Downtown Development Authority

City of Grayson

438 Grayson Parkway

Grayson, Georgia 30017


October 6, 2014


Meeting was called to order by Chairman Chip Mitchell at 6:03 pm.


Members present: Chairman Chip Mitchell, Eddie Russell, Tommy Carraway, Dave Sitz and Laurie Anderson


Minutes from the last meeting were made available and approved. Motion by Dave Sitz and 2nd by Eddie Russell.  All approved.


Josh Chastain called in present by phone at approximately 6:07 p.m.


Public Input:  None

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Treasurer’s Report given by Tommy Carraway. Account is reconciled as of 9/30/2014 with $82,369.48. Those present were provided a P&L for the month of September.

DDA Manager’s Report given by Gail Lane.

  1. Blues and Brews is underway and making great progress. Discussion was made concerning purchase of beers from those distributors/breweries who did not want to co-op the cost. It was determined that it would not be fair to those who donate or donate in part to pay full retail for others.
  2. Mainstreet update – Town Hall meeting was held on September 18th, 6:30 pm with nearly 50 people in attendance. We have nearly completed all of our tasks as outlined on our work plan from the DCA.
  3. Gwinnett Redevelopment Forum is on October 18.
  4. 3 new Businesses were added to the city bringing 10 employees. Two commercial business did not renew licenses with 2 jobs lost.

Director Comments: Chip Mitchell informed the board that we had received an open records request for the meeting minutes for August and September.

Committee Assignments were made:

Incubator & Business Assistance: Eddie Russell, David Sitz, Josh Chastain

Marketing & Community Development: Dave Sitz, Jimmy Norton, Laurie Anderson

Infrastructure & Development: Tommy Carraway, Laurie Anderson, Jimmy Norton

Laurie Anderson informed the board that a moderator was putting together the itinerary and agenda for the November 6 retreat with the DDA and the Council.

At 6:46 the Grayson DDA entered into Executive Session for discussion of Manager’s Contract. A motion was made by Laurie Anderson with 2nd by Dave Sitz to extend the Manager’s contract by 6 months with a 30 day out as requested by Chairman Mitchell. All approved. Motion to Adjourn Executive Session at 6:55 by Laurie Anderson, 2nd by Tommy Carraway.

Adjournment: Motion to Adjourn DDA Meeting made by Dave Sitz; 2nd by Tommy Carraway. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.


Next meeting to be held Monday, November 3, 2014.



Respectively Submitted:


Gail Lane, Manager