Farmersville City Council appears to be moving toward a decision to hire an economic development director to help guide the city forward, based on a discussion at its most recent meeting at City Hall.
City Manager Ben White told the council that he supported the hiring of a director and he drew endorsements from councilmembers at the March 9 meeting.
At issue is whether the city is ready to start looking for someone to work closely with the Economic Development (4A) Commission. White asserted during his presentation to the council that the city needs someone who can help them change the city’s economic development strategies. White, who said he is an engineer by training, added that “there’s not enough of me to go around.” He told council that he could work 24/7, but that would damage his family life and it wouldn’t do the city any good.
Councilman Dwain Mathers said the 4A board already has allotted $20,000 to hire a consultant to work with the board on this matter. Councilman Mike Henry noted that the council is all in favor of hiring an economic development director for the city, adding, “and we need to move forward.”
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By John Kanelis • [email protected]