NPU-S Officer Election Explainer


This upcoming November, NPU-S will be holding its biannual officer elections. The Nominating Committee wants to make sure that all members of the NPU understand how these elections work in accordance with the NPU-S Bylaws.

Officer Positions and Terms

The positions are:
  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary
The elected officers will serve a two-year term with a retention election held in the middle of the term.

Relevant bylaws: Article VI, sections 1-7 (Officers); Article VIII, sections 5+6 (retention elections)

The Current Slate

Currently running for officer positions:
  • Chair: Nick Hess 
  • Vice Chair: Kyle Lamont
  • Treasurer: Roslyn Baughn
  • Secretary: Matt Quinn
  • Assistant Secretary: Jerilyn Lewis

Nominations and Elections

Nominations are managed by the Nominating Committee, currently chaired up by Karen Babino. To run, contact Karen at kbabino@gmail.com or (770) 912 3922.

Nominations may also be made from the floor during the November meeting by members of the NPU.

Elections will be held by ballot. In the case of a vote with multiple candidates where nobody wins a majority of ballots, successive rounds of runoff voting will be held, with the candidate with the lowest number of votes eliminated at each round.

Relevant bylaws: Article VII, sections 1-3 (Elections). Runoff procedures are not specifically covered by the Bylaws and have been determined by the Nominating Committee.

Who Can Vote, Who Can Run

Unlike votes to change the bylaws, which are open to the entire NPU community, officer elections are no different than any other vote held by the Body. Therefore, only NPU-S residents and business representatives who have attended at least three meetings in the past year can vote in the Officer Elections.

Officers are members of the Executive Committee, and are thus bound by the eligibility requirements for the Committee. To qualify as an Executive Committee member an NPU-S member must have attended at least 6 meetings in the past year.

Relevant bylaws: Article IV, Section 3 (voting); Article V, Sections 2+3 (executive committee composition and eligibility); Article IX, Section 1 (Bylaws votes)

Term Limits

An officer may not serve more than two consecutive terms unless there's a two-thirds supermajority vote to retain them for additional terms.

This election, we have two officers who are running for third terms: Nick Hess, the Chair, and Roslyn Baughn, the Treasurer.

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Oct 25 - Oct 31

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Mon Oct 25, 0:00am. Yard Trimmings Collected. Due to staffing shortages, yard trimmings will be collected every other week until further notice. This week, yard trimmings WILL be collected.

    Trash and recycling are collected weekly as usual.
  • Tue Oct 26, 6:30pm. Oakland City Community Organization (OCCO).

    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83039203137

    ​Meeting ID: 830 3920 3137

    Passcode: 30310


    One tap mobile +13017158592,,83039203137#,,,,*30310#

    Or dial: +1 301 715 8592
    Enter Meeting ID: 830 3920 3137
    Enter Passcode: 30310

  • Thu Oct 28, 7:00pm. Cascade Ave Neighborhood Organization (CANO) (Online). Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/97987226201

    Meeting ID: 979 8722 6201
    Call In 312-626-6799, access code, 97987226201#

External events
Events held around, nearby, or affecting NPU S.:

  • Mon Oct 25, 2:00pm. Rental Awareness Webinar. Urban League weekly webinar on tenancy responsibilities and obligations. HUD-certified counselors and financial coaches are on staff to provides comprehensive counseling services. Know your rights and options! Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1HuJTSAQ8OcintiyH6tpA

Public Hearings
City, County, State and other public meetings:

If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org.Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

NPU-S General Meeting This Thursday, 7pm

The NPU-S General Meeting will be held this Thursday, October 21, at 7pm

To register, either go online to http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Register or call (770) 744-5311 and leave a message with a way for us to reach you.

If you are attending via Zoom you must register with a valid email address! The registration system will send you an email with your personal link to the meeting. 

You can call into the meeting if you wish to attend without using Zoom. To attend the meeting by phone, call (646) 558 8656, meeting ID 993 2987 4388. We encourage phone attendees to also register!

