Council Looks to Get DAPS Working
Members must appoint Powder Springs residents to form a seven-member board that can decide what the roughly $100,000 in the Development Authority can be spent on.
Powder Springs city officials discussed Wednesday night what it will take to put the money in the defunct Development Authority of Powder Springs to use.
It appears the most essential task in getting this done is forming a full board of seven volunteer city residents.
“We’ve talked this thing to death. We really do need to get rolling on this,” Councilman Al Thurman said. “We had some activity last year, but we really need to push this forward.”
The exact dollar amount under the organization wasn’t immediately known at Wednesday’s work session, but is believed by officials to be between $90,000 and $100,000. In his push for the money to be used, former Councilman Tom Bevirt has suggested that the amount is as high as $120,000.
The organization is made of seven “directors,” who by majority vote can decide what that money could go to to promote development in the city. To be a director, someone must live inside the city limits, pay taxes to the city, and be nominated by a council member.
“I think everybody needs to start thinking of a person that they know that meets the criteria,” Mayor Pat Vaughn said to council members.
Initially, two members serve for two years, two for four years, and three for six years. After those terms, members are appointed at staggered four-year increments.
Though ordinance currently prevents city employees and council members from serving as a director, David Hammock, with the city’s law firm, Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers, said the council could vote to change that.
Hammock said that anyone could serve as a non-voting consultant. Professions mentioned by officials included developers, real estate agents and lawyers.
Interim City Manager Brad Hulsey suggested the money could go to work with Kennesaw State’s business school, or developing the economic ideas put forth in the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute report.
“(Development Authority directors) could target those areas and specifically work in Powder Springs,” he said.