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EDC hopes to have director before July

By Phil Major | Published Sunday, May 23, 2010

The search for a new economic development director for the city of Decatur begins today and continues with an interview next week.

Chairman Roy Eaton said he hopes to have the position filled by June 30. Thus far, 15 persons have applied. Director Marty Harrison resigned in April.

Directors discussed characteristics they want to see in the new director Thursday.

They also learned the city sales tax rebate for May was the first in more than a year that was larger than the previous year.

The EDC is funded by a half-cent sales tax, which is collected on top of the one-cent tax the city earns.

The May rebate from the state was $105,645 for the EDC’s share, about $1,000 more than a year ago. Directors also learned that the civic center income now covers 62 percent of its expenses, a figure that was near 50 percent earlier in the year. Revenues of $330,508 compare to expenses of $540,107.

After new member Jay Davidson and returning member Roy Eaton were sworn in, officers were elected, with Eaton returning as chairman. Andrew Sandford will serve as vice chairman and Martin Woodruff as secretary-treasurer.

The EDC decided to look into filing objections to the proposed path of a power transmission line, which will cut across northern Wise County on its way from wind turbines in the Texas Panhandle.

One of the 90 alternate routes comes within about two miles of the north side of Decatur.

City Manager Brett Shannon said the city has filed two letters of intent on industrial development projects that were publicized by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

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