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Council storms calm as Crawford takes over EDC

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

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EDC members, back row, from left, Robert Skinner, President Art Crawford, Toni Kunz and Patricia Moore, and front, Cindy Harrington, Glenn Clark, Shayne Brown and EDC Administrative Assistant DeAnna McCabe

Storms blasted through Bandera the evening of Wednesday, August 17, but all was calm inside City Hall as city council and the Economic development Corporation (EDC) worked harmoniously together for two days filled with meetings and a collaborateve workshop.
Wednesday night, as a tumultuous downpour hit Bandera, council held a special meeting that lasted less than five minutes, appointing Art Crawford and Shayne Brown to the EDC seats vacated by Martha Shoemaker and Joe Hearn.
Shortly after, EDC elected Crawford as their new president.
Crawford serves as the co-executive director of Silver Sage Community Center in Bandera. Councilman Rebeca Gibson recognized him as “showing interest and investing personal time in the EDC.”
Crawford didn’t miss a beat, taking charge and hammering out the 14-topic packed agenda.
EDC member Glenn Clark publicly thanked former EDC members Hearn and Shoemaker for “their years of dedication serving this city.” He offered an update for the skate park and reminded all committee members of the TML certification requirements to serve on the EDC.
Several items were tabled for the 2017 budget meeting, including the mural project at the Gingerbread House and the flagpole and plaque honoring Rodney Buentello.
The committee approved a $10,000 donation to aid in the preservation of the Flying L Pilot’s Lounge Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The museum will be fee based and open to the public.
The EDC meets in September to finalized the 2017 budget and set a deadline for funding requests. They encourage anyone seeking funds for the fiscal year Sept. 30, through Oct. 1, 2017, to submit their funding proposals by Sept. 7.
Applications for EDC funding can be found at the city offices located at 511 Main Street or online at www.cityofbandera.org.