Board Planning Minutes 12/18/18

Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District

Meeting of Board of Directors

Parkway Center

1850 Parkway Place, Suite 110

Marietta, Georgia 30067

December 18, 2018




Board Members in Attendance

Mark Lawson – Chairman

Kim Gresh – Vice Chairman

Bob Morgan – Treasurer

Milton Dortch

Jon Harris

Rube McMullan


Other Officer

Caroline Whaley, SCP - Secretary


Other Attendees

Lynn Rainey, Board Counsel

Cheryl Richardson, City of Marietta

Joseph Goldstein, City of Marietta

Michael Leithead, Leithead Consulting

Heidi Dasinger, Marietta Power & Water

Holly Quinlan, CT&T

Heath Garrett


Call to Order

At 7:31 a.m. Chairman Mark Lawson called the meeting to order.


Board Meeting Minutes

Mr. Lawson gave the board members time to review the draft of the November 13, 2018 board meeting Minutes.  Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan, seconded by Ms. Gresh, the Minutes were approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Morgan presented the Financial Report. He noted the board had invoices to approve in the amount of $23,000.  Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan, seconded by Mr. Dortch, the board unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Report including payment of the invoices.


2018 Year in Review

Ms. Whaley walked the board through a review of the year, highlighting projects and activities for the year and providing updates in terms of the status.  Mr. Lawson recognized the partners in the room, Councilwoman Richardson, Councilman Goldstein, Heidi Dasinger and Holly Quinlan.


Ms. Whaley presented the updated crime data provided by the Marietta Police.  It was noted that crime is continuing to decrease but there is still work to be done.

Mr. Leithead spoke to the board about his current expansion efforts.  To date, Mr. Leithead and Ms. Whaley have attended over 20 prospect meetings and 2 parcels have signed to join.  Mr. Leithead explained the process for expansion.  Board members asked questions about the process as well as data that is being used to help sell the CID to new members. 


2019 Budget

Mr. Lawson lead the board through the draft 2019 Financial Overview.  Ms. Whaley provided updates on membership and sponsorship opportunities.  Mr. Rainey provided a perspective on Select Cobb and its impact on economic development. 


Ms. Whaley discussed the potential projects with the board, with a focus on a market analysis study and how it differs from the Georgia Conservancy Study and a Master Plan.  Mr. Rainey noted that the potential projects are all opportunities to seek outside funding and leverage funds.  Ms. Whaley will investigate outside funding options. 


Relighting the interstate between North Marietta and South Marietta Parkway was mentioned by Mr. Dortch. 


Mr. Morgan will send the 2018 actual expenditures for Ms. Whaley to distribute to the board for reflection prior to 2019 Budget approval at the January 2019 meeting. 


Mr. McMullan updated the board on Blanche Underpass and discussed possible opportunities.  Ms. Whaley is to secure quotes for clean up, pressure washing and regular maintenance of the area. 


Mr. McMullan also raised the project idea of revisiting signage for the area.  Ms. Whaley will follow up on this project and talk with the City about its signage.


The board agreed to lower the 2019 Budget projection for expansion commissions to $50,000 and will budget $5,000 to Blanche Underpass.  Ms. Whaley will address these changes in the draft, and a 2019 Budget will be approved at the January meeting.


Board Structure

Board posts 1, 2, 4 & 5 will come up for election in May.  Ms. Whaley highlighted the board meeting dates for 2019.


Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled on January 15, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.


There being no further business, Mr. Lawson adjourned the meeting at 10:06 a.m.


Approved by the Gateway Marietta CID Board of Directors this ___ day of _________________, 2019   




Caroline Whaley