BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Regular Board Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2017

The regular meeting of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) was held April 25, 2017, in the board room of the Industrial Development Authority Office, 103 Fort King George Drive, Darien, Georgia, at 6:00 p.m., Chairman, Chris Harper, called the meeting to order.

Board Members present at meeting call to order were:  Chris Harper, Cliff Sowell, TK King, and Ray Williams.  Also present were President Wally Orrel, Executive Assistant, Karen Hlusko, and guest Pete Snell.

Board Member Jean Tinnin arrived at 6:10 p.m.  Attorney Jay Duncan and Board Member JR Grovner were absent.

Chris Harper welcomed the Board and Pete Snell to the meeting.

Chris Harper offered the invocation which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

Chris Harper requested a motion to approve the agenda.  Mitchell Smith made the motion to approve the agenda.  Ray Williams seconded the motion.  Mr. Harper asked if there were any changes, additions, or deletions.  None were given.  The motion passed unanimously.

Chris Harper requested a motion to approve the March 28, 2017 regular board meeting minutes.  Ray Williams made the motion to approve the March 28, 2017 regular board meeting minutes.  The motion was seconded by Cliff Sowell.  The motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report
Chris Harper asked Cliff Sowell for the Treasurer’s Report.   Dr. Sowell spoke to the Board about the March 2017 financials. Dr. Sowell asked the Board if they had any questions.  No questions were asked.

Old Business – none at this time

New Business

  • Chris Harper updated the Board on the IDO.  Mr. Harper and several other people met in the IDA offices with representatives from the IDO.  It was a good and productive meeting, IDO shared their issues and dilemmas, there is no firm opening date but the IDO felt that they would be closer to a firm date within the next 30 days.
  • Signature cards on the checking, money market, and contingency accounts.  With the recent Board Member changes, the signature cards on the checking, money market, and contingency account need to be updated.  Chris Harper called for a motion to add Thornell King and Ray Williams to the signature cards, with Wally Orrel, Cliff Sowell, and Jean Tinnin continuing to have signing privileges.  Cliff Sowell made the motion to add Thornell King and Ray Williams to the signature cards, with Wally Orrel, Cliff Sowell, and Jean Tinnin continuing to have signing privileges. Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  Chris Harper, employee of Southeastern Bank, abstained.  The motion carried unanimously.

President’s Report
Chris Harper asked Wally Orrel for the President’s Report.   Mr. Orrel spoke to the Board about:

  • The Chamber and the many volunteers provided a wonderful Blessing of the Fleet Festival and the Chamber organized a safe and clean event that was well attended. Next year is going to be special as it will be the 50th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Darien.
  • I attended the annual Southern Economic Development Council “Meet the Consultants” Conference in Atlanta last week. Which was extremely informative. Amazon is changing the game for warehouse/distribution, wanting to be closer to population as their ultimate goal is to provide 8-hour shipping. Also, it is believed that driverless trucks will be a reality in 5-years. Finally, the number 1 issue for all industries is our available skilled workforce. We need to be able to demonstrate programs at the high school, college and technical college in place that are addressing this issue.

MCIDA Board Member Reports – Ray Williams asked Wally Orrel and Chris Harper about the current status of the Unified Economic Development Plan.  Mr. Orrel mentioned that the next meeting is coming up in the next few weeks and that Mr. Williams, and other Board Members, are welcome to attend the meeting.  So far, the meetings have had a good turnout.

Executive Session – Chris Harper asked President Wally Orrel if there was a need for Executive Session, to which Mr. Orrel replied no.

Announcements – none at this time

Chris Harper called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Cliff Sowell made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously, the meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. workshop and 6:00 p.m. board meeting.