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Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association, Minutes of the General Meeting: July 11, 2016 – 7:00PM

I. Meeting was called to order at 7:10 by Kristin Olson

II. Community Developments a. Pam Lu presented information regarding 21st Century STEM Academy, a new K‐8 private school near Emory U, opening Fall 17. MIssion is to provide a more affordable, high‐level private school alternative. b. Update from Elizabeth Vason Hollister ( elizabeth@westsidecid.org ) from the newly formed Westside “CID” (Community Improvement District). Howell Mill Corridor businesses opt in to special CID tax, with expected $400‐500k in funds managed by a Board made up of CID‐member businesses.

III. Officer Reports a. Ryan Sheets, Treasurer, reported that finances are in good shape. With the additional Membership Dues gained at Spring Social, plus sponsorships, and expense control, we are on track to have a small surplus for the year, barring any significant unexpected expenses. Expecting a $4000 contribution from 1824 DeFoor to come later in the year.

IV. Committee Reports ‐ consider joining one of our committees! a. Ben Hudgins, Chairman of Land Use & Planning Committee advised that deferments are no longer allowed for “NPU” (Neighborhood Planning Units) decisions, Yes/No only. b. Ivy Way, Membership Chairman advised that membership is slightly up vs last year, mainly from new members gained at Spring Social. Number of UNHA Members is still a small % of total UH “NextDoor” members. Everyone keep recruiting your neighbors. c. Traffic & Safety report by Michael McLaughlin was focused on the Security Patrol project. We have raised $35k or our $40k goal and hope to have the Patrol started sometime in August. Working on securing the additional insurance coverage needed and yard signs for participants. Detective Kevin Leonpacher (14‐year APD veteran) coordinates several area Patrols and was our special guest. He described the Patrol operations in more detail. A lot of detailed information concerning the Patrol is available on the UHNA website, and be sure to check the FAQ section.

V. New Business a. Cynthia Williams gave several updates on community involvement opportunities. Look for updates on all of these on NextDoor: i. “Push Back” celebration to install the new fire engine at our local station will be held soon. ii. Atlanta Community Emergency Response Team ‐ training citizens in emergency preparedness, no cost. iii. Citizens Fire Academy, a hands‐on, 6 wk course to inform and educate Atlanta residents about their fire department and its operations. Applications are being taken.

VI. Thank you to Red Brick Brewery and our 2016 sponsors: a. 1824 DeFoor http://www.1824defoor.com/ b. Keller Williams Peachtree Rd ‐ Ashley Vierra http://www.ashleyvierra.kwrealty.com c. Collier Chiropractic http://www.collierchiropractic.net/ d. Comfort Shield Heating and A/C http://www.comfortshieldhvac.com/ e. Florist Atlanta http://www.floristatlanta.biz/ f. Fusion CPA http://fusiontaxes.com/ g. Moncrief Heating & Air http://moncriefair.com/

VII. Next UNHA meeting will be Monday, September 12, location TBA.

VIII. Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

It’s that time of year again… our annual Spring Social is right around the corner! Save the date of Saturday, May 21 at 4pm at Underwood Hills Park for an afternoon of food, fun, music, and time with your neighbors as we celebrate our great neighborhood! There will be Underwood Hills merchandise for sale, a raffle to raise funds for the neighborhood, games for the kids, and more. If you are not a current UHNA member, you can join or renew your membership here. If you have items to contribute to the raffle or would like to sponsor the social, please contact Chris LeCraw for information on sponsorship opportunities and recognition.

There will be a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the appeal of the administrative variances granted in the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) for QuikTrip’s proposed development on Howell Mill between Defoor and Chattahoochee.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 7 at noon in City Council Chambers at City Hall (55 Trinity Avenue).  If you are interested in this development, it is very important to attend this meeting!  More information can be found in the links below.

Read the appeal Jim Martin’s (appellant) write-up for the BPNA Newsletter

We have a lot of fun events going on in March!

What: Spring Park Clean Up When: Saturday, March 12 9AM-12PM Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: Help us keep our neighborhood’s green center beautiful! We’ll be mulching, pruning, planting, weeding, and freshening it up for Spring! If you can’t make it but would like to make a financial contribution to our Beautification Fund, please email us.

What: UHNA General Meeting When: Monday, March 14 7-8PM Where: 1824 Defoor Clubhouse (1824 Defoor Ave) Why: We’ll have wine and appetizers and enjoy time to socialize as well as see the new 1824 Defoor Apartments. We’ll also be taking a vote on a Resolution in Support of the QT Appeal. Learn more in our March eNewsletter.

What: Play Group Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, March 19 at 4PM SHARP Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: It’s our annual egg hunt! You’ll need one dozen filled eggs per child. Please see our March eNewsletter for details.

Join us for the first UHNA meeting of 2016!  The agenda will include a vote on our 2016 operating budget and a discussion with our Traffic & Safety Chair and an APD Officer on crime trends, security, and related matters.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and will be done by 8:00 PM.  The TVs will be on so you won’t miss the pre-game festivities of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.  Thanks to Red Brick Brewing Company for hosting us and providing the beer!  Don’t forget to join or renew your membership for 2016.

Who: YOU! What: UHNA Meeting When: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Where: Red Brick Brewing Company, 2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW Why: Why not!?

