Virtual Meeting of GPNA Board Set for Monday, August 17th-




Meeting Notice

GPNA Board Meeting set

For Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6 PM

Zoom Meeting Only, No in Person!

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Meeting agenda-


Meeting Opens at 6 PM with Roll Call by President

Minutes read for board approval by Secretary


Welcoming and calling on special guests- (includes our council persons and council elect persons)


New Business-

President names chair and membership of the following committees:

1.     Public Health & Safety

2.     Transportation, Parks, Arts and Environmental (includes Sanitation issues)

3.     Development and Fund Raising

4.     Business Advocacy and Support

5.     Neighborhood Equity

6.     External Affairs

7.     Financial and Facilities


There will be and Oversight Committee that is made up of the Executive Board; that being the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. This committee is chaired by the Vice President.


Old Business-

-        Report from the PH&S Committee (Steve)

-        Report from the Transportation-Parks-Arts & Environmental Committee (Mary-Karen)

-        Report from the Development and Events & Fund Raising Committee (Mel and Bryce)

-        Report from Business Advocacy Committee (Mike and John)

-        Report from the Neighborhood Equity Committee (Kathleen)

-        Report from the External Affairs Committee  ( Eric)

-        Report from the Financial and Facilities Committee (Steve)


Other Business-



Summary for the Last Board Meeting of 2020 Held on November 16th-
Here is What Took Place at the GPNA Board Meeting Held Monday, 11/16/20:
Board Members Attending: Steve, Judy, Mike, John, Brenda, Karen, and Eric
Special Guests: LMPD Officer Robert Yoshioka, VAS from CreoSalus, Trey Prestagiocomo
Meeting was held via Zoom
Judy opened the meeting at 6:05 PM with a moment of silence in memory of our beloved Mary Hardesty. It was also entered into record that Bryce Biery had resigned, citing that business obligations had precluded him from continuing with the GPNA board.
Steve addressed issues recently with the homeless along the railroad tracks between Ellison Ave and Kentucky St, and again between Breckinridge and Broadway. Eric spoke to this activity in Paristown and that there had been some cars pulling up at odd times of the day and night with people running back behind the Fleur de Flea Vintage Market on Swan St. Vas addressed that they have been monitoring video of these activities and talking with LMPD officers Jessica and Yoshi.
Yoshi talked about the challenges that they are facing right now with Covid and the colder temperatures affecting the homeless right now. A lot of the area being occupied by these folks is owned by MSD, and they are working with them to find a jurisdictional solution to patrolling this area. LMPD is also facing staffing shortages, which gives Yoshi fewer people that he can bring in to help. Steve suggested that we may be able to work together with PPNA and Shannon to monitor the situation and keep LMPD involved.
Executive Committee:
John Gonder reported that our December meeting will not be held and the January 18, 2021 board meeting will continue to be held by Zoom Call In only. This change is due to the recent uptick in Covid cases. Eric made a motion, which was seconded by Mike and passed by the majority. The other item John discussed was the income generation piece for the organization and that the committee is discussing potential uses for the Kentucky St building in order to serve this need for revenue.
John and Eric talked about the dangerous traffic developing outside the antique mall at the corner of Swan St and Breckinridge. We determined that this issue would be a good topic for future further discussion.
External Affairs, Development and Fund Raising Committee:
Eric covered that Louisville Forward chose the Jeff Underhill proposal for the Urban Government Center. There has also been the appointment of the neighborhood advisory council, including Tony Manning, (Smoketown), Doug Magee (Phoenix Hill), Richard Hinton (Paristown Pointe), Nate Knopf (Original Highlands), and Eric Baldwin (German-Paristown). Mike Morris also announced that he was just appointed as Real Estate attorney for Underhill and Associates, and in that capacity would not be participating in any votes regarding the Urban Government Center.
Environmental, Beautification, and Community Arts Committee:
Karen discussed that they would be doing some work on the flowerbeds in Mary’s memorial garden. The bridge repair will be delayed due to logistical complications, as they will now have to use dynamite to move forward. The vacant Sav-a-Lot building being rezoned for a Vegan Jerky plant, who has met with Chip and the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association. Mike said that they are negotiating with that business on odors, measurements, and binding elements.
The 3 points mural restoration is now going to happen by the City. Their plan is to see about 1/2 of the expense of this repair taken on by the 3 neighborhood associations. Each neighborhood (SACC, SPNA, and GPNA) will contribute $225. John Gonder submitted the idea that Dages Paint could be approached to donate the product that will be used to clean up that mural. Lastly, Karen also spoke to a possible upcoming City project from Develop Louisville which will beautify the area right next to Full Stop.
As for parks, Karen reported that the Jim King Rain Garden needs to be broken down with Winter coming. This is an annual event which requires a major GPNA expense. Councilman Pat Mulvihill has agreed to have 10th District cover the expense this year.
Main Street Zoning and Housing Committee:
Mike covered that the area between Goss, E. Oak, and Ellison could be landscaped by Luv-It Landscaping as this should be our goal. The corridor right next to Full Stop and the Bradford Mills Lofts could stand to see some landscaping improvements, as well as in front of Creosalus. Ellison Ave needs repaving at the 5-way intersection near Gnadinger Park.
Public Health and Safety & Social Justice Review Committee:
Steve discussed the great job that Yoshi and Jessica have done to address the crime in our area, but that there’s still a shortfall in terms of the fire response. The Social Justice element of these recent developments need to be continually monitored, as the Breonna Taylor activities are taking place throughout Louisville.
Nothing else to report.
Closing Discussion/ Other Business:
Steve raised the issue of the abandoned car problem we are facing and working with the city to come up with a solution. This problem reaches to Old Louisville and certainly all of Germantown. Finding a place for all these cars to go seems to be the most direct solution, and John Gonder relayed that a contact of his happens to own many acres of a concreted area and who is also in the scrap metal business. John was decidedly the “idea man” of this evening’s call.
Steve proposed sending a congratulatory letter to Jim Wayne who was voted as #1 Citizen. This was agreed to by the board as a whole.
Trey Prestagiocomo (guest) posed a question to the group about the Urban Government Center decision, specifically as it relates to the makeup of moderate to low-income housing options available as part of Jeff Underhill’s winning development. Eric and Steve took turns answered his question with references to the proposal, which is posted online at
Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.
Everyone reading this is welcome to go to our website-
Being Thankful for Fire Station #11 FY2020-2021 Funding- But There is More Needed to be Done
  • The City Budget Just Passed has No Staff Cuts to the Fire Department for Fiscal Year 2020-21 !!!!!

