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Decatur EDC directors recommend new member

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Looking to fill the at-large spot on the Decatur Economic Development Corporation board vacated by the recently elected councilman Jay Davidson, its directors turned to the man Davidson ran against in the May election.

The EDC board nominated Cecil “Buster” Chandler to serve in the at-large spot Wednesday morning during its regular meeting. The spot became open after Davidson moved from the at-large seat to one of the council representative spots previously held by Cary Bohn.

The Decatur city council will need to approve the appointment.

Decatur Mayor Martin Woodruff recommended Chandler.

“He expressed an interest in service here, and he also showed interest in serving the city by running for the city council,” Woodruff said. “He worked for years with rural development administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In that position there’s a lot of grant evaluation from the RDA to the municipalities. He has a little background there. He’s a resident of the city.

“He’d bring another point of view to the board from a guy that didn’t grow up here.”

Davidson supported the appointment.

“I talked with Buster after the election about the possibility. I thought he’d be good,” Davidson said.

Chandler was not at Wednesday’s meeting. In a phone interview, he said he had talked with Woodruff about the spot and confirmed his interest.

In other business, the board reappointed the current officers – Jason Wren as president, Davidson as vice president and Woodruff as secretary/treasurer.

The board took a look at the preliminary budget for 2018-19, which reflected a $39,000 increase in total revenue to $1.341 million. The city anticipates the type A sales tax to bring in 3 percent more than last year at $1.339 million.

The initial budget had a $49,488 increase in total expenses to $1.288 million. The EDC anticipates an increase of $76,574 in debt payments. It is anticipating a decrease of $27,086 in operating expenses with the big cut being $10,000 in marketing and promotions.

Overall, the corporation projects a $52,596 surplus.

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