Metro South CID December 2023 Board Meeting

The next Metro South CID Board Meeting will be in person and take place on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:30 am. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact Larry Kaiser at larry@metrosouthcid.org.

The meeting will be held:

All-South Warehouse

1775 Continental Way,

Atlanta, GA 30316

Agenda: 
  1. Review and Approval of the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting 
  2. Review and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report for the Previous Month(s)

Any “New or Old Business” Items for Review by the Board of Directors 

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Candidates for CEO “Listening Sessions”
  • Lorraine Cochran-Johnson; rescheduled for April 10 from 1-2 PM (after Commissioner Terry’s session) and Commissioner Bradshaw Feb 14.
  1. PILOT – GDOT land acquisition status
  • The 3 parcels associated with PILOT will be in the possession of the state by January 4, 2024, according to GDOT.
  1. Tax Allocation District
  2. Decide DeKalb – forgot to include MSCID as a stakeholder as TAD was developed
  3. TAD boundaries set without CID input. Decide DeKalb met after the plan was 99% finalized. Decide DeKalb staff and consultants followed up with meeting several board members
  4. Mechanism for revitalizing blighted or underutilized areas such as brownfields, declining commercial corridors and industrial sites. The process involves designating a Tax Allocation District, establishing its current tax base floor and then dedicating future taxes over and above that floor for a given period of time to pay the costs (often but not always through issuing bonds) of the infrastructure, buildings or other improvements needed to spur new, higher density development. TAD funds may be used for a wide range of development activities.
  5. MSCID has received no details on the planned infrastructure or other improvements planned within the district boundaries
  6. CID provided recommended additional parcels – no response back from Decide DeKalb
  7. CID asked that all parcels in the TAD be notified in writing from Decide DeKalb – no response yet
  8. CID asked to be a member of the TAD advisory committee
  9. Code Compliance Issues
  10. 3346 West Fayetteville – no land disturbance permit exists; little or no response from Land Development Division; SWO sign recently placed (12 inch x 12 inch sign) but operations continue on-site; met with Commissioner Johnson and Terry on site Dec. 11. Similar issues exist throughout the CID with no LDP’s. CID is frustrated with ongoing (for years) unpermitted sites in the CID area, and lack of response from Land Development code officers.
  11. Many other code compliance issues ongoing for years with no resolutions
  12. Roundabout
  13. Public Meeting #2 is being planned for January 2024 time frame
  14. DeKalb R/W acquisition to commence early 2024
  15. GDOT reviewing signal plans at Bailey as of 12/6
  16. CID asked GDOT for Freight – Logistics Construction Funding
  17. Moreland Tree Removal and Replanting
  18. Phase I from Woodstock Rd to I-285
  19. Phase I – DeKalb agreed to use 200 trees from its Tree Bank program in 2023 for planting late this year or early next year. The remaining 200 to be provided to the CID in 2024 – Phase II
  20. “Trees Atlanta” to maintain for 2 years
  21. 150 existing trees to be removed (all trees) from Woodtstock Rd to I-285. Russell Landscaping to remove. Russell to submit revised quote – CID cost
  22. 200 new trees to be installed – 20 ft spacings; 6 different tree species
  23. POND plans completed
  24. CID to obtain GDOT permit
  25. Trees Atlanta to install; 2-3 inch caliper trees – 10 to 12 ft. in height. Value of trees; $400 each; $80,000 total
  26. Cedar Bridge Closure Update
  27. Revised open-to-traffic date Spring 2025 (bridge closed March 2020)
  28. SPLOST passage
  29. CID projects were provided to DeKalb 2 months ago – waiting for BOC to begin prioritization countywide
  30. “Silent Crossing” Project
  31. 3 locations – Constitution/Henrico/Fayetteville at NS RR beginning soon. Asked Pelton to give me a notice for the kickoff meeting
  32. RR Crossing Elimination Status Update (IIJA grant from the Federal Railroad Adm.)
  33. R/W Mowing
  34. Negotiating with Russell to change frequency and scope; contract amount for 2024 is $138k
  35. C21 to handle Board meeting emails going forward. C21 will also provide RSVPs to Rob 2-3 days prior to meeting
  36. Attended Conley Rezoning Committee Meeting 11/30
  37. DeKalb Transportation Director spoke on several issues – 60+ in attendance
  38. Bowman Industrial Rd extension and why this was necessary
    • Citizen frustration with only a few traffic calming devices not being installed and reason of traffic calming failures to-date
    • Citizen frustration with Cedar Grove bridge and 5 years

