The Economic Development Steering Committee was tasked to develop recommendations in less than six months for the Mesquite City Council to consider for revamping and revising the function within the City. The group met that goal with time to spare.
The Council will get its first look at the recommendations tomorrow, June 5, at its Technical Review meeting that begins at 1:30 pm in the City Hall second floor training room.
The Steering Committee members were announced at the Feb. 28 City Council meeting and include Roger Ingbretsen, George Gault, Dave Ballweg, Ken Cook, Rob Fuller, Rebecca Metty-Burns, and Darlene Montague. They met for the first time on Mar. 15.
Three tasks were before the committee: recommend a structure for an economic development organization; recommend funding sources for an economic development organization; recommend a mission statement for an economic development organization.
The Committee is intended to sunset, or dissolve, after presenting its findings and recommendations to the Council.
According to background material, "the Economic Development
budget would be the main funding source in the existing budget," for the newly structured function. "That being said, there are not sufficient funds in that budget to provide the potential amount requested. Therefore, other areas of the budget may need to be utilized."
The councilors will also get a look at a Letter of Understanding between the Teamsters Local 14 Fire Bargaining Units and the City of Mesquite for an extension for one year of the Labor Agreement dated July 21, 2007.
Based on last year's union agreement, city workers are set to receive a 2.25 percent pay raise beginning July 1. The agreement affects about 67 city employees.
Other items on the Council's Tech Review agenda include:
--consideration of a resolution approving an amendment to the City's cooperative agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) for the West Mesquite Interchange project;
--consideration of a resolution pertaining to the Emergency Watershed Protection Program and rebuilding the Bunkerville Diversion dam;
--consideration of a resolution with the Regional Flood Control District for the maintenance of Mesquite Flood Control Facilities.
The meeting is open to the public.