Board meeting Minutes 1/15/19

Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District

Meeting of Board of Directors

Parkway Center

1850 Parkway Place, Suite 110

Marietta, Georgia 30067

January 15, 2019




Board Members in Attendance

Mark Lawson – Chairman

Kim Gresh – Vice Chairman

Bob Morgan – Treasurer

Milton Dortch

Rube McMullan


Other Officer

Caroline Whaley, SCP - Secretary


Other Attendees

Lynn Rainey, Board Counsel

Joseph Goldstein, City of Marietta

Michael Leithead, Leithead Consulting

Heidi Dasinger, Marietta Power & Water

James Hudgins, Arcadis

Jake King, Marietta PD

Daniel Foster, GA Commute Options

Courtney Verdier, City of Marietta

Dan Dobry, Croy Engineering

Laura Keefe, YELLS

Harry Archer, Marcus & Millichap

Jon Gargis, MDJ

Heath Garrett, SCP


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 December 18, 2018 board meeting Minutes.  Upon the motion of Ms. Gresh, seconded by Mr. Dortch, the Minutes were approved unanimously.


City Update

Courtney Verdier of the City updated the board that the Flea Market’s remaining tenant has identified a location to move.  The City has entered into a termination agreement with Drive Shack and remains optimistic about what will come next.  Drive Shack issued a positive press release stating that the change was not due to location but instead to change of leadership and direction of the company.  Home2Suites is set to open in the next couple of months.  Marietta Water is doing a major sewer project that will impact all of Franklin Gateway.  The work is being done on the Ikea site and will be an 18 month project.  School House Brewery announced its opening in Franklin Forrest.  Additional funding was received for Phase I & II of the Rottenwood Creek Trail project. 


Ms. Verdier also updated that the Marietta Square Market is set to open in the next couple of months, and that the City is updating its Envision LCI plan.  A public feedback session will be held January 26, 2019 at the Farmers Market.  Ms. Verdier will send Ms. Whaley a flyer to share with GMCID.


Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Morgan presented the Financial Report. He noted the board had invoices to approve in the amount of $9,867.  Upon the motion of Mr. Dortch, seconded by Ms. Gresh, the board unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Report including payment of the invoices.


Project Update

Ms. Whaley updated the board on recent project developments.  The 4 Flock Security cameras have been installed and are up and running.  Major King added that on the first day a stolen vehicle was tagged by the system.  He also noted that by the end of the week the cameras will be linked to all laptops.  In addition, Marietta PD has rolled out a SMILE program for registering home cameras such as Ring.


Ms. Whaley also provided updates on landscape maintenance and Blanche Underpass.


Expansion Update

Mr. Leithead updated the board on the status of expansion, which he states is moving along well.  He has contacted the Simpson Organization and is scheduled to follow up on January 21.  In addition, he has a meeting scheduled this week with GLP. 


2019 Budget

Ms. Whaley presented the board with the 2018 Budget and actuals as well as the 2019 Draft Budget and Financial Overview.  Mr. Lawson walked the board through the line items.  Information was presented regarding Select Cobb and the level of investment appropriate.  Mr. Garrett offered an update on Select Cobb and an encouragement to start at the $1,000 investment. 


In regard to potential projects, Mr. Lawson recommended that Market Study Analysis should be the top focus.  Additional projects discussed were relighting of I-75 and clean-up of Blanche Underpass.  Final recommendation is to approve the budget items with known costs and bring potential projects forward for discussion as they arise. 


Mr. Morgan made the motion to approve the presented budget through the Committed Projects section.  With a second by Ms. Gresh the board approved unanimously.  Ms. Whaley is to bring costs next month as they relate to the Market Study and Blanche Underpass.  Ms. Whaley asked for clarification on membership in organizations, and the board approved moving forward with membership in Select Cobb and Council for Quality Growth.



Other Business

Mr. Garrett provided a brief update on the Legislative Session and informed the board regarding a potential Constitutional Amendment regarding CIDs.  The board will be updated with developments.


Ms. Keefe notified the board and those in attendance that YELLS in currently seeking board members with connections to Franklin Gateway.  Please contact Ms. Keefe regarding this.    


Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled on February 12, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.


There being no further business, Mr. Lawson adjourned the meeting at 8:11 a.m.


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




Caroline Whaley