Board Meeting Minutes 3/20/18

Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District

Meeting of Board of Directors

Parkway Center

1850 Parkway Place, Suite 520

Marietta, Georgia 30067

March 20, 2018


Board Members in Attendance

Mark Lawson

Milton Dortch

Bob Morgan

Rube McMullan

Board Members Not in Attendance

Tom Flanigan

Roger Davis

Other Attendees

Lynn Rainey, Board Counsel

Joe Knight, SCP

Caroline Whaley, SCP

Courtney Verdier, City of Marietta

Laura Keefe, YELLS

Chris Salley, YELLS

Dan Dobry, Croy Engineering

Heidi Dasinger, Marietta Power & Water

Brad Turner, Cumberland Landscape Group

Holly Quinlan, Cobb Travel & Tourism

James Hugdins, ARCADIS

Russ Offerman, LandCare

Heath Garrett, GMHC360/SCP

 Call to Order

At 7:38 a.m. Chairman Milton Dortch called the board session to order.

 City Update

Courtney Verdier from the City updated the board on Hampton Inn’s plans to open on April 5, 2018.  Updates were given on Drive Shack, plans have been submitted and are in the zoning process. She also said that IKEA is still working to close on the shopping plaza property.  The City is in the process of tearing down the Flea Market sign.  Streetscape work is slated for completion of March 30th, and the repaving of Kingston Court should be complete by March 22.  Ms. Verdier stated there are no new updates for the Rottenwood Creek Trail.

Project Report

Mr. Knight presented the 6 projects, 5 active and 1 completed, undertaken by the CID.  The board discussed and consensus is the Franklin Extension project should be the priority.

Caucus of Electors

The Chairman recessed the Board meeting and called the Caucus of Electors to order and directed Board Counsel Lynn Rainey to lead the caucus through the process to replace the board seat vacated by Jeff Shaw when he sold his buildings in the CID. Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan and the second of Mr. Lawson the Rules of Caucus were unanimously adopted.

Mr. Rainey called for nominations for Post 3.  Mr. Dortch nominated Kim Gresh.  Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan and the second of Mr. Lawson the caucus unanimously agreed to close the nominations.

Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan and the second of Mr. Lawson, the caucus unanimously approved voting by voice rather than by ballot.

Mr. Rainey called for a vote for Post 3, and the caucus unanimously elected Kim Gresh to serve the remaining term of Post 3.

The Caucus of Electors was adjourned and the Board meeting reconvened.

Landscape Maintenance

Mr. Knight updated the board on the three quotes he received for landscape maintenance.  Representatives from both Cumberland Landscape Group and LandCare were present.  Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan and the second of Mr. McMullan, the board unanimously approved the lowest quote of LandCare as the provider of landscape maintenance.

Board Meeting Minutes

After Chairman Dortch gave the board members time to review the draft of the February 20, 2018 board meeting Minutes, upon the motion of Mr. Lawson, seconded by Mr. Morgan, they were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Morgan presented the Financial Report. He noted the board had invoices to approve in the total amount of $11,526.29. He also noted an error concerning tax revenue, and $30 has been added in revenue.  Upon the motion of Mr. Lawson, seconded by Mr. McMullan, the board unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Report including payment of the invoices.

Georgia Conservancy

Mr. Knight updated the board on the status of the Georgia Conservancy study.  At this time, all plans for the area have been reviewed and conversations are occurring with area stakeholders.  Georgia Conservancy will be at the April board meeting to present final recommendations.  Mr. Dortch asked that board members be called by the Georgia Conservancy for input prior to determination of recommendations.


Mr. Dortch led the discussion regarding expansion of the CID.  Mr. Knight has identified 150 parcels for potential expansion.  The 4 main areas of expansion were discussed and general agreement was reached about focusing on the area between South Marietta Parkway and Roswell Road.  Mr. Rainey explained the benefits of including residential areas, which aren’t taxed by the CID, to help expand the footprint and opportunities for projects.  Mr. Dortch asked that the expansion list that includes board member assignments be recirculated. 

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled on April 17, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

There being no further business, Mr. Dortch adjourned the meeting at 8:24 a.m.

 Approved by the Gateway Marietta CID Board of Directors this _17__ day of ___April____, 2018.                                            



Caroline Whaley