MORROW—The Development Authority of Clayton County is scheduled to meet tonight at 5:45 p.m. on the campus of Clayton State University.

The meeting will take place in the Arbor Hall Auditorium, 5823 Trammell Road on the East Campus.

The board also may consider "such other business as may properly come before the Board," according to a public notice.

Last night, the Clayton County Board of Ethics voted to recommend the Board of Commissioners suspend DACC secretary/treasurer Louis D. Johnson for not meeting the county's March 1 deadline for ethics filing.

At its regular monthly meeting July 9, several projects of note came up: 

• "Project Boston Common" is a public-private partnership for a mixed-use development "near the office." DACC holds about 155 acres in parcels next to its office and across from the state and federal archives. In 2010, Carter and Associates did a market study and drew up a master plan for a project called University Station on the former Gateway Village site. Later, Carter created a marketing campaign around the project. However, the domain universitystationga.com was down as of press time. 

• The Board also discussed "Project Silver," which specifically mentioned "Gateway/University Station" in relationship to land bought from the U.S. Postal Service. Under a 2015 intergovernmental agreement, according to the minutes, "the County provided $700,000.00 for the costs of acquisition, with any unused balance to be returned the County. That amount, after all costs of acquisition including due diligence, is $44,639."

According to the minutes, Vice-Chair Larry Vincent said Grant Wainscott, the county's former Director of Economic Development who also served as liaison between DACC and the BOC, "had reported that the County had authorized the Authority to retain the funds to be used in marketing the property." DACC asked Executive Director Khalfani Stephens to look into the matter "as stated by Mr. Wainscott before returning the funds to the County."

• "Project Green" was described as "a private company seeking a location to convert used plastic to diesel fuel. Authority staff is working with them to identify suitable locations." In 2012, the federal Environmental Protection Agency classified Clayton County (along with 11 other metro Atlanta counties) as "unclassifiable/attainment" because there is not enough data to tell whether or not Clayton County's air meets federal standards for fine particulates.

• At Stephens' request, DACC unanimously approved $2,400 "for the production of five (5) recruitment videos promoting current job openings for higher paying, upwardly mobile positions, to be produced by the company currently producing the Authority’s podcasts." That company is Teach One Media, which also does podcasts for Aerotropolis Atlanta. Johnson made the motion to approve, which was seconded by Regina Deloach.

See EPA air quality map layers for Clayton County at https://bit.ly/2wgzf3E

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