published Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Catoosa County Development authority holds closed meeting

by Beverly Carroll

RINGGOLD, Ga. — The Catoosa County Development Authority met behind closed doors for just over 30 minutes Monday, to discuss legal and land acquisition matters, according to the agenda.

The nine-member panel voted to go into executive session immediately after chairman Raymond Wells convened the special called meeting.

“A lot of the development authority meetings will be about development projects,” county attorney Chad Young said after the meeting, which was adjourned without discussion or action following the executive session.

“A lot of the time we will be in executive session and only come out talking about a particular project when we are ready to announce something,” he said.

Georgia law allows public boards to discuss specific topics in private. Legal issues and land acquisition are among them, along with personnel matters.

Mr. Young said he could confirm the panel’s discussion was not about the 50-acre property that the authority purchased last year on behalf of the county, using special purpose local option sales tax funds.

The property was bought with the idea of luring new industry, and County Commission chairman Keith Greene has said economic development is one of his priorities.

Mr. Greene revived the Economic Development Authority after he was sworn into office in January, replacing the 20-20 committee. Mr. Greene and commissioners Ken Marks and DeWayne Hill are members of the board.

The chairman instituted proceedings to dismantle the county’s public works authority and is reviewing the six other county boards for which members are paid to serve.

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