First item up was members of the board who term was up were asked if they wanted to stay on. Joann Butler and Dan Chisholm both said yes, but Butler said if one of the other council members wanted her spot she would give it up.
Next item was a lengthy discussion of the River Oaks Fun Run. Since Holland wasn't at the previous EDC meeting board chair Gordon went over some of the comments said during that meeting. Board Chair feels since this is an EDC event some of the proceeds should go to the charity of their choice, which hers is Christmas in Action. Sal and Jason both made it clear at the previous meeting that if it doesnt go to benefit the local kids they would bow out. Holland stressed not to overreact to the comments and felt it would like to have them at the next meeting to smooth this over. Gordon reminded Holland of what was in the notes of the previous meeting that he wasnt at and that Jason and Sal were pretty adamant on their opinions. Holland stressed again that he would like to talk to them at the next meeting and lets don't overreact. Gordon also stated that Marvin had to call them from the meeting room (at previous meeting)to come to the meeting. Dan Chisholm also stated his concerns they didn't show up with a plan of action for the next event. Marvin cleared up an issue brought up at the previous meeting where it was stated that the scholarships were just given out at the CCDAC fundraiser and not part of the fun run. Marvin clarified the check for the scholarship was written out to the CCDAC. Holland stated maybe that was possibly for convenience only. The rest of the board felt EDC deserved recognition for the scholarships. The board then turned to talks of maybe EDC would be the sponsor of the fun run and instead of the main promoter. More should be decided at the next EDC meeting. So watch the city website or this site for the upcoming schedule.
Talk was then turned to the banners on the boulevard. I brought up at previous meetings that we had too many of the same kind of banners up and down the blvd. My suggestion was as some of the are torn up to replace them with different types of banners such as, We support our police,some for the fire dept with their new logo,plus some promoting upcoming events and to allow businesses along the blvd to purchase banners advertising their business and the city would put them up. Dan recommended all Ford banners! He also commented that the ones we have look too much like Christmas. More to come later.
The last part of the meeting was dedicated to the EDC budget. Marvin felt it was going to be down by 15%, mostly due to three major businesses leaving the city. Holland felt he was a little too high on his estimate and requested he look up exactly what the three businesses contribute in taxes. Marvin did inform he cannot give out that information. He can give out an rough estimate of the three, but cannot individualize the three. Current estimate is EDC will take in 170,000 and will spend around 150,000, allowing 20,000 to go into their savings,which is somewhere in the area of 450,000.
It was also stated this years 50,000 pay out to QT will be the last one. So any future taxes brought from QT will be on the plus side.
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