CRA BOARD MEETING

June 3, 2019

7:00 PM

CRA Board Members Present:

Shirley Groover Bryant, Presiding Officer

Tambra Varnadore, Chair

Jonathan Davis, Vice Chair

Tamara Cornwell

Harold Smith

Brian Williams

 

Staff Present:

Mark Barnebey, City Attorney

Jeff Burton, CRA Director

Jim Freeman, City Clerk

Allen Tusing, Public Works Director

Scott Tyler, Chief of Police

Amber LaRowe, Assistant City Clerk

 

Mayor Bryant opened the June 3, 2019 CRA Board meeting at 9:02 p.m.

 

1. CRA BOARD AGENDA APPROVAL

 

Motion:†††††††††† Mrs. Cornwell moved, Mrs. Varnadore seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to remove item 3.E. for discussion, and to remove items 3.D. and 3.F. from the Agenda. to approve the June 3, 2019 CRA Board Agenda.

 

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

 

 

3. CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL

A.    Minutes: March 18, April 1, and May 6, 2019

B.     Blalock Walters Legal Invoices

C.     Short Term Lease Agreement 911 5th Street West

D.    Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2488, Request for Financial Support/Relief †Removed

E.     July 4th RFP Vendor Selection

F.      Surplus Property 8th Street and 10th Avenue West Removed

 

Motion:†††† Mrs. Cornwell moved, Commissioner Varnadore seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the June 3, 2019 CRA Board Consent Agenda items 3.A., 3.B. and 3.C.

 

3.E. July 4th RFP Vendor Selection Discussion:

Mr. Burton stated that only one person responded to the beer sales at the Fourth of July event, the Palmetto Rotary, so the CRA will accept that vendor.

 

Mr. Burton discussed the responses to the Cityís request for proposal (RFP) for kidís family friendly section during the July 4th event. Mr. Williams questioned how they Board could make an accurate motion to approve when nothing was given to the Board to review prior to the agenda.

Mr. Burton then read the two proposals received, one from a non-for profit and one from a business. He opined that each have about the same amount of kids fun activities. He asked the Board what they would like to do.

 

Motion:†††††††††† Mr. Williams moved, Mr. Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve item 3.E. with PalmettoBUILD as the vendor for the family friendly section of the event.

 

Motion:†††††††††† Mr. Williams moved, Mr. Davis seconded, and the motion carried 3-2 to approve the Palmetto Rotary for the beer sales during the event. Mrs. Cornwell and Mrs. Varnadore voted no.

 

 

COMMENTS

4. CRA DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS

Mr. Burton distributed the concert flier to the Board for the July 4th concert.

 

He discussed the short term parking plan for the CRA downtown property on 5th Street West. The plan is to create 81 parking spaces, enhance landscape and lighting as discussed with the Chief for the crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Mr. Burton supplied the Board with a conceptual idea for the paint on the building that is on the property. Mrs. Cornwell is disinterested in paying for the building to be painted just for it to be demolished next year.

 

Mr. Burton will be meeting individually with the Board members to discuss the Riverside property.

 

Mrs. Varnadore asked that an email be sent or a meeting be put on the Board membersí calendars when the CRA/City intend to have meetings with the local businesses.

 

Mr. Smith asked Mr. Burton about building the Martin Luther King Park restrooms.† Mr. Tusing stated that the funding for the construction of bathrooms has been put into the half cents sales tax project list. Public Works will work on this.

 

 

5. PRESIDING OFFICER'S COMMENTS

 

 

6. CRA BOARD MEMBER'S COMMENTS

 

 

Mayor Bryant adjourned the meeting at 9:25 p.m.

 

Minutes approved: July 22, 2019

 

Jim Freeman

 

James R. Freeman, City Clerk

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