Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 15, 2013

AEDC board member resigns

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors has a vacancy to fill after the resignation of Tere Lawyer on Thursday.

The board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Lawyer, who became a member of the 7-member body in 2012. Her term was to run through Sept. 30, 2014. Lawyer was board treasurer at the time of her resignation. She will be replaced as treasurer by Director Maurice Cox.

To name a replacement for Lawyer on the board, President David Holdredge appointed a committee consisting of Jess Laird, Cliff Barrett and himself to bring back a recommendation to directors. The directors will choose a finalist, and present that name to the city council for approval

Holdredge said there is no timetable for the selection, and the board can function minus one member until the selection is made.

“As long as you still have a quorum, it’s all right,” City Administrator Pam Burton said.

The directors also agreed to amend the AEDC bylaws. The major change is to allow members of the board of directors to reside outside the Athens City Limits.  The board can include up to three non-resident members who live no more than 10 miles outside the city limits.

The change was designed to allow individuals who do business in the city, but reside outside to be considered for service on the board.

The AEDC board also discussed water damage caused to the Partnership Center caused by heavy rains. AEDC CEO Brian Malone said the damage was not due to any roof leaks, but had actually come in at the ground level.

The Directors went outside to look at the area where the water had collected and seeped into the building.  The board chose to have Holdredge and Malone examine the portion of the Partnership Center occupied by the Small Business Development Center to view the water damage there, and determine what immediate steps must be taken regarding removing and possibly replacing the carpet.