Due to rain predicted for Saturday, the 2015 UHNA Spring Social has been moved to Sunday, April 26 from 4PM-7PM in Underwood Hills Park. Come get to know more of your neighbors in our beautiful park. There will be food and drinks, as well as a bounce house for the kids and a raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. Lots of local businesses and individuals have chipped in to make this a great event. Check out some of the prizes:

Chick-fil-A party pack courtesy of Chick-fil-A Howell Mill Willy’s party pack courtesy of Willy’s Howell Mill Ormsby’s Gift Cards & Swag courtesy of Ormsby’s Flip Burger Gift Card courtesy of Flip Burger Howell Mill Verde Gift Cards courtesy of Verde Taqueria $100 Florist Atlanta Gift Card courtesy of Florist Atlanta 5 Seasons Happy Hour for 10 courtesy of 5 Seasons Westside Underwood Hills Flag Strongbox West Passes courtesy of Strongbox West Two $50 gift certificates for VHS to DVD conversion courtesy of Abracadabra Video CrossFit North Atlanta passes and BodPod assessment courtesy of CrossFit North Atlanta Monogrammed Item courtesy of Keeping You In Stitches 2 Weekday nights in the Rockhouse cottage in Dahlonega courtesty of Tawn Chi Platter of Sandwiches & Sides courtesy of Lunch Box Atlanta

Other Donations Provided By:

Beer provided by Monday Night Brewing Pittypat’s Porch BBQ dinner made possible by a donation from Allen & Natalie Shpigel Beverages provided by Circle K Chattahoochee Avenue

 

LaAmistad is a 501(c)3 providing after school mentoring and tutoring for the students of local schools. They are in need of volunteers.

Since 2001, LaAmistad After School has experienced exponential growth in supporting Latino students throughout the Atlanta/Buckhead area. A program that started with a little over 30 students as a ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, is now supporting over 200 students throughout 6 different after school locations as a 501(c)3 non profit.

LaAmistad supports Latino students and their families by providing a comprehensive support system through tutoring, mentoring, and resources that promotes academic, physical and personal growth.

When our students receive the appropriate support, they have an opportunity to succeed. Get involved now! There are many ways to get involved with LaAmistad and the families it serves. There is no need to be bilingual or have a teaching background.

• Volunteer as a tutor or a mentor at any of our program locations • Plan a school supply drive • Host a Back to School Bash or similar fundraiser • Be a volunteer greeter at any of our sites

Make a donation to LaAmistad! For more information, go to www.laamistadinc.org. You may also e-mail info@laamistadinc.org or call 404-842-5873.

In order to register Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association as a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization, changes to the UHNA Bylaws have been proposed.  The changes will be voted upon at the general meeting on March 9, 2015 at 7PM at the Defoor Centre. The redlined version of the proposed by-laws can be downloaded as a PDF.

A hearty hello from your friendly new Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association’s membership coordinator (try saying that five times really fast). My name is Ivy Holliman Way. My family and I have had the privilege to call Claremont Street home for two and a half years.

I write today to ask you to renew your membership with the UHNA. Many of you have already received an email from me, asking you to renew. Thanks to you who have already responded!

What does the UHNA do, you ask? The UHNA is a Georgia non-profit corporation and is our official, public face to the community, developers, and to the city as a whole. We communicate with our Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore and participate in our local Neighborhood Planning Unit. We negotiate with developers coming into the area on achieving plans that are considerate and mindful of our neighborhood’s needs. We have many committees and volunteers (and welcome more!) that devote their time to making Underwood Hills a better place.

Many of you might also be active members and contributors on the Nextdoor website. This is the online social media website that works a little like Facebook for neighborhoods. It’s a great way to let folks know about a missing pet, or if you have items for sale, or need a service recommendation. That said, Nextdoor does not serve in an official capacity and cannot represent us in city discussions as UHNA can. It is a powerful statement to go before various city committees and be able to say, “The UHNA is a neighborhood organization, several hundred members STRONG, who live and work in this city.”

The UHNA has recently changed its membership dues to expire at the end of each calendar year, thus all members need to renew each year, starting in January. This makes for much easier bookkeeping than trying to remember whether one signed up in May or September.

If you are reading this, then you already receive our eNewsletter. Good for you! Got a new neighbor? Please forward this eNewsletter to them. And while you’re at it, take those new neighbors an apple pie. Unless you’re a terrible baker, in which case, maybe a new houseplant would be a better idea. Or maybe you’ve got some not-so-new neighbors, but one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more friendly. Introduce yourself! (no need for pie). Tell them about the UHNA! Maybe you can “hang out” with your new neighbor friends at the next UHNA General Meeting.

How do you know if your membership is current or not? Simple. If you have not renewed since January 1st, 2015, you’re due to renew! Please go to www.underwoodhills.org/join to join or renew. From our website, you can join in a few easy ways: via PayPal, or by printing and mailing a paper membership form (and check, if you wish) to our UHNA mailbox (PO Box 19914, Atlanta, GA 30325). Please make sure to update your contact information so I can keep current membership files. Membership dues, currently $15 for individuals and $30 per family, rank as one of the best deals in town. That’s cheaper than a night out at the movie theatre. You must be a member to vote at UHNA general meetings. The dues, while not a requirement to join or renew, do help to cover organization expenses and allow us to host a fantastic Neighborhood Spring Social, perform neighborhood and park cleanups, host other social events, and be an active force within our community.

We are a neighborhood of approximately 700 homes, condos, townhouses, apartments, and businesses. (By the way, the 700 number is a total guesstimate on my part from eyeballing Google maps. I was not nominated for this position for my math savvy). As of January 24th, we have 44 current individual and family UHNA members. That means there are about 206 comrades in our neighborhood with lapsed memberships, and lots of friends and neighbors who I’ve yet to reach.

I look forward to hearing from you and to serving you in the year to come.

Sincerely, Ivy Holliman Way

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