Board Meeting Minutes 5/21/19
Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District
Meeting of Board of Directors
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
Caroline Whaley, SCP - Secretary
Lynn Rainey, Board Counsel
Alvin Huff, City of Marietta
Dana Johnson, Select Cobb
Geoff Koski, Bleakly Advisory Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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