Listening Session – Commissioner Larry Johnson

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October 2023 Board Meeting Agenda

Attendees: 

Joel Gross, Chair, Melinda Bray, Director, Wayne Smith, Vice Chair, Beverly Dabney, Director, Rob Roark, Treasurer, Hobson Milner, Director, Fabrizio Garcia, Director, Larry Kaiser, Executive Director, John Kranjc, Executive Director Emeritus/Secretary

  1. Review and Approval of the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting
  2. Review and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report for Previous Month(s)

No Other Items Requiring a Vote of the Board for the Month

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Woodstock Nuisance Abatement
  2. Striping and signage at driveways update – one way Continental Way and International. No confirmation from DeKalb to perform this work
  3. No updates on PILOT land acquisitions
  4. Cemetery cleanup at Fleetwood/Fayetteville – will ask Commissioner Terry for Parks & Rec to be responsible for the maintenance of this abandoned cemetery
  5. Candidates for CEO “Listening Sessions”
  • Lorraine Cochran-Johnson; Oct 19; 11:30 am -12:30 pm (cancelled)
  • Larry Johnson; Dec 13; 12-1 pm
  • Steve Bradshaw; Feb 14; 12-1 pm
  • Ted Terry; April 19; 12-1pm
  1. Code Compliance Issues
  2. 3346 West Fayetteville – no land disturbance permit yet greater than 1 acre disturbance; Land Development division code compliance has not returned calls/emails from MSCID
  3. Less homeless at Woodstock parcel but a few still exists
  4. “No parking” signage board on Continental – little impact to-date
  5. Econolodge – dumping and homeless encampments remains behind building – complaints from Vic Amin; trying to get code compliance to resolve
  6. Tires being dumped at same location on Old McDonough Rd (at the Quala gate
  7. Roundabout Public Meeting #2
  8. Being planned for October/November time frame
  9. LKK to follow-up with Commissioners on SPLOST list submittal
  10. Moreland Tree Removal and Replanting
  11. Phase I from Woodstock Rd to I-285
  12. Phase I – DeKalb agreed to use 200 trees from its Tree Bank program in 2023 for planting late this year or early next year. The remaining 200 to be provided to the CID in 2024 – Phase II
  13. “Trees Atlanta” to maintain for 2 years
  14. 150 existing trees to be removed (all trees) from Woodtstock Rd to I-285. Russell Landscaping to remove. Russell to submit revised quote – CID cost
  15. 200 new trees to be installed – 20 ft spacings; 6 different tree species
  16. CID cost to design – POND plans to be used from 12 years ago to save money – POND contract signed with CID in late 2022
  17. CID to obtain GDOT permit
  18. Trees Atlanta to install; 2-3 inch caliper trees – 10 to 12 ft. in height. Value of trees; $400 each; $80,000 total
  19. No Update on Cedar Bridge Contract Signing with CW Matthews. Signature from the CEO obtained as of Oct 2023
  20. Prepare R/W Mowing Bid Package
  • Advertise for Right-of-Way Mowing and Cleanup in November with bid opening in December and selection in January 2024

New Agenda Topics for Discussion:

  1. Moreland-Bouldercrest Overlay District – 2nd round of revisions
  2. Advertise for Right-of-Way Mowing and Cleanup Services
  3. Notification of future board meetings
  4. Roundabout public meeting date early November – final plans
  5. Revised date for Cochran-Johnson “Listening Session”?
  6. Officer Daniels – unable to attend board meetings due to county requirement to “clock-in” before going on duty

 

Any additional New or Old Business Items for Review by the Board of Directors

Thanks to all attendees for attending today. The Chair will now entertain a Motion to Adjourn.

Motion:

Motion Seconded By:

Vote:

The Meeting of the Board of Directors for the MSCID for October 19th, 2023 is hereby adjourned at _____ AM.

