Archive for March, 2013

March 2013 Meeting Minutes

South Atlanta Civic League

Monday March 4, 2013


Bethlehem Center

Meeting was called to order by President Russell Hopson at 6:40pm

Members in attendance 18

Time of adjournment 7:37pm

Kore Bridges, Assistant Secretary, prepared the minutes

New officers were announced for 2013-2014

It was mentioned that the blue house on the corner of Lansing and Gammon has been purchased and is being renovated.

President Russell Hopson stated he will be working closely with United Way for Non-profit operation purposes.

APD officers Vickers and Lt. Culberson were present, Lt. Culberson replaces Lt. Mormon. Vacant property burglary one of the main problems in our community.

April 27th Hazardous waste intake and tires at Turner Field from 9am to 1pm.

Membership dues are due, $35.00 for single member and $50.00 per 2 person household.

Fran presented the proposed 2013 budget, the budget will be voted on at the April meeting. Any conflicts or suggestions should be addressed before the April meeting.

South Atlanta   Civic League 2013 Proposed Budget
Type Activity Month Est. Cost Income
Fundraiser Kickball/ Kickball After Party April/May $750 $2,000
Social Progressive Dinner June $150 $0
Fundraiser Neighborhood T-shirt   Sales July $250 $500
Social SACL Movie Nights (2) July/August $100 $0
Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast September $200 $200
Social Treat Street October $300 $0
Social Thanksgiving Gift   Baskets/Cards November $100 $0
Social Christmas Party December $400 $0
Social Hug Fund Ongoing $150 $0
Social Cleanup Budget (Earth   Day) Ongoing $100 $0
Administrative Business License Ongoing $400 $0
Fundraiser House Signs Ongoing $0 $400
Social Fall Family Fun Day TBD $200 $0
TBD Misc. TBD $100 $0
Social/Fundraiser Paint Social TBD $0 TBD
Membership Membership Ongoing $0 $400
Total $3,200 $3,500

Upcoming Fall events include Family Fun Day, Paint Social, Pancake breakfast and Progressive Dinner Part 2

LCI Lakewood Core team meeting Thursday March 7th@ The Birdine Center 6pm

Street signs for Brown & Lansing,McDonough, Jonesboro & Thayer and McDonough & Grape are missing; not missing and need to be put up; or turned the wrong way.

$3100.00 currently in the account

Kickball tournament 1st or 2nd week in May.

February 2013 Meeting Minutes

South Atlanta Civic League – February 4, 2013

Russell Hopson opened the meeting with welcome and moment of silence.

Community Pride – Geri Colvard praised the removal of a tree at Lansing Avenue and Bisbee Avenue which had been causing problems. A visitor shared she liked the branding of South Atlanta throughout the community. Ron Clark shared that the Ron Clark Academy has trained their 15000th teacher and is grateful to be in South Atlanta.

Community Reports:
Chief Finley and Officer Vickers from COPS represented APD. Chief Finley is now over the Community Service Division and wants to support communities and make sure officers are engaging in the community. Chief Finley’s cell phone is 404.538.4650. He also address concerns about the Price Middle School shooting and encouraged the community to keep calling 911 when seeing suscipious activity.

Sheryl Bennett from District One reported on the Lakewood Livable Communities Initiative. He encouraged neighbors to complete a survey about the Lakewood LCI at This is a study sponsored by ARC to lay a foundation for future development of Atlanta’s southside communities.

Russell Hopson encouraged the body to sign up for new committees for the new year.

Russell Hopson shared that during the January SACL meeting the Ron Clark Academy had requested two variance for new construction on their campus. The SACL passed one and tabled one until the community was able to get more information about the project. RCA invited SACL’s VP Josh Noblitt to participate with on their building committee. After attending the meetings, Josh feels confident about the plans being in the best interest of South Atlanta. There was a motion to grant the variance for reduced parking on the RCA campus. The motion passed with 9 for and 0 against. RCA will be coming back to the body for the approval of consolidation of some lots at a future date.

Kore Bridges spoke about the Lakewood LCI. Kore is on the LLCI Core Team. Kore distributed surveys about the LLCI and encouraged the body to complete the survey so South Atlanta will be represented well in the process.

Geri Colvard led the elections process. She read the report from the Nominations Committee (see attached). The following slate of 2013-2014 officers was presented:
President – Russell Hopson
Vice President – Josh Noblitt
Treasurer – Fran Carroll
Secretary – Katie Delp
Assistant Secretary – Kore Bridges
Parliamentarian – Chris McCord

Each nominee spoke briefly. Kristi Wood raised concerned about the nominations committee and discussion ensued. Votes were cast by paper ballot with Geri Colvard and Ron Clark counting the votes. All of the officers were elected by the body as presented.

Russell Hopson announced that a 2013 calendar and budget would be presented at the March meeting. He reminded the body to pay their dues for 2013.

Fran Carroll announced that the Social and Fundraising Committee would be meeting the following Thursday at 5:30pm at Community Grounds.

Donna Barber asked about the process for submitting items for the SACL budget.

Cynthia Pearson asked SACL to write an official letter to Atlanta Public Schools about truancy and safety concerns around the school. Discussion ensued.

Russell Hopson adjourned the meeting.

January 2013 Meeting Minutes

South Atlanta Civic League – January 7, 2013

Russell Hopson opened the meeting with a moment of silence and reflection.

Community Pride – Lt Moorman shared that Zone 3 led the city in crime prevention. Chris McCord shared that all but one house on Gammon Avenue have the South Atlanta house signs mounted. There was also rejoicing about December’s holiday party.

Josh Noblitt led the police report. Lt. Moorman reported that there were very few crimes in South Atlanta in December. APD continues to work with truancy around Carver HS. Residents raised concerns about teens congregating behind 75 Gammon Avenue.

Claire Farley asked the body to complete a Community Concerns Survey. She reported that the DAs office will focusing on commercial burglary and gang education in 2013.

Scott Zoeller from the Ron Clark Academy presented drawings for a setback variance and parking exception for the RCA campus expansion. Conversation ensued about the amount of parking that would be needed and the use of land along Jonesboro Road. Leroy Barber asked about having a representative from SACL on the RCA building committee. Mr. Zoeller said he would follow up with RCA. There was a motion to extend the setback variance. The motion passed. The parking lot variance was tabled until next month to gather more information from RCA.

Leroy Barber reported on behalf of the Nominations Committee. The slate of nominated offices for 2013-2014 are:
President – Russell Hopson
Vice President – Josh Noblitt
Treasurer – Fran Carroll
Secretary – Katie Delp
Assistant Secretary – Kore Bridges
Parliamentarian – Chris McCord

There was a motion to accept the slate of officers. The motion passed. Elections will be at the February meeting.

Russell Hopson reminded members to pay due for 2013.

Katie Delp announced that Wesley International Academy had open their 2013-14 enrollment for all children in APS.

Cande Taylor announced that Wesley Community Centers has moved their offices into the Bethlehem Senior Center.

Michelle Witherspoon asked about the solicitors at the University Exit at 75/85.

Lucious Rakestraw said there was a street sign down at Brown Avenue and Lansing Avenue. Larry Witherspoon volunteered to help fix the sign.

Russell Hopson adjourned the meeting.

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