Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority

Board of Directors Meeting

May 26, 2010




A regular meeting of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority was held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297.


Board Members: Sparkle Adams; Cynthia Easley for Mike Beatty; Corine Deyton;  Donald Judson; Linda Lord; Maudie McCord;  Willie Oswalt; John Parker; Ron Shipman;  and John Westervelt. 


Staff, Legal Counsel and Others: Fred Bryant, Executive Director; Herb Wolverton . Base Transition Coordinator; Joe Harris, City Attorney; Frank Barton, OEA; Joe Plunkett, HNA.  


John Westervelt called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. It was determined that a quorum was present. The following matters were addressed:


Approval of Minutes:   Ron Shipman made a motion to approve the corrected minutes of the April 28, 2010 meeting, seconded by Linda Lord.  The Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes. 


Chairman’s Announcements and Comments:

John Westervelt welcomed everyone to the meeting.  


Executive Director’s Update:

The Army BRAC Disposal Team has requested additional information about the Norfolk Southern Intermodal Site, SM-21 and the Plasma Gas Plant. We have provided same and are awaiting feedback on the proposed EDC footprint.


Forrest Robinson, David Welch and Fred Bryant met with Norfolk Southern representatives to discuss the plans for the intermodal site. Norfolk Southern will do all the design work at its expense and will send a letter of intent to the ILRA in the near future.


Herb Wolverton has sent the ILRA a letter advising the Army will ask the utility providers to assume responsibility prior to actual based closure, and seeking our input on this plan. Fred has met with Georgia Power, Clayton County Water Authority, and Atlanta Gas Light officials to discuss this and post-closure upgrades and financing. The utility providers would prefer to work through the ILRA and City rather than directly with the Army. The Water Authority will not accept the water and sewer as is. Fred will send Herb a letter proposing that we discuss a Cooperative Caretaker Agreement for utilities, including the enclave.

Old Business:

Glenn Coyne and Fredalyn Fraiser of AECOM/EDAW provided an update on the overlay zoning district project (outline attached). By the next regular meeting, they intend to provide the ILRA Board a draft ordinance and assist with public hearings. Within the next 6-8 weeks, they will provide “Best-in-Class” documents, district ordinance language, accompanying graphics, and document next steps. Training will also be provided.


Fred had requested additional information (acreage, square footage, jobs, financing, etc) from the group that has proposed locating a Veterans Regional Medical Center on Fort Gillem. That will be provided to the Board at the next regular meeting.


New Business:


Fred has sent an email to seven companies requesting letter proposals for an environmental engineering consultant. The consultant would advise the ILRA Board and staff on all environmental matters involving the Army, GA EPD and the Forest Park Development Partners Environmental Engineers. The not-to-exceed contract would be for one year beginning July 1, 2010. Fred has received four proposals to date and will be prepared to make a recommendation to the Board at its next regular meeting.


The City Attorney has prepared an Amendment that would extend the ENA with Forest Park Development Partners through December 31, 2010. No other changes have been made. John Parker made a motion to approve the Amendment, seconded by Corine Deyton. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion. John Westervelt and Corine Deyton signed the Amendment on behalf of the ILRA and City, respectively.


Fred Bryant has prepared a draft application for a new OEA grant beginning July 1, 2010. At this time, the ILRA is seeking a total grant of $392,931 ($353,005 from OEA and a local match of $39,926). Corine Deyton made a motion to authorize Fred to finalize the grant request and to prepare the required ordinance for Mayor and Council action, seconded by Linda Lord. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion.


 The next regular meeting will be June 23, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.


Open Discussion:




A motion was made by Don Judson to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Linda Lord.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 p.m.


Recorded By:


Fred Bryant, Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA

Executive Director





June 23, 2010



Fred E. Bryant

Executive Director