22/23, Jeanne Fore– Arts & Culture Chair
    • Community Garden and Earth Day Clean up, Mary Yetter – Public Spaces (Parks) Chair
    • Bike Repair Station, Howard McFadden – Transportation Chair

Meeting start at 7:06pm

Welcomes & Announcements

  • Introductions of new neighbors
  • Historical Designation for EAV
    • Thank you to all that helped fund. We have fully funded our application for Historical Designation

Atlanta Police Department

Update from Police Department: Captain Neil Klotzer nklotzer@atlantaga.gov (best way to reach is via email)
  • Any questions, Major Peak, Lt Patterson and Captain Klotzer are available at Zone 6 call and ask, don’t wait for monthly community meetings
  • Capt. Klotzer is architect of video tech
  • Held information on robberies due to ongoing investigations – pictures could potentially taint line‐ups
    • Recent robbery sprees
      • Lt. Patterson shared letter of recognition on for officers who solved
        • Transient suspects
        • Picture of vehicle (Maroon Al ma) using stolen ATM at SunTrust
        • Suspects license was suspended, handgun, marijuana, black masks found in vehicle. Suspects were transported and interviewed, subsequently charged with (4) robberies in the neighborhood
          • 1226 Portland, 609 Stokeswood, and (2) additional locations
          • 2nd suspect was a juvenile; released to relatives; not enough points to remand.
          • No one was hurt
      • Crime suppression unit went out undercover on secondary spree; enhanced efforts
      • Major Peak posted on ND
      • Centralized unit to information share with other agencies (DeKalb PD)
      • Rash of burglaries and car thefts (computers) able to identify a fencing operation ‐ Tapeworm
        • Recovered 4 computers
        • Business is closed
        • Lt. Patterson will continue to provide updates
    • Q&A
      • Bullets & Fireworks on ND
        • If worthy of posting on social media (police worthy) worth calling them
        • Still need to respond 99.99% of the me, there isn’t anyone at the location
        • Very difficult to pinpoint
    • Please do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle (backpack, phone charger, iPad)
      • Mitigate your chances by NOT leaving things in your car – REDUCE YOUR CHANCES
    • Steve shared a story – flagged vehicles

 

Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, Atlanta City Council

General Updates

  • April 12th 2 ‐ 4 – Invest Atlanta – Bond listening opportunity ($32M available)

    • Home Repairs for veterans, disabled, seniors

    • Homebuyer Assistance $$$$$

    • Millennials living outside of the city because they cannot afford to live intown.

    • Affordable Housing – Memorial Corridor (Atlanta Dairies)

  • Chris Kids ‐ Workforce needed cannot live in the City
    • Developers will have requirement to have percentage of affordable housing ‐ AMI (area median)
    • NA working with consultant – we want to have an area where everyone can live
    • Need to do with great intentionality
  • Tire Round­Up this Saturday 9 – 1 at (hill street)
    • Hard to recycle items will also be accepted
    • Iron Mountain will also be there shredding documents
  • Braeburn Road Construction Project
    • Between Pasley & Blake
    •  The meeting that will be held at the Brownwood Recreation Center and will convene at 6:30. The address is 607 Brownwood Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Annexation at the fishtail
    • May be house by house (Se le Circle/Braeburn)
  • Greenspace
    • (Ormewood Forrest) – Money set aside to save our forest
    • PATH – Henry working closing with them (McWilliams/Marbut)
  • Arts Funding
    • Unable to get any traction on the quarter penny for art funding
    • Those under Gold Dome did not deem worthy
  • LUZ ­ R5 zoning
    • Will allow for there to be a tiny house or carriage house in your backyard
      • You can now have a stove – unlike prior
    • Journey towards looking at tiny houses
    • If you don’t have R5 – don’t build
    • NA would like us to be a destination
    • Going on real‐time – provide feedback
    • Steve Q: regarding why you cannot live in a tent on your property
    • When will we see new zoning re‐write?
      • Work is being undertaken – does not have definitive date
  • Marijuana decriminalization
    • Conundrum – if CoA decriminalizes and the state does not, it will be a felony
      • Off the highway ‐ GSP
    • Clarkson has decriminalized
    • Important thing for us to do carefully
    • Mayor is not supportive
    • Carefully being vetted
      • Takes pressure off prison system
      • Increased tourism
      • We are a progressive, liberal city
      • Racial disparity – police allocation – can spend more me solving real crimes
  • Pitbulls
    • What should we do? What should animal control do? Consistency with their policies
      • BSL – Breed Specific Legislation ‐ No plans to do so; owners should be looked at
  • Bench by SunTrust moved – avoid panhandling
  • Memorial Drive – GDOT
    • 3 deaths on Memorial this year
    • Will speak with them regarding this as well as the I20 exit at Maynard Terrace

