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Meeting Minutes – March 2017

Meeting Date and Start Time Monday March 3rd 2014 at 6:39pm @ Community Grounds Coffee Shop

Todd Coyt from APD was present. He is the new Captain for Zone 3, his phone number is 404-558-3242.

16 crimes on the 309 beat. Mostly theft from cars.

Detective Paul from Zone 3 present. He came from Zone 4 and is new to Zone 3. To report any crimes to him or department feel free to call 404-230-6140.

No chase policy for dirt bikes. Police cannot chase dirt or motorbikes.

Katie Lewis spoke in reference to Youth Empowerment Committee.

Carver Cluster Initiative will have meetings and everyone is invited to come. 1st Saturday of every month

Sonoco Recycling Update. President Josh Noblitt informed everyone that a letter to the CEO of Sonoco was sent and should have been received today. The letter outlines the abuse that the recycling plant places on our community.

Pancake Breakfast on March 8th at the Gateway Center

Annual Kickball on May 17th location TBD.

End of minutes

Meeting Minutes – February 2017

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.


Meeting Minutes – June 2016

June 6th 2016

Call to Order – Chris McCord

Community Pride

  • Basketball Tournament Good turn out
  • Street Sweeper Cleaning Streets in South Atlanta
  • All Homes on Dorothy Sold
  • Roads being Paved

Community Reports

Police Representative – David Ferguson

  • Armed robbery at Check Cashing place
  • 1 Burglery reported in South Atlanta 305 Beat
  • Support of the foot beat, officers parking at gas station in Lakewood

Committee Reports


  • Progressive  Dinner coming up
  • Wave Campaign in effect


  • Samantha Scully organizing
  • Kickball Postponed till August 27th  2016
  • If you are interested in becoming a captain, you can sign up on the website later this week
  • samantha @


Community Forum

Senior Center is closing up and needs to be secured.

Georgia Voter Tax Survey to limit how much housing taxes can increase annually

Runoff election on July 24th


Meeting Adjourned

August 2011 Meeting Minutes

August 1, 2011

Russell welcomed everyone to the meeting at 6:40 PM and called for a moment of silence.

Community Pride

Russell asked Fran to speak on the recent 1st annual Southern Fried Kickin’ Kickball Tournament. Fran reported that we had 80 adults participate on a total of 7 teams with an estimated 30-50 onlookers/cheer leaders throughout the day. Everyone ended the day looking forward to the next tournament – which will be held either in the Fall or Spring. The tournament raised $600 – and are looking to use the funds for other social events. Photos of the event are on the South Atlanta Civic League Facebook page.

The minutes from the August SACL meeting were read. Rakestraw moved to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded and passed.

Community Reports

Police Representatives – Officer Browning reported that Lt. Sheffield has been moved to properties. Lt. Mormon will attend future meetings. The stats were not available due to the meeting falling on the 1st of the month. Officer Browning will see that the crime stats get emailed to Russell.  She reported to have good leads on both the Lakewood shooting, as well as 187 Moury homicide. She also reported that the main problem crime wise seems to be with property and copper thieves. Someone on Brown Avenue saw a suspect loading his vehicle with copper. The Brown resident called 911 and followed the suspect to Green Recycling. The suspect had left by the time the police arrived, though thanks to the detailed description by the Brown Avenue resident he was caught. Unfortunately the police were not able to ascertain where the copper came from and due to strict property owner laws were therefore not able to press charges off copper theft.

Hints from Officer Browning:

  • If you have an a/c unit spray paint the coils. Mark your copper, so that the police can trace it back to your property.
  • Dodge vehicles need to especially be secured – suggested a bar for the steering wheel or a cap for the battery that can turn the battery on or off.
  • The State has to come up with a law to help the police hold recycling centers accountable for taking stolen copper.
  • “Clean Car Campaign” – take EVERYTHING out of your car.
  • Banishment – has to be included in sentencing of criminals. Talk to the prosecutor about including this.

A comment was raised on the floor about how many cars had been broken into on Bisbee, but calls were not made to 911 as residents didn’t think the police would respond.

