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The Stockdale Economic Development Corp. board (SEDC), though unified in its efforts to work with potential clients for the industrial park, is divided about the frequency of meetings.

The divide comes as three tenants have set up or are setting up shop or expanding, and another business considers Stockdale as one of its sites nationwide.

During the March 11 SEDC meeting, President Frank Bain Jr. and SEDC Administrator Johnny Stahl faced opposition when they suggested meeting quarterly. According to its charter, the board must meet quarterly, at a minimum. Director L.H. West said the board approved a change three months ago to meet monthly. Director Roger Armstrong said this matter was to be placed on the March 16 agenda, but was not. Bain said this would be placed on the next meeting agenda.

Another bone of contention raised by Director Ginger Coleman was the SEDC’s procedure for signing warranty deeds. Coleman said the full SEDC board should review any contracts for final approval.

“One person should not do this,” Coleman said, citing the SEDC’s experience with ICP Industries-Stockdale Plant -- a current industrial park tenant -- and the many changes required before the final agreement was approved.

Stahl said the group’s attorney will review the documentation; the warranty deed approval would depend on whether the purchase is made by cash on hand or through a lender. If a financial institution is involved, the approved minutes indicating the board’s final resolution would be sufficient to proceed with the transaction, Stahl said.

Unless a special meeting is called, the next regular SEDC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8.

The March meeting of the SEDC may not be in full compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. The agenda for the meeting was not posted on the city of Stockdale’s electronic message marquee, and the agenda posted on the bulletin board in City Hall was not accessible 24 hours a day for public viewing, a requirement of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

The directors also addressed infrastructure needs and expansion within the industrial park. See above left for more.

Also in attendance: SEDC directors Gary West, Polly Stryker, and J.C. Hrubetz; and Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin.
 

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