Community Meeting, May 9th, 2017
May 2017 Agenda
- Welcome and Announcements
- Atlanta Police Department
- Committee Updates
- Neighbor in Need – Nancy Carpenter, Chair
- Membership - Vic Thomas, Chair
- Arts & Culture – Jeanne Fore, Chair
- East Atlanta Village Farmers Market – Sam Grader, Market Manager
- Save Ormewood Forest – Ralph Green, Organizer
- B*ATL Frontline Tour – Henry Bryant, All Things History
- Adopt-a-Street Relaunch – Lewis Cartee, President
Meeting start at 7:05 pm
Welcomes & Announcements
Political Candidate Introductions
Liliana Bakhtiari – running for City Council
- Grew up in O4W
- Have been living in district 5 for 11 years
- Prioritize long term sustainability over short term growth
- Support new members of our community
- Read more here
Sachin Varghese - running for House of Representatives
- State is not working for Georgians today
- Born in India, grew up in Georgia depending on public resources
- Want to make the state work for our community
- Read more here
Lewis Cartee – running for the Board of Education
- EACA President
- Has been involved in education in our community for over 12 years
- Improve the “educational justice” in our school system
Update from Atlanta Police Department
- Summer is coming… extra units being brought in
- Normal reminders: don’t leave anything in your car!
Neighbor in Need – Nancy Carpenter, Chair
May on May Update
- Constantly raising money
- Last weekend was our 10th annual May on May block party
- Not a “community event” from a permit perspective, however still had over 275 attendees this year! Kentucky Derby theme this year – and it was super successful. Thanks to the community for several donated services and goods.
- Through wristbands and t-shirt sales, we raised over $3,300 dollars!
Membership - Vic Thomas, Chair
- Bring a friend to the meeting to be entered into a drawing for great East Atlanta prizes! So start talking to your neighbors. :)
- We are working towards our goal to increase the number of business under EACA Rewards - encouraging support of our local businesses.
- Consider shopping local and taking advantage of your EACA discounts.
Arts & Culture – Jeanne Fore, Chair
Great American Backyard Campout:
- Recently had our annual campout event! It has recently moved from the blazing summer to springtime to make overnight camping for enjoyable.
- Over 50 attendees! Erected a little “tent city” at the Zuber Jarrell house
Summer Movie Nights:
- Looking at 3 this summer at the Farmers Market lot
- One will most likely be Labyrinth! ☺
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, Sam Gader
- Thank you EACA for your sponsorship!
- Changing address to Stokeswood to encourage accessing it from the neighborhood instead of walking across Flat Shoals
Thanks for the feedback
- Kid friendly food and drinks - in progress!
- Kid friendly events – in progress!
- Alcohol – a little more complicated…
We need your help
- Increased community support and attendance
- What are your barriers from attending?
- Partnerships with local businesses
Save Ormewood Forest, Alex Levy
- 6 acre tract that is close to Flat Shoals and Ormewood
- Mature trees, a stream and local wildlife are all present
- Historically have not been able to find a developer that can work with the property and maintain its integrity
- Opportunity to leverage city funds in partnership with Trees Atlanta to purchase this land (requires min. 5 acres) for the purpose of conserving the canopy
- Website in progress! www.ormewoodforest.com
- City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong has challenged us to prepare what all benefits can come of preserving this land
Q: Who owns the property? A: Someone who purchased the land during the recession. Apparently their asking price is high.
Q: How much of the property is in the floodplain? A: Not too much.
B*ATL Frontline Tour, Henry Bryant
This weekend’s tour
Battle of Atlanta went right through East Atlanta
- Tour Saturday morning, approx. 1.5-2 hours long
- You can purchase tickets at www.batl.org
- Henry will do the tour this weekend if people ask! ☺
- There is a B*ATL tour every month, check the website for the schedule.
B*ATL Trail Update
- Large walking trail interchange in progress, almost $1million investment!
- Should allow pedestrians to cross I-20
- Federal funding is helping pay for it, so cannot say much until the layout is approved.
- Have a conceptual plan that the parks department is in support of (was created in partnership with the department)
- Natalyn announced that council approved $127K for trail
Monument Restoration Update
- Raised $150K in pledges on the way to $192K to restore both monuments.
- Would like to begin the restoration process by November; need to complete restoration by this time in 2018
Historical Markers Update
- Historic neighborhood markers within our community. Ultimately would like to tie altogether so you know where you are in regards to the battle
Other B*ATL Events
- Art Show at the library, photography of modern day culture in battlefield areas.
- Differences in culture from then until now.
- Art show at East Atlanta Library / 22nd - speaking at the Carter Library on the 20th (who)
Save the Old Prison Farm
What is it?
- Located just east of city limits
- Chastain Park used to also be a prison farm, now it is one of the largest parks in Atlanta
- Georgia Tech came out and did survey; lots of opportunity
- Famous architect Ryan Gravel came to look at the Prison Farm. Impressed!
Challenge of the Prison Farm is educating folks - visit website, www.savetheoldatlantaprisonfarm.org/
- How can the state & city work together on a cooperating agreement?
- Consider turning this site into a major regional park
Adopt-a-Street Relaunch, Lewis Cartee
- Reached out to folks at Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission - partnering with them to manage
- Take a look at the Monday newsletter
- Help manage, train and provide tools to be successful
Reminder that Beer Fest is around the corner!
- May 20th is East Atlanta Craft Beer Fest - 12th year!
- Purchase tickets at www.eastatlantabeerfest.com
Political Candidates (cont’d)
- Peter Amon - candidate for Mayor of Atlanta
Motion to approve last month’s minutes & spend
Meeting ended at 7:55 pm