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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


2014 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online


City Bond Issuance Info Meeting
Meeting in our area will be at the Senior Center on July 10th at 6pm.

 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Corner Tavern


Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta

 
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Website Help Needed

The BPNA website needs an update and moved to a new server. 

If you have experience in either moving data between servers, designing websites, or are interested in maintenance and information of the BPNA site, we would love to hear from you!

Send your name and email to Hollie Meyer.
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


2014 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online

City Bond Issuance Info Meeting
Meeting in our area will be at the Senior Center on July 10th at 6pm.
 







 








 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Corner Tavern


Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta

 







 

President's Report

Neighbors,
 
It was mostly a quiet June month.  I have no new updates from officer Stribling on the shooting that occurred on Forrest.  He is still working on the case but had no new developments when we talked last week.  At our June BPNA meeting Victoria Camac Hurd volunteered to help lead a community crime watch group.  She will need street captains for each street so please volunteer. This will be a great way for the community to stay connected and keep tabs on any suspicious behavior.  I would like to give a big thank you for all of those involved in the recent beautification events in the community.  We now have a few more park bench seats in the neighborhood.  Also, last weekend groups helped with planting and cleanup at the intersection of Bellemeade and Howell Mill Road, at the NTB.  A big thank you to all involved.  The beautification -clean up days are a great way to help out the community and socialize with neighbors, I would encourage everyone that can to come, to come out to these events.  See everyone at the July BPNA meeting.

Thanks,
Jacob

Beautification

Last Saturday, neighbors weeded the Buchanan/Verner mini park and improved  the visually challenged intersection of  Bellemeade and Howell Mill. Provided plants have adequate watering during the first few weeks the planting beds should have a vastly 'cared for' appearance - (we have permission to use the water at the tire store).

Thank you Monzelle, Jim, Andy, Victoria, Rustin, Hollie, the Fire Station 23 lawn mowers and of course, Harrison our digger extraordinaire!

There are other Beautification projects, but during summer's heat and neighbors' vacationing we should wait until early fall before undertaking another neighborhood workday.  However, we can all help to improve BP's appearance by just picking up trash whilst taking a stroll and clearing weeds from the sidewalks around our homes.

If you wanted to earn a special 'little seat in heaven', by taking a shovel and leaf bag you might like to attack a particularly unsightly area - Bellemeade's 'weeds gone wild' for example and a Beautification Special Emissary will try to guarantee you that 'seat'!
We have the new benches to landscape-all on the fall's agenda.

Thank you Dan and Jeff for your work on the garden at the corner of Verner and Buchanan and your efforts at the mini parks with extra planting and to Linda who keeps the entrance to Bellemeade and Talulah looking so attractive.  The perimeter of our neighborhood continues to be a challenge.

Should neighbors be in Advanced Auto, maybe a word of encouragement to improve their landscaping would help motivate management.
Regards and enjoy your summer,

Margaret
NPU-D and BPNA Updates

By Jim Martin

The June NPU-D meeting was a surprisingly long one. We didn’t have much business on our agenda, but we ended up in a fairly lengthy set of discussions with several representatives from the Department of Public Works all of whom decided to make special presentations on different topics at the same NPU meeting without prior notice. The longest of these were regarding the Marietta / Bolton intersection improvement project. When this project was first presented to the community, it included closing both the north end of Adams Drive and the driveway into the RM Clayton facility, which use signal time at this intersection. As the project has progressed, although Adams Drive was closed, the signal light at the driveway has been upgraded. As it turns out, no one ever got around to actually planning for the driveway closure much less doing anything about it. That process is now beginning tabula rasa with the preparation of a request for proposals (RFP) for a plan for the closing of the driveway and improvements to the alternate access point on Coronet Way. The actual closing of the driveway is at least two years out if all of the intermediate steps (RFP, plan, contract award, etc.) happen on schedule. Folks who live in the area were not happy to hear this.

In June, we voted unanimously in favor of a resolution of support for the Connect the Comet initiative, which I reported on last month. That resolution is linked here.

We had two unusual items on the June agenda. One was a temporary stream buffer encroachment, which was referred to us for review and comment. The applicant for this permit was not actually building in the buffer, but needed to grade a few feet into the buffer in the buffer for the construction of a single-family home next to it. This sounded pretty reasonable. No one was really sure what to comment on regarding this, so we just heard about it and moved on. Our second odd item was a special event permit for Tie One On, which will be held at Monday Night Brewing on August 2nd to celebrate their second anniversary. Since events like this are routine at Monday Night Brewing, I did not know why this one in particular had been referred to the NPU. To be on the safe side, we voted to endorse it. This turned out to be a good idea since I was later mailed a form asking if we supported it. It seems like the city should have sent me that form before our meeting.

We had several routine business items on our June agenda. These included a residential subdivision in Riverside and four city-wide ordinances regarding the institution or increase of various fees. The increased fees will involve the installation of sidewalks, header curbs and driveway aprons, which the city has apparently been losing money on. Two of the new fees are intended to offset the costs of road maintenance. One of these is a pavement degradation fee that will be charged to contractors who tear up and then patch roads in order to access buried utilities. This seemed like a good idea, since the patches are invariably less durable than the pavement that they replace. It was not clear whether the city would charge this fee to its own watershed management department, which seems to be the biggest offender in this regard and is supported by a separate revenue stream. The other new road-related fee was a licensing fee for private trash collectors. Apparently, those big dumpster-emptying trucks are pretty hard on the roads. The last new fee was the fare schedule for the new streetcar. That is supposed to be free for its first month, so we will all get to decide whether it is actually worth paying for with our fares rather than our taxes. Of course we will have to pay for it either way.