This month we'll have a two voting items:

  • Z-21-74: An Ordinance by Councilmember Amir R. Farokhi to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City Of Atlanta. This is a series of updates to zoning regulations that would modify MR-MU  (Multifamily Residential Multi-Unit) zoning regulations, eliminate parking requirements for R4, R4B, R5 and MR-MU zones, and significantly expand the ability to create and use Accessory Dwellings units. The overall goal of this ordinance is "to promote a diversity of housing options and increase housing affordability."

    There was an accompanying voting item, Z-21-73, which proposes to proactively rezone single-family residential lots to MR-MU, along with an accompanying CDP change. This has been postponed.
  • Z-21-85: An Ordinance by Zoning Committee to amend the 1982 Atlanta Zoning Ordinance. This ordinance would apply the new Short-Term Rental regulations that were hashed out last year to various types of residential zones throughout the city, putting AirBnbs and their ilk under a legal framework.
We'll also have two presentations:
  • AdHoc Citizens for a Stronger Tree Ordinance 
  • Sizemore Group - this presentation will concern the development at Ft. Mac
As always,  representatives from the police, code enforcement, public works, and other City departments will call in to give reports, and we'll discuss NPU and community programs for our constituents. Come on out!

Agenda, minutes, and supporting documents can be found on http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Docs

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Oct 18- Oct 24

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Mon Oct 18, 0:00am. No Yard Trimmings Collected. Due to staffing shortages, yard trimmings will be collected every other week until further notice. This week, yard trimmings WILL NOT be collected.

    Trash and recycling are collected weekly as usual.
  • Tue Oct 19, 7:00pm. Beecher-Donnelly community association meeting. 1191 Donnelly Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA.
  • Wed Oct 20, 7:00pm. Assistant Services Committee Meeting. This committee makes recommendations to the NPU about:
    1. all matters related to special programs and services for senior citizens, including but not limited to housing and home repairs, financial assistance programs, and social services;
    2. all matters related to education, including but not limited to primary and secondary education, adult education, parent-teacher relationships, and after-school programs and activities;
    3. and all matters related to the youth of the NPU.

    Ruby Simmons, Chair: assistant@npu-s.org
    The Assistant Services Committee meets every third Wednesday at 6:30 pm. 

    • Video: https://zoom.us/j/92130603409. Passcode: 964881 Meeting ID: 921 3060 3409.
    • One tap mobile. +16465588656,,92130603409# US (New York)
    • Phone: 1 646 558 8656 US (New York)  Meeting ID: 921 3060 3409.

  • Thu Oct 21, 7:00pm. NPU-S General Meeting. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udeCgqT8pEtycXQZ9s7Tk4_0J_73DZmQD. Our monthly community meeting! Find out what's happening in your neighborhood and let the City know what you think. 

    To attend over videoconferencing, you must register beforehand at  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udeCgqT8pEtycXQZ9s7Tk4_0J_73DZmQD

    Otherwise, you can call in at 
    Phone: (646) 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 993 2987 4388

    Supporting documents, including the agenda, can be found at http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Docs
  • Sun Oct 24, 4:00pm. Bylaws Meeting.
    A conversation to discuss our current bylaws and possible improvements. Current bylaws can be found at http://www.npu-s.org/p/bylaws.html

External events
Events held around, nearby, or affecting NPU S.:

  • Mon Oct 18, 2:00pm. Rental Awareness Webinar. Urban League weekly webinar on tenancy responsibilities and obligations. HUD-certified counselors and financial coaches are on staff to provides comprehensive counseling services. Know your rights and options! Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1HuJTSAQ8OcintiyH6tpA
  • Wed Oct 20, 7:00pm. NPU-I. Zoom - To join the remote meeting, click here. Dial-In: 301-715-8592, access code, 92613332610#. Meeting ID: 926 1333 2610   Passcode: 905252.

    NPU I is comprised of the neighborhoods of:
    • Audobon Forest
    • Audobon Forest West
    • Beecher Hills
    • Cascade Heights
    • Chalet Woods
    • Collier Heights
    • East Ardley Road
    • Florida Heights
    • Green Acres Valley
    • Green Forest Acres
    • Harland Terrace
    • Horseshoe Community
    • Ivan Hill
    • Magnum Manor
    • Peyton Forest
    • West Manor
    • Westhaven

Public Hearings
City, County, State and other public meetings:

No events on calendar

If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org.Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Ft. Mac Community Survey

TD Jakes, in partnership with Sizemore Group, is working to redevelop the remainder of the Ft. Mac property. They're seeking community input into what direction the development should take - make your voice heard!

