Board Meeting Minutes 2/12/19

Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District

Meeting of Board of Directors

Parkway Center

1850 Parkway Place, Suite 110

Marietta, Georgia 30067

February 12, 2019



Board Members in Attendance

Mark Lawson – Chairman

Kim Gresh – Vice Chairman

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

Daniel Foster, GA Commute Options

Courtney Verdier, City of Marietta

Laura Keefe, YELLS

Slade Gulledge, Cobb Chamber

Keith Franklin, Freese & Nichols

Geneva Robertson, ACP

Call to Order

At 7:34 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 January 15, 2019 board meeting Minutes.  Upon the motion of Ms. Gresh, seconded by Mr. McMullan, the Minutes were approved unanimously.

City Update

Daniel Cummings of the City updated the board that the Flea Market’s remaining tenant has identified a location to move and is in the process for pulling permits on the new site.  The City has entered into a termination agreement with Drive Shack and remains optimistic about what will come next.  Plans have been submitted by Traton Homes for 102 townhomes on the Salvage Yard site.  This will go before the planning commission and then City Council in March.  Home2Suites is set to open in April.  The separate parcel of the old Holiday Inn has no news currently and there has been no movement on the Fairfield Inn rezoning project.  Marietta Square Market is set to open in April.

Expansion Update

Mr. Leithead updated the board on the status of expansion, which he states is moving along well. The meeting with The Simpson Organization was well received and Mr. Leithead is remaining in close contact with Scott Bryan about next steps.  He stated that his focus has shifted to targeting the hotels within the expansion area.  Mr. Leithead discussed the next steps in the expansion process.  The GMCID board will need to approve the proposed packet, along with the City and the Tax Commissioner.  Mr. Leithead will have a packet for review at the March board meeting.  Ms. Whaley provided the board with an expansion map highlighting consented properties.  An updated map will be sent to board members as properties continue to join.


Additionally, Mr. Leithead spoke to the board regarding the proposed Constitutional Amendment regarding CIDs.  Ms. Whaley stated that she is a part of the conversation and participated in the conference call on Monday with other CID executive directors and the Council for Quality Growth.  At this time, information is still being gathered.  Ms. Whaley will update the board as more information becomes available.


Project Update

Ms. Whaley updated the board on recent project developments.  The board discussed the two market study proposals from Haddow & Co and Bleakly Advisory Group.  The board is to submit questions regarding the proposals and Ms. Whaley will work with the two firms to supply answers back to the board.  Representatives from the firms will be available, if the board so chooses, at the March meeting. 


Ms. Whaley presented revised landscape maintenance numbers for the 2019 budget.  The new budgeted amount of $75,245 reflects an increase in maintenance to include the northeast quadrant of the South Marietta Parkway exit, right of way at Blanche Drive/Underpass and a one time vegetative clean up of Blanche Underpass. Mr. McMullan expressed concern that a large portion was focused on Blanche Drive for maintenance and is this the right focus.  Ms. Whaley updated the board on recent conversations with the City as well as the Marietta Arts Council.  Mr. McMullan presented a rendering of the bridge and discussed the importance of this area as a connection point between east and west Marietta.  Ms. Gresh spoke to the issue of maintenance to the area to ensure that beautification stays strong.  Upon the motion of Mr. McMullan seconded by Ms. Gresh the motion to increase the landscape maintenance budget passed unanimously. 


Ms. Whaley presented the board a proposal from Cumberland Landscape Group to replace 959 dead/declining roses at South Marietta Parkway and Delk Road exits.  The cost to remove and replace the roses is $30,735.95.  Ms. Whaley confirmed that the roses are the lowest priced option and a DOT approved replacement.  Upon the motion of Ms. Gresh seconded by Mr. Harris the motion to replace the declining roses passed unanimously.  


Treasurer’s Report

The financial report was not presented.  Mr. Lawson confirmed to move forward with payment of budgeted items.

Other Business

Mr. Lawson recognized City Councilwoman Cheryl Richardson and Councilman Goldstein.  Councilwoman Richardson commented on the latest actions of the City Council to not allow scooters on the Square.  Councilman Goldstein informed the board about the Small Cell Bill being introduced.  Mr. Cummings updated the board on legislation pertaining to zoning ordinances and new housing. 


Mr. Foster of GA Commute Options addressed the board about his role in working in the area to provide commute option incentives to get single occupancy cars off the road.


Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled on March 19, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.


There being no further business, Mr. Lawson adjourned the meeting at 8:40 a.m.


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




Caroline Whaley