BRUNSWICK AND GLYNN COUNTY
MINUTES – July 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Chamber Large Board Room
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT
MEL BAXTER, STAFF
DAVE SMITH, STAFF
JOHN SCOTT, STAFF
SHERRI PRUITT, STAFF
REES SUMERFORD, COUNSEL
ROB BURR, GCAC
TERRA WINSLETT, GCAC
BEN LEE, COASTAL CPA
JENNIFER FORDHAM, GaDCA
JULIE MARTIN, CITY COMMISSIONER
ALAN OURS, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
ROD SAWALL, GICA
PETE SNELL, CPTC
JASON COLEY, GEORGIA POWER
PAULO ALBUQUERQUE, GEORGIA POWER
WOODY WOODSIDE, CHAMBER
DR. GREGORY ALOIA, CCGA
DR. TRACY PELLETT, CCGA
MONICA SMITH, SLEAT
ZERICK SAMPLES, CGCA
PAM SHIERLING, THE ISLANDER
LINDSEY ADKISON, BRUNSWICK NEWS
I. CALL TO ORDER –Chairman Bruce Dixon called the meeting to order at 10:00am.
II. INVOCATION WELCOME GUESTS
Jack Kilgore gave invocation and Chairman Bruce Dixon welcomed guests.
III. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
IV. PUBLIC COMMENT – Chairman Bruce Dixon invited public comments from the guests.
V. GCAC – Rob Burr
A. Georgia Power Utility Easement
Georgia Power has requested an easement at Tasteful Temptations on Demere Road. An underground distribution line is proposed.
A MOTION was made by Missy Neu and seconded by Jack Kilgore to approve the Georgia Power utility easement, subject to legal review. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
Rob Burr additionally reported that GCAC has awarded the North Apron Expansion Project to Summers Construction for the Base Bid, Alternate One and Alternate Two. It’s understood that Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority will take action to provide concurrence for the award.
GCAC has updated the financial policies pertaining to the FY15/16 Audit.
VI. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A. June 27, 2016 Minutes
A MOTION was made by Wayne Johnson and seconded by Cedric King to approve the June 27, 2016 Meeting Minutes. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
B. June 27, 2016 Called Minutes at 8am
A MOTION was made by Cedric King and seconded by Wayne Johnson to approve the June 27, 2016 Called Meeting Minutes at 8am meeting. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
C. June 27, 2016 Called Minutes at noon
A MOTION was made by Wayne Johnson and seconded by Cedric King to approve the June 27, 2016 Called Meeting Minutes at noon. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
D. July 1, 2016 Called Minutes
A MOTION was made by Cedric King and seconded by Wayne Johnson to approve the July 1, 2016 Called Meeting Minutes. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A. Approve Financials – June 2016
Dave Smith reviewed the June 2016 financial statements which mark the end of fiscal year. At year end, the Authority’s financial situation remains strong. The Annual Audit of the Authority’s financials has already begun. It is expected to be completed by September. The final payment to the Search Consultants for Executive Director was made in June along with the expenses incurred for a total amount of just under $23,000. In addition, the Authority contributed an investment in the CCGA in the amount of $10,000. The Share-the-Future fund balance at the end of June was just under $561,000.
A MOTION was made by Jack Kilgore, seconded by Wayne Johnson and passed to approve the June 2016 financials as presented. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
B. Approve 2016-2017 Strategic Planning Budget Amendment
Dave Smith reviewed the budget with the Authority and stated that all recommended adjustments by the Board will be amended and finalized in the August meeting.
VIII. DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Woody Woodside with the Brunswick-Chamber of Commerce presented the Wings Over Golden Isles Chalet Packages to the Board. There is a limited availability of the packages so anyone interested should contact Woody Woodside to reserve a spot.
A. Audit Committee Presentation and Acceptance – Ben Lee
Ben Lee reported on the audit committee presentation and gave updates on revisions on policies and procedures. The Board will review it and take a vote on it at the August meeting.
B. Update from Dr. Aloia with the College of Coastal Georgia
Dr. Aloia and Dr. Pellett gave a presentation reporting on the Advance Workforce Program with approximately 60 internships along with copies of the CCGA Strategic Plan for the upcoming year.
