Minutes – November 4, 2002


Virginia-Highland Civic Association
Monthly Board Meeting, YWCA
Monday, November 4, 2002, 7:00 PM



A quorum being present, Steven Kushner called the meeting to order.

New business / old business:

  • Anna Copello, Poncey Highland Neighborhood Association President, requested a letter of support in opposition to the zoning change requested by The Covenant House, a national social services organization serving young adults, to allow Covenant House to operate a 40 bed facility in Poncey Highland.
    • Ms. Copello had three main concerns:
      • balance with existing social service organizations
      • security / safety related to off-property loitering by associates of those being served
      • immediate neighbors of the property are against the zoning change
    • The Board discussed Ms. Copello’s request.


  • Steven Kushner noted that Highland Bagel is closing and that another restaurant is expected to open in that space.
  • Steven Kushner noted that Meridian Storage informed the Association that the Associations’ storage services barter agreement has been canceled. The cost of this service will be $180 per month beginning in November 2002.
  • Steven Kushner expressed concern that the sidewalk initiative should be accelerated. Chip Gallagher is writing an article for The Voice to describe the process by which residents receive reimbursement for fixing their sidewalks.
  • Jean Jordan noted that Rob Glancey has ordered the new association meeting announcement signs.


A speeding and jay-walking task force on the N. Highland corridor is underway. The Board discussed traffic issues on the N. Highland corridor.


  • The sidewalk initiative has fixed one sidewalk. The sidewalk fix reimbursement cost was $444.
  • The Voice is projected to exceed the net cost limit of $9,000 required by the association budget. Chip Gallagher made a motion to eliminate the $9,000 limit on the Voice. The board approved the motion.
  • Wiley Sommerville suggested greater board member oversight of The Voice. Bob Coomes volunteered to assist with the fiscal management of The Voice.
  • Logo items are not selling very fast. (The association purchased $5,000 worth of mugs and license plates and has sold $500.) Kris Reinhard offered to take samples to the next business association meeting to see if any of the shops would sell VA HI logo merchandise (especially in consideration of the approaching holidays).


No variance issues were introduced.


The Board approved a link to the VA HI Parent’s Association email list.


The Board noted the success of the recent volunteer planting efforts at Triangle Park.


Steven Kushner mentioned progress with Z93, volunteers, dining logistics and the footrace. Wiley Sommerville updated the Board on the city-wide festivals member organization. SummerFest may face significant increases in city licensing expenses and new/uncertain regulatory requirements beginning this year.

The meeting adjourned at 8:39pm.

In attendance:

  • Bob Coomes
  • John Craft
  • Kevin Cronin
  • Chip Gallagher
  • Linda Guthrie
  • Jean Jordan
  • Steven Kushner
  • Robert Ramsay
  • Kris Reinhard
  • Wiley Sommerville

Voice – Winter 2002

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– Lighting the home for the holidays, by Darrah Horgan
– Letters to the editor – safety
– President’s address, by Steve Kushner (Summerfest, Hilan Theatre, Atkins Park parking)
– Safety during the holidays, by Officer Nicole Rabel
– Money magner misses mosquitos, by Chip Gallagher
– Broken sidewalk? We can help, by Chip Gallagher
– Public safety, traffic and cleanliness, by Steve Luben
– The Highland Hoer, by John Wolfinger


Minutes October 2, 2002

Virginia-Highland Civic Association
Monthly General Meeting, Ponce de Leon Library

Wednesday, October 2, 2002, 7:30 PM



Steve Kushner opened the meeting with general announcements and introduction of the new board. Goals and Objectives for 2003 are being developed. $10,000 has been set aside for improving sidewalks.

Update from Anne Fauver’s office: (by Janet Kishbaugh)

Highland corridor meeting tomorrow with GA DOT, get project manager, update next month. New schedule for picking up yard debris. Virginia Ave will not be paved until BellSouth and AGL do additional work.

Public Safety

Steve Luben met for 2.5 hours on plan of action, traffic speed study will be conducted.

  • Several cars stolen, one on Clemont
  • Daytime home breakins-9: 30a.m.-2:30 p.m. Acting as if workmen, break in steal CD players, computers
  • Break in at 2:30 a.m. on 907 N. Highland
  • New box of checks stolen from several residents mail boxes
  • November, 10, Sunday, Citizens invited to attend thank your reception at 4pm 964 Edgewood Ave Trolley Barn
  • House on PDL and Bonaventure is abandoned and not boarded up removed several homeless people.

Report any unusual people who are “prowling” around to police 911.


November publishing for the VH Voice newsletter, Articles by 10-31.


No variances. Reminder BZA hearing October 4, 2002 at 1pm for 2 appeals

Treasury report

Wiley Summerville gave financial update on VAHI., 60k in bank, 24k in CD

Membership and Community outreach

Working on new Welcome package for next year. We would like coupons from merchants in VAHI community or info describing goods and services


Rob Glancy: 10 am Fall cleaning, at three islands on the Saturday 10-5 Please note planting day is 10-19

Stephanie: New arborist Connie Gray 404-330-6150 ext 5632

  • Work party on John Howell Park put in new mulch ( Need to have next work day go out on email reminder)
  • 10-5 SHAPE clean up on Ponce De Leon 9am
  • 10-26 9 am. Tree Planting Day: Planting trees Arlington Place and Rosedale, Steve Luben has tree options

Reviewed list of 9 business that are not in compliance with tree ordinance, Steve Kushner to write a letter to new city arborist

Summer Fest

Steve Kushner announced that Rob Frazer, a professional events planner, has been hired to run Summer Fest 2003. Works with Music midtown and other large events. His expertise will allow for us to be better equipped to negotiate fees and expenses. Will be able to streamline process and maximize profits. Will have volunteer Co-Chairs, Artist Market, Race, and Volunteers. Summer Fest applications for artist market are due out in later October.

New Business

  • City ordinance dictates trees per number of parking spaces, Letter being drafted to new arborist.
  • Suggestion to send info about the lots to bring them into compliance and publicize
  • Food vendor stopped payment on check for $2,000, Motion made to file small claims court for recovery of $2,000 plus costs and attorneys fees, approved by board.

Voice – Fall 2002

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– VaHi gets first Jewish outreach center (Chabad Intown)
– Letter to the editor from Ben Northrup: “New urbanism is not mere nostalgia”
– Child and infant CPR classes
– Fundraiser for Piedmont Park off-leash dog park
– Officer Dave gives advice
– President’s corner: Summerfest success
– The 100 crape myrtles of Highland Ave., by Stephanie Coffin
– It’s high time for tea, by Jenn Ballentine (drink tea and talk to each other more)
– Mosquito madness meets match, by Chip Gallagher
– Pearls of wisdom from Highland Hoer, by John Wolfinger


Voice – Spring 2002

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– VHCA unveils new web site for the new year and years to come, by Gina Davis
– PEDS update, by billie jo
– Summerfest committee introduces new chair of the Summerfest Artists’ Market, by P.K. Trettel
– President’s Address
– Ask Officer Dave
– Intown Women’s Group to host charity fundraiser, by Laurie Dugoniths
– Taking care of the trees in your neighborhood, by Kenyetta Lindsey
– Fire Station #19 dedicated new state of the art engine, by Jenn Ballentine
– THe history and future of John Howell Park, by Stephanie Coffin
– Taste great, less filling: population density and Virginia Highland in context, by Chip Gallagher
– The Highland Ho-er by John Wolfinger
– Fight Back Against Crime, by Beth Marks