Downtown Development Authority

City of Grayson

478 Grayson Parkway

Grayson, Georgia 30017



March 2nd, 2015


Meeting was called to order by Chairman Chip Mitchell at 6:05pm


Members present: Chairman Chip Mitchell, Dave Sitz, Tommy Carraway, Eddie Russell, Josh Chastain, Laurie Anderson, Jimmy Norton


Minutes from the last meeting were approved


Public Comments:  None


Old Business: Personnel Committee discussion was led by Chip Mitchell.  He has reached out to both UGA and Georgia Tech regarding our vacant Executive Director position.  We’ve specifically reached out to their graduate programs looking for internship opportunities.


New Business:  Proposal for sewer extension design discussion took place.  There has been movement from the county regarding getting this project off the ground.  We need to reach out to property owners in the impacted area.  Discussed the feasibility of tap fees for current tenants in the area.   Possible grant money for the project is a reality, if tap fees are not possible.  Laurie will check with the city regarding tap fees.  Jimmy Norton brought up possible higher costs for owners the later the project goes on.  The discussion moved towards looking for outside financial sourcing and state funds for this project.


Eddie Russell (with help from others on the board) will reach out to owners in the impacted sewer project area to assess the job creation this project could create. Moving the manhole cover to precede the county’s road improvement project in the Herring Road area is a big concern.  Laurie will look at the costs associated with moving the manhole cover.  Goal is to have an action plan regarding this project to brief prior to next scheduled meeting.


Incubator Marketing plan was briefed by Jimmy Norton. Getting real estate signs and other advertisement regarding the incubator program will be key in its promotion.


Treasurer Report:  Briefed by Tommy Carraway and approved by the board.


Director comments: Continue to focus on real estate improvement opportunities in the area.  Chip is in contact with Dan McCrae regarding outside funding opportunities.


Motion to Adjourn at 7:01pm by Dave Sitz, 2nd by Tommy Carraway approved by the board


Respectively Submitted:




Joshua Chastain