C. Update from Pete Snell with Coastal Pine
Pete Snell with Costal Pine gave updates for the upcoming year along with the German Entrepreneurship Program presentation to be held in Newnan, Georgia and attended by Pete Snell, Cedric King, Rod Sawall and John Scott. Pete Snell also reported on the potential LPN bridge for the nursing program at Coastal Pine.
D. New Business Recruitment – Mel Baxter
• Project USA still on-going with more to come.
• Met with Georgia Power and the JWSC group on partnerships and proposed growth for the benefit of the community.
• The six county Development Authority met with Kate McEnroe on the Workforce Analysis that is nearing completion. Mel will keep the Board apprised of the progress.
• Couple of projects growing in our area and one has purchased in our area that needed rail served properties.
• Another project is here but needing to expand and the Authority is working on a location here. More to come.
• Meeting with the Consul General from Japan at the Savannah World Trade Center this week. More to come.
E. Business, Retention and Expansion (BRE) Update and Communications Update –John Scott
• Organized lunch meeting with 10 Small Businesses on August 24th to share ideas. More to come.
• Working with the EDA intern, Kyle Edwards to compile report on industry visits.
• Working on several blog posts and live chats to see what best fits our needs in the community. Will keep the Board apprised of the progress.
IX. NEW BUSINESS
A. Share the Future
Project Container is locating to Glynn County in the downtown area and has purchased property with rail service. Project Machine is considering expansion because they have outgrown their current location. The Authority would like to extend incentives grants to both companies in the amount of $10,000 each for continued growth in Glynn County.
A MOTION was made by Cedric King, seconded by Jack Kilgore and passed to approve Share the Future funds in the amount of $10,000 each to Project Container and Project Machine as presented. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
B. Resolution of Approval for the Award of the Contract to Summers Concrete Contracting Inc. for the North Apron Expansion
A MOTION was made by Cedric King, seconded by Jack Kilgore and passed to approve the award of the contract to Summers Concrete Contracting Inc. for the North Apron Expansion as presented. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
X. OLD BUSINESS
A. Chamber, EDA and CVB Combined Vision Statement
The shared vision statement recommended is as follows:
Working together to make Brunswick and the Golden Isles an exceptional place in Georgia to live, work and visit by strengthening our communities and by enhancing the quality of life.
A MOTION was made by Cedric King, seconded by Jack Kilgore and passed to approve the shared vision state as presented. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
XI. CHAIRMAN ITEMS
A. Update from Rod Sawall with GICA
Rod Sawall reported on the generosity of both Brunswick High and Glynn Academy for spearheading donations of athletic equipment lost in floods in West Virginia. Rod Sawall also reported on various activities at GICA.
B. President, Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority
A MOTION was made by Wayne Johnson, seconded by Cedric King and passed to hire Mel Baxter for the position of President of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority as presented. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
XII. IMPORTANT DATES
A. Development Authority Board Meeting – 10:00, Monday, August 22, 2016
B. Wings Over Golden Isles Airshow, October 8-9, 2016 at Golden Isles Airport
C. Chamber Membership Luncheon at GICA – noon, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Appointment of 2016-2017 Board Officers and Passing of the Gavel
Wayne Johnson and Jack Kilgore spearheaded the nominating committee for officers and recommend the following:
Cedric King – Chairman
Jack Kilgore – Vice Chairman
Missy Neu – Secretary-Treasurer
Chairman Bruce Dixon turned the gavel over to the newly appointed Chairman, Mr. Cedric King.
XIV. EXECUTIVE SESSION
A. Closed Session –Personnel items pursuant to OCGA Section §50-14-2(b)(2)
A MOTION was made by Wayne Johnson, seconded by Jack Kilgore and passed to enter Closed Session to discuss Personnel items pursuant to OCGA Section §50-14-2(b)(2). The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
A MOTION to return to Open Session was made by Wayne Johnson, seconded by Bruce Dixon. The MOTION carried unanimously: 5-0.
Returned to Open Session
B. A MOTION was made by Wayne Johnson, seconded by Bruce Dixon to approve the independent contract between the Authority and Dave Smith at as presented. 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.