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NPU-M neighborhood associations

Link your Kroger Plus Card to Support: Operation Peace, Hope Hill Elementary or Intown Academy

Are you aware of this Kroger Program and that Operation Peace, Hope Hill Elementary, and Intown Academy are listed as choices to receive funds? All one has to do is link your Kroger rewards card with your choice and they get a little something every time you shop. This is such an easy and wonderful way to get funds to our schools or  Operation Peace.

How many Kroger shoppers are in NPU-M?  (Plenty!)

Let’s  spread the word

https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

It’s coming – Spring Street Bridge will close in September for 3 years

Georgia DOT will replace the structurally deficient Spring Street viaduct (bridge) over the CSX railroad in downtown Atlanta.  The project is on Spring Street between Mitchell Street and Marietta Street, including Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Forsyth Street and Spring Street. 

Total construction is estimated to take 36 months. The project was let in October 2013. Based on a November 2013 Notice to Proceed, the scheduled completion date is November 2016.

Read more about the project by clicking here

Detour Route

NOTICE: Landuse Rescheduled

The regular land use meeting has been rescheduled due to last weeks inclement weather. The meeting will be held:

  • Wednesday February 19, 2014
  • 6:00PM
  • Keller Williams Realty Intown
    • 621 North Avenue NE C50
    • Atlanta, GA 30308
    • Enter through the back/southern entrance of the Southern Dairies complex. Nicole Levine and/or Fiona Sites-Bowen will be there early to help guide people.

Bylaws require 48 hours notice for a meeting.  There will be no Executive Committee meeting on this date

Agenda:  NPU-M Land Use Special – February 2014 

Summary of NPU M Retreat, February 1, 2014 — involvement, engagement, volunteering, committees

Thank you all for sharing your time, your passion, and your ideas! You made Saturday’s retreat a resounding success for Neighborhood Planning Unit M! About 50 neighbors came out from all over our NPU, several from surrounding NPUs (X, V, and Z), an at-large council member took part (Andre Dickens, Post 3), Jay Tribby came from our District 2 council member’s (Kwanza Hall) office, and our District 4 council member (Cleta Winslow) gave $200 to defray costs for the retreat. Several seniors came, several millennials, lots of us in between them in age, and one committee ended with hugs all round between some excited millennials and seniors.

Structure: Each committee discussed possible priorities for the coming year, and the flip charts from those conversations are attached here. Committees will always be open to your input, just like the General Body meetings. Each neighborhood will have one vote on each committee, but any resident, business owner, or organization representative within the NPU M boundary will be heard. The committees will be reporting to and advising the General Body and Executive Committee on issues brought to them by neighbors and the representatives appointed by each neighborhood association. They’ll also be following issues and legislation pending before their respective City Council committees and reporting back to us. Committees will choose their officers soon, and will have a chair, vice chair, and secretary. For more information on our committee structure and operation, our bylaws and rules can be downloaded here.  Scroll down for summaries of each committee’s work from the retreat.

How to get involved and stay informed: Contact vicechair@npumatlanta.org for more information on how you can get involved — it’s not all just meetings, there’s lots of ways to be part of making NPU M and our neighborhoods even better. We’ll continue to be in touch by email, our website (npumatlanta.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/npumatlanta), and on Twitter (@NPU_M). And be sure to check back here and come to our monthly meetings for more information, too! The fourth Monday of each month, at 6:30 PM, we meet as a General Body of the entire membership — at Helene Mills Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
Don’t hesitate to contact us! You can sign up to get our email updates using the tool on our webpage.

Sincerely,

Matthew Jones, Vice Chair
vicechair@npumatlanta.org

NEXT STEPS and committee discussion summaries:

Utilities
Next meeting: February 25, 5pm at Cosby Spear highrise – 4th Wednesday

  • Reduce energy usage by turning light poles off during the day
  • Areas of interest
    • Airport
    • Street Abandonment

Education
Next meeting: February 12, 7pm at Condesa Coffee

  • Title I Funding on Day 1 of school year.
  • Hope Hill Playground – Phase I – City Park Playground II & III – APS property
  • Superintendent Search
  • Allocation of resources – Budgeting
  • Centennial Conversion from Public to Charter
  • Inman Middle & Grady capacity issues and solutions
  • Mentor Program / Parent Involvement
  • Elementary School Partnerships i.e. Hope Hill Elementary and Morningside
  • Access to APS facilities not in use
    • Howard Gym
    • Howard Field
    • Walden Field
  • Meetings with Board of Education Members
    • Leslie Grant
    • Courtney English
    • Cynthia Briscoe-Brown
    • John Esteves
    • Matt Westmoreland

CD / HR (Community Development and Human Resources)
Next meeting: February 16, 3pm at TBD location

  • Temporary shelter for homeless
  • Codify process of when to open
  • Warming centers
  • Atlanta Workforce Development (quarterly reporting)
  • Invest Atlanta (quarterly reporting)
  • For funding of economic development
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Jobs!
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum
  • Atlanta Housing Authority
  • BeltLine

Transportation
Next meeting: February 25, 5pm at Cosby Spear highrise – 4th Wednesday

