Economic Development Corporation

January 16, 2007

Minutes

Members Present:

 

Jerome Simowski, Pete Garwood, Sherry Comben, Robert Peterson, Laura Stanek, Tom Lane (entered at 8:43 am) and Rick Diebold

Members Absent:

 

Allyn Wright

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers

Others Present:

 

Andy Hayes

1.         Call to Order

 

The meeting was called to order at 8:38 a.m. by Pete Garwood.

2.         Organizational Meeting  

 

Jerome Simowski nominated Rick Diebold as Chair.

 

Motion by Laura Stanek, supported by Sherry Comben to close nominations and a unanimous ballot be cast for Rick Diebold for Chair.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Jerome Simowski nominated Tom Lane as Vice Chair.

 

Motion by Jerome Simowski, supported by Sherry Comben to close nominations and a unanimous ballot be cast for Tom Lane as Vice Chair.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Rick Diebold Nominated Jerome Simowski as Secretary.

 

Motion by Laura Stanek, supported by Sherry Comben to close nominations and a unanimous ballot be cast for Jerome Simowski as Secretary.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Motion by Jerome Simowski, supported by Laura Stanek to continue having meetings on the

third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October at 8:30 am.  Motion carried – unanimous.

3.         Review of the July 18, 2006 Minutes

 

Motion by Laura Stanek, supported by Pete Garwood to approve the October 17, 2006 minutes as presented.  Motion carried – unanimous.  

4.          Public Comment

 

None.

5.         Industrial Park

 

Andy Hayes, Director of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, spoke to the Committee on what they wanted in an Industrial Park.  Andy indicated that the Gaylord Industrial Park has been very successful with a park plan.  The Committee discussed the costs of a plan and different funding mechanisms.   

 

Andy asked four questions the EDC needed to ask themselves in regards to an industrial park.  

 

The Committee decided to hold a special meeting on March 13, 2007 at 8:30 to discuss the issues of the Industrial Park. 

6.          Industrial Park Sign

 

 Joe Meyers indicated the disrepair of the Industrial Park Sign at our current site. 

 

Motion by Laura Stanek, supported by Sherry Comben to request the Board of Commissioners remove the Industrial Park sign until such a time that the EDC has a plan in place for the property.  Motion carried – unanimous. 

7.         Old Business

 

None.

8.         Communications

 

None.

9.          Public/Member Comment

 

Andy gave an update on activities of the NLEA. 

Pete spoke on a Department of Environmental Quality leaking underground storage tank program. 

Meeting adjourned at 9:42 a.m.