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BEDC negotiating executive director’s contract

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A new executive director could be on board with the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation as early as the second week of April, the BEDC Board of Directors said during their regular meeting Monday night. However, the contract has not been signed yet and is undergoing further discussion for likely revisions/additions. An initial contract offer has been made to Shawn Kirkpatrick, city attorney J.C. Brown said.

“He has made a couple of requests,” Board chair Steve Mills said of the ongoing contract negotiations with Kirkpatrick. Mills said the contract would be “fine tuned” and then brought back to the board. After Mills made that statement, Mayor Ken Kesselus, a board member, made a motion to authorize the appropriate “board officers” to consult with attorney for the board, J.C. Brown, and City Manager Mike Talbot to get the details of the contract nailed down. The board said it was looking for a start date of the “Second Tuesday in April” for Kirkpatrick start, if all goes well with finalizing his contract.

In other action the board received updates on a draft version of the Bastrop Area Housing Study, the Downtown Parking and Traffic Study, board member terms and updates on construction projects within the city. The Housing Study is a comprehensive look at available housing and estimated future demand, including rental apartments. After the study is officially adopted, then it will be available to the public for reading. But board member Gary Schiff and Mills both said some of the data concerning the apartment situation in Bastrop, from the contracted firm of Robert Charles & Co. Real Estate Advisors, needs retooling. Schiff suggested the company also look at cities such as Kyle and Buda to see how the market situation has progressed there.

Concerning major city construction projects in progress, the board learned that the Hunter’s Crossing Retail Center on FM 304 is “99% complete”; remodeling for Chicken Express is 50% complete; the Coghlan Group in the Bastrop Business & Industrial Park has installed silt fencing before beginning its building expansion. Among some of the items listed in the Engineer’s Report, the BEDC board learned that design flow standards are being coordinated with contractor BEFCO Engineering Inc. for the city’s Wastewater Master Plan.

City Manager Talbot updated the board concerning the dismantling of the former Advertiser property/building on Water Street which the City purchased from Cox Media last year. The city has donated the building to VFW Post 12104, whose members got started on the dismantling on Monday. The VFW will use some of the building materials to construct their new home behind their old VFW Post (now an attorney’s office) site at the intersection of Hwy. 21 East and FM 1441. Talbot previously said that some removal of asbestos had to be accomplished that was part of the floor tiles. The space is expected to be used for parking.

The Board also got an update on members’ length of terms and years that those terms will be up for filling. Even-numbered Board seats – i.e., Places 2,4 and 6 – will be up on even-numbered years; and odd-numbered Board seats – i.e., Places 3,5 and 7.

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