Regular Meeting Minutes
August 25, 2015

The regular meeting of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) was held August 25, 2015, in the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority’s meeting room, 103 Fort King George Drive, Darien, Georgia, at 6:00 pm. Chairman, Chris Harper called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Board Members present at meeting call to order were: Chris Harper, Bill Hill, Jean Tinnin, JR Grovner, Russell Kent, Fred Stregles, and Cliff Sowell. Also present were President, Wally Orrel; Attorney, Jay Duncan; Executive Assistant, Vicki Jones; and past Executive Assistant, Judy Draffin.

All board members were present.

Guest: Carrie Aston

Russell Kent offered the invocation.

Invocation was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the American Flag.

Mr. Harper asked for a motion to approve the agenda. Bill Hill so moved, seconded by Russell Kent. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Harper called for approval of the board minutes from the July 31, 2015 meeting. Motion was made by Russell Kent and seconded by Jean Tinnin, to approve the July 31, 2015 board minutes. The motion carried unanimously.

Chris Harper looked to Jean Tinnin for a Treasurer’s report for the period ending July 31, 2015. Jean brought attention to the fact that the 2014 assessment to the Outlet Mall had not yet been received. Mr. Orrel stated that payment of the Performance Cert assessment has always been rendered in the past, and he expects that to continue. Additionally, he noted that interest is added each month to the assessment payment. Jean pointed out that the budget for the Water System owned by the IDA was scheduled to be received in July and it was noted that the funds have now been received and will appear on next month’s financials. According to Jean, all else remains on target. If anyone has questions, please call her.

Old Business


New Business

Bill Hill moved to add signature authority on the money market account to Vicki Jones, the newly hired Executive Assistant; to enable her to transfer funds from the money market account to the general account on an as-needed basis, as has been the practice. The motion was seconded by Jean Tinnin. The motion carried unanimously and Mr. Harper abstained.

Wally stated that the IDA credit card in Judy Draffin’s name had been cancelled. Bill Hill moved to put an IDA new credit card account in Vicki Jones’s name, at the same level as Judy Draffin. The motion was seconded by Russell Kent. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Harper called for acceptance of the 2013 Audit Report, Cliff Sowell so moved, seconded by Russell Kent. Wally stated all board members will be sent a copy the next day electronically.

President’s Report


  • IDA hosted a small luncheon after the Commissioner’s meeting for IDO Personnel
  • Wally will be touring a 12-person group from IDO in McIntosh focused on our schools; a tour of the Savannah Port will follow
  • Lease has not been signed, but very close

Upcoming meetings that Mr. Orrel will attend:

  • SOAR (Suppliers Opportunities & Aerospace Resources Conference) 1-day conference
  • GEDA Annual Conference

Announcements and Adjournment

  • Russell announced an upcoming CCA event that will take place on September 19 to raise money to support 4-regional projects that has direct economic development benefit to the region.
  • Wally announced an upcoming event: Lucky Monday on the River Annual Chamber Auction, September 14

There being no board member reports, Chris asked if we had need for executive session to which our attorney answered “no.”

There being no further announcements Bill Hill moved to adjourn, seconded by Jean Tinnin. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm.