Board Meeting Minutes 4/17/18

Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District

Meeting of Board of Directors

Parkway Center

1850 Parkway Place, Suite 520

Marietta, Georgia 30067

April 17, 2018




Board Members in Attendance

Mark Lawson

Milton Dortch

Bob Morgan

Rube McMullan

Tom Flanigan

Kim Gresh

Board Members Not in Attendance

Roger Davis

Other Attendees

Lynn Rainey, Board Counsel

Joe Knight, SCP

Caroline Whaley, SCP

Cheryl Richardson, City of Marietta, City Council

Joseph Goldstein, City of Marietta, City Council

Daniel Cummings, City of Marietta

Courtney Verdier, City of Marietta

Josh Winter, Winter Design

Laura Keefe, YELLS

Greg Teague, Croy Engineering

Chris Rideout, Croy Engineering

Dan Dobry, Croy Engineering

Heidi Dasinger, Marietta Power & Water

Holly Quinlan, Cobb Travel & Tourism

James Hudgins, ARCADIS

Justin Shaw, LandCare

Russ Offerman, LandCare

Heath Garrett, GMHC360/SCP

Geogg Kaski, Bleakly Advisory Group

Katherine Moore, Georgia Conservancy

Johanna McCrehan, Georgia Conservancy


 Call to Order

At 7:30 a.m. Chairman Milton Dortch called the board session to order.

Oath of Office

Board Counsel Lynn Rainey administered the oath of office to new board member Kim Gresh.

Board Meeting Minutes

Chairman Dortch gave the board members time to review the draft of the March 20, 2018 board meeting Minutes Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan, seconded by Mr. Lawson, 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 $6,492. Upon the motion of Mr. Lawson, seconded by Ms. Gresh, the board unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Report including payment of the invoices.

City Update

Daniel Cummings from the City updated progress of Ikea and that they should be closing on the shopping plaza parcel in a week with projected late summer/early fall demolition of buildings. The City approved Drive Shack’s detailed plan of the site the week of April 9.  Mr. Cummings noted that two tenants remain in the Flea Market and are looking for a new location.  Once they have vacated, the site will be cleared and pad ready. Franklin Gateway Streetscape Project is substantially complete with punch list items being completed over the next month.  Resurfacing project is not complete and a portion of it will be held until Ikea has completed the demolition work.  Hampton Inn is scheduled to open this weekend, April 21, and the Wyndham is undergoing major renovations.  City wide, Marietta Food Hall has acquired its demolition permit and the City Farmers Market has opened in the Old Wal-Mart on Powder Springs Street.  Over the weekend, City Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mountain to River Trail.

Landscape Conversation

Mr. Knight updated the board on the new findings since the last meeting where the Board voted LandCare to be the new landscape maintenance provider.  Due to miscommunication on the scope of the work, after reviewing the scope, LandCare resubmitted their price.  Due to the higher price, Mr. Knight asked the board to review the revised proposals.  During the last month, Mr. Knight asked Cumberland, the CID’s existing landscape maintenance provider, to continue through April until a final decision was made.  The Board reviewed the bids and discussed.  Mr. Rainey provided legal clarification and advised the Board of the procedures to take regarding a new vote due to new information.  Upon the motion of Mr. Lawson and a second by Mr. Flanigan the board unanimously voted to rescind the motion approving LandCare as the maintenance at the March 20, 2018 meeting.  Mr. Morgan made a motion to approve Cumberland as the provider of landscape maintenance and Mr. McMullan gave the second.  Mr. Dortch called for discussion.  Chairman Dortch called for the vote, and the Board voted 5 to 1 in favor of Cumberland providing landscape maintenance, with Mr. Dortch opposed.

Board Updates

Chairman Dortch updated the Board on the roles of Joe Knight and Caroline Whaley serving as co-Executive Directors for the CID.  In addition, Mr. Dortch updated the Board on security and noted that crime in Zone 1 is down 30% from a year ago.

Franklin Gateway Extension Project

Caroline Whaley updated the Board on progress of the initial study done by Croy Engineering.  She welcomed Croy to the meeting and asked them to present.  Greg Teague and Chris Rideout updated the board on the proposed project of extending Franklin Gateway to Roswell Road.  Information regarding projected budget, initial stakeholders and timeline were presented.  Croy opened up to questions by the Board and there was discussion.  Heath Garrett recommended that he meet with the Mayor of Marietta to have informal conversations regarding this project and report back to the Board at the May meeting.  Mr. Rainey confirmed at this time no vote is needed to move forward with discussions. 

Board Update

Chairman Dortch updated the Board there may be no meetings for the month of June and July.  At that time Mr. Lawson mentioned that there will be expenses to be paid for those months.  The Board requested that Mr. Knight provide invoices at the May meeting.

Georgia Conservancy

Katherine Moore from the Georgia Conservancy presented to the board the draft findings from the study done of the CID.  She reported four areas of competitive difference for the CID and draft recommendations.  Ms. Moore will return at the May meeting to present the final report.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled on May 15, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

There being no further business, Mr. Dortch adjourned the meeting at 9:09 a.m.

 Approved by the Gateway Marietta CID Board of Directors this _15__ day of ___May_____, 2018.




Caroline Whaley