South Atlanta Civic League

February 6, 2017

Call to Order by Josh Noblitt. The body paused for a moment of reflection.

Community Pride – Witherspoons had a baby! An entire movie was filmed in South Atlanta! Welcome Krista and family!

Community Reports

Local Elected Officials – Sasha from Marvin Arrington’s office – Shout out to police department for decreasing crime at local gas stations. Essay/Film contest for students during Black History Month – deadline is this Friday.

City Council Rep Carla Smith asking state to allow “transfer of blighted properties.” Writing Carla and State Representatives to support this effort. Is offering help with small business permits and getting fees waived as our neighborhood qualifies. Beware companies sending notes saying they want to buy your house. Make sure community is not afraid. Urban Food Forest in Atlanta is the first in the state and largest in the country. We got a grant to buy this public land and there is always something in bloom in a food forest. Feb 18 is next class. Streets Alive is April 23. EcoDepot at CHARM on April 15 (9-1).

Police Reports – No officer present.

Committee Reports

Code Enforcement – Rick Sakaske has pursued 32 Moury, which had a fire. 

Sonoco Task Force – Kim Bego reported that the January meeting with plant managers was rescheduled to March 9. Fencing has gone up, which has helped with appearance and containing trash. And Sonoco has 2 full time people cleaning up around the plant. 

Community Business

Atlanta Community Food Bank – Team of 9 people from SAtlanta came up with list of priorities for healthy food in our community that ACFB will focus on for the next 12-18 months. Priority #1 – Cooking classes/club – membership based – utilize store – and meet monthly to food prep. Opportunity to encourage healthy recipes, build connectedness. Priority #2 – Attracting a large grocery store to the neighborhood. Would allow Carver Market to specialize. Larger grocery would have expanded shopping hours and more jobs. Talking to city about creating tax incentives or leveraging current ones. Priority #3 – Community Gardens/Production Farms. Want to increase access to fresh foods, keep money in our community. Community gardens struggle to sustain themselves, though they are considering a production-based model that may be able to pay someone and then produce a product that could be sold (i.e. a salsa garden – tomatoes, peppers, etc).

Elections – SACL has 6 officers, and Rick is introducing nominations:

  1. President – Josh Noblitt
  2. Vice President – Kimberlee Jones
  3. Secretary – Sherika Woods
  4. Asst Secretary – James Baptiste
  5. Treasurer – Michelle Witherspoon
  6. Parlimentarian – Chris McCord

Russell Hopson put forth a motion to accept the entire slate as proposed. Slate was unanimously passed by a show of hands. Zero in opposition and no abstentions.

Community Forum

  • Partnership with local nonprofit to plant trees along Lakewood. There will be a planting day March 4th.
  • NPU-Y meeting is moved this month for the holiday and will be Feb 20th.
  • Dues are due next meeting.
    • $35/individual
    • $25/seniors
    • $50/2-person household

Meeting adjourned.