BRUNSWICK AND GLYNN COUNTY
MINUTES – December 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Chamber Large Board Room
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT
MEL BAXTER, STAFF
JOHN SCOTT, STAFF
JOAN HEARN, STAFF
SHERRI PRUITT, STAFF
REES SUMERFORD, COUNSEL
ROB BURR, GCAC
TERRA WINSLETT, GCAC
PETE SNELL, CPTC
RICK TOWNSEND, GICA
ROD SAWALL, GICA
JASON COLEY, GEORGIA POWER
ALYCE THORNHILL, GDEcD
JENNIFER FORDHAM, GDCA
DAVIN GASTWIRTH, 12 STONE CONTRACTING GROUP
MIKE ELAM, 12 STONE CONTRACTING GROUP211
BILL AUSTIN, CITIZEN
LINDSEY ADKISON, BRUNSWICK NEWS
I. CALL TO ORDER –Chairman Cedric King called the meeting to order at 10:00am.
II. INVOCATION WELCOME GUESTS
Mel Baxter gave invocation and Chairman Cedric King welcomed guests.
III. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
IV. PUBLIC COMMENT – Chairman Cedric King invited public comments from the guests.
V. ACCEPT AGENDA
AMMEND AGENDA – A MOTION was made by Bruce Dixon, seconded by Jack Kilgore and passed unanimously to amend the agenda to add Pending or Potential Litigation OCGA Section 50-14-2 to Executive Session. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0
VI. OATH OF OFFICE – NEW BOARD MEMBER – Rees Sumerford
Mr. Sumerford had Paulo Albuquerque take the oath as a new board member for a 3-year term to expire on 7/31/19 or when successor is appointed and Wayne Johnson take the oath for a second 3-year term expiring on 7/31/19 or when successor is appointed.
VII. NEW BOARD OFFICER RECOMMENDATION FOR SECRETARY-TREASURER
A MOTION was made by Bruce Dixon, seconded by Paulo Albuquerque and passed unanimously to approve recommendations of Wayne Johnson to serve as Secretary-Treasurer. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
VIII. GICA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM – Rick Townsend
Dr. Rick Townsend, CEO of Golden Isles Career Academy gave a presentation with information of the mission and goals of the apprentice program. The strategy is to “Americanize” the German Skill Program for youth apprenticeship.
IX. GCAC – Rob Burr
A. Informational Items
Rob Burr reported various airport updates to the board including the youth aviation day and the new dates of March 24-26, 2017 for the Wings of Golden Isles.
X. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A. October 24, 2016 Minutes
A MOTION was made by Bruce Dixon and seconded by Paulo Albuquerque to approve the October 24, 2016 Meeting Minutes. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A. Approve Financials – October 2016
Mel Baxter reviewed the October 2016 financial statements. The Authority’s financial situation remains strong. The Authority issued the final payment in the amount of $5,000 to Precision Metals from the Share the Future fund bringing the balance to just over $572,000 at the end of August.
A draft of the audit was included in the board books for their review prior to the next meeting.
A MOTION was made by Jack Kilgore, seconded by Wayne Johnson and passed to approve the October 2016 financials as presented. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
XII. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
A. New Business Recruitment – Mel Baxter
• Mel Baxter and John Scott attended the GEDA in Atlanta and met with various Project Managers after words.
• Mel Baxter announced that John Scott received the Chairman of the Year by GEDA.
• Gateway Industrial Park continues to move forward and Mel Baxter will keep the board apprised of the progress.
• Mel Baxter and Cedric King will be attending interviews for the Downtown Economic Development Manager position. More to come.
B. RSM 2016 Update
Mel Baxter reported that this year’s Seventh Annual RSM event had the highest attendance to date with 21 guests and 75 attending the kick off reception at the Saint Simons Island CVB Center.
C. Business, Retention and Expansion (BRE) Update and Communications Update – John Scott
• John Scott is working with Coastal Pine Technical College on the GED program they are implementing. More to come.
• John Scott continues to work with the Downtown Development Authority on their Strategic Plan and will keep the board apprised of the progress.
• John Scott is currently working on the Manufacturer Appreciation Week (MAW) and the names for submission. John will keep the board apprised of the progress.
D. Strategic Planning
Mel Baxter reported that the final Strategic Planning presentations will be held today and a decision will be reached promptly.
XIII. CHAIRMAN ITEMS
A. Update from Rod Sawall with GICA
Rod Sawall reported that the GICA certification report is complete with GICA receiving a great report along with a handful of recommendations. Rod Sawall was also pleased to report that GICA was nominated as the Career Academy of the Year.
B. Update from Pete Snell with Coastal Pine
Pete Snell reported that Coastal Pine is currently in the midst of the Spring registration and are on schedule to have approximately 2,500 students enrolled when complete.
Chairman Cedric King announced to the board that Pinova is in the final stages of the sale of the company and is expected to be complete in the next few weeks. More to come.
XIV. IMPORTANT DATES
A. Development Authority Board Meeting – 10:00am, Monday, January 23rd, 2017
B. Grits ‘n’ Issues – 8:15am, Friday -December 16th
C. Eggs ‘n’ Issues- Georgia World Congress Center – January 9-10th
XV. EXECUTIVE SESSION
A. Closed Session – Pending or Potential Litigation OCGA Section 50-14-2
B. Closed Session–Discussion of Personnel OCGA Section 50-14-2(b)(2)
A MOTION was made by Bruce Dixon, seconded by Wayne Johnson and passed to enter Closed Session to discuss Pending or Potential Litigation OCGA Section 50-14-2 and Personnel OCGA Section 50-14-2(b)(2). The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A MOTION to return to Open Session was made by Jack Kilgore, seconded by Paulo Albuquerque. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
Returned to Open Session
A MOTION was made by Jack Kilgore, seconded by Wayne Johnson to approve continuing Health Insurance coverage with United Healthcare as submitted. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A MOTION was made by Wayne Johnson, seconded by Bruce Dixon to approve bonuses for Development Authority Staff. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A MOTION was made by Bruce Dixon, seconded by Paulo Albuquerque to approve the Contract between the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and Joan Hearn as submitted, subject to legal review. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A MOTION to adjourn was made by Bruce Dixon, seconded by Jack Kilgore. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.
Approved Board Meeting
Chairman Cedric King
Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority
Attachments may be viewed on our website or in the Minutes Book at the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority office at 1505 Richmond Street.