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Stahl takes the reins of Stockdale EDC




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Johnny Stahl, the former mayor of Stockdale who served the city in that capacity from 2005-13, is again working for the city, as the new Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) administrator.

During the Jan. 14 SEDC meeting, Stahl addressed the directors regarding the position, held previously by Harry Grove until his resignation in April 2010.

“Harry did a lot to promote the city,” Stahl said. The city would not be in the position it is today without Grove, he said.

Stahl outlined his involvement with the chamber of commerce, the school district, and the city. He said this position will allow him to achieve a personal goal -- adding to the Stockdale tax base. He stressed the importance of advertising the Stockdale Industrial Park, especially with the window of opportunity brought by Eagle Ford shale oil and gas exploration in the area.

The board went into executive session to address the matter.

After the meeting, Secretary-Treasurer Gary West said the board hired Stahl “on contract” for a six-month period.

During this time, the directors will compile a more accurate job description and responsibilities.

All current members of the board -- Frank Bain Jr., L.H. West, Gary West, Polly Stryker, Ginger Coleman, J.C. Hrubetz, and Roger Armstrong -- have expressed interest in continuing to serve on the board. Their names will be forwarded to the Stockdale City Council for formal reappointment.

In other business, the board:

•Heard that the contract for the sale of a 1-acre tract of land in the Stockdale Industrial Park to Stockdale Truck Service is back from the title company for closure.

•Was updated regarding the closure of six to nine oil wells abandoned in the 1970s or early ’80s in the industrial park. The Texas Railroad Commission, which was scheduled to close the wells in October, is behind schedule and was working in Gonzales County. Stockdale is the next city on the list.

•Heard from Bain and Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin about their efforts to resolve the issue of forms the SEDC needs to file with the IRS to remain a tax-exempt entity.

The directors also heard a proposal on capital expenditures from Fox Chapel Oil Field Services, and discussed signage to promote the industrial park. See page 1A for more.

In attendance: Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) directors Frank Bain Jr., L.H. -West, Gary West, Polly Stryker, Ginger Coleman, J.C. Hrubetz, and Roger Armstrong; Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin; SEDC Administrator Johnny Stahl; and Fox Chapel Oil Field Services General Manager Dusty Read, Clint Laymon, and Mike Grey.
 

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