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The Paris City Council is being asked today to make changes in the bylaws of the Paris Economic Development Corporation that could affect whom the council selects soon to fill a vacant position on the PEDC board.
The PEDC has asked the council to validate at today’s 5:30 p.m. council meeting five changes in PEDC bylaws, including one that would allow any bonafide resident of Lamar County to serve on the PEDC.
Currently, each of the five PEDC directors must live within the corporate limits of the city of Paris.
If the council agrees, the bylaws changes would go into effect immediately. City Manager John Godwin said PEDC Executive Director Steve Gilbert is expected to be at tonight’s meeting to answer any questions.
Toni Clem resigned last week with 20 months remaining on her three-year term, citing a conflict with the board’s direction under chairperson Rebecca Clifford and two other recent appointees — David Turner and Vicki Ballard.
Appointment of Clem’s successor is not on tonight’s council agenda.
Another bylaws change, if the City Council concurs, would allow a PEDC board member who is resigning in the middle of a term to continue to serve, if willing and able, until a replacement is appointed and sworn in.
In June, then-chairman Kenny Dority resigned from the PEDC because he sold his house and moved outside the city limits.
At the time, Dority said he would continue to serve until a successor was named so that the PEDC could continue with 2013-14 budget discussions.
However, a check showed no such provision in PEDC bylaws allowing that.
Because the council was waiting until June to name a successor for Doug Wehrman, who died in February, the PEDC was left with only three members and was forced to delay for several weeks its discussions on the proposed budget.
Clifford was named to the council in March to serve out the two years remaining in the three-year term of Bill Harris, who resigned after his wife was appointed assistant city attorney, creating a possible conflict of interest.
In June, while making annual board appointments, the City Council appointed Turner to a full three-year term (Wehrman’s seat) and Ballard to the one year remaining on Dority’s seat.
The PEDC board now looks like this:
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra