Potential street parking layout, Love your Block grants, and NPU-D updates.
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Mark you Calendars

BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Senior Center (1705 Commerce Dr NW)

NPU-D Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm 
Agape Center, 2351 Bolton Road, NW
All NPU Residents Welcome


BZA Meeting - QT appeal
November 6, Noon at City Hall, Council Chambers
Wear Green in support of the neighborhoods


Beautification Day
November 8, 9 am to noon
Meeting location to be determined


2014 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online

 





 






 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Jade King


Corner Tavern


Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta

 




 
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Mark you Calendars

BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Senior Center (1705 Commerce Dr NW)

NPU-D Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm 
Agape Center, 2351 Bolton Road, NW
All NPU Residents Welcome


BZA Meeting - QT appeal
November 6, Noon at City Hall, Council Chambers
Wear Green in support of the neighborhoods


Beautification Day
November 8, 9 am to noon
Meeting location to be determined


2014 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online







 








 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Jade King


Corner Tavern


Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta

 







 






 
Facebook
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Website
Website

President's Report

Neighbors,

The cool weather is here and with it brings festivities and fun events.  This past weekend’s autumn roast was a great success with an even better turnout.  It was fun to meet all of the new people in the community.  Many thanks to Victoria, and Ron, and the many other volunteers for all of their hard work. 

Also thanks to everyone who brought out desserts and sides for the event.  We had a great dessert turnout this year and from the looks of the leftovers (none) everyone enjoyed them.  This event is a great example of the community coming together.  Many pictures were posted on Facebook.

As mentioned at the event this weekend this year’s membership dues are due in October for the following year.  Please make sure to have an active membership as this year we have elections in November.  At the October meeting the nomination committee will be announced, and we will discuss the board positions in more detail.  We hope to have a good turnout at both meetings.   We do encourage all to participate and if anyone is interested in a position please feel free to reach out to a current board member or the nomination committee.
 
Thanks,
Jacob

Senior Fundraiser Update

Saturday, October 4th we had a multi-family yard sale to help raise money for our Senior Fund. We are excited to tell you we have raised almost $200.00! Thank you to Florist Atlanta for their generous donation, Jeanette Anderson of Underwood Hills who donated 15% of her sales to the Senior Fund, and a special thank you to Tori Bickerstaff who donated 10% from her lemonade sales. Finally a thank you to Office Depot for donating the lamination of our hand made signs by the children.  It kept them dry for our next sale!

Our next sale dates for this multi-family yard sale (indoor & outdoor) is Fri, Oct 17 and Sat, Oct 18 from 9 to 6pm. Location is 1687 Defoor Avenue, across from Ballards. 10% of the sales will be donated to our Senior Fund.

If you would like to make a direct donation, Eva Nason is managing the Senior fund for us. You can email her direct at evacarynason@gmail.com.

Please put these dates on your calendar and join us to support our Seniors! It's huge! We have too many items to list.

Thank you!
Tawn Chi & Family
tawnchi@comcast.net; 404-326-6969 cell/text

Beautification Update

Dear Neighbors,

Now that the weather is pleasant it's time to get out our brown leaf bags, garden tools and clean up the 'hood". Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8.

Suggestions of places to clean are appreciated - so please email me at mvcamac@hotmail.com and we'll work from there. Please bring your work gloves, rakes, shovels, water bottle  etc.  We plan to stop about noon for pizza and drinks. 
 
Some suggestions of places needing attention are the weeds on Bellemeade and Howell Mill (from the Fire station to Forrest Street,  trash under the bench on Howell Mill,  weeding and planting at our mini-parks and planting at the Forrest Street mini-park and landscaping around the new benches. 

Also, appreciated are neighbors who pick up trash while walking in the neighborhood.  There is a special place in heaven for the neighbor who attacked the corner of Talulah and Holmes where the weeds were growing in abundance at the curb. This was done several months ago and it made such a difference to the general appearance-so whoever that neighbor was, a big thank you!!!    

