Printer Friendly Version

Village Vision News

Membership dues for EDC of Decatur-Macon County approved

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Due to recent changes to the membership and contribution structure of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, trustees were asked to decide whether to approve continued participation in the organization.

Village Administrator David Strohl made trustees aware of the changes to EDC membership back in July. Previously the village paid $10,000 to the EDC, which allowed for the village to have a seat on the organization’s board of directors, a position held by Strohl. In this new structure, that contribution from the village was being lowered to $7,500, but with that decrease, the village would retain its seat on the board but would not be represented on the executive committee.

Strohl had expressed in his memo to trustees in July his concerns about the village not being a part of helping “set the strategic direction of the EDC and economic development efforts in the area.”

There were not options available in the new structure for a municipality to contribute more in an effort to have access to a seat on the executive committee or to cut back on the contribution level. However, both of those options were available to the City of Decatur.

Since that time, the EDC has altered its structure again so that the new $7,500 contribution level, which is now called the Gold level, does grant a seat on the board of directors and the opportunity to serve on the executive committee. In addition, all municipal members now have all contribution levels available to them.

With the new changes, Strohl indicated to trustees that his concerns had been addressed by the changes to the new structure, and he recommended approval of the village’s contribution at the $7,500 Gold level.

Trustee Bob Gruenewald made the motion to approve, which was seconded by Trustee Larry Reed. All votes were Yea, and the measure passed.

^ Back to Top ^

Site by HomeSight, LLC