Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators


July 27, 2011

Callaway Gardens, Georgia


Board Members in Attendance:                             Board Members Absent:

Nancy Seegar                                               None  

Randy Mannino                                                       

Norman Pope                                                                                   

Ken Patton

Darryl Simmons                                            Others in Attendance:

Steven Scholar                                             Judy Wilson – UGA

Tom O’Bryant                                                Susan Maxwell - UGA

Mary Teter                                                     Chrissy Marlow – UGA

Allison Slocum                                              Bill Ros- GAZA

Stacey Ward



President Nancy Seegar called the scheduled Board meeting of GAZA to order at 4:05 p.m.  She noted that this was the first board meeting in quite some time that all officers and board members were present, and she thanked everyone for their attendance.


Minutes of the previous board meeting held on April 1, 2011, had been e-mailed to everyone prior to the meeting, and copies were distributed to everyone at the meeting.  A motion was made by Randy Mannino, seconded by Darryl Simmons, to accept the minutes as written.  Unanimous approval.


Copies of the current financial report were distributed to all in attendance.  A report was made by Norman Pope concerning the financial report.  Ken Patton made a motion, seconded by Stacey Ward, to accept the financial report.  Unanimous approval.


Judy Wilson from UGA reported that we have seventy-nine (79) people registered for the current conference, and twelve (12) are first time attendees for the GAZA Conference.  Judy also reported that the evaluations of each session will be handled somewhat different from the Winter Conference in order to streamline the process and provide fewer interruptions for the speakers.  There will also be an evaluation sheet covering the entire conference to provide the board with information concerning the pro’s and con’s of this conference and help us to prepare for future conferences.


Chrissy Marlowe from UGA gave an updated report on the ongoing analysis of the certificate program and answered questions concerning the potential costs and timing of such a program.  One of the sessions for the conference deals with the certificate program, and should provide the board with insight into whether the membership wants us to move forward with this program.


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After reviewing the agenda for the Conference beginning tomorrow board members were assigned or volunteered to introduce the speakers for the upcoming sessions.


Bill Ross, GAZA member and session presenter, asked the board to consider some type of fundraising opportunity in support of the memorial foundation set up thru the Denise Abboud Fund.  The plans for 2011-2012 are to utilize the funds available to enable rural Georgia planning commission members, staff, and planners to attend educational opportunities available and assist with expenses incurred during the event.  Discussion will be held at the next board meeting to discuss potential fund raising opportunities.


A nominating committee will be appointed by the President at the business meeting to be held on July 28, 2011.  The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and the two board positions currently held by Ken Patton and Darryl Simmons will be open at the conclusion of the 2012 Winter Conference.


The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is forming an advisory task force to specifically address the requirements for Local Comprehensive Planning, Developments of Regional Impact and Solid Waste Management Planning.  GAZA has been assigned one of 15 voting slots on the Advisory Council.  President Nancy Seegar has indicated her desire to serve on the task force, and Ken Patton made a motion, seconded by Norman Pope, to appoint Nancy Seegar to represent GAZA on this task force.  Motion passed unanimously.


The board was informed that Stacie Studstill, daughter of member Tonia Studstill, had been chosen as the winner of the Betty Gecoma Scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year.  Stacie is a student at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.


Stacey Ward gave a report on the first newsletter from GAZA that was e-mailed to all members in late spring of this year.  She did a great job and put in a lot of hard work in getting that first edition in the hands of our members, and we look forward to the next edition.  Stacey has set a deadline of August 31 for any news articles or information that is to be placed in the next edition.


Randy Mannino did an outstanding job on securing the GAZA lapel pins which will be distributed to all members in attendance at the conference.


The next scheduled board meeting will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in LaGrange, Georgia, at the Troup County Courthouse in the office of Planning and Development.


With no further business to conduct, Stacey Ward made a motion to adjourn.  Ken Patton seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.