Board Meeting Minutes 5/21/19

Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District

Meeting of Board of Directors

Parkway Center

1850 Parkway Place, Suite 110

Marietta, Georgia 30067

May 21, 2019




Board Members in Attendance

Mark Lawson – Chairman

Kim Gresh – Vice Chairman

Bob Morgan - Treasurer

Jon Harris

Rube McMullan


Other Officer

Caroline Whaley, SCP - Secretary


Other Attendees

Lynn Rainey, Board Counsel

Alvin Huff, City of Marietta

Dana Johnson, Select Cobb

Geoff Koski, Bleakly Advisory Group

Jon McElevy

Dan Dobry, Croy Engineering

Heidi Dasinger, Marietta Power & Water

Joseph Goldstein, City of Marietta

Cheryl Richardson, City of Marietta

Heath Garrett, SCP

Daniel Foster, GA Commute Options

Cam Cameron, SPM

Laura Keefe, YELLS

Blanca Rodriguez, Home Depot

Michael Leithead, Leithead Consulting, LLC

Hamilton Holmes, Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects

Brad Williamson, Senator Johnny Isakson


Call to Order

At 7:35 a.m. Chairman Mark Lawson called the board meeting.


Board Meeting Minutes

Mr. Lawson gave the board members time to review the draft of the April 16, 2019 board meeting Minutes.  Upon the motion of Ms. Gresh, seconded by Mr. Morgan, the Minutes were approved unanimously.





Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Morgan presented the invoices for approval totaling $23,606.  Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan, seconded by Mr. Lawson, the board unanimously approved the payment of the invoices.


Proposed Millage Rate

Mr. Rainey addressed the Board regarding the proposed millage rate for the CID that will be voted on in July.  The consensus from the Board is to advertise a proposed 5 mills.  Mr. Rainey will take the necessary steps to advertise this before the Board meets and votes in July.


Project Updates

Ms. Whaley informed the board that the 2019 expansion packet as approved by the GMCID board had been certified by the Tax Commissioner on May 5, 2019.


Ms. Whaley informed the board that documents have been signed for the landscape design along Delk and South Marietta Parkway.   


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 for election of Post 1, 2, 4 and 5.  Upon the motion of Mr. Morgan and the second of Ms. Gresh the Rules of Caucus were unanimously adopted.


The following were unanimously elected to the following Posts for a three year term:  Post 1, Rube McMullan.  Post 2, Bob Morgan.  Post 4, Jon Harris.  Post 5, Milton Dortch.


Mr. Rainey administered the Oath of Office to those present, Mr. McMullan, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Harris.


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


Board Update

Mr. Flanigan has expressed his desire to resign.  As the City appointee, the City will be working to find a replacement upon his official resignation.


City Update

Alvin Huff of the City updated the board that Hilton Home2Suites will be opening this summer.  School House Brewery Grand Opening is scheduled for May 31. This opening is a part of the growth of the brewery business in Marietta.  The City is continuing to work on streetscaping and will be completing the area closer to Fairground. The proposed submittal for townhomes at the Salvage yard will go before Planning Commission in May.  In addition, the City announced plans for a Lidl to come to the old A&P site.


Mr. Huff also provided an overview of Federal Opportunity Zones and the Franklin Gateway area.  Mr. Lawson requested a map showing the CID in relation to the Opportunity Zone. Mr. Huff will work on this as well as provide Ms. Whaley with additional information to share with the board.  In addition, the board has requested Mr. Huff to come back in the near future to provide a more in depth discussion about this topic.

Project Updates


Mr. Lawson thanks Mr. Leithead for his work pertaining to expansion.  Mr. Lawson stated that the board will be considering best next steps and will discuss at the July meeting.


Ms. Whaley updated the board on recent activity regarding public art along Franklin Gateway as well as the Blanche Underpass project.  Dana Johnson with the Marietta Arts Council is working with Ms. Whaley in evaluating options.  A meeting is being planned for June to meet with City of Marietta to discuss potential locations.  Ms. Whaley answered questions regarding landscape maintenance and will be following up on items relating to clean up at Blanche Drive.


Marketing Update

Ms. Whaley presented sponsorship and marketing opportunities to the board.  The board members support sponsoring the Chamber of Commerce Transportation & Mobility Summit at the Silver level, $1,500, which is in our Budget. 


Ms. Whaley also presented an advertising opportunity in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Economic Development magazine.  Questions were asked in regards to metrics for measuring lead generation.  Mr. Harris highlighted the need for establishing a marketing strategy.  The board members support moving forward with a 1/6 page ad at $1,000, which is in our Budget.


Mr. McMullan asked Ms. Whaley to speak with Winter Design about spacing of plants in the new landscape project.  He stated that decreasing the amount of plants should reduce the cost for install.  Ms. Whaley will follow up on this item and report back.


Bleakly Advisory Group Update

Geoff Koski of Bleakly Advisory Group provided an initial report on existing conditions, impact and future growth analysis. He remarked on the importance of taking advantage of the Federal Opportunity Zone.  The presentation is a baseline assessment building the framework for who we are and where we are going.  Mr. Harris requested to see median data as well as averages.  Next report will be at the July board meeting


Other Business

Daniel Foster of GA Commute Options extended an invitation to the Transportation Projects Update on June 6, 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Cobb Chamber of Commerce. 


Next Meeting

The next regular board meeting is scheduled on July 16, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.


There being no further business, Mr. Lawson adjourned the meeting at 8:55 a.m.


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





Caroline Whaley