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August 2023 Board Meeting Agenda

Metro South CIB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

August 9, 2023 at 10:30 AM

Joel Gross, Chair; Melinda Bray, Director; Wayne Smith, Vice Chair; Beverly Dabney, Director; Rob Roark, Treasurer; Hobson Milner, Director; Fabrizio Garcia, Director; Larry Kaiser, Executive Director; John Kranjc, Executive Director Emeritus/Secretary
Others attending:

1. Review and Approval of the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting
Motion: To Approve the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting held on June 14th, 2023
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
2. Review and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report for Previous Month(s)
Motion: To Approve the Treasurer’s Reports for April-May-June-July 2023
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
3. Motion
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Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
4. Motion
Motion:
Motion By:
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Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
5. Motion
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Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
No Other Items Requiring a Vote of the Board for the Month

Items Reviewed in Wed Zoom Calls
1. Woodstock Code Updates – continued encampments and trash/vehicles on the road;
crime associated with encampments for years; county must resolve
2. “Small Area Study” request sent to Commissioner Terry –
Fayetteville/Woodstock/Fleetwood/Constitution area
3. Norfolk Southern request to close Henrico Rd for track repairs – DeKalb did not allow
due to Cedar Rd closure
4. MSCID SPLOST Priority list sent to Commissioners; CID board sent list
5. Old McDonough pavement (abandoned section) repairs completed by DeKalb PW
6. Working with Pelton and SPLOST program to have signs installed on one way of
Continental and International – Do Not Block Driveway. Contractor has yet to issue a
date to begin Continental Way work – pending
7. Officer Daniel’s continues to issue tickets on Continental Way and Woodstock; cars
towed on Woodstock
8. No resolution to PILOT R/W negotiations
9. Vandalism to DeKalb and City of Atlanta police vehicles at City of Atlanta training
center; DeKalb was withdrawn its officers
10.DA Boston – DeKalb has chosen not to charge the eco-terrorist with any crimes –
Champion News Article
11.Design-Build contractor selected by BOC on 6/26 for Cedar Grove Bridge Replacement
– CW Matthews Construction; completion by July 2024 per county (LKK questions
schedule)
12.Roundabout R/W negotiations to commence this Fall by DeKalb
13.2023 Tax Digest
Any additional New or Old Business Items for Review by the Board of Directors

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June 2023 Board Meeting Agenda

Metro South CID BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
June 14 , 2023 at 10:30 AM

Attendees:
___ Joel Gross, Chair ___ Melinda Bray, Director
___ Wayne Smith, Vice Chair ___ Beverly Dabney, Director
___ Rob Roark, Treasurer ___ Hobson Milner, Director
___ Fabrizio Garcia, Director ___ Larry Kaiser, Executive Director
___ John Kranjc, Executive Director Emeritus/Secretary
Others attending:

1. Review and Approval of the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting
Motion: To Approve the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting held on February 8th, 2023
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
2. Review and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report for Previous Month(s)
Motion: To Approve the Treasurer’s Reports for February, March, April and May 2023
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
3. 2023 Millage Rate
Motion: To approve 5 mil rate MSCID Assessment for 2023
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
4. CID Bookkeeping
Motion: To approve using On Call Accounting to prepare all necessary financial statements
from 2019 to the present and continue using them for remainder of 2023 (details and costs to
be reviewed)
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
5. MSCID 2022 Audit
Motion: To use Russell Goldman to conduct 2022 audit upon completion of work by On Call
Accounting for $7,500
Motion By:
Motion Seconded By:
Any Other Discussion:
Vote:
No Other Items Requiring a Vote of the Board for the Month

Items Reviewed in Wed Zoom Calls
1. “Small Area Study” request to DeKalb – Fayetteville/Woodstock/Fleetwood/Constitution area
2. Preparation of SPLOST list for BOC consideration Nov referendum
3. Discussion of schedule and budget for;
(a) ARC grant for roundabout planning study
(b) US DOT federal grant planning study grant award of $460,000 – $115,000 local share (20%
match) with total planning study amount of $515,000
4. Whitehall article
5. Trees Atlanta and Moreland tree placement back on schedule for late 2023 plantings
6. Met 2 owners on-site at roundabout project to discuss project – both are agreeable to negotiate
7. Need MOA with county to allow the CID to manage and oversee the US DOT RCE (Railroad
Elimination Crossing) planning study.
8. TFORCE agreed to a $25k contribution to the signal at Bailey. Asked for CID membership also –
pending from their Montreal corporate office
9. GDOT denial of funding additional signage and striping at driveways when Continental and
International become one-way roads; asked County to push for the request or install/stripe by county
10. Tire and trash dumping significant district-wide– asked Sanitation dept. to assist/partner
11. Eco-terrorists remain on the DeKalb/City of Atlanta property
12. Request DeKalb BOC approval of Freight Cluster Plan – need county to adopt
13. STG (formerly XPO) leaving Conley location
14. GDOT has not closed on the PILOT land acquisitions as of 6/1/2023
15. South River Forest Trail Plan – discussion of MSCID support and specific wording to be addressed
16. Continental Way road blockages continue to occur
Any additional New or Old Business Items for Review by the Board of Directors

