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Prisant fills last ADICA position

ALBANY -- The board of trustees for the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority has installed its seventh and final member.

David Prisant was nominated by board member Phil Cannon to fill the at-large seat on the board. The city commission filled the three remaining seats at its last commission meeting, giving seats to ADICA newcomers Bob Kraselsky and Thelma Johnson, and reappointing ADICA board member Elvis Muldrow.

The board elected Andrew Reid as chairman, Kraselsky as vice-chairman and Lanicia Hart as secretary.

The three fresh faces replace former ADICA Chair Jane Willson, James Griffin and Lajuana Woods. They declined reappointment when their terms ended.

Interim Executive Director James Taylor presented two statues to Willson and Griffin for their years of service on the board, although they weren't present to receive them. Griffin retired from the board with 24 years of service while Willson stepped down with 13 years.

In other business, the board discussed the Georgia Cities Foundation's Heart of Georgia Bus Tour which will bring a busload of state officials, developers and heads of business into Albany April 14.

Calling it an invaluable opportunity, Taylor said he hopes to include tours of Thronateeska Heritage Museum, the Flint RiverQuarium and the Civil Rights Museum and other activities downtown during the brief window of opportunity they have with the officials.

After discussing plans for the event, the board voted 6-0 to give $2,500 to support the tour. Cannon abstained due to his involvement with the Downtown Merchant's Association which is also helping fund the event.

The board voted unanimously to create a committee to review applications and resumes of those interested in managing a popular downtown skate park that has been closed since the last operator moved out of town.

Taylor said that since word spread that local minister Thomas Hale and his family would no longer be running the facility, requests have come into his office for consideration by the board.

The board decided Wednesday that a committee of board members -- Cannon, Reid and Johnson -- would meet today to go through the applications and make a recommendation to the full board at their March meeting.

The board also voted to form a committee to review requests for proposals for developers with ideas on projects for the mule barn property and the space ADICA owns just west of Capitol City Bank on Ogelthorpe Boulevard.

ADICA owns both pieces of property and will actively be seeking ideas and non-binding proposals on how to develop the projects.