Council restructures EDC Board

MANY CHILDREN GATHERED at 3W Ranch Supply to greet Santa Claus. He came as a special guest to the Christmas Event held by 3W Ranch Supply in Teague on Saturday, December 8th. Everyone was watching when Santa arrived on a John Deere tractor. The huge crowd received a free hot dog lunch hosted by 3W Ranch Supply and there were many sales and giveaways as well as a raffle for some lucky winner.

Restructuring of the Teague Economic Development Corporation?s Board of Directors was one of a handful of items tackled by the Teague City Council while meeting in regular session on Tuesday evening, December 4th at City Hall.

Council members also accepted the resignation of Councilman Mark Hargis, approved an ordinance establishing a permit fee for the sale of alcohol in the city limits, approved the EDC budget and changed their minds about purchasing two properties on the corner of Main and Fourth Avenue.

Teague EDC President Sherrie Noland reported that at the last EDC meeting on November 29th the Board voted to terminate LaShane Criddle as Executive Director of the EDC effective January 1, 2013. The City Council approved two proposals presented by Noland which will have the EDC Board work as a joint venture with the City Administrator, hire a new EDC Executive Director and have EDC Board comprised of 7 members with four members coming form the public and three members coming from the city council.

Noland?s proposal will also restructure the EDC and follow the Attorney Generals model for an Economic Development Corporation while being supervised directly under City Administrator Vince DiMaggio.

Council members approved the Teague EDC?s 2012-13 budget presented by LaShane Criddle, who started her report was from September and that the EDC Board approved the budget at that time. Council members approved the budget by a 3-0 vote.

A brief public hearing was held in accordance to law prior to a motion being made to approve an ordinance establishing a Permit Fee for the sale of alcohol and establishing a minimum distance limitation from churches and schools for the sale of alcohol. The motion carried 3-0.

Council members went into executive session and reconvened into open session approximately 20 minutes later and approved a motion to deny participating in purchasing two properties located on the corner of Main and Fourth Avenues. The council was looking at splitting the cost of the properties (building and vacant lot) with the EDC but changeddirections following the executive session meeting.

Councilman David Huffman was appointed Mayor Pro Tem due to Council Mark Hargis resigning from the Council effective December 3rd. Mayor Ernest Pack said Hargis stated the reason for his resignation was for personal reasons beyond his control.

Present at the meeting were Alderman David Huffman, Alderman Garlan Steed, Alderman Chris Nickleberry and Mayor Ernest Pack. Absent was Alderman Terry Gibson. Others present were City Administrator Vince DiMaggio, City Secretary Judy Kealey, EDC Executive Director LaShane Criddle, and EDC Board President Sherrie Noland.

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