Minutes for the Lake Claire Neighbors Monthly Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
7:15 PM at the Frazer Center, Rose Room
1815 Ponce de Leon Ave NE • Atlanta, GA 30307
Meet and greet your neighbors started at 7:00 PM.
Pizza (compliments of Savage Pizza) The Lake Claire Neighbors Association (LCN) is very grateful to this local business for its generous support.
The meeting began at 7:15 PM.
People in attendance: 20 members, 3 guests
Officers attending: Kathie Ryan, Safety, Carol Holiday, NPU, Jim Rockaway, Treasurer, Sara Rockaway, Fundraising, Melissa Pressman, Environment, Robin Singer, Zoning Annsley Klehr, Education Chair
City representatives: Natalyn Archibong, Councilmember, District 5, Lieutenant Floyd, APD Zone 6, Valencia Hudson, Representative for Natalyn Archibong, Otis Threatt, Representative for Caesar Mitchell, Vice President, Atl. City Council
Councilmember Archibong made a special announcement about a $500,000 grant award for improvements in Lake Claire Park (LCP). Last year she assisted the LCN to obtain a $40,000 master plan study for LCP, which was necessary for the above type of funding. Members at the meeting expressed their great appreciation for all her efforts on behalf of Lake Claire.
Lt. Floyd reported that the crime level in Lake Claire was down compared to this time last year. He added that his officers are continuing to patrol and keep vigilant.
Valencia Hudson reported that implementation of stop signs on Clifton Rd. and McLendon was in progress.
Otis Threatt greeted the members on behalf of Councilmember Mitchell and handed out SLOW DOWN signs for residential streets.
LCN officer reports:
Safety – Kathie Ryan also reported that crime was down and that having the Candler Park/Lake Claire Security Patrol should be considered a contributing factor.
NPU – Carol Holliday updated the variance situation for 545 Hardendorf Ave. Although the builder requested a second deferral for a hearing at the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), scheduled for Nov., so far no plans for review have been submitted. Hopefully another deferment will be requested but if not interested neighbors should be prepared to attend the BZA meeting for Thurs., Nov. 10 beginning at 12:00 pm at City Hall to express opposition to the variance request.
Treasurer’s Report – Jim Rockaway gave the following:
Our bank accounts at BOND as of Oct., 2016 were:
Mural Fund: $4,237
Greenspace fund dedicated to improvements for Lake Claire Park: $3000
LCN Savings acct: $5,456 LCN Checking acct: $4,286 Total LCN funds: $9,742
100 Paid-up members as of Oct.
Education Chair – Annsley Klehr reminded members about the upcoming election’s effect on education.
Calendar of Lake Claire activities:
Annual Lake Claire Halloween parade, Sat., Oct. 29 starting at 5:00 pm at Marlbrook and Ridgewood Ave. Lake Claire Land Trust and LCN Arts and Crafts Sale, Sat., Dec. 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Atrium of the Frazer Center. Annual LCN Christmas Potluck dinner, Thurs., Dec. 15 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Atrium of the Frazer Center. N.B. This event will take the place of the regular LCN meeting for Dec.
The variance request for 440 Hardendorf Ave to reduce the side yard setback from 7 ft. to 5ft to allow for an addition to a family residence was presented and approved by unanimous vote of 20 in favor.
A zoning change request for the properties at 1956, 1960 DeKalb Ave. and 266 Oxford Pl. to go from a C-1 (Commercial) designation to a MR-3 (Residential) designation was presented and approved by a vote of 18 to 2. The plan includes ten condominiums with a restriction that the height not exceed 35 ft.
Carol Holiday will convey the results of the LCN recommendations for the variance and zoning requests at the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) meeting that takes place a week after the LCN meeting at the Little Five Points Community Center on 1083 Austin Ave. The NPU will meet next on Thurs., Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm.
The official slate of nominations for LCN officers for 2017 was presented as follows: Jim Rockaway, Treasurer; Nancy Dorsner, Communications; Carol Holliday, Planning and NPU rep.; Melissa Pressman, Environment; Sara Rockaway, Fundraising; Robin Singer, Zoning; Pen Sherwood, Safety; and Joe Agee, President. No further nominations can be made after the Oct. meeting.
The next regular LCN meeting will be Thurs., Nov. 17.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm