Monday, April 2, 2012

MANA Community Meeting Notes (March 26)

President, Sharon Johnson, welcomed everyone and encouraged membership

Treasurer, Judy Perras- balance- $3,900

Updates and Announcements:

Dog Park
• Jessica Dugan heading up and needs volunteers

• Students represent 40 countries and speak 25 languages
• They are looking forward to integrating the ICS community with the Medlock community.
• Uniquely diverse culture, children feel acceptance, belonging and are happy
• Occupancy permit should happen this week.
• April 2- teachers visit Medlock School
• First day of lottery- August 13
• May 5- auction at Carter Center- proceeds to renovate building, tickets 50% tax deductible

Laurel Ridge
• Garden project started- students try new foods, cooking demos, incorporate in school lunch program
• Fun Run- April 21- at school, off-road race- participants and volunteers needed
• Pre-K lottery- 4/17
• Need recycled tire tracks to build track for wheel chair racing

Senior Dinner – Kathryn Firago
• April 28, NDMC, 5:30 – 8:30
• Italian theme and menu
• Dave Butler will cook
• Need help with Italian decorations

Neighborhood Watch – Barbara Dalton
• Sign up for alerts
• Facebook – Medlock Park Neighbors- another way to keep up with suspicious activity
• Barb gave updates of crime activity in area; recommends

Zoning- Theresa Same
• Rahn Mayo- new representative due to redrawing of district lines
Cityhood issue- Brookhaven city hood approved to go to referendum
Financial impact on DeKalb- may increase hotel/motel tax
City of DeKalb idea to help raise revenues

• Good Growth DeKalb- Jean Cohen and Robert Blondo- meeting on 3/27
Gave history of GGD events
Canvassing event coming up

• Vol Repairs- checking codes- using back as storage and junk yard

• Woodshed – has done plantings, but Theresa will send a letter asking for repair or replacement of torn screening

• Suburban Plaza/ Walmart
Gave history of MANA’s involvement with Selig
1. 6 years ago: failed redevelopment plan (mixed development)
2. last summer’s surveying and rumors- Selig not returning calls
3. October contact by Selig with word of Walmart and redevelopment plan
4. community meeting in November and Selig’s request to not oppose parking variance- otherwise they could build a deck-MANA felt it was best choice [see MANA website]
Traffic issues- GGD will meet with PEDS to see what options are, wants independent traffic study.

• Golden Corral at N. DeKalb Mall

• Zaxby’s- next to Pier 1

Next community meeting- Saturday, June 16, daytime meeting

Beverly Monroe, Recording Secretary