In June, we did not hear the single- to multi-family rezoning case in Hills Park that I reported on last month. This has a ZRB date in August, so we deferred it to our July meeting. Folks in the neighborhood seem to be fairly receptive to it, having apparently forgotten that it is a nearly exact replica of a rezoning that they now regret. Institutional memory in neighborhood governance is pretty short.

I received two Beltline SAP applications in June. One of these was for the Fidelity bank that will be constructed on the old Salvation Army site at the corner of Antone and Howell Mill. My comments on that application are here. The other application is for the apartment complex that will be on the old Georgia Steel site next to the waterworks. I have not yet submitted my comments on that one.

BPNA Sidewalks
I did not receive any updates on our sidewalk project in June. Presumably the legislation that is now required for this has been inching its way through city bureaucracy. I hope that the cost of the project will not be impacted by the new side sidewalk fee schedule since its three-year delay was entirely due to the lethargy permeating our Department of Public Works, but I suspect that its ultimate cost will be whatever is easiest for the bureaucrat who pays the bills.

BPNA Beautification and Benches
We got a lot done on our beautification project in June. We installed four new benches – two at bus stops on the west side of Howell Mill, one in front of the apartment complex on Holmes Street, and one by the office park on Antone. Serendipitously, the city awarded us an additional $307 grant in June, which covered our entire promised cost-match for these benches, so they were free to us. The city will announce another round of NPU grants next month. Anyone with shovel-ready neighborhood improvement ideas that can be financed for $3,000 to $5,000 should let me know as soon as possible. If you keep quiet about them, they won’t get done.

We had a productive neighborhood cleanup day on June 28th. We cleaned up and landscaped at the NTB store on Howell Mill at Bellemeade, at the bus stop opposite Forrest Street, and at the Verner Street mini-park. The firemen pitched in by cleaning up the grounds at Station 23 and our neighbor Edwin pitched in by planting a topiary garden in front of his business, Luxury Auto Body, on the west side of Howell Mill just south of Forrest Street.

Neighborhood Commercial (NC) Rezoning
At our June BPNA meeting we voted to support the neighborhood commercial (NC) rezoning that we have proposed along Howell Mill Road. Underwood Hills will be considering a similar resolution in July, when we will also take up the topic at NPU-D. Hopefully we can get some legislation introduced this summer so that we can finally get this process moving. I sent a copy of our proposed NC zoning to ABI (the Beltline redevelopment agency) for their endorsement also. They have been effective at getting the Planning Office to behave proactively, which is a difficult trick. That might seem odd for an office that has “planning” in its name, but we must keep in mind that it also has “City of Atlanta” in its name.

The city has begun its road show with regard to the proposed infrastructure bond issuance that will be on our ballot next year. I have not been to one of these meetings yet, so I am not sure how much of their content is advocacy rather that sharing of information. The meeting in our area will be at the Senior Center on July 10th at 6pm. It is important for us to attend this meeting regardless of our feelings about the bond referendum and our voting intentions because we want to city to prioritize projects in our area, such as the widening of Huff Road and the extension of Northside Drive sidewalks, in the event that the referendum passes. It will also give us an opportunity to tell city officials that we will be keeping an eye on how this money is used or misused.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

Hollie Meyer, Secretary
June 17, 2014 – Senior Center
  1. Shooting / Recording Studio
    1. Victoria stated that parking and noise is a little better during the week, however weekends are still busy.
    2. Problem tenants are still in building
  2. Crime Watch
    1. Victoria will be the Captain for the neighborhood and will be looking for street captains and assistant captains.
    2. Neighborhood will need to be trained and certified
  3. Beautification
    1. Concrete pads for the benches have been poured and will be installed the weekend of June 21.
    2. Cleanup day will be Sat June 28 from 9 to noon
  4. Advanced Auto Parts
    1. Jacob has been in contact with Felicia Moors office regarding the right hand turn sign and large delivery trucks. Council member’s office is looking into regulations on this.
  5. Church
    1. Church on Howell Mill and Holmes is continually loud into the night with music outside. They are also parking up to the corner and by fire hydrant. Jacob has talked to their admin office, but will follow up with city on striping for no parking near corner.
  6. Jimmy Johns
    1. Broken ground
  7. Friends of Waterworks
    1. May event was successful with many in attendance
  8. Senior Dinner
    1. Set for Sunday, June 29 at Ron’s house
  9. NPU and Connect the Comet
    1. Barry Camack is the NPU rep for Berkeley Park.
    2. Connect the Comet will extend the Silver Comet trail to Atlanta Rd on the CSX line
    3. Barry motioned for “BP to support the connection to the comment trail”.  Jim second; 7 yes, 0 no       
  10. NC Zoning
    1. Jim motioned to “Have Felicia Moore’s office move forward with legislation with the current draft of the NC Zoning.” Jacob second; 7 yes, 0 no.
    2. Underwood Hills will vote on this at their next meeting.
    3. This involves zoning along Howell Mill.

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