For starters this result is a far cry from what happened with last budget vote by city leaders a year ago this week. The end result of that now long ago vote was to see Engine 11 on Rubel Avenue decimated with a loss of 50% of firefighters housed there, and also its Engine. But that was then.

Let me take a few minutes and talk about the "now". Though pleased by the Headline above stating no staff cuts for 20-21, the work of Citizens For Firefighters-20 (CFF-20) is no where near over. The group's next step will be to watch closely the Federal Budget review. It most likely will need to take this on in a way to help see that adequate Federal dollars are forwarded to City government. The neighborhood associations of this part of Louisville need to work via CFF-20. We owe it to these brave First Responders to stand in support of them. And to be crystal clear I'm speaking of the sworn Fire, Police and EMS professionals. It must be stressed that appropriate funding for these next 12 months has to be in place so these men and women can make these runs, and take on the role of being the first to provide treatment! By all counts, and I mean that literally, this Pandemic is not over. And the rising numbers of new cases means the role of these public health and safety professionals remains critical.

To repeat it is OK to be pleased there are no budget cuts planned for 2020-21, but an added goal for CFF-20 is to realize more federal dollars to become added later into this next fiscal year's budget amounts as well! As one of the initial sign on neighborhood associations to help start CCF-20 GPNA has been out front for months in its support for staffing for the Fire Department being stabilized, and kept whole. And this goal is even more important to see assured given the Pandemic we continue to experience. July 1, 2020 is the start of the City's next fiscal year. We all know that Covid-19 will be right there every day as well.

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GPNA Support Needed- Call In This Evening Please!

Hi Everyone, 

I wanted to share information about Thursday's (virtual) public meeting regarding Forth Technologies' operating permit and the recurring issues and concerns surrounding the persistent smell in our neighborhood and what that means for our health For anyone looking to get caught up to speed before Thursday's meeting, I've attached an infographic with a timeline of events. Thank you Abby Long for spending part of her Sunday helping me gather this information! There is a PDF and JPG version so feel free to use and share. 
Even if you do not have a question to ask please attend the meeting Thursday at 6pm if you can. It is important for us to show up in numbers.
Instructions for joining the WebEx can be found on the Facebook event page and are also copied below this message. 
Thank you to everyone who has assisted in getting us to this point! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 
Maria Gurren 
Acting President
Shelby Park Neighborhood Association 
(859) 468-1572
Remembering Bob Fry



GPNA sends its deepest sympathy. We are so appreciative of Bob's long time work to better our association and his care for family, and neighbors. He will be missed.


Robert S. Fry

Louisville - 92, passed away peacefully at his home on May 8, 2020, surrounded by his family. Bob was a Veteran of the Army Air Corps and a member of the Saint Xavier Class of 1945. He retired from the United States Postal Service after serving as a Letter Carrier for 40 years as part of the NALC Branch#14. Bob attended Saint Therese Catholic Church and served many roles for the Parish. He also volunteered for the German Paristown Neighborhood Association.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Norma Jean (Vanover) Fry, and his children: Pat (Ellen); Laura Mason (Rich); Marty (Becky); Philip; Eric (Donna); and Neal Fry. He was also the proud Grandpa to twelve grandchildren: Mary Beth Fry; Ben, Max, Simon, Isaac and Molly Mason; Bradley, Andrew and Emily Fry; Katie Giltner and Cameron Fry; and Josh Fry. He is also survived by his two sisters, Millie Kapp and Mary Ann Scheibert, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his brothers Tony, Charles and John Fry. Funeral and burial services will be private with arrangements entrusted to Bosse Funeral Home and Interment in Saint Michael's Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mass of the Air or Saint Xavier High School.


Posting Website Updates to Take Place More Often

Thanks to our calling on our high tech consultant Paul Impellizzeri's we will be posting again to our Website. Once we test for a couple of weeks we will be developing a strategy to tie content to our Facebook Page. We hope you Bookmark us and follow both our Website and Facebook Page. 

If you have an interest in posting to our Webpage or wish to make suggestions please email to Steve serves as the association's Volunteer Administrator. He will be pleased to connect with you.