More information to follow.  
Margaret Camac.    

ps all help is appreciated even if you can only make it for an hour or two

BPNA Website



The BPNA website has been updated and is now live!  There are a few items that need to be added, however it is ready for you to explore.  If you see items that need to be added or changed, please send a message to info@berkeleypark.org.

We also need to send a big THANK YOU to Jade King for all her help in building the new site and taking pictures of the neighborhood. If you see her around, give her a big high five!
NPU-D and BPNA Updates

By Jim Martin

The September-23rd NPU-D meeting went quite smoothly. Prior to the meeting, I received a deferral request for the only contentious item on our agenda, the residential rezoning behind Crestlawn cemetery that I reported on last month, and we were able to move through the rest of our business agenda quickly. We unanimously readopted our current bylaws for 2015, unanimously approved a special use permit for a pet crematory on Marietta Road next to the rail yard, and unanimously approved a special event permit for Monday Night Brewing.


QT Case

We also voted unanimously in favor of a resolution supporting the appeal of the QT administrative approval (V-14-192), which is reported on in the September newsletter. The resolution is linked here. The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) hearing of this appeal will be at noon on November 6th. It is very important that folks from the neighborhood are there to show their support. The only assertion that the city is likely to make in support of granting these administrative variances (i.e. against the appeal) is that the public is sufficiently protected without enforcing the strictures of the code. The most compelling contra argument for this would be for the public to show up and say “no we are not”. The members of the board routinely take community sentiment into account when deciding these matters, and this should be particularly true given the nature of the assertions made in granting the variances. It is a bit like voting, except in this case you will have a real chance of influencing the outcome either favorably (by showing up) or unfavorably (by not showing up).



Councilman Andre Dickens and CDHR

We were joined at the NPU-D meeting by Councilman Andre Dickens, who chaired a very entertaining meeting of the council’s CDHR committee earlier the same day. Andre lives in Underwood Hills and added his name to those of the many neighbors who are opposed to the QT proposal and in support for the zoning appeal. If you have not done so, it is not too late to sign the petition. Andre encouraged us all to call him with our issues, particularly those that are indicative of city-wide problems since his is an at-large council seat. His office number is 404-330-6041.

At Andre’s CDHR committee meeting earlier on the 23rd the hot-button issue was a resolution proposed by Felicia Moore to change the way in which nominations are approved for the APAB (Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board) seat on the board of the ADA (Atlanta Development Authority, AKA Invest Atlanta). Felicia’s resolution was intended to fix the problem created by the Mayor’s 14-month long refusal to pass the name of an APAB nominee to the city council for final approval. The likely reason for this inaction is that the mayor is happy with the current occupant of that seat, who has casually signed off on several of his big-ticket initiatives over the past year, including the urgently needed replacement for Atlanta’s aged football stadium. Of course, this was not the stated reason for the Mayor’s inaction, which was what made the entire proceeding so entertaining.

The stated reason for mayoral inaction involved the claim, made by the mayor’s representative – Ms Katrina Taylor-Parks, that APAB had only submitted one name rather than the required three names to the mayor in 2013, and he could not act until he received the other two. This was an assertion that I disputed during the public-comment period at both this and at the prior CDHR meeting, since APAB had submitted three names to the mayor in July 2013. Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms had the smoking gun to prove that I was wrong about this – an email from the mayor’s office dated in June 2013 saying that three names had not been received. Apparently Ms Bottoms was unfamiliar with the standard ordering of months in the Gregorian calendar. When the committee was presented with a copy of the July email to the mayor and a half dozen members of his staff in which the three names were submitted, the acknowledgement of of this email by a senior aide to the mayor, and a copy of a follow-up email requesting the status of this nomination four months later; the story had to change.

