Vote: Your Voice, Your Choice!

The Be Proactive Early Voting Initiative is offering free bus rides to the polls during early voting. The buses are to transport voters to the State Farm Arena, where the wait time is very minimal.

Early voting begins October 12 and ends October 30. To view the dates,times and locations of bus departures, click on Bus Schedule.

Call 404-824-8342 to request a ride to the poll on Saturday, October 17th and 24th.

RETURN YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
Your absentee ballot must be received by the Department of Registration & Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

• If returning your absentee ballot by mail, the USPS strongly encourages voters to mail their ballots by October 27, 2020, at least 7 days before the election.
• You may also return your absentee ballot in one of the Fulton County Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes.

You may not return your absentee ballot at your polling place.

ABSENTEE BALLOT DROPBOX:
Click here to locate an absentee ballot dropbox where you may drop your completed absentee ballot application.

Vote: Your Voice, Your Choice!

CHNA Meeting Minutes 10-1-2020

October 1, 2020

       I.          Meeting called to order at 6:30 PM by Vice President Addie Calhoun in light of Pres. Powell absence.

    II.         October meeting agenda was accepted; purpose statement read. Minutes were read.

  III.        President’s Report was given by Ms. Calhoun

 A.  Ms. Calhoun provided a video recap of neighborhood clean-up. It was suggested that we consider scheduling another clean-up during the MLK Holiday in observance of the “Day On- Not a Day Off” movement.

          IV.        Report of the Committees:

A.      Beautification: Welcome to Miranda Blais. Miranda will be spearheading the beautification committee and has requested that neighbors email MirandaBlais@gmail.com to share suggestions and assist with coordination of events.

B.   Communication: The official CHNA shirts have been designed and you can now place your order. As of today, only 7 shirts have been reserved, and we would like to order shirts this month. In order to multiply the impact of the monetary gift to be used for t-shirts, Jason would like the neighbors to consider reallocating some of the t-shirt donation money to secure yard signs promoting CHNA. So that we honor the donor intent, and with the full support of the association by an 8-10 vote, Jason will work to get Mr. Abebe’s approval. As a cost savings and beautification measure, neighbors are encouraged to grab unauthorized “We buy homes” signs so we can recycle the metal stakes. Residents are also able to grab voting signs after election day. 

C.  Education: No report. Open position.

 D. Environmental: Ben Norman Letter of Intent Form for Community Building + Legacy Grants was filed on 9/1/2020. The grant award is for $25,000. The application indicates that CHNA needs assistance with clearing out undergrowth and building walking/biking trails through the wooded areas; adding walking paths connected by a few bridges over Proctor Creek to create easy access between existing ball fields; adding bicycle racks to front entrance. Individuals at Park Pride suggested that the first phase include creating “mini trails” (about 990 feet long, 4’ wide trail) through walking areas by clearing out the area by basketball pavilion and run parallel against Proctor Creek. The estimated cost is about $20 per foot to clear. There’s about 30 acres ripe for trail access. If the city clears the land, it’s up to the neighborhood to maintain it. (We may be able to enlist high school kids for community service projects to help maintain.) The official application is due November 1st. November 8th is presentation date to City of Atlanta Park and Rec. Next step: Ben, on behalf of the Environmental Committee needs a letter of support from CHNA and NPU-J.

       A motion was introduced to officially submit project on behalf of CHNA. Motion carried.

 CHNA voted to submit an official letter of support on behalf of CHNA to Park Pride as part of our application (along      with letter from NPU-J)

E. Public Safety: In regards to the uptick in gunshots heard around the community, a discussion was had regarding what measures the city has put in place to correct this. Since “Shot Spotter” hasn’t been that effective, we should look into a way to track this at a neighborhood level. The idea of a members only area on the website to document gunshots on Google Forms as opposed to a forward-facing FB document. Jason Davis and Chris Bartlett will explore a prototype and ways to deidentify data and protect the privacy of neighbors. CHNA is still in need of someone to chair this committee.

 D. Finance: Balance 383.70. Pay dues online at centerhillatl.com

E. Zoning: No zoning updates

V. New Business

  1. The Bylaws Committee (Addie Calhoun, Chris Bartlett) provided an overview of the revisions to the bylaws to better facilitate voting next month. Suspend rules that would prohibit neighbors from voting due to the COVID pandemic. The annual $12 membership due will be voluntary and not affect eligibility for voting. All members in attendance at the November 2020 meeting will be able to vote. Qualification of officers: must have attended at least 2 of the regular meetings within the last 12 months. Voting will be done virtually. 
  2. Officer Nominating Committee consists of the following neighbors: Gail Character, Gwen Lee, Aline Malone-Farrar

Meeting adjourned at 7:53 PM

2020 General Election Information

CALLING ALL VOTERS!!
The Official National Election Day for the President of the United States and Congress made up of the  United States Senate and House of Representatives is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
This is also the date of election of State Senators and Representatives.

Before we get to November, we have some major dates to observe and actions to complete.
September 29, First Presidential Debate
October 5 is the Last Day to Register to Vote.  Georgia offers on-line voter registration at registertovote.sos.ga.gov

October 7,  Voice Presidential Debate
October 11- Early Voting begins
October 24- Saturday Early Voting in all Counties
October 30- Deadline for Returning Absentee Ballots
October 30- Last Day of Early Voting

Poll Workers are needed and training will be made available to all agreeing to serve. Check with the Fulton County Elections Office at 404-612-4000. 
Other activities include the following:
Check Your Voter Registration Status at:   www.mvp.sos.ga.gov       OR           Vote.org

Research candidates on your sample ballot at vote411.org
Check to make sure that each of your family members and friends who is eligible to vote 

  • is registered to vote
  • knows how s/he will vote: Early,  Absentee Ballot, or In Person on Election Day
  •  have requested, received and returned his or her absentee ballot

Encourage all who you know to VOTE EARLY!!

CHNA Meeting Minutes 9-3-2020

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

  V. Announcements:

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 imperialsouthco@gmail.com

Adjourned 7:30 PM

Free Rain Garden Webinar & Grand Program

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. 

2020 Census: Be Counted

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!

P-EBT Program for Families

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has launched an online application for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help to families of children who would normally have received free or reduced school meals from March to May, 2020. If your child(ren) received free or reduced price lunch as of March 2020, they’re  eligible to receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)  

Families will receive a one-time allotment of $256.50 in P-EBT benefits per child. For more information about P-EBT and other frequently asked questions, visit https://dfcs.georgia.gov/pandemic-electronic-benefit-transfer

Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits will have 60 days from the date the application opens to request benefits. 

Need more information?

For state P-EBT general information, email customer_services_dfcs@dhs.ga.gov

For state P-EBT general information phone number: 404-657-3433

If you need any help or have any questions, call the Benefits Outreach team at 678-553-5917.