The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6K7XRQP

To find out more, contact our NPU representative for the Ft. Mac Community Engagement Subcommittee, Allean Brown, at zolene@icloud.com or at (404) 755-9606.

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Oct 11 - Oct 17

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Mon Oct 11, 0:00am. Yard Trimmings Collected. Due to staffing shortages, yard trimmings will be collected every other week until further notice. This week, yard trimmings WILL be collected.

    Trash and recycling are collected weekly as usual.
  • Mon Oct 11, 7:00pm. Beecher Hills Community Association. BUZZ Coffee and Winehouse, 2315 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, USA. Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/96697956397
    Meeting ID: 966 9795 6397
    Dial-In646-558-8656, access code,96697956397#
  • Tue Oct 12, 6:30pm. Graymont Drive Neighborhood Association. 1-978-990-5490 182 9403# Access Code
  • Thu Oct 14, 6:30pm. NPU-S Quality of Life Committee Meeting. https://zoom.us/j/99609882969. This committee makes recommendations to the NPU about:
    1. all matters related to social services, health care, police, and fire protection;
    2. all matters related to recreation, parks, libraries, and cultural affairs;
    3. and all matters related to a pleasant and healthful environment, including, but not limited to: sanitary services, water and sewer facilities and services, and noise quality.
    Robbie Hunter, Chair: quality@npu-s.org
    The Quality of Life Committee meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm
  • Sat Oct 16, 10:00am. Westridge-Sandtown Community Organization Meeting. By video: meet.google.com/oig-rtct-yhd. By phone: +1 747-202-2723 password 942081556. Covers the Westridge, Sandtown and Venetian Hills neighborhoods

External events
Events held around, nearby, or affecting NPU S.:

  • Mon Oct 11, 2:00pm. Rental Awareness Webinar. Urban League weekly webinar on tenancy responsibilities and obligations. HUD-certified counselors and financial coaches are on staff to provides comprehensive counseling services. Know your rights and options! Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1HuJTSAQ8OcintiyH6tpA
  • Mon Oct 11, 7:00pm. NPU-V. (location varies).
    NPU V comprises the neighborhoods of 
    • Adair Park
    • Capitol Gateway
    • Mechanicsville
    • Peoplestown
    • Pittsburgh
    • Summerhill
    https://zoom.us/j/99211320112
    Meeting ID: 992 1132 0112

    Dial-In 646-558-8656, access code, 99211320112#
  • Wed Oct 13, 7:00pm. NPU-T. Lee & White Street Community Room, 1000 White St SW. NPU T Comprises the neighborhoods of
    • Ashview Heights
    • Atlanta University Center
    • Harris Chiles
    • Just Us
    • The Villages at Castleberry Hill
    • West End
    • Westview

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsf-qgpj8jHdwlwLTAaKW5F6HpwWNiTO_h
    Meeting ID: 881 8388 4978      Password: 144796

     Or call: 16465588656,,88183884978#

Public Hearings
City, County, State and other public meetings:

If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org.Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Election Committee Meeting *this* Thursday, 6:30pm


This just added! The Election Committee will be holding a meeting this Thursday:

  • When: Thursday October 7, 6:30 pm
    • Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84286868179
    • Dial In:  301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 842 8686 8179

The Election Committee's responsibility is to hold open and accessible officer elections as according to the NPU-S bylaws. Officer elections will be held at the November meeting! If you're interested in working with the Election Committee, or just want to see the process in action, this meeting is for you.

Current bylaws can be found at http://www.npu-s.org/p/bylaws.html
  • Elections are covered in Article VIII. The Election Committee is technically the Nominating Committee as outlined in this Article.
  • Officers are covered in Article VI.
  • See also Article V, Section 3 for attendance requirements.

If you're eligible and interested in being elected to a leadership position in the NPU, you can contact Karen Babino at krbabino@gmail.com or attend the meeting.