Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Savannah, Georgia

Scheduled Board Meeting

August 12, 2009



Board Members in Attendance:

          Tom O’Bryant

Nancy Seegar

Norman Pope

Randy Mannino

Sharyn Darlington 

Duane Treadon


Board Members Absent:

Ken Patton

Darryl Simmons

          Steven Scholar


Others in Attendance:

          Pauletta Rogers - UGA



President Tom O’Bryant called the scheduled Board meeting of GAZA to order at 2:35 p.m.


Minutes of the previous Board meeting held on March 20, 2009, in Eatonton, Georgia, had been mailed and e-mailed to all Board members.  Randy Mannino made a motion, seconded by Duane Treadon, to adopt the minutes as written with one correction.  The correction being that the GAZA Summer Conference to be held in Savannah would be held on August 12, 13, and 14, 2009 rather than reported dates in the minutes of August 5, 6, and 7, 2009.  Motion passed unanimously.


A financial report dated August 10, 2009, was distributed to all in attendance.  After review and discussion, Nancy Seegar made a motion, seconded by Sharyn Darlington, to accept the financial report.  Unanimous approval


A discussion was held concerning future conferences and what the Board could do to attract more people to our conferences.  Pauletta Rogers reported that the conferences involved with certification programs seemed to be able to maintain their attendance better than non-certified programs.  Questions arose concerning location, number of conferences each year, should we establish a certification program, and other items dealing with our decreasing number of attendees at our conferences.  Randy Mannino made a motion, seconded by Nancy Seegar, to take these questions before the general membership during the business meeting scheduled for the following day – August 13, 2009.  Motion passed unanimously.


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Considerable discussion also centered around the economy and reduced funding for education and travel for many government budgets.  It was mentioned that the Board needed a liaison with Pauletta on each conference in order to determine if additional efforts were needed by the Board members to insure that our numbers would be met.  Norman Pope made a motion, seconded by Nancy Seegar,

that the Board should appoint for each conference a Board member who would serve as a liaison with Pauletta to keep the Board members more informed about upcoming conferences.  Motion passed unanimously.


Sharyn Darlington presented a report to the Board concerning her plans as chairman of the Membership Committee to maintain and increase our membership base throughout the state.  She is seeking representatives (volunteers) from each of the twelve DCA districts around the state to encourage and educate potential members about the advantages of GAZA membership.


The Scholarship Committee composed of Tom O’Bryant, Duane Treadon, Sharyn Darlington, and Norman Pope announced that Ms. Kirstin Lewis of Monticello, Georgia, was the winner of the Betty Gecoma Scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year.  There were six applications for the scholarship this year, and it was a difficult decision based on the quality of the six applications.


The Board made decisions and volunteered to introduce the speakers for the Summer 2009 Conference.  The topics and the speakers appear to be very appropriate for this particular time.


Nancy Seegar gave a brief report on the AICP credit program and her continuing efforts to get the 2009 Winter Conference program approved.


Tom O’ Bryant reported to the Board that he had signed a contract on behalf of GAZA with UGA/Carl Vinson Institute of Government to be a sponsor of certain educational programs that UGA may offer such as ICC courses.  No responsibility and no liability for GAZA.  This was approved in the Board meeting held on August 15, 2008.


A discussion was held regarding the status of Ken Patton’s wife and the accident that resulted in severe burns to her.  Everyone was elated to hear that she was now at home and Ken had been able to return to work.


The next scheduled Board meeting will be held in Eatonton, Georgia, on Friday, September 25, 2009, beginning at 11:00 a.m.


With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:03 p.m.