September 3, 2020
I. Meeting called to order at 6:31 PM by President Rolanda Powell
II. Motion made and approved to forgo reading of minutes; minutes will be posted online instead.
III. President’s Report was given by Ms. Powell
A. Ms. Powell encouraged everyone to become familiar with the members of the executive board, their respective roles, and any vacant leadership positions.
B. Ms. Powell also used this time to review responses to the neighborhood engagement survey sent the week prior to the meeting.
C. A summary of responses/trends follows: A majority of respondents have been in the neighborhood five years or less. Most residents are concerned about the trash dumping, abandoned homes, walking paths and commercial development. Email is the preferred method of contact, and to that note, neighbors are encouraged to visit the CHNA website and FB page for other digital content. In terms of planned activities, a majority of neighbors are in favor of neighborhood clean-ups and would like to partner with community representatives/businesses for support. Monthly trash pick-ups were discussed, as well as the need for more trash receptacles along the DLC corridor near commercial properties. Alan Holmes of Councilmember Dustin Hillis commented that he would work with Councilmember Hillis to review the possibility of getting more trash receptacles near the MARTA stop along DLH.
D. CHNA clean-up day scheduled for Saturday, September 5th. Residents will meet at Johnnie B Moore at 10:00 AM to disperse supplies and coordinate route.
IV. Report of the Committees:
At this time, we are still in need of leadership for various committees. President Powell provided an overview of the committees as well as which ones have a vacant chair position. No other reports provided
A. Finance- Balance to date of CHNA treasury is $383
A. Alan Holmes, of Councilmember Dustin Hillis office shared important updates with CHNA. COVID testing is still being offered every Saturday in September and October from 903 at Springfield Baptist Church located at 1730 Hollywood Rd NW. The turnaround time for results is approximately 1-2 days, and it is a shallow nasal swab. They have currently tested over 3,000 people. In regards to the Atlanta Waterboys, City Council diverted $18,500 to Help Empower Youth nonprofit to inspire, motivate and mobilize these young men to economic success. Lastly, a temporary eviction moratorium is in place until December 31st. Renters are eligible if they earned less than $99,000 ($198,000 for couples).
B. Alfred Tucker shared information regarding a free virtual workshop and grant program for installation of rain gardens on private property. Sign up @ www.gacd.us/gcap. Workshop is on Sept 10.
C. Anyone interested in learning more about rain barrel collection can email DeeDee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adjourned 7:30 PM
Stormwater runoff is an environmental problems that exists in communities all over Atlanta, including Center Hill.
Stormwater runoff is precipitation that does not soak into the ground. When water runs off yards, streets and parking lots and into storm sewers it carries with it sediments that clog streams as well as chemicals that can render water supplies undrinkable. Runoff also contributes to flooding.
There are simple steps that can be taken to reduce stormwater runoff on the property of private citizens using green infrastructure methods. Community members can learn about these methods by attending a free virtual workshop sponsored by The Georgia Conservation Assistance Program (GCAP) on September 10. They will be provided information on green infrastructure practices on private property including rain gardens, cisterns, dry wells and more. Residents can register online by visiting www.gacd.us/gcap .
GCAP is also providing funding for the installation of rain gardens on residential property in Fulton County.
Please let Center Hill neighbors know about the workshop. Would you share this information on your facebook page and include the GCAP link? Also, the workshop flyer on the registration page can be printed out and distributed.
Thank you for taking this step for the good of the community you serve.
The deadline to complete the census is September 30th. You can respond by phone, email or online. Census data will be used to decide where funds go. Community projects such as parks, roads, hospitals will benefit people of all ages. For every resident not counted, Georgia stands to lose $1,800 per person in federal support for programs. It’s important that every resident BE COUNTED!!! It matters to our community!