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Fate of Shepherd EDC professional uncertain as board members resign
San Jacinto News- Times
SHEPHERD – Shepherd Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors called a special meeting Monday, March 8, to discuss and take action to change the EDC professional position to part-time or to terminate the position. Calling the meeting to order, Board President Joe Williamson allowed a discussion on the agenda item before going into executive session to discuss personnel. Olene Reaves currently holds the position of EDC professional. Reaves told board members the job should be full-time. “It’s a very busy offi ce and needs a full-time employee,” she said. Former EDC President Jay Estes agreed with Reaves. “Olene is a very busy person and doing a good job. You get what you pay for,” Estes said. Newly appointed EDC Board Member Diana Connel felt other people are capable of doing the job who are possibly more qualifi ed. “I’ve been here (Shepherd) in business for 30 years and never had anyone come to my store from the EDC to see how we are doing. I feel slapped in the face. We need to be making the business owners feel comfortable and a part of the community,” Connel said. Connel said she feels that there is a lot of animosity about different things in Shepherd. “I agree there is animosity and negativism in the community but you can’t say the EDC is going to change that,” Estes said. “I feel the community let me down,” Connel said. Closing the discussions, Williamson called the board into executive session. Following a lengthy session, board members returned with no action taken on the agenda item. Following the meeting, two newly appointed EDC board members handed in their resignations, leaving two vacancies on the EDC board. Resigning from the EDC board are Jody Cronin and Diana Connel. Other board members include President Joe Williamson, Vice President Linda Yates, Waid Williams and Shepherd Mayor Pat Lunsford is a non-voting member. Shepherd Economic Development Corporation was organized in 2001. It is supported by a one-half cent sales tax from the City of Shepherd. Their next meeting will be held March 20 at the Shepherd Community Center.