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The City of Simonton City Council Meeting Held 09-19-2023
From the State of Texas.
An Overview of Economic Development, how the EDC’s are created, their functions, who can be on them and most importantly, whose money is it?
The “City of Simonton Development Corporation”, also known as “EDC A”, was incorporated on February 11, 2009 with the mission of “…the furtherance of aiding, promoting, and furthing the economic development of the City of Simonton, Texas”.
Want to see the founding documents for EDC “A”?
The “Simonton Development Corporation”, also known as “EDC B”, was incorporated on February 11, 2009. According to the founding documents, “The corporation is organized for the the public purpose of furtherance of aiding, promoting, and furthing the economic development of the City pursuant to the provisions of the Act”.
Want to see the founding documents for EDC “B”?
Who is Joe Esch?
His company is Esch Development Solutions, LLC. He is a resident of Weston, Lakes. He has an extensive history in economic development.
His proposal includes “Fee Schedule” and “Estimated Fee for Services”
His hourly fee is $250 per hour + $125 per hour for travel, plus mileage at the IRS rate of 58.5 cents per mile.
He proposed, and presumably was paid $2000 as a program assessment fee.
He proposed, and presumably was paid $1000 + $2500 for “Board Education”.
He proposed to be paid $1000 per meeting – he anticipates 4 meetings. Not sure if that is 4 meetings for each of the two Economic Development Corporate Boards or not. The By-Laws for each of the two Economic Development Corporations require each of the 2 boards to meet 3 times per year – something that hasn’t happened consistently in a few years under the current administration. You can do the math on your own, but Joe could be leaving money on the table.
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The City Council of the City of Simonton meets in regular session on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. On occasion, the City Council meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month or in “Special Sessions” as may be required to transact city business as well as for workshops, certain hearings, emergencies, etc.
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