Community Member Concerns shared with Natalyn Archibong

  • Water Mains on Brownwoon
    •  Proud of department and responsive
    • Sidewalk damage – call NA’s office
    • Metropolitan Ave – sidewalks disappear/walking on someone’s property
    • NA believes this is part of the city – send to NA’s office
    • Library to Monument
    • Priorities are destinations as we don’t have sufficient funding
  • Brownwood Creek ‐ Dumping
    • Dumping into creek and changing the color of the creek
    • Need cameras (Ormewood side)
    • Minimal penalty for being caught dumping – cost of doing business
    • Increase penalty for contractors (????) dissuade people from doing so
    • No signage (No Dumping) may need for both sides
    • NA will check on signage and penalties
  • Ordinance – House on Van Epps
    • Owner is moving trucks to other yards
    • Moves cars just enough so it is not a parking lot
    • Takes up space on both sides of the street
    • NA and Officer Sweet work regularly
  • Explosion of homeless people in the Village
    • One of the priorities the mayor has (Peachtree/Pine) all of those folks will be re‐housed
    • Aggressive panhandling laws on the books – call 911
    • Housing for veterans – veteran’s ini a ve
    • Ed Gilgor – Homeless vs. Panhandling (break‐out as separate issues – criminal vs. social service)
  • Reconstruct of Moreland and Glenwood
    • Moving along at snail’s pace – going through easements and right‐of‐way

Events and Updates

  • Great American Backyard Campout, April 22/23, Jeanne Fore– Arts & Culture Chair
    • Zuber Jerrell House
    • April 22nd – 23rd
      • Load in 2–4pm
      • Breakfast next day
      • Tour of Zuber Jarrell House
      • $20 to stay the night/ $10 Day Pass
  • Community Garden and Earth Day Clean up, Mary Yetter – Public Spaces (Parks) Chair
    • Community Garden in middle of Brownwood Park (10 years strong)
      • Encourage workdays/low on volunteers
      • Great space to grow veggies, meet your neighbors, fresh veggies
      • parks@eaca.net and Mary will guide you in the right direction
    • Earth Day – April 22nd 10 ‐ 1
      • Bouldercrest triangle
      • Nancy Hennessy will spearhead
      • Meeting at 10am and working for about 3 hours
    • EAV Farmer’s Market kicks off Thursday, April 13th 4 – 8pm
      • 10th Season
      • Lots of good things to eat & see
      • Fresh local food to support the economy – BEER!!!!
      • April 20th – Strawberry Toast for Angus Brown – Check out FB Page
  • Bike Repair Station, Howard McFadden – Transportation Chair
    • Provided pictures of repair stations
    • Facts
      • 2000 – 2010 ATL was one of the top 10 cities for bicycle commuting
      • ATL 8th most traffic commuted cities in the world – last year 11th
      • Encouraging alternate mode of transportation
      • CoA created position – CBO (Chief Bicycle Officer)
    • Issue for EAV – we were not included in the plan – stopped west of Moreland
      • Push to update the plan – east of Moreland is still not included
      • What can we do so we can be connected to bike paths throughout the city?
        • Small steps – Bicycle Repair Station
          • Shows that we are vested in being connected to the various trails
          • Trolley Trail – Arkwright/North of 20 (no connecti on South of 20/East of Moreland)
          • Location
          • Cost of unit depends on model
            • $700 and up (station with pump is ~$1300)
            • $1500 ‐ $1600 total including install
      • HB: BTL Trail would provide interconnectivity from monuments to Beltline to Stone Mountain
        • Kirkwood also has extensive BL trails
  • Membership
    • 2 business joined EACA
      • 493 Flat Shoals
      • Get Fruity – 493B
    • Ongoing effort for Membership – Introduction of Teresa
    • Initiative to members to bring at least 1 new member next month
      • Raffle someone will win GC
    • Bring a friend!!!!
  • Steve shared brochures on the beltline as well as updates on repairing your house
  • Motion to approve last month’s minutes & spend
    • Approved

Meeting ended at 8:32 pm