  • Street Usage
  • Movement of vehicles
  • Parking
  • Road Safety / Pedestrian Sidewalks / ADA Compliance
  • Repair of Sidewalks
  • City streets vs. State routes
  • The Gulch / MMPT (Multi-modal Passenger Terminal) – Infrastructure of viaducts
    • Transit connections (MARTA / suburban coaches)
    • Transit economic stimulus (Streetcar / port of Savannah)
  • Bicycle paths
    • BeltLine cycle tracks

Committee on Council
Next Meeting: February 24, 5:30pm at Condessa Coffee Shop – 4th Monday

  • ½ of committee attending APAB Leadership Training
  • “Watchdog” + “Oversight” of council
  • Personal passions as a focus
  • Meet + Greet with Mary Norwood
  • Keep track of council agenda and documentation (disseminate to NPU M committees)
  • Recruit from 4th & SAND and Marietta Street Artery

Land Use / Zoning
Next meeting: February 10, 6pm at Atlanta Medical Center Pavilion

  • New monthly meeting time TBD (proposed 4th Thursday)
  • Events
    / Festivals & Permits (back up from city on apps)
  • New Zoning Ordinance Process
  • Process / Relationships with applicants
  • Ordinances on zoning from council
  • Set back variances
  • Members

Public Safety
Next meeting: February 6, 6:30pm at Helene Mills Senior Center

  • Sub commitee that does strategy
  • Less than 50% of the meeting will be devoted to what has happened in the pass
  • Mini task forces – example add camera’s to APD systems
  • Analysis and prioritizes social media and compare to APD report ( for example the person’s who home in Auburn area…we should have reached out that person and gotten them a face to face with APD)
  • Coordinate and create a relationship with private patrols in NPUM
  • Bring all video stream into private to identify who are our offenders
  • Fire safety – identify seniors and others that need smoke alarms and batteries – Volunteer outing for time change with Fire Department
  • Boulevard and Ralph Mc Gill – kids have to walk around the street to get to school (look at maybe having a patrol to assist)
  • Code enforcement – each neighborhood create their own list
  • Topic Meeting – Business
  • Know your neighbors
  • Public Safety around public feeding (code and other violations)
  • Connect Land Use to add a list of neighborhood issues and add safety

National Park Foundation Grants Available

Active Trails

The Active Trails program promotes healthy living by literally getting people out and active on the trails — whether hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, or volunteering to help improve existing trails or to build new ones. This NPF signature program grants parks the opportunity to develop a community engagement platform through restoration work, recreational activities, and large-scale kickoff and celebration events. Among other goals, the program aligns with “Healthy Parks/Healthy Living” initiatives and, with the goals of the National Trails System leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2018, which encompass increasing public awareness, building and enhancing trails, and enhancing management capacity by Federal agencies. The 2014 Active Trails program is being made possible through the generous support of Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola Foundation

To apply for a grant click here
Grant applications due: Friday, March 7, 2014
Questions: Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at chill@nationalparks.org

Park Stewards

The Park Stewards program launched in 2009. The program gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore the relevance of national parks to their lives, and enables them to become civically engaged stewards of their national parks. Through the program model, high school teachers and park rangers team up to develop curriculum and service-learning activities that tie to the national park and applicable state standards. The curriculum and service-learning activities are then implemented throughout the year with the high school students and revised through the fall and spring semesters. Through the service-learning activities, the students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills (in addition to physical skills as appropriate) to address genuine needs of the park. The 2014-2015 Park Stewards program is being made possible through the generous support of the University of Phoenix and the National Park Foundation.

To apply for a grant click here.
Grant applications due: Friday, March 14, 2014
Questions: Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at chill@nationalparks.org

 America’s Best Idea

Now entering its sixth year, the America’s Best Idea grants program is an NPF signature program meant to engage diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspire participants to become stewards of our national park system. The original goal of the program was to capitalize on the 2009, 12-hour Ken Burns film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, as a catalyst for connecting under-represented audiences with their national parks. This program has evolved into a successful model for national parks to engage multi-cultural, multi-ethnic groups of all ages, and to inspire their future stewardship of our national parks. At its core, it is a community engagement program with an emphasis on underserved youth.

To apply for a grant click here.
Grant applications due: Friday, March 21, 2014
Questions: Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at chill@nationalparks.org

For more information click here.

New City Alarm Ordinance – Deadline to register is 2.1.14

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled in route. These calls represent more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. With every call taking an average of 20-30 minutes, the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters.

Neighborhood Leadership Training 2014

Please mark your calendars to attend a Neighborhood Leadership Training. This training is on:

  • Date:  Saturday February 8, 2014
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • City Hall Committee Room 2
  • 55 Trinity

RSVP by calling 404.827.8011 or emailing apabatlanta@gmail.com.

For more information download the attached file.

APAB Neighborhood Leadership Training 020814

Atlanta False Alarm Ordinance – Register by February 1, 2014

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled in route. These calls represent more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. With every call taking an average of 20-30 minutes, the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters.

Fines assessed for false alarms.

Read the entire press release by clicking here

APD False Alarm flyer