Local Elected Officials –  Sheryl Bennett with Carla Smith’s office got up to speak. She praised the recent kickball tournament and our efforts to spread the word out to our community and surrounding communities. She promised to have Carla Smith’s office help spread the word about the upcoming festival. She also wanted to make sure that everyone knew that August 2nd (Tuesday) was the going to be sanitation day.

As a neighbor, Sheryl Bennett wanted to let the SACL know that there is a lot working against the police.  Due to the strict law, the police have to have the property owner information to file a report. We need to make sure we give the police all the information we can get. Also need to consider lobbying the state government to change laws. She recommended researching the laws that were set in place to hold pawnshops accountable.  She said that the neighborhood lobbying – everyone getting mad – would definitely help the efforts.

Community Reports

  • Beautification – Jeff reported that he would be having an informational meeting on Friends of the Park for the South Atlanta Park at Community Grounds August 13th at 10 am. Chris reported that there will be at least one more August clean up with a dumpster. Chris also encouraged gardeners to check out the Kimpson Community Garden on Thirkield Avenue.
  • Public Safety – Jason reported that due to personal reasons he needed to step down as the head of the committee. Russell thanked him and said he knew the community could still count on Jason for help; he then asked the body if anyone desired to lead the committee.
  • Youth Empowerment – Mandi was not at the meeing.
  • Socials – Kristi reported on the upcoming South Atlanta Social to be held on October 22nd at the South Atlanta Park. She distributed fliers with information, as well as with t-shirt designs. Fran also reported that other social ideas were in the works – including a progressive dinner party, South Atlanta at the drive-in, and a holiday dinner party. Katie reported on the 2nd annual street treat. She asked for volunteers.
  • Community Development – Russell reported on an opportunity for South Atlanta to have a boot camp in the park on Saturday mornings at 10 am starting in September.

Community Business

Jeremy Crute presented his South Atlanta GIS project.

Community Forum

Ina Williams made an announcement about an after-school Art & Cultural Program at Southbend Park. Contact for more information.

Cathy Taylor reported on an upcoming crime prevention workshop. She also reported that keep our post office from closing that we will need to a community wide petition and turn it into Post Office in DC.

Ms. Mary Porter reported on the South Atlanta Study Hall which starts back September 6th. It is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30 PM.

Russell introduced Katherine Hankins and Andy Walter as the professors who partnered with Charis Community Housing to oversee Jeremy Crute’s project. He opened up the floor to questions and comments on the GIS Map of South Atlanta.

Russell asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. A motion was made, seconded and passed. The meeting ended at 8:06 PM.

July 2011 Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2011

Due to the 4th of July following on the 1st Monday of the month, per the by-laws the July meeting was held on the following Monday.

Russell Hopson was absent, so Chris McCord called the meeting to order n his behalf with a moment of reflection. Chris McCord had everyone turn to their neighbors and say ‘you live in South Atlanta – the best neighborhood where you are safe and loved.’

Community Pride

Sam Delp has a new bike.

Community Reports

Lt. Sheffield gave a report.

 • 1397 Blashfield was served a warrant on a suspected chop shop. John Lattimore was charged. Stolen cars were found there. However, the other owner – Keith Hayes at the site appears to be running a legitimate business.

• 3 arrests were made at 46 Bowen. Metal thieves were spotted by a passing patrol.

• 1364 Lakewood had a shooting robbery. A warrant has been issued.

• There was a homicide at Lakewood and Jonesboro.

Committee Reports

• Beautification: Jeff is starting a Park Pride to adopt South Atlanta Park. It needs resources and ideas. Kristie said if money comes from the social we want to put it into the park.

• Socials: was pushed to the community business.

• The leaders for the public safety, youth empowerment, and community development were absent.

Community Business

The South Atlanta Southern Fried Kickball Tournament is THIS Saturday. Chosewood, Pittsburg, Lakewood Heights, A-Tow, and Community Grounds are all participating. It will be held on the baseball fields at Carver High School. Concessions will be sold.

Chris McCord reviewed the new sanitation schedule. As of August 1st sanitation will be picked up on Tuesday. Community Forum Chris reminded the body of the upcoming NPU-Y meeting and encouraged everyone to attend the kickball tournament.

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