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Shepherd EDC board fires paid personnel
San Jacinto News- Times

SHEPHERD – Members of the Shepherd Economic Development Corporation (EDC) voted to terminate the job of the current Shepherd Economic Development Professional Monday during a special meeting. Following executive session where the vote was taken, EDC Board President Joe Williamson said, “We voted to terminate Olene Reaves as the economic professional.” Concerning a replacement, Williamson said, “We will later ask for applicants. We haven’t decided at this time on any replacement.” Williamson declined to say why board members felt a replacement was needed. Shepherd Economic Development Corporation was organized in 2001. It is supported by a one-half cent sales tax from the City of Shepherd. Reaves has served as the economic development professional for several of those years. During her tenure the Shepherd EDC accomplished two major projects with the installation of a gateway sign on the north side of town and the erection of the blue logo signs on Hwy 59. The EDC contributed funds for erection of the gateway sign and paid the installation and rental fees for all local merchants listed on the blue logo signs for 2009 as well as 2010. They also sponsored the Shepherd Independent School District’s FCCLA Culinary class 2009-2010. The EDC funded the development and maintenance of the City of Shepherd’s website as well as the EDC and Chamber of Commerce websites currently under development. Many inquiries for available properties for development were researched and sent to interested parties. Two new boosting power plants have been built and two manufacturing facilities, PetroTech Energy and Wy- Vac Wastewater and Industrial Maintenance opened employing about 12-14. Other new businesses are Dynamic Structures, IGS Environmental and Beretha Shava Bookkeeping Service. A Tire Shop and two Flea Markets opened on 59 N. Mike’s Automotive and Diesel Service is now open on US 59 S at Beeson; Eastex Towing has expanded offering automotive and diesel service; and Blue Moon Breakfast Café and Bakery offering many sugar free products is open on US 59N. Monday’s meeting to consider Reaves termination was the second in two months. Last month, on March 8, board members met to consider her termination or cutting the job back to part-time status. Following executive session, no decision was announced. Last week an agenda was posted for a special meeting to once again consider the termination of the EDC economic development professional. The EDC board has experienced several resignations in the last few months. Shepherd Independent School District Superintendent Jody Cronin handed in a letter of resignation following the March 8 meeting. Also announcing her resignation after the March 8 meeting was Diana Connell. However, Connell did not submit a letter of resignation as board bylaws stipulate and Connell has since changed her mind and decided to keep her position on the EDC board, according to Williamson. Other board members who have recently resigned include Betty Greenhouse and John Harrison. Among those currently serving on the seven member board are Waid Williams, Diana Connell, Linda Yates, Joe Williamson and Shepherd Mayor Pat Lunsford.


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