Board Meeting – February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016
Athens, Georgia

Board Members in Attendance:

  • Ken Patton, President
  • Allison Slocum, Vice-President
  • Norman Pope, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mary Teter
  • Lisa Jackson
  • LaMeisha Kelly
  • Mike Mastrario
  • Richard Osborne
  • Randy Mannino

Board Members Absent:

  • Tom O’Bryant

Others in Attendance:

  • Chrissy Marlow, UGA
  • Jean Lord, UGA
  • Jeanne Anne Marsh, Member

President Ken Patton opened the scheduled board meeting of GAZA at 4:00 p.m.

Minutes of the previous board meeting held on October 23, 2015, in Eatonton, Georgia, had been e-mailed to everyone previously.  Copies were available for this meeting.  After review, Randy Mannino made a motion, seconded by Mike Mastrario, to approve the minutes as written.  Unanimous approval.

A financial report was provided to everyone in attendance.  Norman Pope gave a report on revenue and expenses of the association.  Randy Mannino made a motion, seconded by Richard Osborne, to approve the financial report as submitted.  Unanimous approval.

Norman Pope reported on behalf of the Scholarship Committee that this year’s recipient, Leigh Hadaway, was doing well at Berry College in Rome.  Applications are available on the website, the GAZA Facebook page, and at the conference.  Deadline for applications to be submitted for the 2016-2017 year will be May 30, 2016.

Norman Pope also reported on behalf of the Nominations Committee and provided the board with the following list of proposed officers and board members.

  • President:  Allison Slocum
  • Vice-President:  Richard Osborne
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  Norman Pope
  • Board Member (4-year term):  Mike Mastrario
  • Board Member (4-year term):  Jeanne Anne Marsh
  • Board Member (2-year term):  Ethan Calhoun (to fill the unexpired term of Richard Osborne)

Nominations will be accepted from the general membership for board positions.  Officer positions can only be filled from existing board members.

Ken Patton reported for the Legislative Committee that very little concerning zoning or land use had been introduced in the early stages of the Georgia Legislature, but the committee will keep a watchful eye on things as the legislature has a long way to go.

No report from the Contract Committee except to say that our annual contract with CVIOG will come up in June, 2016.

Allison Slocum reported on behalf of the Newsletter Committee and stated that the most recent edition of the newsletter was sent out in December.  A review of our mailing list needs to be done to insure that all of our members are receiving the newsletter.

No report was received from the AICP-CM Committee.   Since the GAZA board decided to not participate with CM credits for this conference, it will be discussed at the next board meeting.

The Certificate Program Committee, based on a motion to move ahead or table the program from the October 23, 2015 board meeting, decided to table the certificate program at the present time.  Mike Mastrario made a motion to table the program at the present time.  This motion was seconded by Richard Osborne.  After discussion, motion passed unanimously.

A general discussion regarding membership was held by the entire board.  Several useful ideas were brought forward about how to grow our membership.  One would be a short survey utilizing survey monkey to inquire about jurisdictions and their access to training for zoning and land use.  Another excellent plan was to approach DCA (Department of Community Affairs-Georgia) to obtain a listing of all planning and zoning staff throughout the state.

The 2016 Summer Conference will be held at the new Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens on August 17 thru August 19, 2016.  The room rate will be $131.00 per night and that will include free admission to the park.

The board requested Jean Lord from UGA to obtain dates and rates from the following locations for the 2017 Summer Conference.  The locations were Brasstown Valley, Helen, and Sea Palms.  Jean will present the information at the next scheduled board meeting for GAZA which will be held on April 18, 2016, in Eatonton, Georgia.  The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Speaker introductions were assigned by President Patton.

With no additional business to discuss, meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

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