BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Regular Board Meeting Minutes
May 30, 2017

The regular meeting of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) was held May 30, 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, Jean Tinnin, Mitchell Smith, and Ray Williams.  Also present was President Wally Orrel, Attorney Jay Duncan, and Executive Assistant, Karen Hlusko.

Board Members JR Grovner and TK King were absent.

Chris Harper welcomed the Board 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.  Jean Tinnin 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 April 25, 2017 regular board meeting minutes.  Mitchell Smith made the motion to approve the April 25, 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 April 2017 financials. Dr. Sowell asked the Board if they had any questions.  No questions were asked.

Old Business – none at this time

New Business
Wally Orrel spoke with the Board about a visit on May 17 and 18 from retail specialists from Atlanta.  Lauren Price with Georgia EMC and Michael Dahmer with Lee & Associates were down recently.  Mr. Orrel took them around to three areas to get their feedback, the Villages at Shellman Bluff, the Darien Outlet Mall, and Downtown Darien.  Ms. Price and Mr. Dahmer provided positive feedback regarding the prospects for the area.

President’s Report
Chris Harper asked Wally Orrel for the President’s Report.   Mr. Orrel spoke to the Board about the recent fly-in to Atlanta.  Chris Harper and Mitchell Smith, as well as County,  City and BOE representatives met with project managers in Atlanta, Mr. Orrel presented to the project managers during the meeting.  Mr. Orrel said that it helps to show the project managers in Atlanta that the community can work together.  Mr. Orrel also mentioned that a project visited last week with their investors.  Things are moving in a positive direction.

MCIDA Board Member Reports – none at this time.

Executive Session – Chris Harper asked Attorney Jay Duncan if there was a need for Executive Session, to which Mr. Duncan replied yes.  Chris Harper called for a motion to move into Executive Session where real estate, legal, and personnel issues could be discussed. Cliff Sowell made the motion to move into Executive Session where real estate, legal, and personnel issues could be discussed.  Mitchell Smith seconded the motion, the motion passed unanimously and at 6:11 p.m. the meeting moved into Executive Session.

At 7:23 p.m. the meeting moved out of Executive Session where real estate, legal, and personnel issues were discussed, to regular session.

Announcements – none at this time

Chris Harper called for a motion regarding the MCIDA current contract with the IDO-FTZ Corp.  After discussion during Executive Session, Jean Tinnin made the motion to terminate the current MOU agreement with the IDO-Free Trade Zone Corp.  Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

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 7:24 p.m.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. workshop and 6:00 p.m. board meeting.