Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Goose Creek City Council has agreed to change the way it interacts with the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee.
During council’s regular April 9 meeting, Councilmember Franklin Moore pitched the idea of making a three-member committee of councilmembers to work with EDAC.
Other councilmembers gave mixed responses to the idea. Councilmember Mark Phillips is an EDAC member and its city council representative, Mayor Michael Heitzler pointed out.
“I think EDAC would welcome council input,” Phillips said. “I’m not sure we need to create a committee. EDAC sometimes feels like they act in a bit of a vacuum . . . I think everyone here is for economic development. I’m not sure how we would pick three (councilmembers) and leave out four.”
Mayor Pro-tem Kimo Esarey said the city may need to look for outside expertise, perhaps a consultant.
“I would like council and EDAC to meet together,” Councilmember Marguerite Brown said. “The way to solve a problem is to talk it out.”
“We need to do it now,” Esarey said, adding that he agrees with Moore in that three councilmembers could meet with EDAC and report back to council.
“Logistics is what we’re debating,” Heitzler said. “We have to all pull together. I like what Mrs. Brown said – let’s all meet with EDAC. Let’s start with a group meeting.”
“How are we supposed to get them together with council if they have a hard time meeting every three months?” Moore asked.
EDAC has quarterly meetings on Thursdays at 11 a.m. They last met March 21.
“Let’s give them an opportunity,” Heitzler said. “A three-member committee could grow out of it. Maybe two councilmembers and the EDAC chair. We may want to meet monthly.”
“This is a great step to get economic development started,” Councilmember Jerry Tekac said. “I think we need to have a full-time staff member. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of this committee.”
A joint meeting is expected to take place before the next regularly scheduled city council meeting on May 14.