BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Regular Board Meeting Minutes

January 30, 2018

 

The regular meeting of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) was held January 30, 2018, 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 called to order were:  Chris Harper, Cliff Sowell, TK King, Jean Tinnin, and Mitchell Smith.  Also present were President Wally Orrel, Attorney Jay Duncan, and Executive Assistant Teresa Gibson.

Board Members:  Ray Williams and JR Grovner 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.   Mitchell Smith made the motion to approve the agenda.  Jean Tinnin seconded the motion.  Mr. Harper asked if there were any changes, additions, or deletions.  None were given and the motion carried unanimously.

Chris Harper requested a motion to approve the December 12, 2017 regular board meeting minutes.  Jean Tinnin made the motion to approve the December 12, 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 highlighted again this month that the tax revenues are down substantially due to the lateness of the property tax bills being delayed. The current tax bills were not submitted until December which is three months later than normal. This will cause the revenues in 2018 to be substantially larger due to this issue. The only other issue was the unbudgeted expenses in legal fees for the Waterfront transaction with Oaks on the River. Other than these two items, Cliff spoke to the Board about the November-December 2017 financials which mirrored November-December 2016. Dr. Sowell also spoke to the Board about the Year-end financials which mirrored Year-end of 2016. Dr. Sowell asked the Board if they had any questions.  No questions were asked.

Old Business

  1. Wally Orrel announced that the property closing of 10 acres in the Tidewater Industrial Complex to International Décor Outlet is complete.

New Business

  1. Chris Harper requested a motion to approve The Darien News as the legal organ for the MCIDA. Jean Tinnin made the motion to approve The Darien News as the legal organ for the MCIDA.  Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
  2. Jean Tinnin requested a motion to approve Southeastern Bank as the MCIDA depository. Cliff Sowell made the motion to approve Southeastern Bank as the MCIDA depository.  TK King seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously. Chris Harper abstained.
  3. Election of Officers
    1. Chairman – Mitchell Smith nominated Chris Harper to be Chairman and made the motion to appoint Chris Harper as the Chairman of the MCIDA.  Cliff Sowell seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
    2. Vice Chairman – Mitchell Smith nominated Jean Tinnin to be Vice Chairman and made the motion to appoint Jean Tinnin as the Vice Chairman of the MCIDA.  TK King seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
    3. Secretary/Treasurer –  Mitchell Smith nominated Cliff Sowell to be Secretary/Treasurer and made the motion to appoint Cliff Sowell as the Secretary/Treasurer of the MCIDA.  Jean Tinnin seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
  1. Chris Harper requested a motion to approve Cliff Sowell as Board Appointee to Southeast GA Joint Development Authority Board. Jean Tinnin made the motion to approve Cliff Sowell as Board Appointee.  Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
  2. Wally Orrel requested a motion to approve Blessing of the Fleet to use Office Building, Waterfront Park, Outside Docks from April 12-16, 2018 and the pond at Tidewaters Industrial Complex for Kids’s Rodeo on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Cliff Sowell made the motion to approve Blessing of the Fleet.  Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
  3. Wally Orrel requested a motion to approve the revenues from property closing of the 10 acres to International Décor Outlet to reduce loan amount at Southeastern Bank. Jean Tinnin made the motion to approve revenues from IDO purchase to be applied towards debt.  TK King and Cliff Sowell seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.  Chris Harper abstained.
  4. Chris Harper requested a motion to approve of Paving bid in Tidewaters Industrial Complex to go to lowest bidder which was East Coast Asphalt. Cliff Sowell made the motion to approve paving bid.  Mitchell Smith seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.
  5. Wally Orrel announced that for the year 2018 McIntosh County is in a Tier 1 Status along with 70 other counties in the state of Georgia. State of Georgia will guide companies to Tier 1 Status Counties for tax breaks.

President’s Report

  1. Wally Orrel announced that Tidewaters Industrial Complex is looking better along I-95. The land has been cleared and there are new billboards up along I-95.
  2. Wally Orrel announced that although he has thoroughly loved his job and has appreciated all of the MCIDA Board of Directors for their support and leadership. He plans to retire June 30, 2018.

MCIDA Board Member Reports

  1. Chris Harper announced that Michael Hardy, Martin Nesmith, Martin Miller and himself went to Atlanta on January 10th to meet with politicians concerning the State of Georgia and the desire for Rural Georgia Initiative and wants McIntosh to be part of it.

Executive Session

Chris Harper asked Jay Duncan if there was a need for Executive Session and Mr. Duncan replied yes.  Chris called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss Personnel and Legal.  Jean Tinnin made the motion to move into Executive Session and TK King seconded the motion.  The motion passes unanimously and at 6:35 p.m. the meeting moved into Executive Session.

At 7:09 p.m. the meeting moved out of Executive Session to regular session with a motion by Mitchell Smith and seconded by Cliff Sowell.  The motion carried unanimously

Announcements

Wally Orrel announced that we had 2 board members with a birthday this month and wished them a happy birthday.

Chris Harper called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.   Mitchell Smith made the motion to adjourn the meeting, TK King seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously, the meeting adjourned at 7:11 p.m.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5:00 p.m. workshop and 6:00 p.m. board meeting.