The NPU M Public Safety committee meets at 6:30 PM tonight at Southface – 241 Pine St. Atlanta Ga. 30308.
See you all tonight at Southface!
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
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.
The Atlanta Police Citizens Academy will conduct training. Classes are Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm. Must apply to attend. Call 404.209.5250 or email email@example.com.
The regular land use meeting has been rescheduled due to last weeks inclement weather. The meeting will be held:
Bylaws require 48 hours notice for a meeting. There will be no Executive Committee meeting on this date
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Matthew Jones, Vice Chair
NEXT STEPS and committee discussion summaries:
Next meeting: February 25, 5pm at Cosby Spear highrise – 4th Wednesday
Next meeting: February 12, 7pm at Condesa Coffee
CD / HR (Community Development and Human Resources)
Next meeting: February 16, 3pm at TBD location
Next meeting: February 25, 5pm at Cosby Spear highrise – 4th Wednesday
Committee on Council
Next Meeting: February 24, 5:30pm at Condessa Coffee Shop – 4th Monday
Land Use / Zoning
Next meeting: February 10, 6pm at Atlanta Medical Center Pavilion
Next meeting: February 6, 6:30pm at Helene Mills Senior Center
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
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.
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.
For more information click here.
Please see attached update from GDOT regarding the Spring Street Viaduct replacement. The current bridge is 92 years old and past its useful life. Detours will begin Fall 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.