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NPU-B votes against changes to bylaws
by Caroline Young
cyoung@neighbornewspapers.com
September 05, 2012 12:12 PM | 1024 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a lengthy debate among board members, a motion to approve amendments to the bylaws of the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B failed.

The city of Atlanta requires the 25 NPUs to make changes to bylaws, or not, by the end of September and they must go into effect by the following January.

“Currently, we have a full board meeting composed of all standing committee members,” NPU-B chair Sally Silver said at its monthly meeting at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead. “The suggested change is, on the first Tuesday of every month, instead of every single person being required to be here, the requirement for attendance would shift to an executive committee.”

The executive committee consists of the chair, vice chair, business coordinator, neighborhood coordinator, recorder, treasurer and committee chairs, according to Silver.

This time around, the amendments to the bylaws, which were written by board member Bill Bozarth, were generally going to reduce board members’ attendance requirements.

Silver said “that in no way means” the remainder of the board can not attend or vote — they can do both.

“We’re trying to streamline,” she said.

However, the majority of the board was not happy with the amendments because they fear a loss of communication and interest.

“My concern is if you’re not required to do something, … a lot of times you don’t do it,” said board member Lisa Martinez. “If requirement lessens, my concern is that it’s not going to happen and that you’re going to actually have less input for the executive committee down the road. … I’m thinking three and five years down the road. How is this decision tonight going to change that?”

Now that bylaws will stay the same, Silver said the executive committee needs to get together to “hammer out a template” and “begin polishing and seeing any other changes” they may want to make.

The next bylaws vote will not be until next September.

In the meantime, Silver said changes will be made to make monthly meetings more concise, such as sending out agendas in advance and having minutes recorded within a few days after meetings, as well as a re-cap of what happened.

“I think there’s plenty of housekeeping that could be done to bring us better up to speed,” she said. “Maybe we won’t need a change, maybe we will. … Maybe we’ll be such a smooth well-oiled machine, we don’t need to change anything.”

In other news, Maj. Van Hobbs, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which includes all of Buckhead, said crime in the zone is up 6 percent in total for the year.

He said out of eight categories of Part 1 crimes, the two problem categories include aggravated assault and car larceny.

There were 127 aggravated assault cases this year, yet 13 of them were “stranger on stranger” and others were “domestic violence or acquaintance.”

Hobbs said there were eight robberies last week, including an “individual with a baby stroller” [between Lenox and Roxboro roads].

“This week, we’ve only had two [robberies], and we are following some good leads on the baby stroller individual. … We have videos of the individual,” Hobbs said. “We will hopefully have good news on that pretty soon.”
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