MEMBERS: Mr. Mark McGiboney, Chair; Ms. Loren Roberts, Vice-Chair;
Mr. Jonathan Eady, Mr. Mike Ready, Ms. Danielle Miller, Mr. Brian Barnard, and Ms.
STAFF: Matthew Pepper, city manager and DDA secretary/treasurer.
GUESTS: There were no guests in attendance.
OPENING: At 7:02 PM, Mr. McGiboney called the meeting to
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Upon motion of Mr. Ready, seconded by Mr. Eady, the
minutes for the meeting on November 29, 2018 were approved. The vote was 7 – 0.
ON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT ALONG HWY 81: The
DDA members reviewed the demographic and job data provided by the Georgia
Municipal Association. In addition,
the DDA members discussed possible development options for the property. The
options included a coffee shop, an area for greenspace, a gallery for studio
art, and a covered farmer’s market. The DDA members also discussed ideas on how
to combine the city’s and college’s existing post offices into one office. The
new post office would serve both residents and students. Before the next
meeting, the DDA members will complete the following assignments:
- Mr. McGiboney will contact Rob Fowler to find out when the post office’s lease with the United States Postal Service will terminate.
- Mr. McGiboney will contact Mayor Roseberry to inform him of the DDA’s ideas for the property abutting Hwy 81 as well as request an opportunity to share those ideas with Council at the February Work Session meeting on Monday, February 18th.
CLARK STREET DEVELOPMENT: Mr. Ready
updated the DDA members on Council’s recent decision to move forward with the
construction of E. Clark Street. In addition to constructing the street itself,
the project includes installing other infrastructure including water, electric,
sidewalks, and drainage. normal'>
OTHER BUSINESS: The DDA’s next meeting will be Thursday, February 28th,
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. McGiboney adjourned the meeting at 8:07 PM.