The new story from the administration needed to be invented on the fly at the CDHR meeting, so it was a bit shaky. This was that a senior aide, Michael Sterling, was the only person in the Mayor’s office who had actually read the original email, he had subsequently misplaced it, and he had then been reassigned to a place where he was now unreachable by modern means of communication (the Appalachian trail was not mentioned specifically, but it seemed to be implied). The new story continued with: now that the mayor was finally aware of the three names that he had been waiting for, he would take prompt action on the matter. The members of the committee, not including Andre, found this story just as compelling as they had its discredited predecessor. They decided that the mayor really just needed a little more time to take care of things, so they voted to send the resolution to full council with an adverse recommendation. At the subsequent full-council meeting on October 6th, the mayor’s staff came up with a new and improved story: The expired appointment of the current representative had not really expired because Mayor Reed had intended to appoint the current board member for four years rather than two years, as he actually and explicitly had done back in 2010. Of course the problem with this version of the story is that it includes the statement that the appointment will undeniably have expired by the end of this month. It wasn’t clear whether or not the mayor believes that this tale should buy him another 14-month reprieve from the obligations of his office. That is something we will have to wait to find out. It promises to be at least entertaining if not confidence inspiring.


City Bond Referendum

In September the city held another round of public meetings with regard to the proposed infrastructure bonds, which will be a ballot referendum in next year’s election. Unfortunately, I managed to miss all of these due to a combination of other commitments and general skepticism over this enterprise.


Beltline and MARTA

In October, Atlanta Beltline Inc (ABI) will be hosting a series of meetings about the alignment of connections between the Beltline and MARTA. In our part of town the relevant area is between the Bankhead and Ashby MARTA stations on the green line (northwest spur). This significance of planning effort is a bit difficult to understand because several aspects of Beltline transit such as its overall alignment (CSX line in our area) and mode of transit (modern streetcar) were determined in earlier planning efforts, because the transit component of the Beltline project is very far from being sufficiently funded (~$0 vs. ~$1billion+) and because the current planning effort includes an east-west streetcar along North Ave and Bankhead Highway that may or may not be part of the Beltline depending on who you ask, when you ask, and how you ask the question. These meetings are supposed to culminate in a “city-wide conversation (AKA a big meeting) on October 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Central Methodist Church on Mitchell St downtown. More information is available at ABI’s website.


Sidewalks

I did not receive any updates on our sidewalk project in September. Presumably, the legislation to enable this is still “moving along”, so perhaps we will hear something about it in October.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

Hollie Meyer, Secretary
  1. Pig Roast
    1. Oct 4, empty lot behind Flip, 4:30 to dusk
    2. Victoria is gathering items for the event, request people to bring desserts, group will provide food and beverages, Jim will setup tent over food
  2. Crime Watch
    1. Still needing volunteers for streets
    2. Studio on Forrest still loud at night, property manager hasn’t been responsive to requests
    3. No updates from Officer Stribling
  3. Website
    1. Almost ready to go live
    2. Jacob is collecting pictures of the neighborhood to post
  4. Love Your Block Grant
    1. Last proposal denied
    2. Need to have projects for one street/block for about $1000
    3. NPU grant information should be available soon
  5. Beautification and Cleanup
    1. Saturday, November 1
  6. QT discussion
    1. Petition is available for people to sign
    2. BZA meeting, Nov 6 at noon, wear green to meeting
  7. Waterworks Park
    1. Yolanda and Andre are supporting the park and working on Mayor support
    2. Westside Provisions – Oct 10 fundraiser – all proceeds go to the park
    3. Waterworks Lodge in the upcoming bond referendum
  8. ByLaws – Sept review
    1. Redefining board member positions and term
  9. Ad hoc election committee – collecting names
  10. Free Library
    1. Patrick and Jenny Gibson are planning a neighborhood library
    2. Looking for location to install
  11. Salvation Army / Fidelity Bank
            a. Making a $2000 donation to neighborhood

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