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Date Posted: 14:28:26 08/27/17 Sun
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of River Oaks Economic Development Meeting - Two Meetings in One. August 14 and 22
August 14 Meeting:
First item on the agenda was a presentation by the outgoing president of the Tri City Chamber. He was presenting the benefits of EDC being involved with the Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce and is seeking 13,000 per year so they can hire a full-time employee. No final approval was given
Patricia Ward gave her goals and objectives for EDC. One of the goals was for EDC to have an online presence and she offered to be that person. The mayor spoke up stating he is already checking with the new librarian to see about having her do that. Another recommendation was that EDC speak with one voice. Not necessarily one person, but one voice. Some examples have been one person says to a developer they can get tax incentives, the next one offers cash reimbursements and some offer waiving of fees. She stressed that she will print of some literature that will hopefully have anyone talking to a developer be on the same page with the rest of the board and city.
Target improvements for 183 were brought up such as using the BIG Grant to help existing businesses and how to attract other businesses that we want. Ms. Ward also stated that there are developers interested now, but they are waiting to see what happens with this corridor plan.
One of her next goals was to help coordinate what the city council and EDC want to bring to our city. The usual suspects were brought up, especially a sit down restaurant was high on the list.
She once again stated her wishes to have a behind closed door meeting with EDC to discuss issues developers have with our city and the vision EDC wants. She's asked for these meeting at least every other EDC meeting since she has been hired.
August 22 Meeting Budget Meeting:
It was stated EDC has over 500,000 in the bank. It was brought by Joe Ashton that it could be time EDC could consider hiring a full-time EDC employee. No comments were made at this time.
Patricia Ward stood up and said she would like to correct a statement made at a previous council meeting that at correct time 183 Corridor Project has it pertains to River Oaks has no funding. At previous council meetings the mayor stated that 183 was fully funded.
Next item was an update on the EDC website. Several members are not satisfied with the current website and want a meeting with our website designer to update to something more modern and usable.
The board approved making 100,000 available for BIG Grants to help local businesses with business upgrades.
The board approved 50,000 for the city sign coming from Westworth Village.
The board approved the funds for the fireworks, car show and fun run. Dan brought back up the issue with the fireworks this year not going very high. I made the statement to ask Steve Sanders who was sitting in the audience as to what happened. And we finally got an answer. The company we have been buying from changed their vendor and that was the issue and they will go back to the original vendor in the future.
The board approved 5000.00 for banners on the blvd. This will be for putting up and changing the banners. I do not believe these covers any new design banners. They are staying with Print Sign and Design.
The board also approved 15,500.00 for bus service
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