Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority

Board of Directors Meeting

June 30, 2009




A regular meeting of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority was held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297.


Board Members: Sparkle Adams; Corine Deyton; Donald Judson; Linda Lord; Maudie McCord; John Parker; and John Westervelt.


Staff, Legal Counsel and Others: Fred Bryant, Executive Director; Herb Wolverton, Fort Gillem BRAC Transition Coordinator; Bill Cain, GMACC; Joe Harris, City Attorney; Joe Plunkett, Hurt Norton; Bob Tritt, McKenna Long; and Forrest Robinson, Forest Park Development Partners LLC.


John Westervelt called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. It was determined that a quorum was present. The following matters were addressed:


Approval of Minutes: ††Linda Lord made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 27th, 2009 meeting, seconded by John Parker. The Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes.


Chairmanís Announcements and Comments:

John Westervelt welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Executive Directorís Update:


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Old Business:

The LRA met with OEA on June 4th to discuss project needs for Fort Gillem for 2011 and beyond. OEA Director briefed Congress in March and will present a follow up in August or September. This is a proposed Stimulus Package for BRAC 2005 communities.


The LRA has applied for an OEA grant in the amount of $299,931 ($267,305 Federal and $32,626 non-Federal) for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. An RFP for the fort Gillem Overlay Zoning District Project will be available on July 2, 2009.


New Business:

Fred will attend the ADC Annual Meeting in Boston August 2-5 2009. Anyone else desiring to attend should contact him soonest.


The LRA previously approved hiring Herb Smetheram to assist in drafting the EDC Application. The original SOW authorized a maximum of four months at a not to exceed price of $4000/month. The project will require an additional two months to complete. John Parker made a motion to extend Herbís contract for two months at a not to exceed price of $4000/month, seconded by Linda Lord. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion.


Eric Smith and Gary Monegon provided an update on the draft final Business Plan and answered LRA Board questions. A copy of the plan was provided each Board member with a request that comments or questions be provided to Fred not later than July 9th. The final Business Plan will be presented to the Board at the July 22, 2009 LRA meeting.


Chairman Westervelt advised that the LRA Board needed to discuss the property acquisition and negotiation strategy prepared by the Matrix Team. Corine Deyton made a motion to go in to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing property acquisition and negotiations, seconded by Maudie McCord. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion at 6:12 PM. At 7:12 PM, John Parker made a motion to go back into Open Session, seconded by Corine Deyton. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion. John Westervelt announced that the LRA Board had concluded discussions and that no actions were taken.


The next regular meeting will be July 22, 2009, at 6:00 PM.


Open Discussion:




A motion was made by Linda Lord to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by John Parker. The meeting was adjourned at 7:14 p.m.


Recorded By:


Fred Bryant, Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA

Executive Director





July 22, 2009


Fred E. Bryant

Executive Director