Council considers changes to EDC position

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, December 7, 2013
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The new executive director for the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. (EDC) may get a contract and flexibility in pay grade.

At the beginning of its meeting Tuesday, the city council held a workshop with the EDC board of directors to discuss hiring a new executive director and changes in compensation.

William Myers, the current ED, has accepted a similar position with the Denison Development Alliance. His last day with the city of Bridgeport is Friday, Dec. 20.

“The board is extremely committed to the future of the EDC,” said Eddie Bland, EDC board president. “We feel strongly about it … We, as an EDC board, felt it was really important to know … that the council had the same feel that the EDC board did.”

After assurance from the council, the board then requested changes to the compensation package that would be offered to the chosen candidate.

“We wish to provide a contract,” Bland said.

According to the Texas Economic Development Council, about one-third of EDC directors in the state are on contract.

“From a stability standpoint, that’s going to help us recruit,” he said. “The other big issue is that the salary for the job is a grade 16. We’re not saying that it can’t be grade 16, we just don’t want to be locked to grade 16. The goal is to find the absolute best person for the job, and if the best person needs to be a grade 17, we’d like some flexibility to do that.”

Myers’ salary is $69,000. The Decatur EDC board of directors recently hired Mary Poche as its new executive director. She was the business recruitment specialist for Pflugerville Community Development Corp. In Decatur, she will earn $85,000 a year plus a $550 per month car allowance and a $125 a month phone allowance. She will get $6,500 to relocate.

The council conditionally granted the EDC board’s requests.

“When you find the right person, we’ll figure out a way to pay them,” councilman A.Z. Smith said.

The board is to meet Monday to debrief Tuesday’s meeting with the council and create a timeline.

“We’ll get the job posted, take applications, sort through them and do interviews,” Bland said. “But the earliest we’ll bring somebody to you is probably the end of January.”


The council also:

  • held the first hearing to consider leaving in place a juvenile curfew. Every three years city officials are required to review the ordinance, which prohibits juveniles under the age of 17 in the streets or parking lots from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Agriculture for the 2013 Texas Community Development Block Grant Project. The $275,000 in grant funds (along with the city’s $105,800 contribution) will be used to reconstruct water lines at Turkey Creek and along Cobb Street, between 10th and 13th streets.
  • hired Baird, Hampton and Brown Inc. for engineering services related to the project mentioned above.
  • awarded a bid to Ken’s Appliance, Lawn and Garden for flooring at the library.
  • approved the library’s application for $8,000 from the 2014 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards. The funds would be used to buy board books and beginning reader books in Spanish and English.
  • reviewed the Nov. 21 through Dec. 4 payment report in the amount of $180,354.10.
  • renewed an agreement with Progressive Waste Solutions for trash pickup.

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