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Metro South CID’s February 2023 Meeting

Date: February 8, 2023

Time: 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Location: 1795 Continental Way at the CID Offices on the All South campus

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Review and Approval of the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting

Motion:  To Approve the Minutes from the previous Board Meeting held on December 14, 2022

  1. Review and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report for Previous Month(s)

Motion:  To Approve the Treasurer’s Reports for December 2022 and January 2023

  1. Zoom Meetings

Motion: To allow Board Member to attend meetings via Zoom subject to some provisions (?)

No Other Items Requiring a Vote of the Board for the Month

Roadway Maintenance & New Construction Updates

  • None

Project Planning & Design Updates

  • Cedar Grove & East Conley Bridge Closure Update – letter sent to business owners east of Moreland from Henrico to Cedar Grove Road. (see attached)
  • Constitution/Bailey Roundabout and Signal (SRTA) design work continues. Expect to begin meetings with owners for R/W acquisition in the spring 2023. Signal Permit request to be sent to the GDOT TMC (Traffic Management Center) and District 7 Traffic Operations this week
  • Continental Way Traffic & Life Safety Update – email sent to the BOC regarding potential board actions
  • Old McDonough Road Traffic & Life Safety update– meeting with plant manager and email to corporate safety officer regarding construction partnership with business owners
  • Bouldercrest/I-285 Interchange Reconstruction – Continental traffic congestion issues; pending on-site meeting with contractor CW Matthews to discuss traffic detours; meeting expected by spring 2023
  • Constitution PH I Design On-Going – truck rodeo planned in early 2023 to test-run roundabout (painted island in a parking lot). Correspondence with real estate agent development Custer at Moreland– City of Atlanta approved high density housing in 2021
  • ARC Scoping Grant Update (Thurman/Old McDonough/Cedar Grove Truck Roundabout Feasibility Study) – MSCID awarded $150k grant – ARC contract summer 2023 and advertise planning firm Fall 2023
  • Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act” (IIJA) – RR Crossing Elimination Grant; Constitution @ Norfolk Southern submitted 10/11 by DeKalb County on behalf of MSCID – $575k total with $115k CID match; grant application emailed to board; anticipate spring 2023 decision by US Dept. of Transportation
  • Constitution Rd PH II – pursuit of federal funding with DeKalb’s assistance – in progress
  • Moreland Ave Median Dead Tree Replacements – GDOT requires a full set of plans showing tree species and median locations. Trees Atlanta/DeKalb to provide CID with GDOT acceptable trees and CID to modify 2011 plan set from DeKalb to make changes. Cost to modify plan set from POND is $6200. CID will then submit plan revisions with permit to GDOT. Expect late fall 2023 for installation. Russell’s work will still include tree removals.

Outreach/Partnerships/Media

  • DeKalb Planning & Sustainability Dept. – new Interim Director
  • C21 Analytics (see attached)
  • Cedar Grove Postmaster letter (see attached)

Other

  • MSCID Budget discussions
  • Code Compliance Officers continued resolution of CID Priority list (see attached memo)
  • Board Retreat 2023; date selected at board meeting
  • Remote (teleconference) legislation proposed in 2023 – been introduced to the legislature
  • Beginning in 2023, recommend hiring CPA to prepare a formalized year-end forecast and proposed budget reports and budget for the coming year reports including periodic accrual-based balance sheets & profit/loss performance-based budget performance reports

Action Items

  • Procure quotes from CPAs to prepare formal year-end forecasting and budget reports (in progress – obtaining quotes – JK)
  • POND modify 2011 median landscape plans for GDOT permit requirements for new tree installations – $6200 (see attached)
  • Council For Quality Growth Annual Membership – $750

Safety & Security Meeting

  • Officer Daniels; CID security

Presentations – 12:00

  • Bob Hastings

Any  additional New or Old Business Items for Review by the Board of Directors

Thanks to all attendees for attending today. The Chair will now entertain a Motion to Adjourn.